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Abortion News Roundup – Trump Amends Obamacare WRT Abortion, Crowder Explodes Leftist CPC Propaganda, Abortion a “Christian Calling” April 13, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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Some positive developments regarding the mass slaughter of infants in this nation – I guess we have to take our small victories where we can get them, so long as the slaughter continues practically unabated – have developed of late.  For one, the Trump administration has amended certain aspects of Obamacare to make it so that Americans will not have to purchase plans that pay for abortion:

The Trump administration will give people more ways to avoid paying Obamacare’s penalty for not having insurance, including if the person cannot buy an affordable plan that doesn’t cover abortions.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday expanded the list of hardship exemptions for the individual mandate, which requires everyone to have health insurance. CMS said people who live in a county that has only one Obamacare insurer can receive an exemption from the penalty. It also lets people avoid the fine if the only affordable plans available on the law’s exchanges cover abortion.

The law’s exchanges are on the individual market that is used by people who don’t get insurance through a job or the government.

The mandate was repealed in Republicans’ tax legislation starting in 2019, meaning taxpayers must have insurance or pay a penalty this year.

On another pro-life front, given the amount of attacks, disinformation, and outright lies directed by the Left against them, it seems Crisis Pregnancy Centers continue to be the prime means of directing women/couples away from murdering their allegedly “untimely” children for the sake of ease and convenience.  Steven Crowder below explodes many myths and false attacks staged by hardcore leftist and severely unfunny TV host John Oliver below.  The number one false presupposition behind the anti-CPC attacks – that no organization has the right to be opposed to abortion, that any organization dealing with “women’s health” must promote and provide abortion.  That’s at root behind all this attempt at leering expose:

As to the nature of the other side, the side that sees absolutely no problem murdering perfectly innocent babies for the most pathetic reason of all, filthy lucre, one of Mississippi’s few legal child murderers, working at their sole legal clinic, claims, in response to the state government passing a law that limits abortion to the first 15 weeks of pregnancy (a move that will probably cause most women to have to leave the state to have their children murdered), that it is his “calling” as a Christian not only to murder babies, but to falsely convict the consciences of the women he both exploits and serves that these murders are perfectly moral, perfectly alright, and just fine with God.  Because of course God would create a life just to see it snuffed out a few weeks later, not even having left the womb.  But don’t ever underestimate the extreme efficacy of these arguments in convincing women to have an abortion, and to keep on having them.  Getting women to believe they are doing their kids favors by having them killed and “sending them to Heaven” – as if abortion is a Sacrament capable of undoing Original Sin – is an incredibly powerful trick to keep them on that long, endless night train:

A Mississippi OB-GYB recently stated that he sees it as his Christian “calling” to provide abortions.

Dr. Willie Parker — who practices at the state’s only abortion facility, located in Jackson — wrote an Op-Ed for Glamour magazine attacking Mississippi’s Gestation Age Act.

The legislation, signed by Gov. Phil Bryant last month, bans abortions after 15 weeks (i.e. four months into the pregnancy). The law notes that the unborn baby’s vital organs begin to function at 10 weeks, and by week 12, he or she has taken human form in all relevant aspects.

Parker wrote in his Op-Ed, “As an ob-gyn and a Christian, I see it as my calling to help women in making the decisions that are right for their health, their lives, and their families. I believe it’s my duty to meet their needs without judgment. Not only do restrictive laws make it harder for me to do my job — this radical abortion ban is an assault on women across the South.”

In an interview with AlterNet, Parker explained how he tries to ease women’s guilt about obtaining an abortion. A substantial portion of his practice is made up of African-Americans. [Oh heck.  In Mississippi? In Jackson?  I bet 80+% of the women who get abortions are black]

“Many women of color are deeply religious, and I’m quite comfortable talking about the moral and spiritual center,” he explained. “So, I add that dimension to the care I provide. I call it dignity restoration.” [“Deeply religious,” but still solipsistic enough to murder their own child.  The very essence of Christianity]

Parker continued, “I sense when a woman is dealing with guilt and shame and I’m offer a bridging conversation around faith and the sacred decision of whether to end her pregnancy. Yesterday, for example, one patient was praying and asking for forgiveness, and so I explored that with her.” [And so you gave her that moral cover she desperately sought, to see her over the hump of having her child ripped limb from limb from her womb, despite the fact that her conscience, the very voice of God within her, was screaming at her to stop.  So what you practice isn’t Christianity, but a form of moral anesthesia.]

………The doctor contended the key to being involved in the abortion practice — given widespread public opposition to it, particularly in the South — is to be “more principled than average.” [I’m sure mafiosoes and other career criminals believe they are more principled than average, too.  It’s amazing what the human soul is able to convince itself does, no matter how much evil it commits]

“We’re not superhuman — we are just like you,” he said. “But to do this work my colleagues and I draw from a deep conviction that lets us endure the opposition and frank danger. Most doctors who refuse to perform abortions are consciously refusing, and the people who insist on providing are conscientiously providing the care.”

If you read the comments many note the fact that abortion is a form of genocide being practiced against black Americans with their willing complicity.  But the statistical data shows that in spite the fact that about half of all black babies conceived in this country are aborted, the black percentage of the population in the US has risen slowly but steadily over the past 40 years, from 11% to 14%.  That’s because blacks tend to use abortion, often taxpayer-funded, as birth control, while their use of conventional contraception, whether chemical or other types, tends to be much more erratic.  Whites, however, the rapidly diminishing majority in this nation, use contraception with grim abandon and steely efficiency to the extent that the white native birth rate has collapsed well below the replacement rate.  Thus even though whites tend to, statistically, receive surgical abortion much less frequently, it’s because they don’t need it – they’ve already provided for abortion by other means or through deliberate sterility.

Look for Dr. Willie Parker to be invited to an upcoming Vatican confab hosted by the Pontifical Academy for Life sometime real soon.

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The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Continues with its Inexplicable Personnel Policies April 9, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, error, foolishness, General Catholic, huh?, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, sadness, scandals, the struggle for the Church, Tradition.
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We’ve gone to Mater Dei in Irving since 2010.  Just about 9 years.  In that time, we have had 10 different priests pass through, and 7 departures.  It was just announced over the weekend that our pastor of that entire time will be leaving, just as the capital campaign to construct a new church he led to the point of buying property is coming to fruition.  I really don’t get it.  It is also probable that some or all of the 3 other priests at the parish will be reassigned.  Come this summer, the parish of well over 1000 souls may have an entirely new set of priests.

It’s not just Mater Dei.  One very good priest has been moved 3 times in the past 4 years. Fr. Romanowski built up the apostolate in Guadalajara from scratch and became an integral and much loved part of the community, but was transferred to Naples, Fl last year.  We’ve had an increasing number of priests assigned to Mater Dei for just one or two years – just when they get to know many of the people and can start to supply that kind of rare spiritual care so badly needed, they are transferred.  I know there are certain reasons for this, a lack of priests, the desire to prevent the priest from developing a cult of personality around him, and the need to match up available personnel with the needs of many disparate parishes/communities.  Nevertheless, I think this post-conciliar trend of constantly transferring priests is, overall, more destructive than beneficial and it needs to stop.

In the “bad old days” before the Council, priests were often assigned to a parish for life.  The local parish priest became an integral part of the community he served, he knew the families and their idiosyncrasies, the needs of particular individuals, the trouble spots and the souls to rely on.  Fr. A. A. Gitter was pastor of St. Anthony in Harper, TX for nearly 50 years.  People grew to know and trust their priests, to love them for their strengths as well as their faults. That’s all entirely out the window now, either the parishes are so big even a longtime priest hasn’t a prayer of meeting more than a handful of his flock, or, in the rare cases of smaller parishes, priests are rotated in and out every few years.  There had been an idea that while the vicars and assistant pastors at Mater Dei might be changeable, the pastor was going to stay the same for an extended duration. In fact, such had been clearly communicated as being “the plan,” at least as our priests understood it. Well, so much for that idea.

While this kind of thing might be accepted practice at Novus Ordo parishes, they are very destructive at traditional ones.  While the lay bureaucracy may more or less run day to day affairs with the priest as sacramental administrator and CEO of St. Temporary’s Inc., that is not the case at traditional parishes.  It had better not become the case.  Traditional parishes are run much more like pre-conciliar ones, where the priests are intimately involved in the day to day administration of the parish as much as they are in the spiritual lives of the souls in their charge.  Thus when the pastor is transferred away in the middle of a major capital campaign and building project, there is no chance there won’t be significant disruption.  It’s also more than a bit unnerving, to the point certain skeptical souls might wonder just what they are buying into with such transience in leadership at such a key time.

I don’t know about the politics involved in this announcement of departure, and really don’t want to know.  I know there are some who are dissatisfied with the current pastor, but they’ve been dissatisfied with EVERY pastor.  For some people, the stereotypical bad-trads I’ve been dismayed to learn do exist, and in our own parish, no one is ever good enough.  And some of those people have loud voices.

I believe this is the 5th year in a row where we’ve had a priest change at Mater Dei. Last year all assistant priests were replaced, this year we’re losing the pastor.  This kind of turnover can increase the distance between priests and their people.  Some souls take a long time to get comfortable and come to trust someone with their inmost secrets, even in the privacy of the confessional.  Some souls require more intimate care.  Both and much more are badly disturbed by this kind of constant turnover.

This might seem like carping and whining to those who lack a permanent, regular TLM, or a TLM-specific parish.  And perhaps it is.  But I also know these changes are not “required.”  There are alternatives.  There are other parishes that haven’t had close to the priestly turnover we have.  Mater Dei has been blessed with phenomenal growth and great spiritual blessings, and much of this, I believe, can be attributed to the quality of priests we’ve been blessed to have.  Perhaps it’s time for other people, in other places, to benefit from their ministrations.  Then again, people are not just cogs that can be picked up from one locale and dropped into another with exactly the same results.  Communities have personalities and needs and ambitions just as individuals do.  Most, but not all, of the priests assigned to Mater Dei have been good fits for the community, but that doesn’t mean they’ll fit in as well elsewhere.

Thus, I find it rather incredible that a pastor who has seen about 400% growth in parish membership and an equal increase in income would be transferred away, but there it is.  I don’t want to sound ungrateful, the Fraternity has been a tremendous blessing for our family, the diocese and the entire region, but I think Mater Dei deserves some stability in the priest department for some years now.  In fact, given its tremendous, almost unprecedented growth, steadiness in leadership is especially needed.  There are dangers of the parish community losing what makes it so special, what attracts so many souls in the first place.  Over the Triduum, I was shocked both at the number of people I’d never seen before, and the number wearing shorts, T-shirts, and flip flops – or similar.  Mini-skirts –  on Good Friday.  I’ve seen an oddball or two every now and then do similar, but this time there were quite a few people dressed very, very casually.  Inappropriately.  Whether that is a sign of a community beginning to lose it cohesion or a sign that a whole new class of people is being attracted to the traditional practice of the Faith and its incredible ability to convert hearts, I don’t know.  I guess one could also say that such signs point to a need to a change in leadership. I suppose we’ll see.

All I can say is, no matter who the new pastor is, he had better speak Spanish.  This continues to be a pressing, unmet need.  Too bad Father Michael Rodriguez is unavailable.

I say all of the above entirely on my own.  None of this comes from the pastor, Fr. Longua.  I wish him well and will pray for him.  He did an extremely good job in an exceedingly difficult role.  I’m sure he’d rather I write nothing on this matter, but I’ve got a big mouth.

 

So How Would You Like This For a Pope? April 6, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Art and Architecture, General Catholic, history, Papa, Tradition.
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The HBO one season uncompleted series “The New Pope” ran a little over a year ago.  It’s got an interesting premise – an ultra-conservative, highly traditional young American gets elected pope (choosing the name Pius XIII) by a confab of corrupt cardinals who think he will be a mere figurehead.  There is much Machiavellian drama in little bits of the series I’ve seen, including numerous attempts by the corruptocrats in the Curia to get some dirt on the new pope and thus compromise and control him.  This culminates in a young woman trying quite hard to seduce the pope, and failing.

At any rate, at some point in the series, the young pope who has held himself aloof not only from the world (refusing to perform public homilies or activities of any kind, or even to show his face) but even from the Curia, finally holds a little meeting with the cardinals, wherein he lays out his new program for the Church.  In this, you could say, he proposes to turn the post-conciliar ethos on its head and set the Church on a radical new, but in many ways a very old, course.

The new pope is very mysterious to all, even, perhaps, to himself.  He posits a return to Tradition and is loved by all the traditional priests, who form a sort of new coterie around the pope displacing parts of the existing bureaucracy.  Most of these priests are quite young and devout, and make a marked contrast to the many corrupt bureaucrats occupying positions of power.  Also dealt with are the infestation of sodomites deep into the heart of the Church.

The pope intends to use his aloofness, the mystery surrounding him, and his youth and physical attractiveness to the benefit of himself and the Church. There are intimations that he is saintly and can work miracles, and intimations that he might be insane.  Or, perhaps, his mental prowess and sanctity cause him to behave in ways that people cannot comprehend?

Note the return of the sede gestatoria, fanon, and a sort of papal tiara, though one not nearly so grand as the old photos indicate.

Not sure if anyone’s seen this series, but late on a Friday afternoon when I have almost no time to post, I thought I’d give at least a little bit of Hollywood’s version of what a hardcore trad pope might mean.  Let me know what you think from this little bit, and anything else  you’ve watched.

Should I say, this guy looks positively dreamy compared to the current occupant?  He sounds perhaps a bit severe and unyielding but after 50+ years of yielding to everyone and everything, perhaps that’s not such a bad thing? I can imagine such a pope as this might wind up like John Paul I.

I don’t think popes ever rode in the sede gestatoria standing like that.

Lesbian Couple Apparently Tortures, Murders Adopted Children April 4, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, cultural marxism, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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A lesbian couple from the United States (they lived all over, constantly moving as they ran afoul of the generally lax child protective services of one state after another) is being accused of having routinely starved, beaten, and generally neglected their 6 adopted children, and then killed all of them in a murder-suicide by driving their SUV off the Pacific Coast Highway, down a cliff and into the Pacific Ocean.

Certainly this is an extreme case, but given that these women had used their children extensively for self-serving virtue signaling and promotion of leftist causes, all the while they apparently abused them severely, but since adoption of children by perverse couples is such a luxury item foisted on our culture by an extremely well-funded and well-organized (but tiny) minority, shouldn’t even one such instance call for greatly increased scrutiny of this kind of adoption?  Suffice it to say, especially on the female side of the “gay” subculture, that emotional instability and outright violence against partners (and others) is extremely common.  In fact, nearly half of all lesbian relationships involve some form of physical abuse.  These relationships are also pathologically unstable – the average length of pretended marriage between women in Holland, where such relations have been state-sanctioned and endorsed for nearly 20 years, is under 3 years.

The whole “Klan” angle below is just a ludicrous cover, a patently laughable excuse intended to deflect blame for this atrocity away from the unstable women and towards an imaginary villain.  The Ku Klux Klan is virtually non-existent at this point.  And in Minnesota? Please.  As Matt Christiansen notes below, this is beyond unlikely, and delves well into the fantastic.  Such an event would get wall to wall coverage in the leftist media and their supposedly “mainstream” confreres.  The fact that it didn’t strongly argues the event never happened.  Even more, agitators on the Left, and these two women were most definitely that, using their kids as political props with grim regularity, have been known to stage, fake, and otherwise lie about alleged “racist,” “sexist,” or other attacks against them with such incredible frequency that the number of fakes far exceeds the number of real attacks (which just goes to show how completely unhinged so many of them are, declaring the United States an irretrievably racist country, in spite of the fact that they must construct the evidence for this racism on a constant basis).

Now Minnesota is a pretty liberal place, with a large number of leftadoodles.  Nevertheless, the fact that people repeated these women’s outrageous claims of cross burnings and other supposed atrocities as straight up facts is amazing.  If I heard such a claim, I’d be extremely skeptical. But then again, I’m just a poor ignorant Bible-clutching redneck, full of irrational fears and superstitions and clinging to my God and my guns, and not a member of the super-rational, science-loving*, “fact based community” on the Left.  So naturally I must be wrong.  What is really scary, though, is how much people’s pre-conceived political notions played a role in not only believing these women’s outlandish tales, but played into their ability to abuse these children for years.  Leftism always hurts people.

But note the slick attempt to both paint the perpetrators of this atrocity as victims, and give them a moral pass for their years of abuse and mental/moral derangement.  Of course, to the Catholic, that a soul afflicted with grave moral illness would come to suffer mental illness is hardly surprising.  It is, in fact, the entirely predictable result of long immersion in sin.  I can certainly relate to that from my own sordid history.

In spite of the political angle, there is a great sadness and tragedy about this sordid event.  8 lives unnecessarily snuffed out, the children certainly not of their own will.  The selfishness of it is beyond shocking, but these women seem to have drunk deep at the trough of female solipsism.  Nevertheless, all of these poor souls need prayer.  I don’t know what God’s judgment has in store for these women, I shudder to think of that, but the children were innocent victims who had no choice in all this.  May God have mercy on them all.

*- that is, their conception of “science” which always just happens to magically align with their preferred politics.  Like, a baby is just a blob of cells until about age 5, biology has absolutely no influence on someone’s sex, global warming, space aliens are real and visit the US more frequently than Europeans, etc, etc.

Some Wonderful Bits of Catholic Culture April 4, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Latin Mass, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
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I’ve found a “new” channel on  Youtube called Holy Faith TV.  It’s not that new, it’s been around almost a  year, but it’s new to me.

They’ve got a lot of great traditional Catholic content and some really outstanding history.  How about this incredible color video of Venerable Pius XII:

And here is a video from what was then a mainstream educational film company on the jubilee year of 1950.  Can you imagine Scholastic doing a reverential and respectful video on the Church today?  How much, and how much for the worse, our society has changed since then.

“…….here lies a spiritual power that no godless philosophy may hope to vanquish.”  Take it to heart, leftists!

If an audience featuring Pius XII wasn’t good enough, how about Mass from 1948, offered in St. Peter’s. Sadly it is in black and white:

And here you go, marking the end of glory and the beginning of the auto-demolition of the Faith, a film on the death of Pius XII and coronation of John XXIII, before the fanon and sede gestatoria were scrapped by John’s successor:

 

It’s not all from the 50s.  There is content dating at least back to Saint Pius X. And some of it is more modern commentary, from a wide diversity of sources, from people known well to this blog like Fr. Michael Rodriguez and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, to more esoteric sources.  I can’t say I’ve watched much of the commentary, but as for the historical stuff, I love it.  So much more like that!

Apparently Youtube contains just part of the content, there is a website that ostensibly has more but I haven’t really had time to check it out.  Perhaps you will, and if you do, feel free to share anything of interest you may find!

As always, of course my happiness at finding this channel is not necessarily an endorsement of everything on it.  But I think there is quite a bit good to find there.

And it’s not all strictly Catholic.  There’s actually quite a bit from the Orthodox Church on the channel.  For an example, here is Patriarch Kirill, primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, taking on the cultural masters in a way the last six popes have generally failed to do, with occasional exceptions from John Paul II and Benedict.  In fact, he proclaims a truth that is readily apparent to most believing Christians of any Church, sect, or stripe: godless elites want to destroy Christianity:

The Awesome Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea at Our Lady’s Army of Advocates DFW March 30, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, religious, Restoration, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I haven’t the time to give much of a recap of the talk below, but I’ll wager this – once you start watching/listening, you won’t be able to stop.  I’d never seen Fr. Relyea give a talk below, but he was absolutely fabulous. It’s just crack cocaine for traditional homeschooling Catholics.  Give it two minutes and he’ll take you an hour-plus.

It’s also a wonderful palate cleanser from the post below.  If you could imagine Christopher Walken having a twin brother as a traditional Catholic priest, that would be Fr. Relyea.  Too bad he couldn’t come over to share some cigars with Dismas and me (that was another tremendous pleasure from the conference, meeting longtime reader and commenter Dismas).

We need more like this, captivating, motivating, exhilarating traditional Catholic priest-speakers.

More from the conference later.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the Disney stuff.  I’m not a big fan of Disney and we’ve generally disowned all that, but I do think demonic infiltration by underwear might – might – be a bit of a pious exaggeration. Perhaps pious exaggeration is a bit too strong, but it does strain credulity.  It could be totally legit but it might come across to the uninitiated as a bit extreme.  The Lord does work in mysterious ways, however, so who knows.

For the rest though I really enjoyed his talk.  He’s a fun and gregarious guy, just a prototypical Queens/Brooklyn type.

Heretic Pope – Francis Declares “There Is No Hell” March 30, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, catachesis, cultural marxism, different religion, disaster, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Spiritual Warfare, unadulterated evil.
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The Vatican has tried to sidestep this blatant declaration of heresy, but they have been very careful not to deny that he was accurately quoted.  So Francis outed himself as a blatant heretic for at least the 10th or 11th time:

In another informal interview with Italian atheist journalist (and founder of liberal newspaper Repubblica) Eugenio Scalfari, published today, Pope Francis reveals that “hell does not exist”.

His exact words below (full interview behind paywall here, most important excerpt below):

Title of the interview: “It is an honor for me to be called revolutionary.” [That is also a kind of heresy, at least given the condemnations of leftist revolutions from past pontiffs]4

Excerpt on hell:

[Scalfari:] Your Holiness, in our previous meeting you told me that our species will disappear in a certain moment and that God, still out of his creative force, will create new species. You have never spoken to me about the souls who died in sin and will go to hell to suffer it for eternity. You have however spoken to me of good souls, admitted to the contemplation of God. But what about bad souls? Where are they punished?

[Francis:] “They are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”

 

Yeah, you wish.

The timing is no accident. Almost every year at Easter this creature occupying the Chair of Peter has taken perverse delight – diabolical delight – in showing his utter disdain for popular piety and the few tattered remains of Catholic tradition that exist outside the traditionalist-dominated remnant.  He loves to mock and usurp it.  His only use for the Faith he so obviously hates is as a vehicle to his own self-aggrandizement.

Of course, he also loves to be the star of his own self-directed drama, the movie of his mind where he is always the swashbuckling young Peronist waging constantly successful insurgency against the hidebound reactionaries of the Church and world of his imagination.  He cannot see that he and his ilk are now the hidebound reactionaries wreaking destruction and causing suffering at every turn (as they have throughout their sorry lives), as his generation corrupted from the false and illusory ideals of the 60s into just another ruling class blinded by its own self-interest.

I’d be really harsh, but this being Holy Week and all, I’ll lay off.  To me, really, this guy is a joke, elected by infinitely corrupted and corrupting old pederasts who themselves are more sorry and pathetic than anything else.  They’d be laughable if they hadn’t done so damn much damage to so damned many souls.  But my judgment is nothing.  I’m just a man, and probably a fool.  But God is eternal, and hell is real.

Francis will find that out to his absolute horror at some point in the not too distant future.

 

There are Fewer and Fewer Reasons for the Repubnikan Party to Exist March 27, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, Endless Corruption, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
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Many conservatives were outraged, and badly shaken, but the 1.3 trillion dollar, 6 month omnibus continuing resolution that was passed last week to forestall the most meaningless event in history, the dreaded and loathed government shutdown, was just another confirmation that even though the party possesses the presidency, a large majority in the House, and a shaky but still existent majority in the Senate, the Republican Party cares absolutely nothing for the views and priorities of its voting base.  This was a giant upturned middle finger to the Trump movement and the conservatives that have given the Republicans their most sustained majority in Congress since the Robert Taft era.

Many even stalwart conservatives and longtime supporters of the Republican party are asking what purpose this party serves if the frankly amoral Chuck Schumer can claim that the democrats are getting more of  what they want from a Republican Congress and president than when the democrats themselves held power.  There wasn’t even a slight attempt to defund Planned Murderhood, secure real funding for the border wall (yes, there are some claims that there might be some funding there, but it is wholly inadequate), or curb the growth of the democrat’s bread and butter, unaccountable social welfare spending.  In fact, the leftist social program spending exploded under this 6 month continuing resolution.

The politics of it are disastrous, too.  Instead of taking the demonrats to the wall, now, nearly 8 months from the upcoming midterm elections, the Repubniks folded like a cheap green tent and funded the government for another 6 months, meaning the next continuing resolution (they’ve already told us there won’t be a proper budget for 2019, either, just as there hasn’t been a proper budget passed by Congress since 2009!!!!!) fight will take place in late September, only weeks before the election. With enough boneheads in this country still allowing themselves to be influenced by the democrat party’s propaganda arm (the so-called mainstream media), democrats will almost surely force an even more pathetic collapse from the Republicans then.

Trump also really disappointed in this process.  He tried to assert himself late, once the bill was already passed, but made no public full court press starting weeks ago to gin up opposition to the backdoor deals the Republican leadership was working on with the hard Left.  The exact thing Trump was elected to do – to kill the swamp monster by denying it the money it feeds on – was not even attempted, publicly, at least.  It was a major disappointment.

At some point, if voting for Republicans just gets us demonrat policies and we continue to witness the fiscal, moral, social, and cultural dissolution of this nation, there is no reason to vote for them.  They no longer serve any useful purpose.  And note, the biggest outrage here is not that they failed to enact the conservative policies tens of millions of Americans demanded of them, but that they failed to even try.

I went from living in a district so red that voting hardly mattered, to one that is so gerrymandered blue that it really really doesn’t matter, and I am wondering what all my time, money, and effort has gone to.  I am not quite as downtrodden as some conservatives are in the wake of this fiasco, like Stefan Molyneaux forecasting the eminent and permanent demise of this nation below, but I am quite disgusted and wondering when someone is either going to hijack the Republican party back from the statists, or a truly viable alternative to the corrupt uniparty is going to emerge.

Maybe we are stuck with a two party system, but no one said it had to be these two parties forever.

I think this was a pretty big deal, and Trump’s first really major disappointment. As for Congress, they all suck and should all go.

 

Blessed Are the Meek – But Who Are the Meek? Cornelius A Lapide Tells Us March 22, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, reading, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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I’ve been reading – slowly – The Great Commentary by Cornelius a’ Lapide, in the Loreto Press version with the introduction by none other than Charles Coulombe.  It’s an excellent if exhaustive biblical commentary.  I can see why it is so often used by traditional priests – there are insights to Scripture I’ve never seen anywhere else, though a few are dated (like the medical references to the latest 16th century medicine).

Nevertheless, it’s an excellent if expensive biblical commentary. I strongly recommend it.

As I said, it’s an exhaustive commentary, a’ Lapide does not manage to cover all of St. Matthew’s Gospel in a single 600 page volume (not including a ~130 page introduction).  In fact, he doesn’t even make it halfway.  Sometimes it does get a bit draggy into really minute detail.  Overall, however, it’s the best Catholic biblical commentary available in English, at least until someone finishes translating Bellarmine, which hopefully Ryan Grant is working on (Mediatrix Press, by the way, has a 10% off sale for Lent. It’s a good time to save).

I haven’t done enough Lenten content this year due to circumstances, but here’s a nice exegesis on Saint Matthew Chapter V verse 4, Blessed are the Meek.  But who is meek, and what is meekness?  Aside from Christ’s exhortation to be meek, what role does meekness play in God’s plan for our salvation?  Divine Intimacy certainly provides many answers, but these from a’ Lapide are quite worth sharing, as well. I pray you find this useful:

Fittingly are the meek conjoined to the poor in spirit, because the poor and lowly are wont to be meek, as vice versa, the rich and the proud are often impatient and quarrelsome.  Poverty and meekness are neighbors, and related virtues………For “the meek,” says Chromatius, are “those who are gentle, humble, modest, simple in faith, patient under all injury, who set themselves to follow the precepts of the Gospel and imitate the Lord’s example of meekness.  Therefore, the meek are those who rule over impatience, anger, envy, vengefulness, and other disturbances and troubled movements of the soul, and do not murmur against God when He permits adversity, nor become indignant at injuries caused by neighbors, nor seek revenge upon those who harm them, but bear all things placidly in God’s providence, who orders all these things to His glory and for their salvation, when they practice resignation and acquiesce in them. This is why the meek, by the sweetness of their manners, reconcile to themselves the souls of all.

Christ alludes to what David says in Psalm xxxvi:11, The meek shall inherit the land, and shall delight in abundance of peace.

Meekness, therefore, makes us 1. pleasing to God and men 2. like Christ, Who says, Learn of Me, because I am meek, and humble in heart (Matt xi:29), 3. apt for wisdom and gaining celestial goods. For capable of receiving these is the heart which is meek, placid, and tranquil, as Psalm xxiv:9 says: He will guide the mild in judgment: He will teach the meek His ways.

The grades of meekness and the beatitude consequent upon it are these: 1. To converse with all with a meek heart and lips. 2. To break the anger of others by a meek reply. 3. To bear with gentleness all injuries and wrongs. 4. To rejoice in being injured and wronged. 5. By our meekness and kindness to overcome the malevolence of our enemies and those who are angry with us, and win them to be our friends. [This is very hard to do, especially in our proud and selfish age, where we are taught in ways subtle and gross to always exalt the self, to always get what we want, when we want it, and to take great offense if we do not. But this is not the way of Christ, or of the great Christendom that existed for many centuries. I count myself at the head of the list of those who fail in meekness.] 

Finally, Climacus gives the reason, indeed several reasons, why the meek are blessed when he says: “Meekness is the helpmate of obedience, the leader of religious community, a curb to those who steal, a power that expels the wrathful, the teacher of joy, the imitator of Christ, the property of the heavenly, fetters and bonds of demons, a shield against bitterness and harshness of spirit. The Lord rests in the hearts of the meek.  The turbulent soul is the nest of the devil.  The meek shall inherit the earth, or better, shall rule the lands, while the furious shall be driven our out of their lands……….

[This last bit is not entirely related, but it was so good i had to include it]……..Moses promised earthly goods to the Jews, but Christ promised heavenly goods to Christians.

Better and fuller with St. Jerome – by earth in this place, understand Heaven, which is the land of the living, since this earth is the land of the dying, as it is said in Psalm xxvi: “I believe to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.” [so meekness is a necessary to be with God in Heaven]

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I think that’s it for today. I’m sure enjoying a Lapide – I only wish I had more time to read, to soak up this glorious Faith of ours, which always seems, providentially, to provide an answer to one’s yearnings, even if those yearnings were unrecognized.  Sometimes you don’t know what you need, or what really hurts, until God shows it to you.  May He be forever praised!

God bless you!

Male “Birth Control,” or Let’s Totally Emasculate Men March 22, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, cultural marxism, disaster, error, family, General Catholic, horror, manhood, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
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A purported “male birth control” pill works, researchers say.  It apparently works by killing testosterone, which is supposed to reduce or prevent sperm production.  There is already a sort of crisis developing regarding the plunging testosterone levels among males, especially soy latte sipping young millennials (those born between 1980-2000).  But even overall male testosterone levels have been plummeting over the past several decades.  One likely culprit is the mass consumption of phyto-estrogen laden soy products.

At any rate, this attempt to sterilize men en masse seems a bit on the nose, doesn’t it?  Let’s let men play at birth control by denying them the hormone that most predicts and creates distinctions between men and women?  Please:

One of the latest experimental candidates for a male birth control drug is a compound that would be taken much like the daily birth control pill available for women. A pilot study presented Sunday at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting suggests that the compound—called dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU)—can be safe and effective in human test subjects……..

……..By experiment’s end, the volunteers who took DMAU experienced a drop in their levels of testosterone and two other hormones involved in producing sperm, which was starkest in those who took the highest dose. The study didn’t directly test their sperm, since it takes around three months for lowered hormone levels to significantly reduce someone’s sperm count. But the researchers say the hormone levels seen in the high-dose group have been shown to predict infertility in earlier studies of male contraception treatments. Conversely, the levels among all DMAU volunteers returned back to normal within a month’s time after the therapy was stopped………

……….The few side effects Page’s team observed were weight gain and lowered levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind). But they feel a tweaked dose could alleviate these symptoms. Importantly, the pill didn’t seem to cause any other lasting symptoms of low testosterone. Eight men in the treatment group did report lower libido, but the effect faded away after treatment had ended. [Does anyone else severely doubt this massive hormone ingestion/modification will be side-effect free?  Yeah, right]

For now, though, the as-yet-unpublished results are only a sign of hope.  [How is it a sign of hope to make most men as artificially sterile as most women?  The birth rate in the West is already at civilization-collapse levels.  It will be the same around virtually the entire world outside parts of Africa within 10-20 years.  By 2100, the world will likely experience the most severe economic, social, and cultural calamities experienced in nearly 2000 years as a result of lack of birth.  But that is our human nature – we cannot stand success, comfort, and happiness, and at some level [many] seek to destroy it when we have it.] The researchers are currently in the middle of a trial meant to last for at least three months—a timeline that will let them directly test for lowered levels of sperm. And should that trial go off without a hitch, they would then test DMAU in real-life couples.

Something tells me this effort has more than a whiff of radical feminism about it – there is little practical need for male birth control at this point.  It’s about making men share the birth control burden, or even more, seeing men effectively neutered and emasculated (even more than many already are).