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Is our muslim president siding with Boko Haram in Nigeria? March 27, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, rank stupidity, scandals, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society.
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I’m sure I’ll attract the ire of at least one paid agent of Obama’s perpetual campaign organization OFA, but the allegations below are absolutely devastating, and so revealing.  I’m sorry, what else does this guy have to do before people will accept that he is either a practicing muslim, or has the most sympathetic view possible?

Lots of claims below.  Most of which are highly disturbing:

According to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, more than 13,000 people have been killed in the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009. Some estimates put the carnage as high as 17,000 deaths.

Between July 2013 and June 2014 alone, an estimated 7,000 people  died in incidents related to the insurgency. Boko Haram –  which means “Western education is forbidden” – recently pledged allegiance to ISIS.……

…..Clearly, a more serious response than  #BringBackOurGirls was needed to combat the growing menace – but the United States all but abandoned their African ally.  Not only did the Obama Regime refused to sell Nigeria the arms it needed to fight Boko Haram, it blocked other Western allies from helping them, too.

Back in January, the Jerusalem Post reported that Obama refused to allow “the resale of US-made military helicopters by Israel to the Nigerian government for its fight against Boko Haram last summer.”

Via James Simpson of AIM:

 The administration also denied Nigeria intelligence on Boko Haram from drones operating in the area. While Boko Haram was kidnapping school girls, the U.S. cut petroleum purchases from Nigeria to zero, plunging the nation’s economy into turmoil and raising concerns about its ability to fund its battle against the terrorists. Nigeria responded by cancelling a military training agreement between the two countries.

What do you suppose was behind the Obama Regime’s abject refusal to help this ally fight these terrorists?

Would you believe that there’s a presidential election coming up in Nigeria, and Obama’s favored Muslim candidate is in a tight race against the Christian President Goodluck Jonathan?

And would you further believe that a political consulting group founded by Obama confidante David Axelrod is assisting that candidate - Retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari - who hails from Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria from whence Boko Haram was spawned?

Thanks to the lack of cooperation and assistance from the United States, the Jonathan government has been failing miserably at beating back the terrorist scourge, with the president looking weak and ineffectual. [Now there may be some valid reasons to be careful in arming the Nigerian government, such as concern over corruption and fears the weapons may simply fall into the hands of the muslims through some treachery.  However, there are certainly loyal Christian/Catholic militias that could be supported. There is more below that bears on all this.]

Desperate, the government finally turned to Russia, China and the black market to obtain the much needed arms……

….According to an anti-Buhari Nigerian blogger writing in the Western Post:

In the last year, Nigeria sought aid from the White House for many initiatives, including the fight against Boko Haram.

The Obama administration refused to do anything but pay lip service to Nigeria’s requests. However, it used public and private channels to internationally magnify every failure Nigeria’s government experienced. 

In the last year, since the involvement of Axelrod’s firm, relations between the two nations have significantly deteriorated, with the US refusing to sell arms to Nigeria, a significant reduction in the purchase of Nigeria’s oil, and the cancellation of a military training agreement between Nigeria and the USA. [The oil could be due to the growth of fracking, now under threat due to the Saudi’s flooding the market.  But cancelling regular training that is always ongoing between the US and various relatively friendly governments, and even more, denying intelligence to the Nigerian government of Boko Haram activities, including feeds from UAVs and satellites, indicates something more than just concern over arms diversions. To me it clearly shows an agenda at work, an attempt to deeply meddle in the interior affairs of a relatively friendly government, and to show favoritism to the muslim candidate]

In turn, the Buhari-led Nigerian opposition used the U.S. government’s position as validation for their claim that the Nigerian government was a failure. [And so I have to wonder how many claims we’ve heard of terrible corruption and incompetence we’ve heard of the Nigerian government are really true, or whether this is all just White House/leftist media spin to insure Obama gets the outcome he wants, a muslim government in a majority-Christian (and mostly Catholic) nation?]

To top it off, Simpson reports that Secretary of State John Kerry “made a mockery of the administration’s pretext by hinting in January meetings with both Jonathan and Buhari that the Obama administration might allow weapon sales after the election.”

If the U.S. was so concerned about human rights violations, how could a mere election change that? Given the perception that Buhari has Obama’s implicit support, this sends an unmistakable message.

The administration also rationalized its decision to cut purchases of Nigerian oil by claiming that output from domestic oil fracking has reduced America’s dependence on foreign oil. But that begs the question: why have U.S. oil imports from other nations increased at the same time? Nigeria was formerly among America’s top five oil supplying countries, and America its largest customer. Nigeria relies on oil revenues for 70 percent of its budget. America’s decision to look elsewhere has been catastrophic for Nigeria’s economy. [Hmmm…….not entirely sure about that.  There is a tendency to want to purchase from Western Hemisphere sources. Usually the top five include Canada, Mexico, and Brazil.  Still, even without the oil allegation, these are extremely damning revelations for Obama]

After turning to Russia and China to obtain arms, Nigeria was able to fight aggressively and on the offensive against Boko Haram.

They have retaken 40 towns previously occupied by the group and killed at least 500 of the terrorists.

At least 13,000 civilians dead in Nigeria since 2009 and the US looks the other way because Obama wants to put a progressive Muslim in power.

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This article discusses this further Obama scandal in detail.  It is amazing the degree to which we are kept in the dark by the leftist Obama-apologist media.  Enormous scandals of huge international significance are consigned to the memory hole in order to protect Obama and serve his agenda.  If this story is even only true in part, it should be an incredible scandal.  Not that we need another one with this stuttering cluster@$%! of a malignant muslim traitor.

If this Republic fails, or has already, the “watchdog” media bears an enormous share of the blame, and perhaps should be considered as the formal, direct cause.  People have elected amoral monsters like Obama because the media carefully sells a completely false image.  Then again, maybe 50%+1 of people no longer even care about such things.  It’s very tempting to just stand back and watch the collapse.

And the saddest thing is, almost certainly well over half the bishops and priests of this country voted for this guy twice and are still totally on board with him!  As always, for the progressive, leftism is the real religion and anything else is just a sidelight.

Another way to fight back against the amoral culture – boycotts March 26, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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I agree with a commenter’s idea that on the specific matter of helping end division among faithful Catholics, coordination with like-minded individuals is one of the first steps to take.  Consider it done.

But on the broader matter of opposing the ongoing decline in the culture, boycotting corporations and especially charities that support egregiously amoral activities like anything related to Planned Barrenhood, sodo-marriage, and the like, is another relatively easy step to take.  No, you don’t have to send a letter, and you certainly don’t have to avoid every company and charity on the list (available here, from Life Decisions International), but you could choose to stop shopping at this place or that to make a statement.  For instance, even though I find Home Depot generally has superior product selection, because of their ardent support for sodo-marriage, I no longer shop there, but at Lowe’s.  The point is not to make your life a nightmare of narrow choices and constant moral conundrums, the point is to to what you can.

As a way of helping, find below some of the major corporations and charities that are tied to grave immorality.  First, the corporations:

JPMorgan Chase
Cigna
Chanel
Chevron
Adobe
Bank of America
Bayer
GlaxoSmithKline
Gannett
Estee’ Lauder
Johnson and Johnson
Hearst
Hilton
Home Depot
Levis (one of the worst. I used to love Levi jeans but won’t have anything to do with them anymore)
Marriot
Microsoft
Starbuck’s
Nike (another bad one)
Polo Ralph Lauren
Southwest Airlines (gives lots to Komen and Planned Barrenhood)
Time Warner
United Health
Walt Disney
Wells Fargo
Whole Foods
AOL
Symantec

Now some of the charities:

ALS
AARP
Alzheimer’s Association
American Automobile Association
American Association of University Women (particularly egregious)
American Cancer Society
Amnesty International
Boys and Girls Clubs
Camp Fire
Council of Churches
Easter Seals
Girl Scouts/Guides
Glaucoma Research Foundation
Human Rights Watch
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Kiwanis
League of Women Voters
Lions Clubs
March of Dimes
Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Childhood Cancer Foundation
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Osteoporosis Foundation
National Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
Red Cross
Ronald McDonald House
Rotary Club
Salvation Army
Save the Children
Sierra Club
Susan G. Komen
UNICEF
UNITED WAY
YMCA
YWCA (neither are remotely Christian anymore)

More and more, as we also see in the Church, corporations and charities form a densely tangled web in which charities donate to each other, and corporations cross-pollinate their “charity” as well, and the whole thing becomes an impenetrable fog.  It’s gotten to the point that the vast majority of charities wind up giving some money to Planned Barrenhood, either directly or through another agency like Komen.  Other evil charities like the Human Rights Campaign similarly receive funds from a wide variety of other charities.

The above is not meant to beat you down. Take it for  what you will.  If it’s helpful to you, please, by all means, use the info above.  There are many more less well known companies and charities also on the banned list at FightPlannedParenthood, but bear in mind, that’s only a partial list, because it only addresses those entities that fund PP.  Others not on the list above fund many other evils (which is why I added Home Depot, they do not fund Planned Parenthood, directly, but they are big fans of sodomy, especially in San Fran and their Atlanta HQ).  To me, it’s important to try to limit my business with the especially bad actors as much as possible, but I’m probably not going to change banks over the matter.  But I won’t drink Starbucks, for about 200 reasons.  As I said, whatever works best for you.

Hope the above helps!

Another controversy flairs up over Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson March 26, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Christendom, contraception, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society.
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Phil Robertson of the Duck Dynasty TV series has landed in hot water again after making comments offensive to the dominant leftist orthodoxy.  I’m not particular fan of Robertson’s and I’ve never seen the show he’s on, but I do think the media’s reaction is very telling.  While I find Robertson’s comments rather crude (but, hey, look at the dude), I think they are actually a cogent criticism of the moral relativism inherent in today’s atheist sexular pagan orthodoxy.  See if you agree, below are Robinson’s comments:

I’ll make a bet with you. Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?’

Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if this [sic] was something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head, have a nice day.’

If it happened to them, they probably would say, ‘Something about this just ain’t right.’

Now many in the media, including a right-wing secular atheist blogger I like somewhat, Ace of Spades, are portraying this as a hideous revenge fantasy, wherein all of Robertson’s anti-Christian boogeymen get their comeuppance. I don’t think that’s it at all.  I think Robertson is arguing, in a ghastly way (possibly intended to make a point), that when a culture abandons any external moral reference in the form of an absolute source of truth (in the case of Christendom, the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Faith that created Christendom/Western culture in the first place), there are no limits to the depravity to which it will sink.  Robertson is saying the atheist really has no morality left to appeal to in the horrifying hypothetical he posited, since they have very successfully destroyed the Christian God as the source of morality for our culture, at least insofar as the elites are concerned.  In fact, Robertson makes the evil that inevitably results when a culture detaches itself from a transcendent source of Truth very clear in a follow-up comment:

I gave you four ideologies in the last one hundred years, I see a pattern. You say, ‘why do they do what they do, why is there always murder?’ You know what the scary thing is? The fifth ideology right in behind all of this bunch of stuff we’re dealing with now, has its roots in the United States of America? You know how many they’ve killed? You say, ‘who are they?’ People call them left-wing loons, Bill O’Reilly calls them, political correct crowd, orthodox liberal opinion. You say, ‘what are they famous for?’ They’ve killed 63 million of their own children. 63 million. More than Hitler, more than Stalin. We’re slaughtering ourselves. You say, ‘who is behind it?’ Their father is, he was a murderer, from the beginning, they are slaves to sin, they are controlled by the Evil One. Duh.

This is really a deep and stinging criticism.  I am impressed with Robertson’s depth – he has correctly diagnosed that the cultural detachment from Christian truth has led, inexorably, to the deaths of 63 million babies in this country alone, and a billion and a half across the world.  Abortion only became legal in countries as they abandoned Christianity.  Thus, it first became legal in the Soviet Union, then in northern Europe, then most of western Europe, then North America, and today the front is Central and South America.  In every case, abortion did not become legalized until the governing elites had deliberately abandoned their Christian heritage, and also, decisively veered toward the left of the political-cultural spectrum.  I think Robertson has elicited such a vehement reaction, because he has drawn back the veil that shows the secret, hidden evils leftism must not just permit, but encourage, in order to satisfy its ever increasing appetite for power and control.

The great bargain leftism demands of its subjects is this: you give us total control over every other aspect of life, and we’ll give you totally unchecked sexual hedonism.  But since such hedonism invariably results in a number of evils: abortion, destruction of the family, children tortured by divorce, etc….all those things have to be kept carefully swept under the rug.  Leftism cannot stand to have the veil lifted.  And thus, the reaction, which has been even more ferocious than in his comments from last year.

I’ve got to say, having read a number of comments from Mr. Robertson, while he’s rough as a cobb, his beliefs are probably more Catholic than a great majority of those who bear that sacred name today.  He does spout some evangelical nonsense, it is true, but on the moral issues, he is practically Catholic.  And, as I said before, I am impressed with his depth.  He may look like a backwoods cracker hick, but he’s actually a deep-thinking and quite  intelligent man.

The interesting thing to me, is that our media has grown so shallow and insular they are incapable of seeing the broader moral argument being made here.  Not a single mainstream secular media source covering this story has managed to escape their leftist bubble and give these statements even a reasonable hearing.  Now, of course, they have a powerful motivation (their own commitment to the leftist cause) to do just that, but I think even more, they are so cut off from Christianity, it is so alien and hostile to them, they are not even capable of imagining these comments in a positive light.  And that likelihood should give us pause as Catholics, and move us to recognize that we are truly strangers in a strange land, visitors in our own homes.  There can be no reconciliation with elements both so hostile towards, and uncomprehending of, everything we hold dear.

Which only points up what an utter fallacy the entire notion of aggiornamento has always been.  But that’s probably meat for another post.

Hi there, Persecution! Woman throws Molotov cocktail at Austin pro-lifers March 24, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Yes, Austin has much more than its share of crazies.  It is a quite liberal town, and not just by Texas standards.  There are a lot of good conservatives there, too, of course, but they are outnumbered by the leftists.  We saw that a year and a half ago in the diabolical displays surrounding the passage of House Bill 2, which imposed many sensical (if far from sufficient) limitations on baby murder.

I guess that diabolical spirit is still in the air, as a crazed individual threw a Molotov cocktail gasoline bomb at some souls praying outside the local Planned Barrenhood mill.  No one was hurt, thankfully, and the perpetrator has been taken into custody:

Last night at an Austin Planned Parenthood abortion facility, a woman threw a Molotov cocktail (a type of homemade bomb) at a group of Central Texas Coalition for Life prayer volunteers. One of the volunteers was able to quickly stomp out the flame and save the group from any danger. The group was able to record the woman’s license plate number and turn that information over to the police. Police did arrest the woman who threw the bomb directly at the prayer volunteers.

Central Texas Coalition for Life Executive Director Heather Gardner responded last night. “We are so thankful that none of our courageous volunteers were injured during the incident. Because of their quick actions, the woman responsible was apprehended and will be held accountable.”

So here’s the photo of the bomb:

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Pro-tip for use of Molotov cocktails: use a glass, not plastic, bottle.  Poor execution helped insure no one was injured.

But wait!  We all KNOW, because the media always tells US, that it is only pro-lifers who are crazed, violent terrorists, whereas abortionists and their acolytes in darkness are only peaceful, loving people……..who happen to commit and support murder all day long.

What is really surprising is that things like this don’t occur much more frequently.  But a culture increasingly hostile towards Christianity may provide a fertile ground for a great increase in attacks like these in the future.

And then there are probably a good number that go unreported, such as the frequent incidents of near vehicular manslaughter committed on a daily basis by one of the former “nurses” at the Routh Street mill.  She used to take great pleasure in tearing down the alley that serves as the main entrance to that mill at 40 mph, swerving side to side and frequently forcing opponents of abortion, including children, to scramble out of the way.

Fr. Terra’s offering of thanks to Our Lady March 23, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, horror, Latin Mass, martyrdom, Our Lady, priests, Tradition, Virtue.
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Readers will recall that Fr. Joseph Terra, FSSP, was nearly beat to death last summer in Phoenix.  This was the same atrocity that resulted in the death of Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP.  Fr. Terra was gravely wounded and has spent months in recovery.  However, he is, apparently, making steady improvement.

Fr. Terra is what you might call a handyman, but even more.  He is more like a craftsman in many media.  He hand-made some of the vestments in use at Mater Dei.  And he apparently also has quite a bit of skill with hammer and saw, because he built this very tastefully done shrine to Our Lady in thanksgiving for saving his life:

11071084_934466263251934_4623749912459178328_n  Not sure where this shrine is located, but it’s nicely done.  As someone who tries to do a bit of woodworking himself, I’m impressed.  I could certainly make the stand, but I’m not sure about the rest.  I’d be interested to know whether he made the columns or got them somewhere (some advanced woodworking tools nowadays being essentially the equivalent of CNC controlled 3-D mills that can make anything).  What a great work of love and devotion. God bless Fr. Terra.  I have to think if he was able to make this, his recovery is coming along pretty well?

I never met Fr. Terra.  He left Mater Dei just a couple of months before we started there.  But I have heard tell he has led quite a varied existence, including time as a truck driver.  Sounds like I really missed out in not getting to know him.  Perhaps I will have an opportunity someday.

 

The Church revolution applied……pastorally March 18, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Interior Life, priests, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida of Corpus Christi has a post up examining the grave scandal of priests engaging in grave dereliction of duty by failing to guide souls in the belief of the Church even in the confessional.  This matter came about because an Italian journalist deliberately published the details of the guidance she received in the confessional regarding her status as a divorced and civilly remarried individual.  She violated the seal of her own accord to report these details.  But what she found was so indicative of what so many of us experience and clearly demonstrates the kind of moral cowardice and complete lack of true pastoral care that so many of us have experienced ourselves.

The text below  is a little confusing.  The bold text is Bishop Gracida’s comments, I add comments per usual.

In Italy, an undercover female journalist recently violated the sanctity of the confessional to get material for an article she was writing on this precise question. The reaction has been rather enlightening. She went to confession and sought advice about whether she, as a divorced and civilly remarried Catholic, could receive Communion – a ploy to see if confessional practice was keeping pace with the enlightened movement among the progressive bishops. [And more than just bishops]

The confessor had some interesting bits of advice. [If by interesting you mean horrifyingly scandalous] The fundamental advice was based upon a radical [and false – Abyssum] notion of private conscience: he simply told her to follow her own conscience. [One can only safely follow an informed/formed conscience – Abyssum]  In other words, if she was subjectively convinced that her second marriage was a true marriage, in spite of Church teaching, she should receive Communion, since her conscience is telling her that she is not in a state of sin. [The problems with this should be obvious to all.  We all have powerful urges, both from our fallen nature and from our eternal enemy, to act in ways contrary to the belief of the Church. Indeed, this was a major point of emphasis in developing such a robust body of Doctrine in the first place, because people will invariably try to find ways around it.  Telling folks to rely on their own, almost certainly badly formed, conscience is playing Russian Roulette with your eternal fate.  It is spiritual insanity and a grave dereliction of duty]

He also advised her that she might also consider changing her parish, so as to avoid scandal (which indicates that the priest was quite aware of Church teaching, as are many of the parishioners in his parish). And then he encouraged her to seek an annulment, but one has to wonder why, if she is convinced in conscience that she is truly married and has a right to the sacraments. Why bother?

This confessor then tries to excuse himself and perhaps soothe his own conscience when he goes on to “advise” the woman, “I am telling you what the Church is asking, [NO!  What the Church demands, which is what Christ COMMANDS!  This is not a parlor game, this is about the eternal destiny of souls, but this priest is more afraid of offending someone than sending them to hell]  but at the end it is you who must make a choice. . . .It’s clear that from my position, I will never tell you that you can take the communion, as long as the Church recognizes only one matrimony. But I will never tell you either that you cannot take it.”  [Incredible! – Abyssum]

In all, a rather pathetic dereliction of the confessor’s own duty, which leaves all the responsibility on the penitent…. [Of course.  But that pastor will be judged for the souls he consigns to hell due to his self-serving advice.]

What the confessor never does is try to help the penitent properly and correctly form her conscience, that is, in accordance with the teaching and law of the Church. [Because that’s hard, and people might get mad, and stop coming and donating, and then the bishop might get mad.  It takes great faith to be a good shepherd, to be sure.  And then there are the priest’s own private sins and deviations from Church Doctrine that factor in, as well]  He simply dodges that in favor a totally subjective understanding of the obligation to follow one’s conscience, which properly understood is indeed the teaching of the Church. It’s so easy on the confessor: Whenever you face a hard teaching, just throw the whole thing back on the penitent’s subjective conscience. At least where the Sixth Commandment is concerned. Would such a confessor give the same advice if the penitent was confessing a temptation to murder – “I will only read the Fifth Commandment to you, but then you must follow your own conscience on this matter.” [They already do, with respect to abortion and contraception, which kills plenty of babies!  Those are popular sins today.  Unpopular sins still get condemned, like being a mean ol’ judgmental Catholic or not driving a Prius or voting for a Republican. Those are bad, bad, bad sins.]

In this mishmash of confessional “advice,” there are two exit points from the Church’s discipline as related to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried: private conscience and easy annulments. Follow your own conscience has been the escape clause for confessors to properly handle confession of common sexual irregularities  – and still remain popular. It has long been the practical pastoral solution for bishops and priests who wanted to hold on to their jobs and also be loved by those who reject Church teaching on contraception. That’s where all this “just follow your own conscience” advice really got started, even before Humanae Vitae and Vatican II.

Indeed, one way to interpret the efforts of the progressive bishops and the birth control commission to change the Church’s moral teaching on contraception is that they were simply trying to solve a problem for confessors and a teaching problem for intellectuals and prelates. Catholics were already practicing contraception in large and growing numbers by the end of the Second World War, and this trend exploded with the production of the pill just a few years before the Council. The easy solution was to change the teaching of the Church and “liberate” confessors and teachers from this teaching.

Great point by the priest who authored the original column.  That last comment reminded me that even priests with a reputation for orthodoxy and an affinity for the TLM can still seek the easy way out.  A year or two ago, Msgr. Charles Pope wrote a post saying it was too difficult for pastors to tell people (almost invariably women) with hard luck divorce stories that their original marriages were valid and that they could not, in good conscience, support their request for an annulment.  He said he knew many of the original marriages were almost certainly valid but he went ahead and supported the drive for an annulment, anyway, both to get the person off his back and to hopefully “get them back to the sacraments,” whatever that means.  He also tried to push the problem back on Rome, by saying that the Vatican needed to “clarify” or “re-examine” the matter of divorce, remarriage, annulments, etc., to make pastor’s jobs easier.  Sounds eerily similar, doesn’t it?!

That puts a different spin on the recent push to soften doctrine to the preference of ostensible “pastoral” considerations, doesn’t it?  It would make the pastoral emphasis not be so much oriented toward the good of the laity, but the good of the shepherd!  It makes his job a lot easier.  And yes it will make some laity happy and they might hang around the Church a bit longer, a handful might even come back (while even more may leave), and that’s fine, but the important thing is that priests and bishops won’t have to face the difficult choice of being “faithful” in their office and making people mad.

I’m sorry, but this  explanation makes a great deal of sense, to me.  What that says about the faith of the shepherds involved, I’ll let you decide, but as an explanation for who so many priests and bishops seem to be behind this push to liberate pastoral practice from Doctrine, it makes even more sense to me than ideological blindness.

Que dices?

The sins of the German episcopate, vol. 955: complicit in mass acceptance of Nazism March 17, 2015

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I am reading Dietrich von Hildebrand’s My Battle Against Hitler, a collection of unpublished notes from his memoirs dealing with the rise of Nazism and von Hildebrand’s constant opposition to it.  While I am not entirely comfortable with von Hildebrand’s thinking at times, his reaction to Adolf Hitler and Nazism was entirely appropriate and thoroughly Catholic.  Von Hildebrand is very thorough in establishing that Nazism viewed itself and was viewed by the people of Germany as another authoritarian, LEFT WING movement in competition with Bolshevism and the like.  The leftist, repressive nature of Nazism was very, very clear to von Hildebrand, which was one of the major reasons for his rejection of it (that, and all its evil).

Also clear, is his fear that merely remaining present in a country with such an evil government would cause Catholics to make horrible moral compromises.  This, in fact, happened, and the bishops were the first to compromise, and most cravenly.

I take the text below from pp. 81-87, cut and paste and re-order to show the action, and then the result.

But much sadder and worse than this radical intellectual and cultural decline was the letter of the Catholic bishops gathered in the town of Fulda. [In addition to this episcopal letter, shortly before this, in the Abbey of Maria Laach, home of the revolutionary and disordered liturgical movement, a conference was held singing the praises of National Socialism and hoping for it continued growth.  This also disgusted von Hildebrand] Contrary to all tradition, the bishops took a position toward the government.  They began by listing all the things within National Socialism to which they spoke a full, approving “yes!” We affirm the spirit of authority, we affirm the commitment to the German nation, we affirm, etc., etc.  All this affirmation was a shameful betrayal, quite apart form the fact that the bishops after World War I did not take a similar position toward the Weimer Republic, so that taking an official position in the present context was unnecessary.  Terms such as “authority,” “nation,”and the like were used equivocally, when it was clear to everyone that what the National Socialists understood by these terms was something the bishops could never affirm. [Hmmm…..maybe they could] Besides, the fact that the affirmation of many points was very much in the foreground created the impression of a primarily affirmative stance toward National Socialism as such.  It is true that the bishops in an appendix stated that they could not accept racism in certain forms, [but some forms are OK?]  yet the impression remained that the overall tenor was one of joyous affirmation.  No word about the heresy of a totalitarian system, no protest against the innumerable crimes and the terrorism, no real condemnation of racism and the whole ideology of National Socialism!  Two weeks before Hitler seized power, membership in the Nazi Party still entailed excommunication, and now this affirmation!   [mere months later. Mind, the Church had not been threatened, there had been almost no threatening action taken, this was voluntary surrender of the most craven kind.  It turns out even the tepid rejection of Nazi errors the letter contained were forced by a few faithful bishops.  Most of the German bishops were perfectly happy to reach some kind of accommodation with the Nazis.]

[So, how did this letter influence German Catholics……]  In general, the directive from German bishops and priests was this: one may participate in everything that does not violate the Faith and the Commandments of God.  In other words, on can join the SA or SS, continue teaching at the school that has conformed itself to National Socialism, one ought not to give up one’s position where one can at least prevent what is “worst” in small things, continue to do good, and so forth. With the bishops and priests adopting this stance, it is hardly surprising that young, naive Catholics, particularly those who were only Catholic culturally, should merrily sing the Horst Wessel Lied and be filled with enthusiasm for the Fuhrer. I was of course horrified by such a friendly and benign attitude toward the Nazi regime, and I expressed my total rejection of National Socialism and my disdain for Hitler in very clear terms.

——–End Quote——–

How do we see the Church, in the form of Her human leadership, compromising today?  Too many ways to count, I should say.

My only remaining question, after examining the above, and bearing in mind that virtually every satanic idea that has afflicted the culture in the past 500 years has a very heavy German influence, from protestantism to Hegel to Heidigger (von Hildebrand’s competitor) to Marx to Luther to Hitler …….why on earth is anyone listening to what they have to say demand regarding marriage and the family, or anything for that matter?

12,000,000,000 dollars. Oh……that’s why.

BTW, Cardinal Marx was asked whether he had any guilt over the German church’s obscene wealth:

Well……at least it’s ladies.

Oh dear Lord……everything that is wrong with sexular paganism in one post March 17, 2015

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This post is for mature readers only, and those whose consciences are not easily upset.  This below is atrocious, and signifies the horrid self-serving (while at the same time, self-destroying) sickness that pervades the current day amoral sexular pagan ethos.

Again……children and those with sensitive consciences should not read.

In many respects, the story below is heartbreaking.  Lack of faith in God leads to a childless, empty existence, which then leads to unhappiness in marriage, which then leads to a casting about for “answers” to that unhappiness.  The marriage is reduced down to nothing but the satisfying of the most base sensual pleasures.  When that fails, too, infidelity, and all the rest.  There is a “twist” at the end of the report that is as unexpected as a freight train winning a contest with a small car at a railroad crossing, and the result is about the same.

If this is what the elite of our culture is up to, I want out (final content warning.  This is pretty sick):

[Setup – childless 44 year old woman is bored after 18 years of marriage.  Cue dramatic music…..]  Stuck in a rut — our once-a-week sex life was loving, but lacked spontaneity and passion — I was craving seduction and sexual abandon. I was having a midlife crisis and chasing this profound, deeply rooted experience of being female. [Can I pass over the strange understanding this woman has of “being female?”  Does she understand how unnatural it is for a woman to define being female as being a slattern?]

Before then, starting a family had felt like one route to this elusive state of feminine fulfillment. But Scott had made it absolutely clear he never wanted a baby, and even had a vasectomy. [As the article progresses, the shallowness, the barrenness of this woman’s existence becomes increasingly oppressive]

Many people will find this hard to understand, but, as the door to motherhood closed, I found myself rushing towards this whole other outlet of heightened female experience — taking lovers. [Or maybe it was revenge on your husband for denying you motherhood?  Did you ever think of that?]

I’d always been “the good girl,” and had slept with only three guys before getting involved with Scott at the age of 26. I was pretty conservative. [I will just repeat here – and it certainly has great bearing on this sordid tale – that statistics show that a woman with 4 lifetime partners has a 60% chance of getting a divorce – in 10 years!  When that increases to 5, the likelihood jumps to 70%, and when you get over 10, the likelihood is over 90% (mind that is only over a 10 year period.  The lifetime divorce rate for women with more than 10 lifetimes partners is essentially 100%). A woman who marries as a virgin has a less than 20% chance of divorcing in her lifetime, and women who are faithful Christians who pray regularly have essentially a nil divorce rate]

Sexually, I was experiencing what happens to a lot of women in their late 30s and early 40s. I was approaching my sexual peak and was relaxing into myself.

I broke the news to Scott that I wanted an open marriage in early 2008, a few months after his vasectomy. “I won’t go to my grave with no children and four lovers,” I told him repeatedly. “I refuse.” [This is a really strange juxtaposition – either I become a mom (which would almost certainly have required heroic, and often gravely disordered, efforts at here age), or I become a wanton whore.  Sorry……there is no other word for it.  Who thinks like this?  I really do think this was about revenge.]

Against the idea at first, he eventually relented. According to our deal, I’d rent a studio apartment during the week and come back to our home on weekends. Both of us could sleep with whomever we chose as long as we used protection. It was a case of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

[So, at this point, there begins a long interlude describing her period of infidelity.  It is as sordid as it is predictably banal. I will skip that, naturally, and move towards the conclusion.  Understand, her husband has been similarly unfaithful during this entire period.]

…….But, by the end of the 12-month project, moving back home full time proved more difficult than I had thought. [Gee, you think?!  After you’ve willfully broken every vow you ever made, after you rejected the marital bed for sickening displays with total strangers, now you’re surprised that you find your marriage shattered?  Who could imagine?!?]  After you open up a marriage and experience a whole range of sexual variety and aspects of yourself you’ve never had before, it’s hard to put everything back in the box. 

You’re changed. [I’ll say, and not for the better.]

I slept with a total of 12 people (including two women)  [nice]  during the Wild Oats Project……

And so she divorced her husband and took up with one of her lovers from the “project.”  She claims they are still together, though I have my doubts that will last the notoriety of this book she’s written.  Oh, yeah……all this soul-sharing is in promotion of her book recounting the details of her period of ultimate self-indulgence.  Some may argue much of it may be made up.  But I doubt it, not in this world.

So, let’s sum up:

  • Godlessness, leads to….
  • …..a childless, sterile existence, which produces
  • a shallow, failing marriage where the husband unilaterally takes steps that devastate the wife……
  • …..who in a fury of scorn lashes out by embarking on a course I’m quite certain she knew deep down would end their marriage, and does so in the most outrageously flamboyant way possible, even demanding her husband’s acquiescence in the project…..
  • …..and now is attempting to cash in on the experience, further humiliating her ex and, in true feminist fashion, gaining ascendancy over him in the process.

Wow.  What despicable people.  Note there is not the slightest care given to the damage her behavior inflicts on marriage as an institution  or to the negative effect her “project” may have had on the partners involved (perhaps some of them were injured in the process?  They were all certainly morall wounded).  It was all about glorious me, me, me.  I think it actually quite a blessing they did not have children.

This woman needs a mountain of prayers.  As a priest said about a husband who has abandoned his wife recently, “satan has him.”  And satan has her, and that is a terrible, terrible thing.

The saddest part is, while this woman may have had the unmitigated gall to proudly trumpet and try to cash in on her infidelity, this kind of thing happens all the time, by both men and women.  People like this are a dime a dozen.  There is nothing special at all in marital infidelity.  Quite the contrary, it is those who honor their vows and maintain their marriages for a lifetime that are truly rare and special.

Well……I hope this woman enjoys her cat-filled future.  Not too many men are going to want to hang around with a wrinkled up old feminist shrew at age 70.

Thus, the glory of sexular paganism.  Gee, that’s just so incredibly awesome compared to Catholicism.

I wonder if she took her ex to the cleaners after they divorced?  Hell hath no fury, and all that.

The scandal of divorce – and its impact on government/culture – make “gay marriage” pale in comparison March 16, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Domestic Church, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, family, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, self-serving, Society.
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So says Steven Baskerville in a retty good post below that re-hashes many points made on this blog in the past regarding the ongoing destruction of marriage, the most recent (but not final) attempt to trivialize marriage down to nothing but a convenient tax break (how long will that last?) in so-called “gay marriage,” and the failing efforts to resist this steady advance of radical family deconstructionism.  The author notes that even conservative Catholics writing in First Things still get the big picture wrong, by pretending that the destruction of marriage was more or less sealed by mass contraception use, errors asserting the pleasure/unitive aspect of marriage above the procreative, and no-fault divorce.  Until Catholics start to oppose those evils and reject them in their own lives, the destruction of marriage will continue apace (up to an including groups and animals, and I am not kidding).  Some excerpts:

…..Same-sex “marriage” is symptomatic of a much larger and more ambitious agenda of determined and defiant sexual liberation being pushed by radical political ideologues. The destruction of true marriage and the traditional family is not merely a consequence of the radicals’ program; it is its stated purpose. And it will not stop with marriage. Other manifestations of the radicals’ growing power have already demonstrated their eagerness to incarcerate their opponents……

….Same-sex “marriage” and the radical agenda of which it is but a small part cannot be stopped on the cheap. [Meaning, as a stand-alone evil to oppose.  This attack on marriage is part of a broader assault going back literally centuries and is tied into the fundamental destruction of Christendom which began in 1517.  Until the Church again begins to oppose evils like divorce and contraception with a true effort, marriage will only continue to be eviscerated] We must accept and act upon some unpleasant but obvious truths—truths that may cost us something. And they are precisely the ones [the First Things article] appears determined not simply to avoid but to deliberately obfuscate.

First, same-sex “marriage” and homosexuals did not kill marriage; they are merely picking over the carcass. Same-sex “marriage” is the direct result of precisely the divorce and cohabitation epidemics that [the First Things article] tells us are less important. These brought the “abolition of marriage” and devalued it to the point that it became attractive to some homosexuals. Others have long warned that Christian leaders are shockingly silent on these matters, and their warnings now stand vindicated. Same-sex “marriage” is the logical result. [Well, I don’t expect the very sects that normalized divorce from the start (or were founded based on acceptance of divorce!) to get it, but I do expect the Catholic Church to, and yet, as this writer notes, the Church has been “shockingly silent” on this point for decades, the occasional papal statements notwithstanding]

……..Same-sex “marriage” concerns tiny numbers. By contrast, divorce and illegitimacy devastate the lives of tens of millions and constitute the engine driving the welfare system that is bankrupting entire societies……. [Agree in principle, but sodo-marriage involves such a tremendous evil and is such a complete inversion of the meaning of marriage that it will have impact incalculably larger than the bare numbers involved]

……Under the gargantuan and repressive divorce gestapo, legally unimpeachable citizens are separated forcibly and permanently from their children, evicted from their homes, plundered for everything they possess, and incarcerated without trial for such transgressions as unauthorized meetings with their own children. Not only do they lose their jobs; they are then summarily jailed for having inadequate income. They are even incarcerated for criticizing government officials.

This has been going on for years, during which Christian leaders have been silent. It is hardly surprising that similar (but so far much less serious) authoritarian measures are now being meted out to Christians. [for opposing sodo-marriage]  A glance at the sexual revolutionaries’ other targets reveals that it can and will become much worse……..

…….Cheap compassion for the poor without attention to their sexual morality merely exacerbates the problem. Earlier generations of Christians did not flinch from this obvious, irrefutable, and necessary principle. But who preaches against adultery or fornication now?

Having neglected these age-old truths until the family crisis attains the absurdity of same-sex “marriage,” we now want to draw a line in the sand just short of the latest, most absurd manifestation and hope we can extricate ourselves without serious sacrifice. But it does not work that way. [That is a brilliant paragraph.  It really condenses the mass failure to oppose all these evils over the past 5 decades down to a nutshell]

……..Current bravado about pastors “going to jail” to defend marriage[from sodo-marriage]is nothing like the number that would face summary incarceration once they began to threaten the ill-gotten gains of the divorce industry by intervening to defend spouses and parents against its injustices and depredations. This is why the subject is simply off-limits for a Christian leadership that refuses to rock the boat and prefers the media spotlight. [Where is Cardinal Dolan when you need him?]

Those were merely some excerpts from a fairly long piece (probably 1800-2000 words).  But, it’s very good, you should read the entire thing, even if it is not strictly from a Catholic perspective.

I really haven’t much more to say.  The former Christendom has been attacking marriage for 500 years in some areas, and with increasing vigor and fervor for 220 years since leftism was first really unmasked and unleashed in the French Revolution.  The Left seeks absolute power for all time, the ‘boot stamping a human face forever” per Orwell.   The family is the largest impediment to that end.  So, they have waged war on the family for 200 years, and with amazing success.  However, final and total destruction of the family – if that is even possible – will not get them their end (for any length of time), what it will get all of us is a civilizational collapse that will make the Fall of the Roman Empire look like high Victorian quietude.

But the broader issue is the surrender the Church has made on these matters since the late 50s/early 60s.  I don’t care what sects are doing, they were founded in error and will remain there, but the Church is supposed to be the Light of the World, but for too long the shade has been drawn and the light dimmed to a barely discernible glow.  The calamities afflicting marriage are just one of the more visible aspects of that mass shirking of duty.  Unfortunately, there is no fix of any kind to deal with that failure of duty – it took decades, even centuries, to get to the point of collapse, and it will take about that long (barring some great miracle) to return from it.

I’ll add a bit more – even in traditional Catholic communities, the scandal of divorce remains.  That is one particular evil that even among these often most fervent of Catholics still seems to occasionally raise its ugly head.  I was recently brought into a particularly sad and sordid situation in that regard, which perhaps doesn’t quite “count” since one of the parties has totally fallen away from the Faith over the course of a few months.  That makes the second individual I’ve known that came out of a pretty messed up background to convert to a strong, even traditional Catholicism in the past year to fall away.  Satan never lets up, so never let your guard down.  Tragedies like divorce can afflict any of us – or those close to us – if we are not fervent in prayer/piety and blessed by God.

Generations of Catholics have been robbed blind of the true Faith March 12, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the struggle for the Church.
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Very good Vortex video below from Michael Voris, brought to my attention by a reader – a reader who, coincidentally, has more than a slight problem with some of the recent material produced by CMTV, but who keeps enough of an open mind to recognize works of value when they appear.  And this is very good.  It is right in Michael’s wheelhouse, sharing a story about the impact the revolution against the Church has had on individual souls clearly, concisely, and powerfully.  Each one of these souls lost to the Church and into the various sects – often certainly due to feeling spiritually starved with the pablum served up in far too many Catholic parishes or even entire dioceses – is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions.  Each soul falling away is a grievous wound to the Body of Christ.

And there have been so many, many wounds.  Ex-Catholics would make up the second largest religious denomination in the United States, if there were such a thing.  Around the world over the past 5 decades, the number of souls who have fallen away – sometimes for their own prurient reasons, but often because they felt lost and unfulfilled – has to number in the 9 digits.  That is, over a hundred million souls.  Or hundreds of millions.  It is the greatest, deepest, widest abandonment the Church has ever experienced in her 2000 year history.  The Church has experienced many heresies in her long history, she has seen whole nations fall into error and apostasy before, but never has a crisis afflicted the Church so universally as this present one.  It ranges over every territory and over every class or group of individual.  And even many who still claim formal membership in the Church – it is certainly the vast majority – hold heretical or erroneous beliefs that place them outside the Church in reality.

So many of the few faithful who remain see this as the inevitable fruit of the abandonment of the tenets of Catholicism discussed below, and the introduction of radical and destructive concepts into the life of the Church.  It is simply unarguable to me and many others that the incredible novelties in belief and practice introduced 5 odd decades ago are inseparably linked to this crisis.  The crisis will not be overcome until the Faith begins to be preached, en masse, again.  And that won’t happen until the noxious errors introduced are clearly repudiated at all levels of the Church, and the true Faith taught.

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