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Boy Scouts President Robert Gates – ban on sodomite Scout leaders cannot be maintained May 21, 2015

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Well, well, well…….if it isn’t Robert Gates, continuing his disastrous leadership in yet another critically important American institutions. After essentially destroying the defense acquisition process in his turn as Secretary of Defense, he now apparently intends to insure the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) is well and truly leveled during his administration.

Not that their present position – admitting Scouts with perverse inclinations into their ranks, but not Scoutmasters with the same affliction – is in any way tenable.  I wrote at the time they disastrously surrendered that it would’t be more than a year or two before just this happened, that they would have men given over to the most unnatural lusts, the vast majority of whom allow their faculties in that regard to run wild, serving in leadership positions.  Well, I was just about spot-on, Gates has all but called to lift the ban on sodo-Scout leaders (thanks to MFG):

The Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay leaders “cannot be sustained,” said president Robert Gates in remarks prepared for this week’s National Annual Meeting being held in Atlanta.

In his speech, which was posted to the Scouts’ website today and is available below, the former U.S. Defense Secretary and CIA director says he is not asking for a policy change — not yet, anyway. But, he says, “I must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was director of the CIA and secretary of defense. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we wish it to be.”

The Irving-based Boy Scouts lifted its ban on openly gay youth members at its May 2013 meeting at the Gaylord Texan — much to the displeasure of then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But it continues to prohibit openly gay adults from serving as volunteers or paid BSA staffers.

In his speech, Gates points out that many councils are “openly” challenging the current policy — among them, for instance, the Boy Scouts’ Greater New York Councils, which recently hired an openly gay 18-year-old as a camp counselor. Said Gates, expect that trend to continue.

“While technically we have the authority to revoke their charters, such an action would deny the lifelong benefits of Scouting to hundreds of thousands of boys and young men today and vastly more in the future,” he says in the prepared remarks. “I will not take that path. [So, you’ve given up.  Shocking. If you took a strong stand now, you could nip this trend in the bud, but by announcing you will take no action, you are not only insuring many more poor, morally lost souls will try to gain positions of influence in the Scouts, but, even more, you are positively encouraging them to do so.  You’re basically announcing, on the QT, I’m in support of this, I will do nothing to stop it.  Remember to check out the Troops of Saint George for a solidly Catholic alternative to the Boy-Rape Scouts]

Further prediction:  it won’t be more than 10 years or so before two things happen: there are massive lawsuits against the Scouts due to sex abuse that occurs between scouts and “masters,” and the BSA will become a predominately left-wing sexular pagan advocacy organization a la the Girl Scouts.  You are going to allow at least some men with powerful inclinations towards “twinks” unfettered access to them in remote, rural locations.  Normal boys will flee in spades, within a few years virtually no normal boys will join up, and you’ll be left with a much smaller sodomite-advocacy group.  Satan couldn’t be happier, and Baden-Powell must be spinning in his grave.

MFG also recommends this: interesting analysis that indicates that parishes that host Boy Scout troops but who refuse sodo-marriage could be held liable.  The wheels, the wheels are coming off: http://www.adfmedia.org/files/BSALegalRamifications.pdf

Oh, that we could have a Pontiff like St. Gregory VII! May 21, 2015

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A little excerpt from the Feast of Pope St. Gregory VII, May 25, from The Liturgical Year by Dom Prosper Gueranger.  Poor Pope Hildebrand, as he was also known, was a great reforming Pope, whose efforts to reassert the Faith over an increasingly corrupt Christendom in the 11th century led to his being persecuted greatly, especially by the lying, conniving Holy Roman Emperor Henry II.  Henry had constantly attempted to usurp the power of the Church and Hildebrand’s reforms, especially against the great evil of simony, and revealed himself full of treachery on many occasions, when he begged the Pope’s mercy when in a weak position, only to attack him even more savagely once strong again.  He finally forced Saint Gregory VII to die in exile, due to his orthodoxy, and even went to the length of installing an antipope on the throne of St. Peter.  Of course, Henry eventually met his own downfall, and I would imagine his personal judgement was one of the more challenging ones in history.

Reading about Pope Saint Gregory VII helps remind one that the Church has always been afflicted by bad, worldly prelates, and that really good Popes are relatively rare.  Gregory was abandoned by most of his episcopate, who went over to the antipope’s side (mostly because they did not like how Gregory was trying to curb their lavish and often immoral lifestyles……sound familiar?).  But who remembers those bad bishops anymore? Who even knows where they are?  Meanwhile, in spite of his suffering, Pope Gregory’s reform movement was successful, and set the stage for both the enormous flowering of Faith in the 12th and 13th centuries, and the Crusades.

The excerpt below comes from a letter Pope Saint Gregory wrote to all the faithful of Christendom, encouraging them to rally to his side and, most of all, practice true virtue and right belief.  It is a helpful reminder for our own time, when the Church is again besodden with rotten internal fruit and the repression of the secular power:

You know, brethren, that it was said to the prophet: “Cry from the top of the mountain, cry, cease not!” (Ps II:2).  I, then, urged irresistibly, laying human respect aside, and raising my mind above every earthly consideration, I preach the Gospel, I cry out, yea, I cry out unceasingly,  and I make known to you that the Christian religion, the true faith which the Son of God, who came down on the earth, taught us by our Fathers, is in danger of being corrupted by the violence of secular power;  that it is on the way to destruction, and to the loss of its primitive character, being thus exposed to be scoffed at, not only by satan, but by Jews, Saracens, and pagans.  The very pagans are observers of their laws, though these cannot profit the soul’s salvation, neither have they been guaranteed, by miracles, as ours have been, to which our Eternal King has borne testimony; they keep their laws, and believe them.  We Christians, intoxicated with the love of the world, and led astray by vain ambition, make every principle of religion and justice give way to covetousness and pride; we seem as though we had neither law nor sense, for we have not the earnestness of our Fathers had for our salvation, and for the glory of both the present and future life; we do not make even them the object of our hopes.

If there be some still left who fear God, they only care for their own salvation, and the common good seems not to concern them. Where do we now find persons who labor and toil, or expose their lives by fatigues, out of the motive of the fear or love of the Omnipotent God? Whereas we see soldiers of this world’s armies braving all manner of dangers for their masters, their friends, and even their subjects!  There are thousands of men to be found who face death for the sake of their liege lord; but when the King of Heaven, our Redeemer, is in question, so far from being lavish of their lives, Christians dare not even incur the displeasure of a few scoffers. If there be some (and thanks be to God, there are still a few such left among us) – if, we repeat, there be some who, for the love of the Christian Law, dare to resist the wicked to their face, not only are they unsupported by their brethren, but they are accused of imprudence and indiscretion, and are treated as fools.

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How familiar does that last bit sound?!?  How many of the most devout Catholics today are treated as fools, not only by the scoffing pagans of the world, but by those who should be their best friends and greatest champions, the clergy and bishops of Holy Mother Church!  Dietrich von Hildebrand noted this terrible fact decades ago, and it has only grown worse – ever since the Council, virtually every bishop regards his own best, most devoted souls with distrust if not outright hostility, even opposing their efforts to save souls and restore the Faith!  Meanwhile, they openly give succor to the Church’s enemies within and without!

These are truly diabolical times, but, in some sense, they are not wholly unprecedented. As Pope Saint Gregory VII shows us, there have always been unworthy priests and bishops. Why else have so few been canonized in the history of the Church, with most Saints coming from the ranks of the religious?  But perhaps never before has there been such a top to bottom, worldwide abandonment of the Faith.

May God send us a new Hildebrand.  May He gift our Church with another great, reforming Pope!  None of the major problems afflicting the Church can even begin to be addressed, in a worldly sense, by laity.  It will take great men in high Church office to effect reform.  May God please send us such men.

Wait till you see how a Vatican prelate responds to criticism of having pro-aborts speak at “climate change” conference – UPDATED May 21, 2015

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Dear Lord, Life Site News posted yesterday an exchange between Archbishop Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science, and the large pro-family group C-FAM.  C-FAM queried him, in very polite terms, about the scandal of having major pro-abort activists being given a platform to spread their diabolical errors at the recent Vatican conference on so-called climate change.  His responses were incredibly hostile and dismissive.  I mean, he doesn’t even try to hide his enormous bias or the fact that he’s very much on the progressive side of things, he simply chided and rebuked C-FAM for every mild criticism they raised.  Get a load of this (questions from C-Fam in bold, I add comments):

Q. Were you aware before your collaboration with Sachs at the Vatican of his public position on abortion in the book “Commonwealth”, where he says abortion is a “low-cost” and “low-risk” intervention to reduce fertility in the event that contraceptives fail?

Sánchez Sorondo (S.S.) I’ve just come back from Argentina, where I attended a conference to combat new forms of slavery, like human trafficking, forced labor, prostitution, and organ trafficking, which I consider, together with Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, to be a crime against humanity. Unfortunately, there is not only the drama of abortion, but there are also all these other dramas, in which you should also be interested, because they are closely related. The climate crisis leads to poverty and poverty leads to new forms of slavery and forced migration, and drugs, and all this can also lead to abortion. [Note, he didn’t even remotely answer the question, he simply changed the subject.  Certainly human trafficking is a huge concern and is most rampant in muslim nations (why don’t the Archbishop use his voice to chide muslims on that?!?) but it has no relation to “climate change.”  But it gets worse…..]

Q. Several Catholic intellectuals and media sources criticized your decision to collaborate with Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs on climate change, because of their positions on abortion and population control. Do you have any reply to these concerns?

S.S. The Tea Party and all those whose income derives from oil have criticized us, but not my superiors, who instead authorized me, and several of them participated. [Oh come on!  My income doesn’t derive from oil, you petulant snot, and I’ve just been one of thousands, if not millions, scandalized by this biased watermelon festival. Give me a break!]

Q. Undoubtedly, you discussed Ban Ki-moon’s and Jeffrey Sachs’ position on abortion and population control in the lead up to the conference. How were any questions resolved?

S.S. Yes. We had these discussions, and as you can see, the draft SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) don’t even mention abortion or population control. They speak of access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. The interpretation and application of these depends on governments. Some may even interpret it as Paul VI, in terms of responsible paternity and maternity. Instead of attacking us, why not enter into dialogue with these “demons” to maybe make the formulation better, like we did on the issues of social inclusion and new forms of slavery? [Now just wait a minute.  This is diabolical.  In every Western country including all of Latin America, “family planning and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights” are synonymous with contraception and abortion.  This is diabolical in the use of code language to communicate to what I have to assume was the intended audience – the radical sexular pagan enviro-left – that the Vatican, or at least this conference, is on board with their agenda, while leaving some wiggle room to say “oh, we didn’t endorse abortion,” even while they had huge pro-aborts speaking for this conference all over the place.  Don’t you like how they’re trying to drag Humanae Vitae back into this, as well?  “Responsible parenthood” means, according to Pope Francis, “3 kids is about right,” and contraception is back on the table. I also like how he tries to chide C-Fam for being critical, asking why they didn’t join in the process?  The reason they didn’t is because they couldn’t, they weren’t invited, and even more, any noted pro-life pro-family “conservative” groups were blocked from entering the conference!]

Q. Critics of this collaboration lament how Catholics and non-Catholics alike may be confused about participating, even remotely, in the grave moral errors that Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs promote. At the same time, Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs have derived great benefit from their participation, confirmed in the enthusiastic media coverage of the conference, which may in turn also raise a lot of interest for Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment.

S.S. We are happy that Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs have accepted the theory on climate that the Academy has maintained for thirty years, namely, that human activity based on fossil fuels determines climate. [Based on what?!? Global temperatures have not increased in 20 years even as carbon emissions have greatly increased!  This is a conclusion looking for evidence, and a perversion of science.]  The members of the Academy have defined this “anthropic climate” or “anthropocene,” chief among them being Nobel Prize winners Paul Crutzen and Mario Molina. You should also be happy, because the consequences of climate change fall especially on the poor, and this also puts them in situations where they then accept abortion. [He is here directly reiterating Sachs’ claim at the conference, and simply espousing left wing talking points with essentially no basis.  If you make fossil fuels vastly more expensive, that’s going to put great pressure on the poorest to abort, not “climate change.”]  Moreover, we are happy that Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs have accepted to modify the proposals on social inclusion by adding new forms of slavery such as human trafficking, forced labor, prostitution, and organ trafficking, which were not even present in the last drafts. You should be happy about this too, because if there is anything that threatens the family, of which you call your self a supporter, it is prostitution, which Pope Benedict called an absolute evil precisely because it destroys the cell of social order. [His words drip with venomous derision.  This man is a snake]

Q. The Declaration on climate change that was released after the conference unequivocally assigns responsibility for climate change to human activity. Is this a position that is shared by pope Francis?

S.S. This I do not know. But I suppose yes, because he would not write an encyclical just to say that man is responsible for the Earth but that everything is fine! Perhaps, you believe, like those who live off oil, that everything is fine? [This is how a Vatican prelate speaks?  With the baiting emotion-laden language of the left?  “You’re not one of those evil oil profiteers, are you?”  I’ve never read or heard anything about this guy before, but he comes across as a thug in cassock.] The Academy says otherwise, as do all the rest of scientific academies in the world. Only a few scientists paid by lobby groups opine differently. [This is a wicked and unsubstantiated calumny.  This is utterly beneath the dignity of an archbishop. Note his entire argument is this: climate change is happening, because we say it is, and how dare you say anything different!  Now just shut up!]

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There is a bit more at Life Site News.  I’m sorry for abusing fair use, but this is so incredibly revealing I felt it had to be shared.

This guy was promoted to his position 17  years ago by Pope JPII.  He has written very extensively.  It seems he started out perhaps a bit progressive with occasional orthodox positions thrown in.  But he seems to have tacked hard left since……surprise!………March 2013.  Gee……I wonder what happened then that could have precipitated a sudden shift?

Geez……..if this is any confirmation of the kinds of attitudes percolating at the Vatican over the past 2  years, things are going to get out of hand very quickly.  Then again, many would argue they already have.

Here’s a question……how much money has the Vatican/Church been promised for their climate change advocacy?  I don’t think that’s an unfair question, things like this don’t just “happen,” there is almost always money involved.

UPDATE:  Sheesh, how blind do you have to be to leave a comment like this (I paraphrase):

I think I see the hand of the Holy Ghost here.  These bad bishops have always been in the Church, but Pope Francis is really encouraging them to come into the open.  I’m sure he’s just giving them enough rope to hang themselves, and that Pope Francis will squash them soon.

My mouth hangs agape. And yet such willful blindness is everywhere.  This is not just withholding judgment. This is self-delusion.

If present trends hold, Catholics slated to make up 6% of US population May 20, 2015

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A commenter in my previous post already noted this, but I thought this a sufficiently huge topic to break it out into another post.  That article I linked to that examined more details of the Pew religious attitudes survey goes on to paint a really bleak picture of the future of the Church.  Based on present trends, and assuming they arrive at some equilibrium point in the future (and discounting certain factors like immigration), the author estimates the Catholic Church will wind up with only 6% of the total population of the US at some indeterminate future point (I did not see the article declare when this would happen, but I would guess, based on present trends, within 50-80 years – i.e., within the lifetime of my children).  This data shows the Church has already essentially reached a point of near-total collapse, and is only coasting on the 59% of her prior membership who hasn’t left the Church for a sect or complete religious apathy.  Once this generation dies out, the Church will be smaller, percentage-wise, than it has been since the early 1800s in this country (you have to go to the link for the tabular data, since its embedded in their html code for the article):

If conversions went on as they do today and all other factors were held steady, America would wind up with the religious demographics of the stable distribution.

Unaffiliateds would wind up modestly gaining ground (from 23 percent at present to 29 percent).1 And Christian denominations would drop a little (from 69 percent at present to 62 percent at equilibrium).2

But there would be substantial redistribution among Christian groups, with evangelical Protestants gaining (26 percent at present to 32 percent) and Catholics losing more than half their current share of the population (21 percent to 8 percent).

Why do evangelicals wind up ahead of other Christian sects in this model? They’re better at holding on to the people born into their tradition (65 percent retention compared to 59 percent for Catholics and 45 percent for Mainline Protestants), and they’re a stronger attractor for people leaving other faiths. According to Pew’s data on conversion rates, 10 percent of people raised Catholic wind up as evangelicals. Just 2 percent of people born as evangelicals wind up Catholic. The flow between mainline and evangelical Protestants is also tilted in evangelicals’ favor. Twelve percent of those raised evangelical wind up in mainline congregations, but 19 percent of mainline Protestants wind up becoming evangelical.

This data only confirms what most of us already know: a very large number of people leaving the Catholic Church in this country (as well as many others) do so because they are spiritually starved, tired of being fed baby food and pablum in the form of happy-clappy liturgies and never-offending, never-challenging “catechesis.”  And in my personal experience, it is these people who have already made up their minds that the Church has nothing to offer them that are the most resistant to any propagandizing in the name of the Faith.  They have tried Catholicism, found it grossly wanting, and will not be back.  Former Catholics, in point of fact, make up over HALF the growth seen in the evangelical sects  – and, again, data from other countries shows that the situation is even worse there.

This data also shows it not just cultural changes that have been responsible for the destruction of the Faith in the lives of millions of souls.  Some groups are growing quite rapidly, as are traditional Catholic communities.  It is the banal, heck, spiritually dead product of Novus Ordo land – with its worldly focus, left-wing political bent, and its grave fear that it never, ever, offend anyone (except true believers) – that is driving souls from the Church en masse.

Just a few caveats: like all projections, this one is based on a limited data set, ignores important factors like immigration (little wonder bishops stress it so much, they probably have access to a lot better data than this), and is predicated on things staying just as they have.  In fact, with regard to whatever positive growth areas it sees, I tend to imagine those are going to be under heavy stress as the prevailing culture becomes increasingly pagan and anti-Christian. Once being visibly, publicly Christian (of any type) starts to carry a heavy cultural cost, the numbers could become much worse than they show above.

Nevertheless, the data above shows the Church in a uniquely bad position.  The Church is being accursed by low rates of retention of those born into her, the highest rates of flight out, very low rate of conversion, and, finally and most momentously, a very low birth rate for those within.  That is why, cumulatively, the Catholic Church, based on the data above, may suffer an even greater collapse than the mainline protestant sects.  Given how much those have imploded, that is beyond depressing, but, then again, when you model your corporate institution on a bad copy of an already failing one (mainline protestantism), should one be surprised that it fares even worse than the original?  Especially when moderately well-formed Catholics can simply look to the recent past and say: “These things are not the same?”

So, the new evangelization has either massively failed, or succeeded beyond a modernist’s greatest hopes and dreams, depending on how you look at it.

I’ll be blunt – the Church is being bled white by doctrinal indifference (and chaos), left-leaning politics, and managerial incompetence. The Church in this country as it exists today is likely to be a shadow of its former self in a few decades.  Heck, it already is, but the process is only going to accelerate.  And the thing is, many leaders in the Church, up to and including the past several Popes, are apparently fine with this. They are so taken in by the (I’ll say it) demonic lie of ecumenism that they probably see the collapse of the Catholic Faith as an OK thing, so long as it doesn’t happen too much in their diocese, and their finances remain OK.  Which of the last several pontiffs has repeatedly presented a cogent explanation to the souls in their charge (that is, the entire world) why they must either remain, or become, Catholic?  I seriously question whether our present Pope Francis would agree with the statement: “I undeniably did the right thing, and immeasurably increased my chances for salvation, in becoming Catholic).”

These men have been so taken in by their blind adherence to the ecumenical indifferentist modernist socialist materialist philosophy that they are allowing – no, encouraging, forcing – the Church to rapidly die on their watch.  This is a tragedy of biblical proportions and almost forces me to conclude that we have to be well into the end times in order to comprehend their behavior and the death of faith in the hierarchy.  As a local priest says, we are now deep into the passion of the Church, a passion prophesied by St. Paul, St. John, and others.  Pope Saint Pius X, the last great Pontiff the Church has had (over 100 years ago), concerned over the perversion of so many priests and bishops he saw in HIS time (God was merciful to let him live and die when he did), wondered:

“whether such a perversion of minds is not the sign announcing, and the beginning of, the last times, and that the Son of Perdition spoken of by the Apostle (II Thess II:3) might already be living on this earth.”

And of course we know that Pope Leo XIII – who some consider to have been quite liberal compared to his predecessors – had a vision of satan being unleashed on the Church for 100 years in 1884.  That doesn’t mean satan was unleashed then, it just means the vision happened then.

So sad……if this is not the end times, future historians will have to look on the Church from 1958 – ??? as the greatest mass suicide of an incredibly large, influential, and resilient cultural institution ever.

Yeah, I knew this post would get long with my ranting – there is so darned much to rant about – that’s why I did two posts on this subject.  Do go to the link, there is more analysis and data there.

How can the American bishops over last 50 years be rated anything other than complete, epic fail? May 20, 2015

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I found a post that digs a little deeper into the Pew religious attitudes survey I covered last week. The news, if anything, is even more bleak for Catholics.  I reported last week that the percentage of self-identified Christians had fallen by about 15% – that 15% of the overall population, whereas a few years ago 85% of Americans self-identified as Christians, only 70% do today.

But now for the really bad news – it seems that of that 15% drop, nearly 3/4 of it has to do with Catholics falling away from the Church.  Whereas nearly 1/3 of people surveyed responded they had been raised Catholic, only 21% now self-identify as Catholic (and what tiny fragment of those actually accept all the dogmatic beliefs of the Church?  That in itself is a puny fraction).  

O Glorious new evangelization, will your wonders every cease?!?

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Look at those dismal, pathetic numbers!  Which religious body has experienced the single largest hemorrhage of members?  The Catholic Church.  Which one has experienced the second smallest rate of conversion of new members into it?  The Catholic Church, and the only one with a smaller influx are the historically black congregations, which are infinitesimal in comparison to the size of the Church, and yet, and YET – the difference is paltry.  Relative to its overall size, the Catholic Church makes fewer converts than every other group identified above, and by a factor of at least 2-3, if not more.

And mind you, this is even with three decades of basically unconstrained (and morally dubious) illegal immigration from predominately Catholic countries!  Without that influx the numbers would be even more pathetic, to the extent that it is quite possible that former Catholics would outnumber Catholics without it.  No wonder the bishops are so irrefutably wedded to mass immigration no matter how many families are broken up, lives are ruined, how much economic damage it inflicts both here and in the countries suffering mass emigration, or how many Americans lose their jobs to low-paid illegal immigrants – it’s the prime, and quite possibly sole factor keeping their dioceses, by and large, somewhat afloat.

But here is the really important question – is this collapse simply the accidental result of the implementation of disastrously destructive post-conciliar novelties, or is it by design?  Were those policies implemented in the sure and certain knowledge they would leave the Church prostrate?

We’ll likely never know the answer in this life, and I imagine it features a good deal of both, but either way, the entire “new evangelization” of soft liberalism, moral decadence, and catechetical chaos has resulted in the total implosion of the Faith in this country and many others around the world. If anything, this country remains a relative bastion of a stalwart faith in this hemisphere and in comparison to all of Europe, as surveys show an even greater collapse in the practice of the Faith in Latin America and virtually every European country.  I am by no means a professional historian, but I’ve read far more than my share of Church history, and never in the history of the Church has their been such an across the board implosion of virtually every measure of the vitality of the Church as their has been in the past 50 years.  Modernist ideologues, congratulations, I imagine you have succeeded beyond even your wildest dreams.

So….what next? The human leadership of the Church seems to have vehemently rejected even the mild restoration efforts of Pope Benedict in favor of the continued advance of the radical humanism and reflexive leftism of the immediate post-conciliar period.  Hey, the political leaders demand it, the culture seems to be rushing headlong into the kind of barbaric paganism not seen in the West in a thousand years or more, and since the final collapse probably won’t happen on a particular bishop’s watch, why not just go along for the ride?  Even more, a large majority of Church leaders remain so blinded by ideology that even if they cared about the fate of souls and the material state of the Church, they would be highly disinclined to do anything, anyways.  For them, this is the realization of the vision of the left-wing anointed, and nothing will prevent them from seeing their ideological triumph set in stone, souls be damned (and they will).

Lord have mercy on us.  We have surely failed in our prayers and penance to deserve prelates such as these.  Have mercy on us and send us those we so desperately need, true shepherds of souls who know their sole duty is to save every soul they are given charge over, and who will make no compromises in that effort.

St. Augustine, St. Athanasius, St. Alphonsus Marie de Liguori, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Isidore of Seville, St. John Chrysostom, St. Peter Chrysologous, St. Hilary of Poitiers, St. John Fisher, St. Andrew Corsini, St. Anselm, St. Peter Damian, St. Cyprian of Carthage, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. Peter and all the Apostles……..pray for us and our bishops!  May your prayers for them work miracles of conversion that will result in all of our bishops emulating your superior piety and virtue in every respect!

Asking kids about abortion May 19, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, family, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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Hmmm….what do you make of this video below, where young children (say, maybe, 4-11?) are asked about abortion?  On the one hand, I think it is a pretty powerful piece against this unspeakable evil, but on the other hand, part of me recoils at seeing children 1) asked about abortion in this kind of setting, and 2) used, in a manner of speaking, to further this surely noble cause.  I pray God those children really had been delicately introduced to this subject by their parents and formed into comprehending what abortion is.  My wife and I have certainly done so, and I am absolutely not a parent who thinks children mustn’t know about such things.  In fact, since we spend a good amount of times outside mills with our children, they got introduced to the subject at a pretty young age, but it was my wife and I doing the introducing, and we judged how far to go and what was an appropriate level of knowledge for each child.

From the video, I am far from certain that was the case here.  It seems more like children were being introduced into this very uncomfortable and really ghastly subject for the first time.  That could potentially cause some avoidable trauma.  I don’t know anything about the organization that put this on, other than that it appears to be one of the many protestant abortion abolitionist groups that have sprouted up in the last several years, railing against the fact that the “church” (meaning the sects) hasn’t been speaking out against abortion.  And that’s true, they haven’t, but, hello, even though our own Church hasn’t done enough to oppose abortion in this and many other nations in the wake of the most awesomest Council ever that you will never, ever question in any depth to avoid exposing its internal contradictions, Catholics have been the heart and soul of the pro-life movement since it started.  So it always makes me get a sardonic smile when I see johnny-come-lately protestants say “goodness, where is the ‘church’ in this terrible evil we see?!?”  We’ve been there, folks, welcome to the fight, stop acting like you invented opposition to abortion.

I’ll stop ranting incoherently and get to the video:

It is always heartening to see the innocence that lives in children.  Their answers are so direct and honest. It is only when we get older that we begin to allow satan and our fallen natures to convince us that up is down, right is wrong, and killing defenseless children OK. It is amazing what lies and evil people can convince themselves of.  I’ve been there, I speak from experience.

I have been accosted a few times by women – it is always women – in cars driving past our vigil outside mills with a child or two in their car.  I’ve had them pull up next to us and shout how terrible and evil we are to try to stop mothers from killing their babies.  Strange motivation, to be sure, to defend abortion with your child in the car with you.

I’ve been tempted at times to just look at the child and tell them……why don’t you ask your mommy what they do in this place and why she thinks it is so good?  Of course, I never have. Even though I am completely, unalterably opposed to anyone who supports abortion even slightly, I don’t want to traumatize a child with the knowledge that mommy maybe killed her older sister, or thinks some kids, at least, are disposable objects to be thrown away when inconvenient.  How would you handle that situation?  Or maybe you already have……..let me know.

 

Atrocity: 1 in 8 deaths in Netherlands a result of euthanasia May 19, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, demographics, disaster, error, Four Last Things, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare, unadulterated evil.
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And more than that, a judge just overruled doctors in the case of a demented elderly woman whose family claimed she wanted to die, but whose doctors said she was incompetent to make such a decision.  So now the precedent has been set for the state directly deciding who lives and who dies.

Life is sure cheap in a sexular pagan paradise, is it not?

A judge in Holland has ordered the euthanasia of an 80-year-old woman after doctors tried to prevent her family from having her killed. [I’m sorry, but I’m going to throw a bit of hardline skepticism in here.  Evil laws permitting things like euthanasia always assume everyone is always virtuous and just carrying out someone’s (twisted) wishes, or easing someone’s suffering, but in how many cases are unscrupulous children offing their parents to get to the inheritance, or get rid of the old nag, or hospital admins from having to lose money on “someone who’s going to die anyway.”  There are so many ways for people to use this as a means to commit murder for the most prurient reasons with state sanction and legality]

Doctors serving the Ter Reede dementia specialist care home in Flushing argued that she was not mentally capable of consenting to death by lethal injection.

But for the first time in 13 years of legal euthanasia in the Netherlands, a court over-ruled the doctors’ wishes and ordered that the euthanasia went ahead.

The woman’s family, who live in Middelburg, claimed that she harboured a ‘death wish’ and obtained a court order so she could die by euthanasia. [But this was apparently not documented well, or at all.  

A judge sitting in an ‘emergency session’ in Utrecht then threw out an appeal from medical staff treating the woman.

A day later she was taken from the care home and killed by the Life End Clinic, which was set up with the aim of making euthanasia more easily accessible in the Netherlands….. [So that’s it, one appeal, and the next day you’re dead?!?  What a robust system they have there!]

The woman’s GP, the management of the care home and its psychologist were all equally opposed to plans to kill her by euthanasia and they had asked for an independent report into her condition…….

……A woman in her 80s was killed last year simply because she did not want to live in a care home……

…….Overall, deaths by euthanasia, which officially account for three per cent of all deaths in the Netherlands, have increased by 151 per cent in just seven years. 

The figures, however, do not include cases of so-called terminal sedation, where patients are given a cocktail of sedatives and narcotics before food and fluids are withdrawn. [The preferred method of putting patients down in US hospitals, with or without family or patient consent.  It’s murder on the QT]

Studies suggest that if such deaths were added to the figure then euthanasia would account for one in eight – about 12.3 per cent – of all deaths in the Netherlands. [And would probably be one of the leading, if not the leading, causes of death in the Netherlands?]

Doctors in neighbouring Belgium, which last year legalised euthanasia for children, are now killing an average of five people every day by euthanasia, according to latest figures, with a 27 per cent surge in the number of euthanasia deaths in the last year alone.

In one of the most shocking cases, a Brussels man last week described how he arranged the double euthanasia of his octogenarian parents who wanted to die because they were afraid of loneliness.

I can’t advise people enough to get a lawyer and draw up very clearly what kind of treatment you expect if you are incapacitated in any way.  Don’t rely on anyone else, even  your own children, to follow  your wishes without clear, legally-actionable guidance.  Make sure you never, ever get a “living will” or any kind of advance directive from standard boilerplate, instead draw up a document saying you want all reasonable care, food and hydration, and even “heroic means” to keep you alive. Absolutely say no to organ transplantation, and remember, you have to positively opt out of that now, the state now assumes the default answer is “yes” (and how typical of all progressive causes – what was once optional now becomes default, and will soon be mandatory).

For over 100 years, discerning souls have predicted that wealthy, advanced, liberal nations in Europe and North America had become so amoral – it was apparent even then – that it would not be long before they had become so thoroughly imbued with satanic materialistic, utilitarian thinking that they would even start to kill their own children, disabled, and elderly persons. Anyone who didn’t “pull their weight” or who was a “drag on progress” would be killed.  Mind, this isn’t the “bad guys,” the Hitlerites or commies……it’s us, who always tell ourselves we’re the “good guys.”  Please.  We have so offended God, any punishment at this point is easily conceivable.

Note it started with pre-born babies.  Then it was the disabled and elderly.  How long before it’s literally a Brave New World and everyone gets killed at 60 or some arbitrary number?  How could anyone laugh at such a prediction, judging from what’s already been normalized and legalized?

Virtually no one believes in redemptive suffering or the difficulty of this life anymore.  No one looks forward to Heaven as our true home where the good will go after a life of suffering and virtue.  Everyone (more or less) thinks this life is the only one, and to the extent Heaven exists, it’s just a replay of this life on some cosmic scale, with the focus certainly NOT being on God.

This is the time when darkness reigns.  Pray for these souls who murder others, and who ask to be murdered.  It seems inescapable that they will have a most unpleasant experience at their particular judgment.

Colombian bishop claims an Apostle, or Mary Magdalene, were “homosexual” – then walks back with pathetic justification May 19, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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Via The Remnant, yet another occasion of a prelate jumping on the bandwagon of perversion, perhaps with more than a little bit of self-interest mixed in, Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba of Colombia has declared that “being homosexual is no sin,” and that it’s possible one of the Twelve Apostles or even Saint Mary Magdalene was so afflicted! This is nothing but the coarsest, most craven pandering to a gross perversion, and a grave scandal:

A Colombian bishop, insisting that being homosexual is not a sin, said Thursday it’s possible that one of the twelve apostles of Jesus was gay or that Mary Magdalene, another key New Testament figure, was a lesbian. [This seems deliberately provocative.]

Bishop Juan Vicente Córdoba of Fontibón, Colombia, also said the Catholic Church does not oppose same-sex couples making a life together, [Such a situation would be intrinsically disordered and a huge temptation to sin.  I think any decent moral theologian would argue strongly against even a celibate arrangement due to the potential for scandal and the temptation to fall into sin, just as men and women should not live together as “friends,” due to the great temptation that could arise]  but does not consider such arrangements to be a marriage or a family. ‘No one chooses to be gay or straight,’ Córdoba said. ‘One simply feels, loves, experiments, is attracted, and no attraction is bad.’ [There is absolutely zero, not one scintilla, of evidence that indicates those with same-sex attraction are “born that way.” In fact, the evidence is almost all in the other direction, that same-sex attraction arises from environment and upbringing]

“Córdoba was speaking at a conference about gay marriage and adoption hosted by the local University of Los Andes, at a time when Colombia is debating gay marriage and adoption rights.  [So this was a most political statement] Although Córdoba reiterated Church teaching when it comes to marriage – that it’s a union between a man and a woman, permanent, and open to children – he said that homosexuality isn’t a sin. [Wrong.  He has since walked back this particular statement, made in front of a crowd of those poor souls lost in these sins and their allies. See below, the retraction is equally craven and self-serving]“Sin is something else. It’s not respecting the dignity of others. Not loving God and our neighbors as we love ourselves, not feeding the hungry, not giving water to the thirsty,” Córdoba said. [Nothing but leftism.  Things that leftist agitate for – more money for the “poor” (meaning government), failing in social virtues – those can still be sins.  But since the left is 100% committed to sexual libertinism of the worst kind, those are no longer sins.  Basically, whatever they say goes, as always.  Gotcha.]

He added that he prefers “a thousand times over” for Colombians to have dignity, a proper health system and food for all, rather than talking about whether they’re gay or straight. [As I said. Sins are collective failures and opposition to leftism, not personal, private matters between a man and God]

According to local reports, Córdoba said that in the Bible there’s no explicit rejection of homosexuality, suggesting there’s no basis for making a condemnation of homosexuality a Church doctrine. [So the bishop is incredibly ignorant of Scripture in addition to being a left-wing ideologue. Swell, but hardly atypical.]

“We don’t know if one of Jesus’ disciples” had a same-sex orientation, he said. “We don’t know either if Mary Magdalene was a lesbian.”

OK, I said this spineless shepherd had walked back his comments before the pro-sodomy crowd, once others got wind of it.  This man is sure not covering himself in glory, he comes across as a weasel:

Bishop Juan Vicente Córdoba of the Colombian diocese of Fontibón said Friday that he embraces the moral teachings of the Catholic Church when it comes to same-sex relationships.

“Even if homosexuality as an inclination doesn’t constitute a sin, it’s regarded as a disordered conduct,” he said.

Córdoba’s clarification, published by the Colombian Bishops Conference, came a day after he stated that homosexuality isn’t a sin and that “we don’t know if one of Jesus’ disciples” had a same-sex orientation…….[This is so weak. Maybe the Conference made him do it, not that I have any confidence in any bishop’s conference]

……..In the letter published Friday, Córdoba said that his words were not intended to modify the “solid and unchangeable moral position of the Church,” but to express respect in an auditorium which, according to the prelate, was mostly composed of leaders and members of the LGBT community. [No, you cravenly and in great cowardice failed to teach the Truth of Jesus Christ to a group of manifest grave sinners. You even justified and confirmed them in their sins, selling their souls to satan cheap as you preferred the applause of men to suffering for Jesus Christ. You are a failed shepherd, a wolf in sheep’s clothing who would rather send souls to hell than see himself inconvenienced.  You are, quite frankly, the very model of the post-conciliar prelate]

The bishop also admitted that he didn’t know there were members of the press present at the event, and that he only used such colloquial expressions because of the academic and dialogic context of the encounter, adding that they had no theological or moral value. [Oh, please. What he means to say is, I didn’t know my heresy and scandal would be publicized!  What a blessed flock the Church in Fontibon is to have a shepherd of this caliber, NOT]

“With a mother’s love, the Church welcomes every man and woman, whatever their condition, conscious that regardless of their sexual inclination – and even sexual behavior – every person has the same fundamental dignity,” Córdoba said.

Regardless of the controversy it may have generated, Córdoba said, Thursday’s encounter at the University of Los Andes was the first public encounter between a Colombian bishop and the LGBT community.

“It proves that it’s possible to establish an honest and frank dialogue that could allow us to bring down the walls and discover each other as brothers,” the bishop wrote in the letter.

THAT IS ABSOLUTE AND TOTAL BS! Bishop Cordoba didn’t “dialogue,” he cravenly said what his audience wanted to hear.  He didn’t convey the Truth of Jesus Christ, he didn’t challenge them in their sins and command them to change as the shepherd responsible for their souls, no, he failed in his duty, gave a completely politicized speech full of what the audience wanted to hear, and he went on his merry way. Then he found out his talk was recorded and panicked.  Now he’s trying to retrench and re-write history.  What a poltroon.  

What next? Waco outlaw biker shooting May 18, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, huh?, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unadulterated evil.
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9 bikers reported dead, and 18 injured, after a biker gang meeting went seriously wrong yesterday in Waco.  This is not my usual fare (I’ll class it as non sequitur), but it’s so violent and random – and potentially indicative of societal breakdown a la the late 60s – that I thought I’d post it.

Apparently, two heated rivals among the “1%er” outlaw motorcycle gangs – the Bandidos and the Cossacks – had been experiencing increasing tensions and violence over the past few months.  The Bandidos, based in Texas and apparently Texas’ largest outlaw motorcycle gang, felt the Cossacks were invading their turf and refusing to pay dues to the older, established Bandidos.  Whatever that means.  So what is apparently a regular bi-monthly meeting of motorcycle gangs to…….discuss whatever it is they discuss…….turned into a free-for-all brawl with over 170 arrested and potentially facing murder charges.  Over 170 have been charged with involvement in organized crime (seems difficult to prove?), while some will apparently face capital murder charges:

About 170 suspects arrested after a shootout between rival biker gangs and police Sunday at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine dead and 18 injured were ordered held in lieu of $1 million bonds Monday while investigators continued the painstaking process of gathering evidence at the crime scene.

By early afternoon about a third of the suspects had been booked into the McLennan County Jail.

All 170 will be processed into the jail, Sheriff Parnell McNamara said Monday, although some may later be transferred to other facilities.

Affidavits and arrest warrants totaled more than 500 pages, an official said.

At least some and technically all of those in custody could be charged with capital murder because of the number of victims, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

All of those killed and injured were bikers, police say

No officers or bystanders were hurt.

I saw a news clip that said there were dozens of bikers – along with regular patrons – in the restaurant when the fight broke out. It quickly degenerated from fists to knives and then guns, and subsequently spilled outside.  Non-biker patrons and employees fled to the freezer to escape the gun fire.  Once the fight spilled outside, Waco police, pre-positioned due to past problems and intelligence that this meeting could go bad, began to approach the brawl. The bikers then allegedly opened fire on police, leaving several vehicles bullet-ridden but striking no officers. The police then opened fire and apparently re-established order quickly.  No idea how many of the killed and injured died as a result of biker violence, and how many were due to the police.

Twin Peaks is a seedy, Hooter-esque place In fact, though I’ve never been, the female staff at these restaurants apparently wear even less than the Hooter’s girls.  Thus it is quite possible the derangement of faculties driven by exposure to scantily clad young women could have helped precipitate this brawl.  I’m sure alcohol and meth played their role, too.  Because nothing honors the Lord on the Sabbath like burning some crank and then setting out for an R-rated skin joint with violence in mind.  So wrong, on so many levels.

Silly me, I knew there were real, criminal type motorcycle clubs still around, but I had no idea their membership numbered in the thousands in this state alone.  And here I thought all the rather rotund dudes with silver ponytails I see driving around on Harley’s were just mid-life crisis types trying to re-live their glory years.

Such a sad scene.  By some miracle, all the victims were apparently members of the gangs themselves.  No police and no passersby were even injured, let alone killed.  That speaks to at least some level of fire discipline, and it seems a high percentage of the members of these gangs are former military.  The woman in the video below makes clear, however, that patrons had experienced intimidation from the Bandidos at this restaurant before (0:45 – 1:00):

The Twin Peaks chain has pulled the franchise for the restaurant that had been hosting regular biker days and other events for bikers in spite of increasing concerns from law enforcement.  I would imagine the franchise holder is in for a mass of legal problems.

I pray for the souls of the deceased  Eternal rest grant to them O’ Lord.  May those who remain be converted. May this kind of madness cease.  It seems a good number of those present were from the DFW area.

And, yes, Waco is a strange place.  It’s been the center of a disproportionate number of bizarre acts of violence.  I could tell a story or two of interaction with some Wacoites from my bad old days but I’ll skip for now.

 

Why aren’t Texas Repubs doing more to protect marriage? May 15, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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Texas is known around the country as the most powerfully conservative state in the union.  At the present time, marriage and the rights of the Church are under attack in this country as never before.  One would think, then that we would be seeing really strong leadership from Governor Abbot and in the Legislature to pass many measures to establish as many legal protections for marriage and the rights of convicted Christians as possible. But as the article below notes, Abbot has been MIA and the House remains under the business-owned, socially liberal country-club Republican Joe Strauss, so very little has happened, even with overwhelming majorities and a large number of true conservatives in both houses.  Strauss is allowing bill after bill to die, while Abbot is using none of his substantial political capital to fight for those who elected him.

Many good points below. Discuss. Thanks to MFG for the link.  BTW, it must also be stated that our bishops, through the TCC, are doing precious little to defend marriage and the Church’s rightful liberty, either.  Hardly surprising, but eventually the leftists will come for something the bishops do hold dear, so they may regret their relative inaction:

As I have written here many times, there is a war waging against people of faith and the values we hold.  Nowhere is that more evident than the war on marriage that soon likely will culminate in another Supreme Court decree, this time declaring that marriage is something that it plainly is not.

But much more troubling than even the destruction of the nuclear family and the institution of marriage is the all-out assault on religious liberty underway by the anti-faith left and their corporate crony allies.  It’s apparently not enough to re-define marriage.  No – those who resist must be silenced and made to care and to conform.

It is at this moment that we would expect states to lead the fight for religious liberty and the constitution.  Thankfully and not surprisingly, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has stepped up to defend people of faith from the attacks, and has articulated the important principles clearly and with passion.  But with all due respect, where is Texas leadership?  Sadly, they are MIA.

Our first liberty is under assault.  If you dare to express your religious conviction about marriage, you will be told you are a bigot by someone not remotely grasping the irony of his own discrimination against you.  Pastor or Rabbi?  You must marry two men!  Private religious school?  Don’t teach the hatred of traditional marriage!  Cakebaker, photographer or wedding planner?  Perform or shut down!

This is the new world order.  If you don’t believe me, you need look no further than the Solicitor General of the United States.  Arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in the marriage case a few weeks ago, he actually asserted (openly and without hesitation) that “it’s certainly going to be an issue” whether religious schools can keep 501(c)(3) tax exempt status if they teach the traditional definition of marriage.

Yet, in the face of this assault, the great state of Texas – supposed beacon for liberty in the nation – is sitting on its hands.  Why?  Hardly a soul in the entire Capitol Building is leading, and especially not Governor Greg Abbott.  Unfortunately, he has been essentially silent on the issue other than some half-hearted plugs for religious liberty generally once the issue heated up and a few comments in support of Pastor protection.  But no boots-on-the-ground, back room arm-twisting, big-speech giving leadership that we had become accustomed to from Gov. Rick Perry.

And in the vacuum, there has been a hodge-podge of bills, tweets, press releases, and other half-measures while Texas “leadership” shrugs and avoids fighting the massive Texas Business machine.   The result has been chaos.

Last night, a bill that was introduced by State Rep. Cecil Bell that would have forbidden public funds from being used to issue marriage licenses died a painful death at midnight (a deadline in the Texas Legislature).  While well intentioned, it never had a chance because 1) there has been no leadership on the issue generally, and 2) this bill was the wrong approach.  It would certainly be struck down if the Supreme Court decides (wrongly) that there is an equal protection right to non-traditional marriage, and it misses the actual fight – religious liberty.

On that front, the strongest leadership has come from 2nd term Texas State Rep. Scott Sanford for introducing a bill (HB 2567) to increase protections for Pastors, Priests, Rabbis and all members of the clergy to conduct marriages according to their beliefs.  After a great deal of work – and working with Texas Values to rally Pastors to engage – that bill was also picked up in the State Senate by Sen. Craig Estes (SB 2065).

With the support of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (kudos to him), the Senate bill was passed out with a vote of 21-9.  It sits in the Texas House right now awaiting a second chance after Sanford’s bill died in the Joe Straus-led House of Representatives.

The bill is far from passage given the total lack of leadership in Texas.  And the worst part is – it’s kind of a yawner anyway!  Of COURSE we should protect the clergy.  Isn’t that the babyist of baby steps?  New Hampshire took that step in 1992.  How is this difficult?  Yet it’s not even clear Texas will get that through – it may.

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