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Liberalism as Child Abuse…… September 23, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unadulterated evil.
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……..is it a growing phenomenon?

A few days ago in the Washington Post, a rabidly feminist mom of two teen sons declared her antipathy for her sons for insufficiently hating their nature (as men) and buying into radfem rhetoric.  It was subsequently revealed that one of the sons of the thrice-divorced mother, who has also, hardly incidentally, had a history of tormented relationships and gives strong evidence of a borderline spectrum personality disorder, has struggled with suicidal ideation.

Thus,  mommie dearest exposes a suicidal son to national humiliation.   But I think we can rest assured there won’t be visits from the CPS to her in the near future, because some destructive beliefs and actions are approved, while others are most sharply disapproved:

On September 14, The Washington Post published what can only be described as a public display of child abuse. In an article entitled “My teen boys are blind to rape culture,”feminist writer Jody Allard chastises her sons for questioning the propaganda she feeds them.

“They’ve been listening to me talk about consent, misogyny and rape culture since they were tweens. They listened to me then, but they are 16 and 18 now, and they roll their eyes and argue when talk to them about sexism and misogyny.” [And atheists declare teaching kids Christianity constitutes child abuse.  Reprobate sense, anyone?]

That Allard’s boys won’t take up their mother’s fight makes them “part of the problem,” writes Allard. Theyve “dipped their toes into toxic masculinity, she adds. Toxic masculinity is a favorite feminist term. It means the more masculine a man is, the more vile he is. Nice, huh?

Fortunately for Allard’s sons, their mother’s efforts to indoctrinate them has failed. [Well, we can hope.  It’s far from a sure thing] Unfortunately, her response was to publically shame them.

……..That’s not even the worst of it. This same author, Ms. Jodi Allard, wrote an article back in February, also for The Washington Post, about one of her sons—who’s suicidal.

Yes, you read that right. One of Allard’s sons, the 16-year-old, is a known suicide risk—known to Allard and known to The Washington Post editors. And still they publically shamed him. [It’s called solipsism, and it is rife on the Left.  It’s an inability to see anyone else as being really real, really human, really possessed of their own worth and dignity equal to one’s own.  It’s a kind of narcissism run wild, and it is becoming more and more common as day care and participation awards turn young people into self-obsessed creatures]

……..She has been married and divorced three timesher exes, of course, were the problem; her biological father abandoned her; she has “divorced” her mother, who she says is “incapable of mothering anyone; and she’s a victim of sexual abuse. [A huge number of feminists claim this. Being higher on the victimhood pyramid conveys greater moral authority, to them, so who knows] Oh, and she was born with one hand, not two; and her adopted sister, who liked to kill animals, tried to kill her. The list goes on.

How many of Allard’s stories are true (save for the physical impairment) as opposed to ploys for attention is anyone’s guess. What is clear is that Jody Allard is unwell.

What is also clear is that somewhere along the line, feminism became her lifeline.

That’s typically how it happens: a childhood goes terribly wrong. As adults, these folks find solace in an ideology rooted in victimhood, one that promises to heal the wounds of the past. [Or, perhaps, avenge the wounds of the past.  Real or imagined] Rather than deal with problems on their own, they ban together with others who’ve been hurt and blame men and marriage for all things evil.

Jody Allard is one of these women. Upon having sons, she writes that shehad no idea how to raise a boy into a man who wasn’t an asshole.

If you think Ms. Allard is an anomaly, she isn’t. Feminist mothers abound, and they all sell some version of the same message Allard does.

Speaking of child abuse, how about encouraging, even forcing kids into this nightmare “transgender” menagerie.  It’s also a growing fad among a certain type of parent these days, though, tragically, it’s not only parents of left wing views who are falling into this rape of innocence and identity:

Socially indoctrinating young children toward accepting transgenderism is rampant today in public schools. In Washington state, public schools will begin teaching gender expression to kindergarteners in fall 2017, under newly approved health education learning standards. The gay advocacy network GLSEN received a grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control in 2011 for $1.425 million over five years to promote the LGBT agenda in public schools at taxpayers’ expense.

By infiltrating the curriculum in our nation’s public schools, LGBT activists can groom the next generation of participants. Young people are questioning their gender identity at an alarming rate that seems to be increasing, and are encouraged by educators and medical professionals to experiment with gender transition. Unfortunately, experimentation can cause even more confusion.

Then an interlude discussing adults who have attempted to change sex through the use of dangerous drugs and bodily mutilation, who later greatly regret it.

……..The activists who push this agenda in public school studies ignore the science regarding innate sex. An August 2016 review of the scientific literature finds no definitive evidence in research to suggest that transgender people are born that way. This 143-page report from two distinguished doctors from Johns Hopkins University finds there is not enough definitive scientific evidence to suggest gay, lesbian, and transgender people are born as such. More importantly, they affirmed that innate biological sex is fixed and unchangeable. Only gender persona—appearance and behavior—can be changed. [A huge and none too subtle distinction, apparently lost on all those gender-bending activists out there today, pushing people into shattered lives and unrecoverable misery all in the name of gaining a bit of a political advantage]

I was a kid who started cross-dressing with my grandmother at the age of four. I can tell you from first-hand knowledge that cross-dressing is a psychological indoctrination. It is sadistic to use the public school system, which holds a captive audience, to engage in a social gender identity experiment with the nation’s young people[To which essentially no one, in the public, has given any kind of consent]

………Today, people write to me about their gender-change experiences. They consistently share how at the time of their transition they were told gender change was the only treatment for their condition. Parents write to me concerned about their adult children pursuing transition because they know no one is considering that trauma from the person’s childhood could be leading to this unusual desire. Parents report that gender therapists don’t want to know about childhood events. The therapist says if an adult wants transition, he or she can have it.

Here is one of those communiques the author received:

Help, my daughter is trying to live as a man and desperately wants gender re-assignment surgery.

Her father was a male to male pedophile. He abused our son. Years later my son became homosexual and is married to a man.

My daughter on the other hand was rejected by her dad. She spent her teen years hating men. She began to engorge herself so that guys would be repulsed by her. She developed obsessive disorders and made sure she looked unattractive to men. She accomplished being unattractive and men turned away from her. She decided to be a lesbian. She decided that wasn’t for her after a bad break-up. Now she wants to become a transgender.

And a closing note on the out-of-control narcissism that drives this kind of behavior, paradoxically self-loving and self-loathing at the same time:

She sees transgenderism as the fix to all this rejection. As a transgender, she can fall in love with herself and avoid rejection. Yes, it is psychologically unhealthy behavior, but it will provide a temporary reprieve from the rejection she has experienced so far in her life.

I’ve long suspected that early trauma and early addiction to porn and self-abuse serve as the psychological motivation behind most of those who purport a desire to become the other sex.  Especially in men, the changes in brain chemistry that occur through long-term use of porn and self-abuse can develop a desire to literally become the “other,” the object of desire/emulation, permitting one to literally turn themselves into the real object of gratification they feel denied in real life.  There is no possibility of rejection when one does so, adding to the attraction.

Whether I’m right or wrong, it’s a twisted, wicked stew.  Whether parents agree or not, more and more of their kids are being propagandized into either accepting this unbelievably destructive lifestyle for themselves, or at least finding it absolutely natural and normal.  As the author noted at the top, what this is really about is grooming the next generation of souls lost to perversion and self-degradation.  From that comes more power, which is the ultimate motivation behind the Left’s support for this perversion.

Of course, after supporting all manner of perversions and attacks on natural, moral behavior in order to break down society according as they saw fit, the communists in Russia later turned savagely on their creation.

Perhaps that provides all the more reason for the Left’s support for unlimited muslim immigration to this country and so many others.  A useful tool when it comes time to cull the herd.

Already Problematic Nashville Bishop Makes Explicit Sex-Ed Mandatory in Schools September 22, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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Pretty much just a link and a copy paste job, but look how he uses the very disconcerting new sex-ed standards Francis pushed last summer to justify his assault on the innocence of the children in his charge.  Innocence is infinitely precious – once lost, it can never be regained.  Anything that shatters the innocence of a child is gravely offensive to the moral order and should be fought tooth and nail.  Parents have objected vociferously, but the bad bishop has basically told them to stuff it.

Look folks, while a bare handful of exceptions exist, if you want your child to keep the Faith for their entire life, Catholic schools are the last place you want to send them.  Even 40 years ago Bishop Sheen declared that Catholic schools were the worst places to send your kids if you wanted them to grow up to be pious, devout, observant souls.  I mean, if you’re going to instill a different religion, you kind of have to seize control of the education system at the start, haven’t you?  And nothing insures indifference in religion than deep attachment to the sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments, which are what prompted Luther’s original revolt, after all.  If you want someone to have a lifelong attachment to vice, it’s best to get at them when they’re young, no?

Bishop Choby has always been a disastrously liberal prelate.  Misery loves company.  Capiche?

A U.S. Catholic bishop has explicitly refused to allow parents to opt their kids out of a diocesan-run school’s sex-ed program deemed by parents to be “erotic” and “salacious,” calling the program a “legitimate requirement” for graduation.

Instead of listening to the parents’ concerns, the bishop has cited the Vatican’s newly minted and problematic sex-ed curriculum as a way to evaluate the school’s program.

In a letter dated September 2, Bishop David Choby of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, told parents opposing the sex-ed program that while he “wholeheartedly support[s]” their right as “primary educator,” nevertheless, when they send their children to school, they no longer exercise that right when it comes to school “requirements.”………..

……….The “Human Sexuality” course taught as part of the Father Ryan High School’s theology course offers graphic images and erotic sexual details concerning male and female body parts, including highlighting the pleasure points of the male and female reproductive organs and describing the lengths of an “aroused” clitoris and penis. Students learn 10 different forms of contraception. An outline of the course’s problematic content as well as a link to the program can be found in LifeSiteNews’ previous coverage here[On the basis of the promotion of contraception use alone, the course is contrary to the Doctrine of the Faith.  There is no need to discuss different types of contraception unless there is a desire for people to avail themselves of them. To oppose contraception, you don’t need to discuss the different types, especially not in a class taught to teens who are still children]

Parents say the course could be spiritually harmful to their children, calling it a “near occasion of sin.” [Could be?  It sounds like a certainty to me] James Bowman, whose stepdaughter [umm…] attends the school, has joined a coalition of parents opposing the program, telling LifeSiteNews that some of the material present in the sex-ed gives too much detail for so young an audience……….

………..Canon law expert Fr. Gerald Murray told LifeSiteNews in an earlier report on the matter that “any sex education program that is not in accord with the convictions of a child’s parents cannot be made mandatory without violating ‘the right and duty’ of the parents to control what their children are taught in this delicate and sensitive matter.”

Canon lawyer Philip Gray, president of the St. Joseph Foundation, also told LifeSiteNews in a previous report on the matter that competent authorities are “not in line with Church teaching” when they refuse to allow parents to opt their kids out of school programs that parents find objectionable.

Rather than listening to the serious objections to the sex-ed course raised by the parents, Bishop Choby in his letter instead pointed to the Vatican’s recently released sex-ed program, telling parents that it shall be used as an “instrument to evaluate” the school’s own course.

Hichborn noticed the implications of the bishop’s reference to the Vatican sex-ed in relation to parental rights.

It seems that the publication of the Vatican’s new sex education is emboldening a radical departure from traditional means of educating children where parents played the part of primary educator. It appears that the Vatican sex ed is now being used to trump those rights,” he said. [Different religion, anyone?]

The Vatican sex ed, released in July during World Youth day in Poland, has been criticized by international life and family organizations and leaders for being contrary to previous Church teaching, for subverting parents, and for corrupting children…….

……….Bishop Choby concluded his letter by chastising the parents for raising their concerns and gaining “notoriety,” stating that it puts their children attending the school in an “awkward position.”

“Students, I am sure, will or have already seen news stories on television and the Internet about all of this. They will undoubtedly make the connection and conclude who among them is at the heart of this controversy. That will be unfortunate,” he wrote. [What is he, a mafioso?  He’s pretty much saying, it’ll be a shame if something happens to the children of you rabble-rousing parents. Sheesh.]

The bishop suggested that parents standing up for their rights could have the “unintended consequences” of compromising the “spiritual, academic, and social formation” of their children in the school. He also suggested that if parents could not agree to let their children take the sex-ed course that they could choose to opt out of the school. [SAVE YOUR MONEY.  Homeschool.  If 100 kids dropped out over this policy tomorrow, I can guarantee there would be major panic and he would fold.  But few, it seems, have the gumption for such bold action in today’s Church.]

Hichborn called the bishop’s closing words to the parents “disturbing.”

“He suggests that the parents will be to blame for causing difficulties for their children by fighting against the school’s mandatory sex-ed program when, in fact, it is quite the opposite: It is the school backed by the bishop which is forcing parents to either violate their consciences or to leave the school. The parents are not being the bullies here.”

The revolutionaries in the Church have always been the bullies, since they seized power in a bloodless coup 50 years ago.  No one is more enamored of his power, more willing to use it, nor more annoyed at having in questioned, than a progressive churchman.  Having encountered more than a few of these guys, they are all the same: bullies.  But like a lot of bullies they are not nearly so strong or powerful as they like to pretend.  They’re rather like cheap Chinese vases, one good blow will cause them to shatter.

Well, I guess I’ll go home and look forward to another evening’s entertainment of rioting and looting.

How much do you want to bet that both the Black Lives Matter’s movement, and all these riots and uprisings, will come to a screeching halt the day after the election.  Like the “war on women” in 2012, this has always had the smell of a demonrat electoral tactic.

It Shouldn’t Be Up to the Laity to Try to Save the Church…….. September 21, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, shocking, Society, the struggle for the Church, Virtue.
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……but, apparently – at least publicly, which is really what matters – it is.

The Remnant and Catholic Family News have published what promises to be the first installment in a lengthy accusation and denunciation of Francis and his pontificate.  It was published Monday, but unfortunately I only saw it today.  I am also about out of time, but may cover this more tomorrow.

As Steve Skojec noted, when one starts to catalog Francis’ apparently heterodox statements, dubious pronouncements, grave prudential errors, and general assault against the Faith all in one place, it quickly becomes stupefying.  Even with a first installment of 2300 words, so much more could have been said, which is all the more terrifying. On almost a daily basis, Francis says or does something to cause grave scandal and  undermine the Faith as practiced for centuries.  In terms of undermining of Doctrine and giving scandal to millions, Francis is, most likely, the single most damaging pope in the history of the Church.

One particularly revealing portion of the accusation, which may be its most important part, was the noting of the manifest failure of the Catholic episcopacy to publicly challenge some of the more egregious actions of this pontificate and the effect they are having on Holy Mother Church. We seem sheep without shepherds, a crew adrift in a raging hurricane with all the officers not only distracted and incompetent, but with many in a deranged lunacy deep in the bowels of the ship pulling out the scuttlecocks!  I excerpt a few bits from the introduction to the accusation below, but the whole thing is worth reading.  If you’ve do read it, or already have, bear in mind so very much more could have been included.  That fact alone gives us a very clear idea of just what we are dealing with.

My emphasis:

Your Holiness:

The following narrative, written in our desperation as lowly members of the laity, is what we must call an accusation concerning your pontificate, which has been a calamity for the Church in proportion to which it delights the powers of this world. The culminating event that impelled us to take this step was the revelation of your “confidential” letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires authorizing them, solely on the basis of your own views as expressed in Amoris Laetitia, to admit certain public adulterers in “second marriages” to the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion without any firm purpose of amending their lives by ceasing their adulterous sexual relations.

You have thus defied the very words of Our Lord Himself condemning divorce and “remarriage” as adultery per se without exception, the admonition of Saint Paul on the divine penalty for unworthy reception of the Blessed Sacrament, the teaching of your two immediate predecessors in line with the bimillennial moral doctrine and Eucharistic discipline of the Church rooted in divine revelation, the Code of Canon Law and all of Tradition.

You have already provoked a fracturing of the Church’s universal discipline, with some bishops maintaining it despite Amoris Laetitia while others, including those in Buenos Aires, are announcing a change based solely on the authority of your scandalous “apostolic exhortation.” Nothing like this has ever happened in the history of the Church. [Not even the protestant revolt cum heresy or the Arian heresy were this severe.  Never before in the 2000 year history of the Church has a reigning pontiff so publicly, so repeatedly attacked and undermined the Sacred Deposit of Faith in anything remotely like so comprehensive and relentless a manner]

……….Yet, almost without exception, the conservative members of the hierarchy observe a politic silence while the liberals exult publicly over their triumph thanks to you. Almost no one in the hierarchy stands in opposition to your reckless disregard of sound doctrine and practice, even though many murmur privately against your depredations. Thus, as it was during the Arian crisis, it falls to the laity to defend the Faith in the midst of a near-universal defection from duty on the part of the hierarchs.

Of course we are nothing in the scheme of things, and yet as baptized lay members of the Mystical Body we are endowed with the God-given right and the correlative duty, enshrined in Church law (cf. CIC can. 212), to communicate with you and with our fellow Catholics concerning the acute crisis your governance of the Church has provoked amidst an already chronic state of ecclesial crisis following the Second Vatican Council.

Private entreaties having proven utterly useless, as we note below, we have published this document to discharge our burden of conscience in the face of the grave harm you have inflicted, and threaten to inflict, upon souls and the ecclesial commonwealth, and to exhort our fellow Catholics to stand in principled opposition to your continuing abuse of the papal office, particularly where it concerns the Church’s infallible teaching against adultery and profanation of the Holy Eucharist.

This cry of the heart has raised great umbrage in certain quarters (the typical ones).  Whether there have been interventions from the episcopate against Francis privately, with more and more scandals developing weekly, and especially the “interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia that was leaked, it’s a pretty sad state of affairs that virtually the only condemnations – or challenges – to the direction of this pontificate being made public are coming from laity and a few, mostly anonymous, priests. Yes there have been some scattered statements from individual bishops but they have been few and far between, and nothing the kind of categorical “reply” that the situation so desperately merits. Even if – and it’s not an if I think can be fairly granted – but even if, somehow, everyone of Francis’ scandalous actions, statements, and pronouncements could be reconciled with the Deposit of Faith, could somehow be shown to be within the bounds of prudence, there is still the issue of the mass confusion and pain he is causing.  Should not that, at least, merit more public response from those given the great grace, and terrible duty, to shepherd the souls in their charge?

What do you think of this accusation?  Is it the laity’s place to lay such charges?  If the laity doesn’t do it, who will?  Should we simply pray and do penance, imploring God to free us from this man?

I do believe people of good will and solid observance of the Faith can come down differently on these questions.  I tend to support such interventions due to the desperation in which we are mired,as I think someone has to call a spade a spade, and if the bishops are failing in their duty, then it is up to the laity to stand forth and do their best.  I can, however, comprehend how some could disagree

I am truly out of time.  We’ll see what, if any, discussion this sparks.

Just in time for the Awesome Quincentennial of protestantism, St. Martin Luther Holy Cards! September 21, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in damnable blasphemy, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, secularism, silliness, the return.
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I’m sure these will be a huge draw as the Church – under Francis – prepares to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the man, and his acts, that did more to injure and divide Christianity than any other person in the history of the world.  I mean, what’s not to celebrate?!?  He started up the greatest heresy in the history of the Church, he caused endless self-replicating schisms that continue to this day, he started wars of religion that killed millions and devastated Europe for over a century, he encouraged personal immorality so long as one had “faith,” he started the process of the Christian church submitting to the state, and he paved the way for the entire historical arc, with all its misery, that has played out since.  He is easily one of the most pitiable, ruinous souls ever to afflict God’s creation.

But he certainly has a following in the Church today, and has since the modernists burst forth in full flower in the mid-20th century. The current pontiff seems to believe that the protestant revolt/revolution is something to be celebrated, but he’s hardly the first.  Remember, one of the “great” doyens of the Second Vatican Council had such a deep devotion and reverence for this man, he likened him to another Saint Paul!

In other words, it’s all coming together, just as planned!

St. Martin Luther,  Patron of Heretics and Anti-Popes

St. Martin Luther,
You saw the corruption in the Church,
and had the courage to speak out.
You recognized parts of the Bible that did not belong
and took them out
(even though your followers had to put
some of them back in).
You changed Holy Writ to make salvation
depend on “faith alone.”
You tore the Christian West apart
and gave birth to 40,000 sects.
St. Martin Luther, Pray for Us.

Instructions:

Print your official St. Martin Luther Holy Card picture to the desired size on card stock, then print the prayer on the back of it. Optional: have it laminated at Staples.

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Oh, and his personal morality was so corrupted it gave rise to his hatred of Holy Mother Church and his uncountable heresies.

But other than that he was just the very figure of a Catholic Saint, and the movement he inspired completely worthy of Catholic emulation and devotion.

Reason #945 to Never Serve in the US Military……. September 19, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution.
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……..or strongly consider terminating service at the earliest possible/foreseeable date.  The Navy, acting on Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s act of the will permitting “transgender” individuals to serve in the armed forces, is implementing across-the-board training indoctrination for all servicemembers starting next year.  Aside from encouraging deeply disordered individuals from maintaining a fiction in total contradiction to their God-given identity, aside from allowing burly men free access to women’s restrooms and other facilities on ship, it will also, almost certainly, require all Naval personnel to join in with this fantasy by mandating the use of one’s “gender pronoun of choice,” or even ludicrous made up ones like xer, zim, xhe, etc.  This is institution-mandated madness, and, in line with the Gramscian principles at work in all cultural marxism of this type, will help serve as both a massively useful legal precedent for imposing this unprecedented social engineering on unwilling states and even private entities, and as a further wrench in the already broken down machine of Western civilization.

As you can see, it’s win-win to the leftists who are attempting to foist this insanity on all of us:

An all-Navy message sent out Tuesday says that all sailors will be required to undergo transgender behavioral education by July 2017.

Starting Nov. 1, the training will educate sailors about the Navy’s new transgender policy that allows transgenders to serve in the military, Military.com reported.

“This training will emphasize policies and expectations of personal behavior,” the message states. [Meaning, if you call a 6’5″ 250 lb dude covered in thick body hair who happens to wear a wig – or not even that, who happens to feel like a woman, today, even though he gives absolutely no outward indication of being such – “sir,” you’re finished.]

……In the meantime, leadership is putting together a commander’s tool kit that will guide training, said Lt. Jessica Anderson, a spokeswoman for Naval Personnel Command, to Military.com[The fact that a woman is spokesman for this is hardly surprising.  Of all the services, none have been more a special target of cultural marxism than the Navy, whose “Tailhook scandal” gave the powers that be all the excuse they needed to break yet another cultural institution of any outward masculine orientation]

Service members are expected to maintain standards of conduct and treat each other with dignity and respect,” Anderson said. [This is a euphemism of language policing on an unprecedented scale] “Training for sailors will be conducted by command triads via mobile training teams or DVD with a facilitation guide if the unit is in a remote area and unable to receive face-to-face training. There will also be webinars for COs to ask questions prior to delivering training to their commands.” [If you had any idea how much time in today’s military is taken up by training of this type, and similar inanities (like ubiquitous commercials on Armed Forces TV demanding service members constantly wear reflector belts even when on duty in a war zone), you’d be amazed that anything productive ever gets accomplished.]

The training deadline is set to coincide with the date that the Navy will start accepting transgender recruits, July 1, 2017.

The military is creating ground rules for servicemembers who want to change their gender while serving and is requiring that all transgendered people use the bathroom associated with their preferred gender.

Anderson said that leadership will crack down on any mistreatment or harassment of transgender individuals. [Which would include telling someone who is manifestly a man, that they are not, in fact, a woman, no matter how many cancer-causing drugs they take, or how much self-mutilation they perform. Even use of the “wrong” pronoun will be grounds for severe penalties, because you will be made to care, and to sing the leftist tune.]

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter repealed the ban on transgenders serving in the military back in June.

“This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force,” Carter said at a Pentagonpress conference. “We can’t allow barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications prevent us from recruiting and retaining those who can best accomplish the mission.”

What complete, utter bullshwaggle.  Transgenders don’t even make up 0.03% of the population.  The military has gotten by without them for 240 years, and could continue getting by forever without these super-special snowflakes.  This is all about an exercise of naked power by cultural marxists to advance the ball as far as they possibly can while they still hold power.

Do you have any idea how high the same sex rape rate is in the US military? Did you know that men are almost as likely to be raped in the US military as are women?

And you do, of course, realize, that this whole transgender rights line of attack on morality and decency is, a) something that was on absolutely no one’s radar even 2 years ago, before Obergefell, and b) is a direct result of that decision, which suddenly gave those inclined to sodomy and allied perversion not only “equal” rights but, given all the pre-existing “hate crimes” legislation and other special government protections, superior rights to the most hated creature in the known universe, the always deplorable white male?

The Left worked to set the table for that decision for at least twenty five years solid, and once it came, had an entire panoply of causes to put forth to continue their attack on their real enemy, Christianity.  We’re bogged down in bathroom wars over an aggrieved 50,000 or so very, very loud people, nationwide, so that almost no one gives thought to, say, rolling back Obergefell, Lawrence v. Texas, etc.  That’s how the Left has succeeded for 60 odd years now, they never rest, as soon as one objective is obtained, they push for 5 more.

So, Catholic Navy types (and, I assume, those of all the other branches)…….are you going to go along and call a giant he “Ma’am,” or whatever is demanded of you?  Or will there be an appropriate weasel word provided, something sexless so you don’t have to compromise yourself totally?  Like just addressing people by rank?  But hasn’t going along to get along helped bring us to this very point?  Not that I would have the wherewithal to do any differently if it were my career on the line………..or would I?

I have gone out in a blaze of glory once.  There’s no way I could ever work at Fuji-land again so long as current management remains, not that I’d want to.

h/t reader TT

The Cat is Definitely Out of the Bag September 15, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, pr stunts, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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Viz yesterday’s post, I don’t think there is any doubt that Francis’ “private letter” to the bishops of Buenos Aires has had the desired effect.  The “leak” was far from accidental, I’m sure.  How else do you get awesome coverage like this, without a good leak?:

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All according to the plan.  This pontificate has operated almost exclusively by Clintonian media techniques like trial balloons, floated comments, intentional leaks, and purposeful disinformation.  Franky isn’t bold enough to directly contradict Doctrine in an directly doctrinal statement himself, so he’s settled on a strategy of deception and attacks around the margins.  The letter of the law may (barely) remain intact, but the spirit is shredded like Hillary’s central nervous system.

Are you guys generally very concerned about whether Francis is an antipope or not, per Barnhardt, or do you think this is simply a matter beyond our (the laity’s) ascertaining, per Skojec?  I like Ann, but I think sometimes she gets too wrapped up in proving herself right.  I do agree with Hilary White and Steve Skojec that Francis’ pontificate may be a necessary emetic (great choice of words) to get many of us former happily conservative Catholics to realize that comfortable conservatism of the Ratzinger-Wojtyla papacies was an ineffective poultice covering up a horrible, festering wound (Vatican II/modernist revolution) that was killing the body of the Church.  Is that enough metaphors for one sentence?

I am loathe to think such evil could be “necessary,” but I also don’t know what else could have shaken up the Church enough to finally look at Vatican II and say – uh, no.

I think the most important aspect to keep in mind is that Our Blessed Lord is, ultimately, in charge.  May He purify His Church soon.

PS – the photo caption for the large photo center right should actually read “Giving thanks for the only folks who still bother with church in Ireland.”

 

Soylent Green is People – Low Countries Murdering Mentally Ill for Organ Harvesting September 15, 2016

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This actually dates from a few  years ago, but the practice has only grown and spread since then. At least two countries routinely kill people and  then harvest their organs, supposedly according to advance directives but who really knows in many cases?  This is shades of the really bad movie The Island (2005), and the much better movie Soylent Green.  In both cases, societal elites start harvesting other humans to prolong and enhance their own lives.  Given how rapidly this nation has descended into a moral dumpster fire, how long before this becomes openly accepted practice here (because it’s already occurring on a mass scale but rather secretly and under the table):

The idea of coupling euthanasia with organ harvesting and medical experimentation was promoted years ago by the late Jack Kevorkian, but it is now becoming mainstream. Last year, the Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu coauthored a paper in Bioethics arguing that some could be euthanized, “at least partly to ensure that their organs could be donated.” Belgian doctors, in particular, are openly discussing the nexus between euthanasia and organ harvesting. A June 10 press release from Pabst Science Publishers cited four lung transplants in Leuven from donors who died by euthanasia……..

……..Coupling organ donation with euthanasia turns a new and dangerous corner by giving the larger society an explicit stake in the deaths of people with seriously disabling or terminal conditions. Moreover, since such patients are often the most expensive for whom to care, and given the acute medical resource shortages we face, one need not be a prophet to see the potential such advocacy has for creating a perfect utilitarian storm.

Some might ask, if these patients want euthanasia, why not get some good out of their deaths? After all, they are going to die anyway.

But coupling organ harvesting with mercy killing creates a strong emotional inducement to suicide, particularly for people who are culturally devalued and depressed and, indeed, who might worry that they are a burden on loved ones and society. People in such an anguished mental state could easily come to believe (or be persuaded) that asking for euthanasia and organ donation would give a meaning to their deaths that their lives could never have……. [And there is evidence this is already happening, where rates of euthanasia coupled with organ harvesting have skyrocketed in nations where such is legal.  There are a lot of people around who would have no compunction killing to extend their own life.  Coupled with a societal movement towards using human beings as replacement parts for other human beings, and this can, and almost certainly will, lead to horrific abuses and people being killed simply because someone else wants/needs their organs.]

……….People with serious disabilities should be alarmed. The message that is being broadcast with increasing brazenness out of Belgium is that their deaths are worth more than their lives.

Ummm, culture of death?  What else would one expect from a culture that slaughters millions of babies a year, and thinks nothing of it?  If their parts were bigger/more suitable, why not put all those murdered babies to productive use?

None of this is surprising.  It’s just what happens when a people, nation, society, whatever, decide to forget about God and elevate themselves to the role.  It’s the oldest temptation of them all, the original temptation.  But hell has always followed in its wake.  The Nazis thought some people simply didn’t have the right to live, and could be experimented on and harvested for whatever they saw fit.

But we’re so much different and better than them.

Shock! Francis Actually Meant What He Said in Amoris Laetitia! September 14, 2016

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I know I’m way late on this, being away always at the wrong time, but an explosive development came out late last week, and you can tell how important it is by the backflips the usual papolotrists are doing trying to explain it away.  Heck, Jeff Mirus reduced adultery to a venial sin to try to make this an inconsequential development!

So, the bishops of the Buenos Aires developed a document explaining to priests how to implement the infamous chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, doing so along plainly literal lines, taking the document at its word and just going from there, giving free reign to priests to give Communion to divorced people who have remarried without obtaining an annulment.  They submitted this interpretation to Franky George Bergoglio for his approval and he granted it, with great vigor.  In fact, he says the plainly heterodox “interpretation” of the document is the only one possible/permissible.  Which, duh, but a lot of folks have egg on their faces now, and they’d rather turn the Catholic Faith into a meaningless mishmash of pretzel logic than be wrong (Mirus, for one, has done this for years, even well before Francis).

Summary via LifeSite/Rorate below:

In a letter reportedly leaked by a priest in Argentina, Pope Francis writes that there is “no other interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia other than one admitting divorced and remarried Catholics to Holy Communion in some cases. The letter, dated September 5, comes in response to a confidential document by the bishops of the Buenos Aires pastoral region to priests instructing them on the application of the Pope’s controversial apostolic exhortation. LifeSite has acquired copies of both original documents and has provided professional side-by-side translation……..

LifeSiteNews’ translation of the Pope’s letter is here

LifeSiteNews’ translation of the bishops’ directive is here

The bishops’ directive called “Basic Criteria for the Application of Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia” says that in “complex circumstances” when the remarried couple could not “obtain a declaration of nullity,” the priests can nevertheless move forward to grant them access to Holy Communion. If the priest recognizes that “in a particular case there are limitations that diminish responsibility and culpability (cf. 301-302), particularly when a person judges that he would fall into a subsequent fault by damaging the children of the new union,” says the directive, “Amoris Laetitia opens the possibility of access to the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (cf. notes 336 and 351).”

The Pope’s letter affirms this path with effusive praise for the bishops’ work. Writing to the delegate of the Buenos Aires Pastoral Region, Monsignor Sergío Alfredo Fenoy, the Pope says, “I thank you for the work they have done on this: a true example of accompaniment for the priests.”

Pope Francis adds: “The document is very good and completely explains the meaning of chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia. There are no other interpretations. And I am certain that it will do much good. May the Lord reward this effort of pastoral charity.”……..

………The leaked document is the first time there is explicit confirmation that Pope Francis interprets Amoris Laetitia as allowing communion for divorced and remarried Catholics without the condition that the couple in the irregular situation live as brother and sister without sexual relations, as was always required by the Church.

Is anyone surprised?  Did anyone think Francis would repudiate the plain meaning of Amoris Laetitia?  How many demonstrations of radicalism and even heterodoxy must we have before some people will accept the idea that we have not just a bad pope, an incautious pope, but one that is openly promoting things directly contrary to the constant belief and practice of the Faith and the very Word of Life Himself?!?  I mean for crying out loud when will you get over your manifest error that Church = pope and pope = Church?!?
I just, totally coincidentally, completed some reading on the fall of Pope Liberius to the Arians. That, at least, was done under extreme duress, but fall he did.  He did most definitely sign onto at least a semi-Arian formulation.  Then we have the subsequent “problems” of Honorius/Formusus and John XXII.  The point being, popes have on several occasions promoted dubious doctrinal beliefs, including two of the three most recent occupants of the See of Peter. But Francis is stressing the machine well beyond its limits, we either have to admit that we have a pope who is endorsing error – I pray God innocently – or we have to basically pretend that the entire moral edifice of the Church means nothing.
Am I over-reacting?  Can there be an over-reaction to this development, the first solemn confirmation that Amoris Laetitia was no mistake, no inadvertant claim, that the positions contained therein express the true will of the pope made with complete deliberation?  This is really unprecedented.  All previous such instances were much more vague, more minor, or on far more inconsequential matters than  what we see now.  As Rorate noted in a subsequent post, we’re now down to a very clear situation – within the Church herself –  of standing with Christ, or standing with satan.  Is that too much?  I don’t think so, at all, but perhaps this can be your place to vent on the subject, if you haven’t, already.
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

A bit of anecdotal data on Gomorrist Simulation of Marriage September 14, 2016

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Sometime ago, I read a report on the divorce rate among women simulating marriage in Holland and, I believe, Denmark, where this gross affront to God and nature has been imposed by government for 10 years or more than in the US.  This report made clear that the vast majority of these fake marriages ended in divorce, and that right quick.  If memory serves, the median duration of them after nearly 10 years of data was 30 months.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to find the article again.  More than likely, it was memory-holed as being entirely inconvenient to the successful prosecution of the left’s war on all decency and morality.

So, I must make due with anecdotal data for the time being, and here are a couple of anecdotes that confirm what I read.  Two different lesbian couples, one of them a veritable poster girls for the movement, divorced after a scant year of marriage, with both relationships collapsing in acrimony and general ugliness.

Relationship 1:

A mother-of-two who repeatedly posted naked pictures of her ex-wife on social media to “scorn her for finding a new partner” has been given a restraining order……..

…….Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard the couple, who married in January 2015, split up before the offences in March this year.

The “marriage” lasted for less than a year.  Two children were involved, either the product of one of the women’s previous relationships or perhaps conceived via the time-honored and always edifying turkey baster method.

Relationship 2, the poster girls:

For ten of the past eleven years, my family stood on the front lines of the marriage equality movement. Starting with my marriage to Tracie — with our firstborn attending in my belly—at San Francisco City Hall, during the Winter of Love 2004; through the ups and downs of California’s Proposition 8 campaign; to the celebration of our legal marriage, with our two children as witnesses, in 2008; to this final SCOTUS decision — we have marched, campaigned, donated, and spoken with media, domestic and international, radio, film, and print.

And now marriage equality is the law of the land.

And Tracie and I are starting divorce proceedings. . . .

When Tracie and I first decided to separate a year ago, I felt an acute sense of failure

This couple exceeded the over-under by a good amount, but one has to wonder how much of that had to do more with advocacy and serving as avatars for a corrupting and socially destructive movement, and how much was based on real compatibility and happiness.

From my limited knowledge of human psychology, I don’t think there is any combination more unstable than a female-female relationship.  Male-male have their own hideous foibles, but the men pass over much of the melodrama through emotional distance and an overarching selfishness that permeates both halves of the relationship.  Men are able to compartmentalize, emotionally, far more than women.  My wife briefly worked for a consulting company dominated by young women, and it was a disaster.  The cat-fighting, undermining, passive aggressive attitudes, and general ugliness were all-pervasive.  She shakes her head at the concept of two women trying to live together as fake husband and fake wife.

In this second instance, once again, children are involved, in this case, two boys, conceived through methods that would have made Dr. Frankenstein blush.  Is it all skittles and beer with these boys being raised by two severely disordered women?  No, it is not:

But sometimes the learning curve is steep, like when my son was being bullied by a girl . . . at school. . . . I knew she said mean things to him. I knew she had shoved him a couple times. But it wasn’t until I saw tears in my son’s eyes that I really got it: she was bullying him, he was asking teachers and playground supervisors for help, and no one was stepping up for him.

The likelihood that these two boys will grow up self-loathing, unable to ever feel properly masculine, and most likely very confused in their sexuality is exceedingly high.   In fact, it is almost a given.  These boys weren’t conceived out of a well-ordered, natural extension of the love between as a man and a woman, but, as much as anything, as a political stunt, as a three year old’s endless tantrum at being told no, you may not.  They will continue to bear the scars of decisions they never had a voice in their entire lives, and it will be a miracle if those scars do not overwhelm the better angels of their nature and take them down very dark, very painful paths.

In all the sexular pagan “triumphs” of the past 50 years, it has been the children who have born the cost disproportionately.  But, hey, a small price to pay for a satanic movement to prevail.

“The Church is not split between traditionalists and progressives, but between Catholics and modernists.” September 9, 2016

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So said the well-known liturgist Msgr. Nicola Bux.  To help explicate his definition a little more, consider the two items below.  First, a priest in Sicily – mirroring more than one in Spain, for centuries perhaps the most Catholic country in the world – has blessed a lesbian couple in church, and called for the Church to “bless gay unions:”

What is true in Spain, is also possible in Italy. A priest of the Archdiocese of Palermo, where Pope Francis recently installed a “Bergoglian” as archbishop, “blessed” a lesbian couple. “I hope that the church will one day  bless gay unions,” said the priest.

The Sicilian case is reminiscent of those in Castellón in Spain, where a priest “blessed” a lesbian couple in the Church. The priest then denied the blessing: He had “only” blessed the “love.”  The two lesbians had however sent “wedding invitations.”

The former Jesuit church of Palermo, which is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, has long been “committed” to  the acceptance of aberrosexuality……..

………..Don Scordato congratulated the lesbian couple explained his decision and blessed it in the church. He called upon the church to “impartially receive and to pray for the couple,” the two lesbians.

The incident not only drew attention all over Italy in the leftist media but was also part of a documentary about and for “gay marriage” in Italy.

The two women, Elisabetta Cina (49) and Serenella Fiasconaro (46) are not practicing Catholics. But both are active in the gay scene and are committed sociopolitically for the recognition of homosexuality. Both have appeared already in T-shirts with provocative inscriptions in public. [So this was not an act about “welcoming” or “acceptance,” this was a  nakedly political act to achieve a political end.  It was, also, a religious act, a demonstration of fealty to the religion of leftist sexular paganism over the Catholic Faith.]

Critics accuse the pair and Don Scordato of putting on a subversive act with the aim of overthrowing the doctrine of the Catholic Church on aberrosexuality.

“The two women one day came to me and asked me to bless their wedding rings. The Church does not allow the sacrament of marriage for homosexual couples. I have invited them to come to Mass to introduce themselves to the community, because the Church has to accept all,” said Don Scordato last Sunday before calling the lesbian couple to meet him at the altar. Then he called on the faithful, “to greet the two and their love with a round of applause.” [Did not our Blessed Lord advise His disciples to shake the dust from their very shoes when places would not receive the Gospel?  Did he not say to let those who persist manifestly in grave sin, after being counseled as to its evil (and this sin of same-sex perversion is so well-known and so against the natural law that no real counsel is necessary), to be as heathens and publicans to the Church, and to have nothing to do with them?  Did He say to endorse their sin and give it Church recognition and glorification?  This is precisely the kind of redefinition of the Church along marxist lines outlined in AA-1025, which may or may not have been an actual biography, but it was certainly prophetic nonetheless]

Moving on, to further illustrate how the Left operates, it is being reported that a group of 45 priests and scholars wrote a private letter – subsequently leaked with signatures attached, probably by allies of Francis – to the Sacred College of Cardinals imploring them to lobby Francis to effectively rescind, by way of clarification, the many problematic (read as novel, to many, even heterodox) portions of Amoris Laetitia.  Those priests and scholars are now reportedly being heavily persecuted with the aim of getting them to repudiate their criticism or at least distance themselves from the letter:

Not long ago, as is well known, a group of 45 scholars, teachers, and pastors, wrote a Letter. (I emphasise that these people came from a wide variety of countries throughout the world: I emphasise this because I do not want what I am about to say to be narrowly construed as a criticism of any members of the English Church.) The Letter was addressed to each member of the Sacred College of Cardinals respectfully asking them to beg the Holy Father graciously to consider the clarification of certain parts of Amoris laetitia which have proved to be dangerously ambiguous……..

……..Intimidation and cruel pressures have, it appears, been applied to persuade some of the signatories to the Letter to rescind their signatures.”

Intimidation and persecution is how the Left has always worked.  From the protestant revolt through the French Revolution to every communist government to the political correctness, “safe spaces” and “bake the damn cake” policies of today, the Left has almost never gained power without repression and intimidation, generally of a very violent kind.  For that matter, they rarely let go their grip on power without a healthy amount of blood being spilled.  Something to consider as we witness the resurgence of the leftist-modernist clique in the Church.

Speaking of, how are the Franciscans of the Immaculate making out these days?  Boy, I bet you’ll never read another critique of aspects of Vatican II from them!

Speaking of, I better whip out the Nehru jacket, platform boots, and polyester jacket, it’s feeling more and more like 1970 again, idn’t it?