Some interesting considerations below, where a self-described long-time progressive admits to being shocked, flustered, terrified, and offended at the presence of an obvious male in the women’s public restroom at Disneyland in Southern California. There are a whole lot of revelations below – paralyzing fear of being called out as politically incorrect and thus having one’s credibility destroyed in the secular pagan milieu, an incoherent feeling of being violated but an inability to do anything about it, and a demand that someone must fix the situation that goes along with a steadfast refusal to take personal action to help bring that fix about.
In short, it’s a pretty good summation of where we are as a culture, with the demands of the leftist extremists becoming more and more irrational, more and more invasive every day, and yet a sense that we are somehow powerless to stop this advance. But all it takes is will, the will to act, the will to be slimed by leftist activists on Twitter and other social media and not giving a damned what they say. That is, of course, easy to say, when one recognizes that even one’s professional standing and job could be permanently ruined by one act of moral bravery. Nevertheless, we eventually must fight, as the cost of delay will be much greater penalties in future if we don’t act now:
I was off to the side waiting with the two boys, when I noticed a man walk into the restroom…He took a few more steps, at which point he would’ve definitely noticed all the women lined up and still kept walking. My next thought was, “Maybe he’s looking for his wife…or child and they’ve been in here a while.” But he didn’t call out any names or look around. He just stood off to the side and leaned up against the wall. At this point I’m like, “…Am I the only one seeing this?” I surveyed the room and saw roughly 12 women, children in tow…staring at him with the exact same look on their faces. Everyone was visibly uncomfortable. We were all trading looks and motioning our eyes over to him…like “what is he doing in here?” Yet every single one of us was silent. And this is the reason I wrote this blog.
We had been culturally bullied into silenced. Women were mid-changing their baby’s diapers on the changing tables and I could see them shifting to block his view. But they remained silent. I stayed silent. We all did. Every woman who exited a stall and immediately zeroed right in on him…said nothing. And why? B/c I…and I’m sure all the others were scared of that “what if”. What if I say something and he says he “identifies as a woman” and then I come off as the intolerant ass… at the happiest place on earth? So we all stood there, shifting in our uncomfortableness…trading looks. I saw two women leave the line with their children. Still nothing was said. An older lady said to me outloud, “What is he doing in here?” I’m ashamed to admit I silently shrugged and mouthed, “I don’t know.” She immediately walked out…from a bathroom she had every right to use without fear.
And let me be clear, my problem wasn’t JUST that there was a man in the restroom. Its that he wasn’t even peeing, washing his hands or doing anything else that you’d do in a restroom. He was just standing off to the side looking smug…untouchable… doing absolutely nothing. He had to of noticed that every woman in the long line was staring at him. He didn’t care. He then did a lap around the restroom walking by all the stalls. You know, the stalls that have 1 inch gaps by all the doors hinges so you can most definitely see everyone…
So yes… there were women and small children using the restroom and this man was walking around knowing no one would say anything. So here I am…writing this blog, because honestly I need answers. We can’t leave this situation ambiguous any more. The gender debate needs to be addressed… and quickly. There have to be guidelines. It can’t just be a feeling… this notion that we’re shamed into silence b/c we might offend someone, has gone too far.
There was a man who felt entitled to be in the woman restroom, because he knew no one would say anything. There were 20-25 people by the time I left, who were scared and uncomfortable by his ominous presence. And the only thing stopping us, was our fear of political correctness and that the media has told us we don’t know what gender is anymore. I never want to be in the position again. I’m not asking for permission to tell transgender people to get out my bathroom. I need to know it’s ok to tell a man, who looks like a man, to get…out. Gender just can’t be a feeling. There has to be science to it. DNA, genitals, amount of Sephora make up on your face, pick your poison, but as a very progressive woman…I’m sorry it can’t just be a feeling when there’s but a mere suggestion of a door with a peep hole separating your eyes from my…or my children’s genitals.
All of which, fine. I feel your pain. There is even a certain sense of I told you so.
But the title of the post was actually a tongue in cheek joke – progressives like this will never reach their limit. They (or the vast majority, anyway) are the problem. They always kowtow to whatever the more radical fringes of the Left demands of them. And they will submit this time, and channel their impotent rage onto more culturally approved targets, like Donald Trump, white males, and conservatives, generally. Somehow this will all wind up being our fault.
Of course, there are exceptions. Sometimes it is moments like those above that start a person traveling on the path from former progressive to solid conservative.
Most importantly, the “lesson” I’m trying to convey is that if we want this to stop, it’s going to be up to us and like-minded individuals to start calling these jackholes out when they try to invade the private space of the opposite sex. Don’t let them get away with it, but know you will probably wind up being the one being blamed and even victimized if you do call them to account for their perversion and effrontery. But if we want this culture, rapidly descending into a literal hell, to change, we’re going to have to be willing to suffer for it. Pay me now or pay me later, the price will only go up if we delay, when we are finally to pushed to such extremes that we have no choice but to fight back and where far weightier things – the ability to have Mass said publicly, the ability to raise your kids in the Faith – are at stake.
Of course this is just one of a thousand and more areas where pushback is needed. That’s part of the Left’s strategy, using full time paid activists they advance on a hundred fronts simultaneously, finally wearing out the outmanned and out-funded opposition. We all have to pick our battles. But maybe if you are confronted with a bearded dude in a women’s bathroom, don’t just silently fume, but wack him over the head with your purse (which should always have a nice, heavy breviary in it). Or at least scream and shout and tell him what a sicko perverted freak he is.
A final quick post for the day, someone leaked a propositional memorandum from a senior ATF official, who advocated – somewhat shockingly – for the roll back of several onerous gun regulations, including ending the ban on the import of so-called assault weapons (imposed by the first Bush, showing yet again how perennially left this family leans) and lifting restrictions on acquiring and owning silencers.
It’s difficult to discern if these proposals have any chance of being implemented, but it’s a positive sign and a massive improvement over the gun-ban-by-stealth that was practiced constantly by the Obamanation, which floated 2nd Amendment destroying notions like trying to ban all non-lead ammo as being “armor piercing,” and all lead ammo as being bad for the environment (doing so would have essentially made all ammunition illegal). Here’s to hoping that the Trump effect starts sinking even into entrenched lefty bureaucracies like the BATF:
The second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has written a proposal to reduce gun regulations, including examining a possible end to the ban on importing assault weapons into the United States.
The “white paper” by Ronald B. Turk, associate deputy director and chief operating officer of the ATF, calls for removing restrictions on the sale of gun silencers; allowing gun dealers to have more guns used in crimes traced to their stores before the federal government requires additional information from the dealer; and initiating a study on lifting the ban on imported assault weapons.
“Restriction on imports serves questionable public safety interests, as these rifles are already generally legally available for manufacture and ownership in the United States,” Turk wrote of the ban on imported AR-15s and AK-style weapons.
The 11-page white paper, obtained by The Washington Post, is titled “Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations.” The proposal opens with the wording of the Second Amendment and is dated Jan. 20. [Somebody bucking for a promotion?! Nevertheless, eminently sensible proposals. All the ban on so-called assault weapon imports has done is to make many firearms more expensive. You can still buy a used Norinco SKS in Canada for $150, but the same gun costs twice as much (and much more just a short while ago) in the US because of the nearly three decade ban on imports.]
“This white paper offers a disturbing series of giveaways to the gun industry that would weaken regulatory oversight of the gun industry without adequate consideration of the impact on public safety,” said Chelsea Parsons, vice president of guns and crime policy at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.
“ATF has long described its regulatory function as a core part of its law enforcement mission to fight gun crime, yet this paper seems to prioritize reducing perceived burdens on the gun industry over an interest in protecting public safety from the illegal diversion of firearms,” Parsons said. [No, it is oriented towards reducing the restrictions of rights owed to every American citizen as part of their God-given right to self-defense. Lifting the ban on assault weapons would actually HARM the gun industry in the US as a lot of guns now being made domestically (in part, the receivers have to be manufactured in the US to be legal) would be replaced by cheaper imports. But I’m sure their focus group data tells them that denigrating a faceless industry sells, while being honest about their intent to ban every citizen the right to defend themselves at all manifestly does not.]
……….“Silencers are very rarely used in criminal shootings,” the white paper states. “Given the lack of criminality associated with silencers, it is reasonable to conclude that they should not be viewed as a threat to public safety.”
Gun-control advocates point out that machine guns, regulated under the same law as silencers, are also rarely used in crime because of the difficulty of obtaining them. [Wrong. They aren’t used because they are large, bulky, and hard to hide. Criminals thrive on hiding their intent until the last possible moment, large weapons like “machine guns” are totally counter to that, inane Hollywood depictions aside.]
In 1989, the George H.W. Bush administration banned the import of semiautomatic assault rifles. [As one of its first acts. Bushes I am so totally done with you.] Turk’s white paper, which refers to them as “modern sporting rifles,” notes that their use has “increased exponentially in sport shooting.”
I don’t know anything else about this Ronald Turk in question, but what he proposes is wholly sensible and well suited to the preferences of a large number of Americans. Americans repeatedly demonstrated their hostility to the gun-banning attempts of the previous regime. They demonstrated their desire for a return to the rightful interpretation of the 2nd Amendment through the election of Trump, among many other things. Moving to loosen restrictions like this is exactly what a civil servant should be doing, trying to implement the expressed will of the people.
But the entrenched elites, including the very lucrative NGO issue-advocacy industry, do not like that. That represents only a tiny portion of the resistance Trump, for all his warts, is running into. Hopefully he can overcome this and implement at least some of his reforms. At the very least, Hillary Clinton will never be president, and that’s an awesome thing in and of itself.
Msgr. Fenton on the False Ecumenism Since Vatican II March 15, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, manhood, priests, Revolution, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
While largely unknown today, many consider Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton as the greatest theologian the United States has ever produced. In the mid-20th century, he was a huge figure within the American Church, editing the premiere theological journal of the country and doing battle with the forces of modernism which were already becoming more and more bold in their efforts to redefine the Faith according to the “synthesis of all heresies” which they held.
Some of Fenton’s most pointed battles were against Fr. John Courtney Murray, SJ, a favorite of the Kennedy clan and the man who many consider to be the father of the Church’s post-conciliar ecumenical ethos. Murray was especially influential in developing the Vatican II document Dignitatis Humanae, which discusses matters such as religious liberty and the necessity of the Church for salvation in truly unprecedented ways. Unfortunately for the Church and millions of souls, while many observers felt that Fenton had clearly defeated Murray in their numerous theological engagements in the Catholic press, it was Murray whose influence was far more decisive at Vatican II. Once the Council turned decisively towards revolutionary sentiments in the first session, casting aside the years of previous work in the various schema that had been produced before the Council, and which had been championed by Cardinal Ottaviani and his staff of peritus (including Msgr. Fenton), Fenton’s influence on the Council waned as dramatically as did that of the deliberately publicly humiliated Ottaviani.
At any rate, the principle point of disagreement between Fenton and Murray, among others, was on the necessity of the Church for salvation and the paramount need for souls to be within that Church. This spilled over into a closely related point: whether the American form of government with its “freedom of religion” (really, formally enshrined agnosticism as the state religion) was ideal, suitable, or even permissible for Catholics to support. Murray’s vision was much more Americanist in nature, not quite indifferentism but certainly close to what has become the reality in the post-conciliar Church.
In contrast, what we read below is fully in line with the Doctrine of the Faith as handed down through the ages, and fitted for the understanding of contemporary man. I pray that one day the Church return not only to a full appreciation of Fenton’s work, but also to its implementation in a general reinstitution of classical scholastic theology. The following excerpts come from The Church of Christ: A Collection of Essays by Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton, pp. 299-301. I add my own comments:
The anti-Catholic agitators are continually charging that Catholics are striving to do away with freedom of religion in the United States. [As for me, guilty as charged.] In answering these men, some of our less skillful apologists [what a nice dig at Murray!] become so confused that they actually give the impression that Catholics are completely and absolutely satisfied with the situation here in the United States today, that we believe it to be the best that many of our fellow citizens should remain as they are, apart from Our Lord, from His Church, and from His true religion. Unmindful of the constant and devoutly sincere prayer of the Church that all of those who wander apart from ecclesiastical union and fellowship with Christ should be brought by God’s Grace into that fellowship, [A prayer repeated at every Good Friday in the TLM, but one which the vast majority of Catholics today have probably never heard] these writers describe as ultimately good and satisfactory a situation in which the nation itself takes no more cognizance of the true religion than it does of false systems of worship…….
……….We would by denying the force of that missionary charity within the Church, or misjudging the nature of the Church itself, were we in any way to give the impression that we do not care whether our fellow Americans enter the true Church or not. The true religion is the great good which we desire for our fellow citizens and for our country. The true Church, outside of which there is no salvation, is likewise a great and necessary good we seek for the men and the nation we love in the affection of charity.
………..The Vatican Council’s [That would be Vatican I] first dogmatic constitution, Dei Filius…..declares that “If anyone should say that the faithful and those who have never arrived at the only true faith are in a like situation, so that Catholics can have a legitimate reason for withholding their assent from and doubting, until they shall have completed the scientific proof of the credibility and the truth of their own faith, that faith which they have already received under the Church’s Magisterium, let him be anathema.” [Wow, a council that levels anathemas. Wonders never cease.] The third chapter of this constitution declares that “those who have received the faith under the Church’s Magisterium can never have any legitimate cause for changing that faith or doubting it.” [Et tu, Francesco?]
………The thesis that the state or the civil society is objectively obligated to worship God according to the Rite of the Catholic religion thus stems basically from a realization of the fact that the debt of religion is a real obligation incumbent upon every human being and every social unit, and from a recognition of the truth that there is only one objectively acceptable religious worship, that which is paid to God within the framework of Our Lord’s Mystical Body. This thesis is likewise in line with the fundamental principle of Catholic missiology, the truth that God wills that all men should enter His one true Church. Thus it refuses to see as genuinely and ultimately desirable and good a situation in which some men, even though through no fault of their own, are not citizens of God’s supernatural kingdom on earth.
Let me know if the excerpts don’t quite form a cohesive whole. I’m out of time and really wanted to get this post out but may have taken out a bit much “meat.”
The practical implementation of Dignatitis Humanae and the cult of false ecumenism it has engendered (for the only true ecumenism, contra the previous pontiff, is what he called “the discredited ecumenism of return” to the faith) is probably the second greatest wound to the Church unleashed in the decades since Vatican II, after Sacrosanctum Concilium. The latter attempts to rip out her heart, the former, her mind. No wonder the Church’s missionary efforts have totally collapsed in the years since. They were intended to. The revolutionaries – whether they intended to be or not – could not have chosen their targets better. It is a bitter shame better men like Fenton did not succeed, but I have to accept that God allowed all this to come to pass, for some reason.
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis.
Explaining Marriage in the Age of Francis March 3, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, damnable blasphemy, disaster, family, Francis, General Catholic, manhood, priests, Sacraments, scandals, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Hopefully folks aren’t getting sick of sermons from this priest, but these two in particular are excellent in the age of a pope who is literally antithetical to the Faith and where so much error is being promoted by the vast majority of priests and bishops. In point of fact, as I discussed with a priest last night, so many of even well-intentioned young priests have never been formed in the true Doctrine of the Faith on this and many allied topics. Centuries of moral theological development were deliberately suppressed in order to help “sing” this new church into being. These sermons go a long way to correcting this very common deficiency.
What is going on between the pope and the four cardinals who issued the Dubia against Amoris Laetitia? How have we come to this awful pass. Largely, through deliberate obfuscation or frustration of Sacred Doctrine and the centuries-long practice of the Faith. This occurred as a result of the horrific sundering of the Church from her historical and doctrinal mores at and after Vatican II. But what specifically is going on? Father provides much needed background and catechesis in the sermons below.
The first sermon is on marriage. It covers, very briefly and at a high level, common misconceptions regarding marriage contract, the ends of marriage, annulments, the very narrow grounds on which they can be granted, separation and the circumstances under which it may legitimately occur, so-called divorce, the debts due to spouses, etc. Father notes that even among many traditional Catholics there is a sometimes a stubborn unwillingness to accept elements of the Church’s Doctrine on marriage, even where it is known.
If you don’t have 40 minutes to invest in the entire sermon, there is a fine summation from 33:00 – 38:00:
The next sermon is on penance. We all know, Confession is the great ignored, belittled, and forgotten Sacrament of the post-conciliar age. The vast majority of parishes, if they have Confession at all, have a paltry 30-60 minutes a week. But as Father notes, this is only the beginning of the problems of Confession. Many priests, and almost all faithful, do not know what true contrition for sin means, or what lack of true contrition means for those who repeatedly go to the confessional every week or month with exactly the same sins to confess. Even more, there are those who fail to remove the near occasion of sin for their primary vice – such as smart phones in the pockets of those with a porn/self-abuse addiction.
In fact, confessors that wrongly grant absolution for sins such as adultery – say, in the case of a couple of one of these patented “complex situations” where people with previous marriages go ahead and civilly attempt a remarriage – bring damnation down upon themselves when there is no purpose of amendment and the soul in question intends to continue their adulterous relationship including the marital act. This has obvious consequences for the Church today, where supposed “processes of accompaniment” are to be exercised for souls who persist in adulterous unions to receive the Blessed Sacrament even though they have not stopped their adulterous acts and have made no valid confession:
In fact, as Father notes, these priests who basically solicit penitents to continue in adulterous unions with ongoing amoral and illicit commission of the marital act are committing an actual crime against Canon Law, called solicitation. Thus Francis’ Amoris Laetitia and the interpretations of it he has approved through direct, personal intervention, institutionalize actual canon law crimes in addition to having the potential – indeed, the near certainty – of leading numerous souls of both priests and laity to hell. I don’t know what could be more diabolical than that, especially given the office from which these notions stem.
This second sermon does not have a brief summation at the end, but it is entirely worth your time.
Professor Jordan Peterson on Middle Class Socialists, and My New Motto February 23, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, cultural marxism, General Catholic, horror, manhood, paganism, persecution, Revolution, secularism, Society, true leadership.
I’ve realized more and more of late, that I’ve become something of a political opinion junky on Youtube. I used to listen to music through headphones while working outside the house on weekends (often around noisy machinery), but the music began to deteriorate so I started listening to some podcasts and things like that. Then the wave of “alt-right” or conservative programs broke through on Youtube in 2015 and I’ve found myself listening more and more. I can only listen to so many sermons while working, and the political stuff tends to be more, ahhh……..energizing.
Thus, the increasing spate of right wing or alt-right political commentary on the blog. Sorry if that’s a downer, videos are also much quicker and easier to post than pure opinion on my part or quoting 1500 words from a book, so it’s also fit in naturally with my even more time-compressed post-job-change blogging style.
At any rate, one person I like to listen to on Youtube – to a point – is Professor Jordan Peterson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Professor Peterson is an academic, naturally, but one who is revulsed by the social justice warrior left. And that’s where he’s at his best, diagnosing the noxiousness of the SJWs and their cultural marxist ideology, and the devastation it is wreaking on the culture. When he gets into his idea of “truth,” and wisdom, which is Christian-tinged but also filled with problematic ideas from men such as Carl Jung and other modernist New Age types, he’s on much more shaky ground, though I will say that he is unusually capable of presenting an extremely deeply thought out political-moral-social philosophy. He’s one of the few people able to communicate those ideas in the public square in a way that non-academics can comprehend, though I think he reaches some wrong conclusions. It’s a minor tragedy in a sense, here is a man plainly called in a very special way by Christ to speak the Truth in a powerful way, but I feel he may be a bit hamstrung from taking the next step in reducing Truth to the God made Man by his deep involvement in contemporary intellectual ideology (and especially, psychiatry).
There are tons of videos of Dr. Peterson absolutely eviscerating the Left, but this is a good, short one:
That is, even when it still bothered to purport to be concerned about the “little guy,” or the working class, that concern was self-motivated and based more on their own titanic envy against anyone richer/more powerful than themselves. This same idea has now spread and metastasized into the moral sphere, where Leftists hold anyone who believes differently than they do on not only practical policy but also basic moral issues to be not only wrong but evil. Pride is the root of all sin. What sins are being unleashed by the titanic, and wholly unearned, pride of the Left are terrifying to behold.
Another gem below, which is so important because it introduces the monumentally important work of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn to a broader audience, explains how ideology – which is most prevalent on the Left but can, to a much lesser and generally less dangerous extent, exist on the right – can give rise to the most appallingly evil, destructive, monstrous political-social regimes the world has ever seen. That is also the danger inherent in the collapse of Western institutions through the pervasive influence of cultural marxism, which has deliberately corrupted education, especially the education in history, civics, and philosophy (teaching how to think), that whole generations have been produced who are totally intellectually detached from any ability to think critically or analyze present events in the light of history. How else would millions of young people (and others) in the West have become so disenchanted with their own birthright and heritage – a heritage formed and shaped immensely by the Church – and come to prefer the “other,” be it traditional Marxism, cultural marxism, Mohamaddism, etc:
A shorter, more powerful, in some ways, view of the same:
One area of Professor Peterson’s crusade against the creeping totalitarianism of the Left is through his refusal to use the preferred “gender pronouns” of his students. So boys want to be called girls, a she insists on being called a he, etc. He’s gotten into a great deal of hot water over this, as one can imagine. There are presently disciplinary proceedings being arranged against him. He is also in trouble for denouncing Canada’s coming governmental embrace of sharia law in the form of instituting what amounts to an anti-blasphemy law favoring islam. Once again we see how islam is rapidly becoming the de facto state religion of the West, at least among the governing elites.
Professor Peterson is suffering for his beliefs. His health has badly deteriorated in the past year as the persecution against him has ramped up. He’s on the right track, I think, but I will pray for him that he come to recognize much more clearly that truth descends, always, from Jesus Christ, and that he jettison some of his intellectual baggage.
Finally, a bit of a silly personal aside, picked up from some random thing I stumbled on today. Yes, I’m getting a bit salty in my old age, but I think there is a great deal of wisdom in this quote from Tucker Carlson:
The beginning of wisdom is to know what an a$$hole you are.
Yep. I think that’s about right. Works for me, anyway. The more I meditate on that fact, the better I tend to behave to those around me, and the more humility I tend to evidence.
Some Greatness from Fr. Michael Rodriguez January 31, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, manhood, persecution, priests, sanctity, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I’m very short on time, but here are two great videos featuring Father Michael Rodriguez. The first is an exegesis on St. Agnus, the great Roman virgin and martyr whose intercession is invoked in the Roman Canon:
The second video concerns the three sins Father considers most offensive to God, blasphemy, heresy, and impurity. Obviously, in these terribly dark times, all three sins are epidemic and seemingly growing worse all the time, even as many within the human element of the Mystical Body of Christ promote them increasingly:
Why are these sins so prevalent today? Because satan knows these are the three sins most offensive to God. The decisive battle for the Church is underway. The particular marks of satan, blasphemy, heresy, and impurity, have wreaked devastation within the Ark of Salvation, the Holy Catholic Church. These sins are an attempt to offend God’s very nature – blasphemy against God’s perfect holiness, heresy against God’s perfect truth, and impurity against God’s infinite purity.
But that is only the beginning of this hour of powerful catechesis. Just one example: from 7:05- 14:00 Father explains the theocentric nature of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the vast superiority of the Traditional Latin Mass in being theocentric. All good Catholics must work towards the restoration of the TLM, as it leads us to God in every phrase, posture, and detail. The New Mass is not theocentric. It is “an unheard of protestantization of the Mass.” Father urges those who normally assist at the Novus Ordo to make every effort to assist at the TLM and to learn more about the TLM and Tradition. I know this is not possible for everyone due to continued limited availability of the TLM and continued persecution of Tradition, but the exhortation is to make whatever effort possible.
If you find that moving and inspirational, I exhort you to take the time to watch and/or listen to the entire video. It is very much worth your time.
For those wanting an update on Father’s status, nothing has changed. He remains a priest in good standing in the Diocese of El Paso but without a pastoral assignment. This situation may well persist for years. Nonetheless, Father remains very busy and continues various means of shepherding souls. I try to post whatever content from Father Rodriguez that I can find.
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The Most Schadenfreude-Filled Inauguration Ever? January 20, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, fun, Immigration, manhood, Society, Victory.
On this afternoon where our long national nightmare ends (and we are reminded of how an even worse one was avoided), there’s a lot of schadenfreude in the air. Not that I mind. I’m enjoying this as much as anyone. Some videos from the day, including Trump’s swearing in and inaugural speech:
Promise the moon much? I worry about the endless infrastructure and educational promises. I am heartened by reports Trump intends to sharply reduce federal government staffing. We’ll see whether he can deliver.
The ceremonial parade, where Trump drags his vanquished enemies behind his golden chariot, is ongoing:
There have been riots and disruptions flaming tantrums aplenty today from some of those enemies yet unvanquished. They managed to disrupt traffic and then started devolving into the usual childish violence cum rioting for which the Left is so justly infamous. Keep it up, boneheads……..that’s how you got Trump.
In fact, as I watch the livestream right now, it seems the inaugural parade could descend into a wild melee at any moment. Nice. This is the new normal, folks. The Left would be reacting this way to ANY Republican who won, because all they have left in their rhetorical arsenal is hateful demonization.
Language warning below, but the always funny and on-point Gavin McGinness reviews Obama’s deplorable near-decade in office. Worst. President. Ever. McGinness is part of the new, young, very hip right that is – for better or worse – remaking the conservative movement in this country into a much more energized, combative, confrontational effort. It will be interesting to see if this new movement has persistence or just happened to catch the Trump wave.
Circumcising the Root of All Evil January 18, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, huh?, manhood, sadness, silliness, Society, Tradition.
The post title is a bit tongue in cheek, Sensus Fidelium on Youtube posted the video below yesterday, an upload from a recent episode of the Crusade program of the St. Benedict Center in New Hampshire. The topic is voluntary male circumcision, which is done to the large majority of males (Jewish or otherwise) in infancy, generally at the hospital within a day or so of birth. I’ve always thought circumcision was mostly a question of taste with perhaps some overtones of cleanliness and moderation, but it appears at least one Catholic philosopher/ethicist has determined circumcision to be a barbaric practice that causes a huge gamut of (potential) deleterious health effects. None of which any of the males on either side of my family has ever experienced going back at least 4 generations, and all of which were circumcised.
I’m posting this not because I really care either way, this is a very personal decision. There are pros and cons on both sides and you can decide where you line up. It’s quite possible the medical benefits of circumcision have been overstated, but I think the dire claims made in the program of negative effects are also being dramatically overblown. Love, and do what you will, and all that.
The reason I’m posting this is the fascination I had with the responses on Youtube. People who had almost certainly never heard such a detailed (and one might even say, extremely opinionated) presentation on this subject before were suddenly lining up declaring circumcision to be a barbaric practice that must be stopped NOW. Which is odd, because, this is just one presentation, which may or may not be accurate. Why are folks getting so exercised over something they may have never heard a cogent argument on before? Are those expressing instant shock and outrage really in a position to judge whether or not this guy is really telling the truth, or maybe has gone a bit around the bend?
There was another aspect to that drew my attention – some pretty hardcore comments regarding Judaism. Certainly circumcision and Judaism have a long connection, but some of the direct commentary – leaving alone snide implications – regarding filthy Jews, et. al., was a bit extreme. I found that unfortunate.
As I said there are arguments on both sides, some people say circumcision negatively effects a man’s ability to feel certain pleasures, some say being uncircumcised can lead to accumulation of dirt and disease. I’ve never known anything different, so I have no way of knowing if these claims are right or not. I do think maybe we should tone down the instant outrage generation on every single little issue that comes along. If one wants to argue that circumcision is a bad practice that has outlived its usefulness, fine. He’s probably right. But for folks to turn it into a giant conspiracy and start to allude that you’re somehow less Catholic if you’ve been involved in this very optional, tangential practice, I think that’s where the circular firing squad and the shrinking of the membership of the True Remnant Church (TM) down to one (me!) starts to get a little extreme.
This Stinks: Gene Cernan dead at 82 January 16, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Four Last Things, General Catholic, history, manhood, sadness, Society, technology, Victory.
The old Apollo guys are going to their reward one by one. Who is left at this point that walked on the moon? Buzz Aldrin, Al Bean, Dave Scott, John Young, Charlie Duke, and Jack Schmitt. All are in their 80s.
But today the last man to walk on the moon died. Gene Cernan, who lived outside Kerrville, was 82:
Gene Cernan, an early NASA astronaut who was the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday, NASA announced in a tweet. He was 82.
Cernan was the commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972 – the last lunar mission and one of the final Apollo flights. When Cernan stepped out from lunar module “Challenger” he became the 11th person to walk on the moon. His lunar module pilot, Jack Schmitt, was the 12th. But as commander, Cernan was the last to re-enter the module, making him the last person to walk on the lunar surface.
Cernan had previously served as the lunar module pilot on Apollo 10 and was a pilot on the Gemini IX mission.
Cernan logged 566 hours and 15 minutes in space, of which 73 hours were spent on the surface of the moon, according to NASA.
Cernan was one of only three men to travel to the moon twice. The other two were Jim Lovell (still alive) and John Young.
There was a big row in NASA in the first half of 1970 when Nixon foolishly decided to gut the Apollo program (although, in his defense, most all of NASA management wanted it gutted, too). After it was announced that Apollos 18-20 would be cancelled, even though the hardware was already almost entirely built (everything but the LMs for Apollo 19 and 20), the scientific community got all fired up because the then-current crew rotation would mean that no scientist would fly to the moon if Apollo 17 was the last mission. The first scientist scheduled to go was Jack Schmitt to the Tycho Crater on Apollo 18 with Commander Dick Gordon. No Apollo 18 meant no scientist on the moon.
But not so fast. The science guys raised a big enough ruckus that NASA management was “encouraged” to change the crew rotation. Gordon and Schmitt had been training together for 6 months at that point so Gordon hoped the entire crew for 18 would just replace Gene Cernan’s crew for 17. That would have left Cernan out in the cold. But instead, the awesomely skilled former X-15 pilot Joe Engle was bumped as LMP from Apollo 17 in favor of Schmitt, and Dick Gordon had to watch his chance to be the somewhat famous last man on the moon go up in smoke.
Gene Cernan was a bit of an anomaly among early Apollo astronauts in not being a test pilot. He was an attack aviation guy in the Navy, flying Skyhawks, when he found out he had been accepted into the third round of astronaut selectees. Cernan was generally viewed as a competent straight shooter who perhaps had the flaw of being a bit aggressive in his self-promotion. There was quite a bit of that among the Apollo astronauts, of course. After his time in NASA and almost de rigeuer collapse of his first marriage, Cernan became a bit of a sad creature, a sort of a caricature of his salad days version of himself, always Captain Cernan, always the former astronaut, not Geno or Gene anymore.
Still, they rarely make men like this anymore. We’re much too soft to produce such steely eyed missile men as those who flew to the moon in a delicate, lowest-cost government-run contraption. Engineering was done on slide rules back then, with no 3-D solid modeling and with less computing power in the entire NASA basement than one smart phone today. And yet they did it, and the engineers of back then were probably far, far better than those of today, man for man.
Gene Cernan was at least a nominal Catholic most of his life. Not sure if he died one. I pray for the repose of his soul.
Few know Cernans’s most dangerous mission was not Apollo 17, was not on Apollo at all, but was on Gemini 9A. During the mission he was to perform only America’s second spacewalk, the first since Ed White briefly flew outside Gemini 4. What most people did not know at that time, is that White barely made it back inside the spacecraft. His inflated pressure suit did not want to fit in the cramped capsule and he and commander Jim McDivitt struggled mightily to get it closed. As a result, White got quite severely overheated.
Well, White’s walk lasted perhaps 20 minutes, whereas Cernan’s was scheduled to last several hours. However, he also ran into problems with inadequate cooling in his spacesuit, especially when in the 250 degree temperatures on the sunny side of the world. Physical exertion, of which there was plenty, made him sweat profusely. Then, when the capsule went around the night side of the earth, all that moisture inside his suit froze. His visor was almost completely frosted over and Cernan was blind. He barely managed to make it back inside the ship, and probably had a heat stroke trying to get the hatch shut.
Cernan and Stafford repeated their two-man team on Apollo 10, when another accident could have killed them both. An incorrect setting on a guidance computer caused their Lunar Module to tumble out of control while practicing the landing maneuvers that Apollo 11 would perform on the first lunar landing. The telemetry showed the LM “Snoopy” doing three 360s before Stafford flipped the switch to go from backup abort guidance to the Apollo Guidance Computer. That fixed it.
I met Father Maximilian Mary, FFI, at Clear Creek monastery about two or three years ago. At that time, I believe he was headed to be near the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles (order their new CD!) and possibly serve some kind of chaplaincy with those traditional nuns. He is now trying to live as a hermit in the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA, and Deo Gratias to Bishop Ronald Gainer for being open to Father’s apostolate. However, he needs financial support to do so, and is making the following appeal:
Grace, peace and joy to you in the Most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!
I have been a longstanding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and, in 2013, I obtained permission from our Apostolic Commissioner to discern my contemplative vocation outside the walls of the Order. Thanks be to God I have recently been welcomed by a benevolent Bishop to be a hermit in his Diocese.
One of the conditions for being received into his Diocese is that I be “self-sustaining.”
Providentially, a group of the lay faithful who used to assist the missionaries and contemplatives of the Franciscans of the Immaculate through a Latin Mass Novena website have recently offered the use of this website to me. Besides my normal expenses (food, utilities, healthcare, etc.), there are the initial costs of getting set up as a hermit, so I was wondering if Rorate Caeli might be in a position to let people know about my upcoming Christmas Latin Mass Novena which, besides enrollment in 9 Tridentine Masses, includes a beautiful Christmas enrollment card and a CD (anthology of sacred and classical music I have recorded as a seminarian and friar over the past 26 years). All of the information can be found HERE.
Thank you and God bless you.
In Corde Matris,
Fr. Maximilian Mary
Here is more from his website:
A Christmas Novena of Traditional Latin Masses according to the 1962 Roman Missal (extraordinary form) will be offered for THE SANCTIFICATION OF ALL FAMILIES (or persons) enrolled in the Novena. The nine Masses will begin with the Christmas Midnight Mass and will conclude on Jan. 1st, Solemnity of Our Lord’s Circumcision. The suggested donation is $20 for each enrollment which includes an enrollment card and the CD Memorare. These will be sent to each family (or person) enrolled. The Masses for this year’s Christmas Novena will be offered by Fr. Maximilian Mary of Jesus Crucified in his hermitage and/or on the high altar of the Carmelite Monastery of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Elysburg, PA.
You can enroll in the Novena of Masses and make a donation for Father here. As I said, I had the pleasure to meet Father Maximilian Mary some time back, and was very impressed with his candor, piety, and devotion. He was able to avoid some of the unpleasantness surrounding the Franciscans of the Immaculate, at least directly. I fully support his effort to become a hermit and pray he finds generous support in this season of Advent and beyond. I am very pleased to have enrolled my family in this Novena of Masses, which is such a powerful source of Grace. I pray the abundant fruit of these Masses will result in great spiritual fruit for my family and our friends during this upcoming Christmas season!
Thanks to Father Maximilian Mary for making this kind exchange possible.