REPOST: A prayer I highly recommend: Crusade for the family prayer November 20, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Christendom, contraception, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Interior Life, paganism, persecution, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
REPOST: I was about to post this prayer, then I recalled that it seemed very familiar. A quick check revealed I was right, I posted this 6 1/2 months ago.
Still, it’s very good, there’s always new readers, so………..enjoy.
We live in a time when the family is under greater attack than at any other time in the history of the Church. We can argue about whether the general crisis facing the Church is the greatest ever, but with regard to the assault on the family by those who would leave souls broken and defenseless, utterly dependent on the government for succor, there has never been a time in 2000 years of Christianity when the family has been so successfully and completely rent asunder. Be it divorce, abortion, fornication, adultery, radical pretended redefinitions of marriage, general pride and selfishness…….the family has never been more under attack wounded than it has been in the past several decades.
The fact that this attack is the deliberate plan and policy of the ascendant leftist over-culture makes the tragedy surrounding the state of the family all the worse, because this hasn’t happened entirely “by accident,” but has been instigated as part of a concerted plan to weaken the family as an institution, the better to serve the endless appetite for power among certain depraved individuals. While there have been nations that have embraced these evils at times in the past, never has there been such a widespread acceptance by virtually every part of the world as we see today. Outside some pockets in South America, Africa, and a few other places, almost all of these means of undermining the family are not just legal, but widely accepted and committed with grim abandon. There remain very few places where none of them are legal, and I would hazard there is no place left on earth where they are not regularly practiced. Thus, worldwide, the family has never faced such a panoply of threats that could even, God forbid, lead to its near extinction.
The prayer below was composed by Fr. John Hardon, SJ, I believe in the early 70s, just as so many of these grave evils were becoming pandemic in the culture. I think it’s a beautiful prayer that is important enough, and worthy enough, to be included among your regular prayers:
Mary, Mother of God, at your request, Jesus worked His first miracle. He changed water into wine for the wedding guests at Cana in Galilee.
Over the centuries you have not ceased to obtain countless signs and wonders for the poor, exiled children of Eve.
We therefore ask you to intercede with your Divine Son for the miraculous graces which the modern world so desperately needs:
For the conversion and reconversion of whole nations to Jesus Christ and His teaching on marriage and the family.
For the heroic preservation among Christians of their faith in the indissolubility of marriage, marital fidelity and the loving acceptance of children, as the bedrock of the Christian family.
For the courage of martyrs in all of us followers of Christ, that we may witness to His power to overcome the powers of darkness that are bent on destroying the human family and the moral law.
Mary, Mother of the Holy Family, and Mother of our families, pray for us. Amen.
I fear we are going to need the courage of martyrs. Sadly, such courage is increasingly uncommon today, as we saw VP Biden receive the Blessed Sacrament at a parish in this city, with the idea of enforcing Canon Law to deny him Communion dismissed out of hand over fears regarding the loss of tax exempt status. As I’ve noted in other recent posts, and as some commenters have noted, as well, the Church is going to lose its tax-exempt status almost no matter what, unless some disastrous doctrinal “compromise” is reached regarding fake sodo-marriage. Solid Catholic Supreme Court Justice Alito forced that admission from the Obama administration – perverse and always false redefinitions of marriage will inevitably lead to a cruel choice for Holy Mother Church in this country: acquiesce in sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance, or suffer the loss of probably over half her current revenue with the denial of tax exempt status for failing to accord with federal law.
Folks, I wish I could say I’m rock-solid confident which choice the bishops will make, but I cannot. Not with decades of example of compromise with the sexular pagan culture. It was Cardinal Cushing himself who drove a reluctant Massachusetts legislature, predominately Catholic, to vote in favor of legalizing contraception.
I relay these sad facts to further impress upon us all the vital need for more prayer and penance. I know many of you already do a lot, but we are faced with some of the gravest threats the family and Church have ever faced. I’m afraid we are well past the point for worldly solutions or grand plans to restore sanity to the world. It is down to Grace, which means prayer and penance.
God bless all of you for what you do.
Dear Fr. Rosica, please tell us again how Allahu Akbar is not a cry of Jihad……UPDATED November 18, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, persecution, Revolution, scandals, sickness, Society, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
…….when last night at a soccer match in Turkey Turkish fans made the cry during the moment of silence requested for the victims of Paris. BTW, another terror attack was apparently foiled at the last minute this morning in St. Denis:
It is getting comical watching left wingers engage in more and more bizarre acts of denial, literally descending into near-dementia, to keep from having to recognize reality.
Islam is on the march. They don’t care whether leftists can “deal” with that or not, they are coming for them – and for us – either way.
I think we can also dispense with the “radical fringe” error regarding islam, as well, unless someone wants to posit that this soccer match was somehow attended primarily by jihadists. No. This is increasingly the mainstream of muslim thought. The West is old, decadent, and weak. Islam is young and vigorous. Europe is practically handing their territory over to islam voluntarily.
The strong horse theory again. Muslims either at your throat or feet. Appear strong and morally certain, and you get the latter, appear weak and indecisive, and you get the latter.
What do you think this clown communicates to islam?
UPDATE: For those complaining over my lack of accuracy, a peak at my schedule for the day:
Gee, maybe you’re lucky to get anything. I never intentionally misrepresent events. If I get a wrong impression in a very quick scan of someone’s twitter account, consider it an occupational hazard of the kind of blogging I am frequently forced to do. Or, I could just not put out anything. Your choice.
Christ-less culture descending into inevitable chaos; where are calls in Church for penance/conversion? November 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, different religion, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church.
Really good video below from Michael Matt, commenting on the terror attacks in Paris. I guess Mr. Matt gets around more than I do, he reports that some traditionally-inclined souls are attributing this terror attack to some kind of governmental false flag operation. I agree with Mr. Matt when he notes the extreme unlikelihood of this, but far more importantly, with his diagnosis of the ultimate cause of the Paris attacks and all else going on in the world today: the rejection of Christ by people and nations from one corner of the globe to another.
But it goes much further than that. The world has always been in thrall to its master and hostile to the Church, even if there have been periods of time when peoples and nations have shaken off the cruel yoke of satan and found a much sweeter, lighter burden under Jesus Christ. Today, in contrast, the hostility to Christ and His Church is found not only in the world, but in the Church herself. The true reason for all the chaos in the world today, Matt notes, is the (institutional) Church’s refusal to be herself and to perform her duty, such as obedience to Our Lady of Fatima in consecrating Russia properly to her Immaculate Heart.
As illustration of this fact, where are the calls for repentance and conversion, even within the Church? I have perused a number of sites, I’ve even checked out some traditional parishes and sermon sites, and Matt’s was the first I’d seen of any call to repentance and conversion as a formal response to these attacks. Having read much Church history and the lives of the Saints, I can say that such calls were in the past most often the very first recourse faithful leaders and pious souls had when confronted with such evil. Surely our Lord has allowed this evil due to our own wickedness and coldness of heart. Surely God has allowed the ancient enemy of Christendom to be revitalized and grow daily in the threat it represents due to the weakness of faith so dominant in the Church today. Yes there are other explanations, much more natural ones, but I am ashamed to admit I did not think of personal repentance and conversion in response to these attacks until I heard Matt utter the words.
Obviously, the agents of the progressive sexular pagan agenda – the New World Order, I suppose – plan a Christ-less future. If so, I agree with Matt, they can look forward to much, much more evil, barbarism, suffering, and general chaos. Christ or chaos. That is the world’s choice.
At present, it seems the world has chosen to endure a new dark ages rather than admit its evil and convert its stone cold heart:
Get ready for unbelievable chaos. Steel your families for the coming days. They will not be happy. Don’t waste time figuring out chem trails or who is flying black helicopters, spend every waking possible moment in prayer and penance! Don’t despair, don’t freak out, know that it is unavoidable that the world should descend into chaos as it rejects Jesus Christ and His Church, and keep praying!
We may not able to save the world, but we can be saved through Jesus Christ if we remain steadfast in the Faith.
Thanks to Mr. Matt for this most edifying video.
Keeping focus on the crisis in the Faith is critical and charity for souls demands it November 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Admin, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, different religion, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Papa, persecution, sanctity, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
I’ve had some discussions with several traditional/”orthodox” Catholics, maybe even including some priests, of late who have remarked to me that there is little point in constantly “carping” on or “whining” about the crisis in the Church. With regard to my blog, that would include posts examining the history of the crisis, or specific manifestations of it today, or reviewing/excerpting books that discuss it in earnest, etc. I have to say, I very, very much disagree with this viewpoint. I understand it, on a couple of levels, but I think it really misguided.
I would say to priests and others who have some reluctance to “dwell” on the crisis in the Church, yes, you may have been raised in a traddie home, read all the books, and maybe even gone on to become a traditional priest. All this may be very old hat to you. You may be sick of talking about it, or, more likely, having to fend off very uncomfortable questions that arise surrounding the crisis, and its particular apotheosis under the pontificate of Pope Francis. And, yes, sometimes (very rarely in my experience) some folks get so twisted off regarding the crisis in the Church that they wind up falling away entirely. While the latter is something to keep in mind, it should not be so omnipresent as to make discussing the crisis either a chore, or something one refuses (or are extremely reluctant) to do.
Why? Because while someone who has been blessed to be in traditional communities for decades may be dreadfully familiar with the crisis and all its particulars, millions of others are not. Every year, every week, hundreds if not thousands of Catholics in this country alone, many of them converts, wake up to the reality that the Church as they experience it every week in your typical Novus Ordo parish is not at all what the Church is supposed to be. These people don’t know the SSPX, Michael Davies, Romano Amerio, Dr. Roberto de Mattei, or the FSSP. If they’re anything like I was ~8 years ago, they’ve never even heard of any of them. They don’t know if the TLM is valid or not, and have no idea what is meant by “traditional practice of the Faith”. They see the Pope and many others saying and doing incredible things, destructive things, and they aren’t sure if its right or not. Even more, they are extremely uncertain if it is possible to be a faithful Catholic and to examine the Church of today critically in the light of Tradition. Many have been told that to do so is to make oneself a possible heretic or schismatic, or at least a “bad Catholic”.
In a very real sense, those souls are abandoned in the Church today. It is a matter of either blind luck or special divine intervention if they don’t fall away before finding a traditional/orthodox parish that provides the answers – and far more importantly, the spiritual food – they so desperately crave. In fact, in my mind, there is a far, far greater likelihood of those kinds of souls falling away entirely, into sects that seem to make more sense and offer far greater spiritual sustenance than the pablum fed souls in most parishes today, than there is of souls scandalizing themselves out of the Church by getting overwrought in their too-great knowledge of the crisis.
When I say that, I am thinking much of my own experience, and that of other souls who have been blessed to follow a certain path. We managed to stumble into a TLM parish, almost entirely by word of mouth (because almost all dioceses that have TLMs try very hard to pretend they don’t), and through Grace and the presence of good priests and other good orthodox souls managed to start to learn about the Church prior to the Council. But we are a tiny minority. The vast majority of souls in the Church who feel spiritually starved or distraught over the abuses and heresy they face on a constant basis never make that connection. Instead, they leave. I can name dozens off the top of my head who have followed that route. They outnumber those who found a good home (almost always traditional, but sometimes not) probably 5:1 or more. More distressingly, they outnumber those trads who “scandalize themselves out of the Faith 20:1 or more.
I pray I never forget where I was several years ago, when I was starting to learn about the Faith in earnest and gaining the rapidly dawning realization that what I found in your typical suburban parish in Plano or Richardson was a very far cry from the Faith as it has existed throughout almost her entire history, until recently. And that’s why I won’t stop talking about the crisis, I won’t stop pointing up particular examples of it, and I won’t stop repeating the responses from the Church’s bi-millenial Tradition that effectively answer the claims of modernists and provide guidance to souls who are desperately craving such. I will continue to do so even if it means this blog’s readership falls off, as some get tired of reading the same old thing over and over again.
On that note, I’ve always maintained that this blog is meant to confirm the faithful, less than convert those outside the Church, and it is, but it is especially meant to help those who have been in the Novus Ordo, post-conciliar wilderness their entire lives find the path to traditional sanity and, I pray, sanctity. My most cherished “achievements” as a blogger will always be the handful who have told me they converted to the Church through my writings. I have no idea to what degree that is true, but I am profoundly thankful and humbled to have played what I’m sure was a small role in that process. More to the point, however, while always striving to be aware of the poorness of my efforts, I am almost as proud to have been inspiration for the few dozen souls who have told me they started assisting at the TLM and adopting a much more traditional practice of the Faith after reading my blog.
Please forgive my braggadocio. I highlighted these “achievements” (which were absolutely God’s, not mine), not to toot my own horn but to stress the very practical reasons for this blog’s focus. The crisis in the Church is THE topic that dominates all others, aside from the always paramount necessity to practice virtue, receive the Sacraments, and correspond to the best of our ability with God’s Grace. I try to post about daily some material that is uplifting and hopefully helpful to souls in that correspondence with Grace, but on a practical level the crisis is the unavoidable topic, it looms over everything like a deadly shadow. To ignore it, to pretend it doesn’t exist, to try to wish it away, would be to me to be irrelevant. Even more, it would mean to me to fail in my duty of charity to souls, to not give them the fullest picture of the Church in these days as I understand it, the unbelievable crisis afflicting the Church, and the only possible response: return to Tradition, centered, wherever possible, on grounding one’s life in the Traditional Mass and all the Sacraments.
I am saddened that in this time, when the crisis has grown particularly acute and may even exceed the dread days of the late 60s/early 70s in terms of destructiveness, it seems not everyone is willing to forthrightly answer the errors emanating from the highest levels of the Church and to elucidate souls in a proper response to them (that is to say, to tell souls that rejecting these errors is not merely permissible, it is a moral imperative). I pray all our good leaders may realize it is not whining or complaining to point out, even with grave frequency, the elephant in the Catholic living room, the revolution against the Church from within. To me, it is the paramount duty to charity and truth to address this unprecedented crisis. Pray forgive me if my doing so becomes tiresome, but whether it is or not, I feel a definite compulsion to continue. I firmly believe at this time Our Blessed Lord absolutely desires His Church, His Body on earth, to be purified and restored to her former glory.
May we be blessed with far more leaders who feel quite similarly called.
Texas and 6 other states so far refuse to accept any “Syrian refugees” November 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, Immigration, persecution, Revolution, Society.
Very few of them are actual refugees. Even fewer are persecuted Christians. The vast majority are predatory economic migrant males of military age. They are migrating less for jobs than for a slice of that sweet (but fast imploding) European welfare state. How many are committed jihadis is anyone’s guess – ISIS claims thousands if not tens of thousands.
So now Texas Governor Greg Abbot and 6 other states* – including, interestingly, Michigan, which has one of the largest muslim populations in the country – have decreed they will accept no Syrian “refugees” in spite of Obama’s plans to bring tens of thousands here. Of course, the vast majority of these predatory migrants are not even Syrian, though many carry Syrian passports (pathetically easy to get, since Syria’s government exists more in name than reality at present). Will these states also ban “refugees” from Turkey, Pakistan, Niger, Cameroon, etc?
Texas will not participate in the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attack, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday.
The governor wrote to President Barack Obama to express concerns about the vetting process to resettle refugees in the U.S. Citing the possibility that one of the terrorists in Paris was a Syrian refugee, Abbott said that “American humanitarian compassion could be exploited.”
“Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity,” Abbott, a Republican, wrote. “As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.”
Abbott joined Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley – both Republicans – to announce such a policy in recent days. The Republican governors insix other states did the same on Monday.
I’m a bit of two minds of this. I have no problem whatsoever barring admission of muslims, whether actual Syrian refugees or not, from this state or the entire country (though I’m not certain what real effect these states’ actions will have, since immigration is a federal and not a state matter). However I do think this nation in particular owes a moral debt to persecuted Iraqi, Syrian, and now Lebanese Christians and especially Catholics. This nation created, through disastrous policy decisions and ineptly fought wars, the ongoing genocide of Christians out of some of our most ancient ancestral homes. I am quite certain a government with the resources of the United States could, if it had the will, not only separate the muslim from the Christian (the chaff from the wheat, as it were), but manage to relocate a goodly number of those Christians to this country. Not that our government has the slightest interest in doing so. This administration in particular seems to take a perverse joy in seeing the persecution of Christians, if they are to be judged by their inaction and even paucity of rhetoric.
We’ve got to get over this cultural marxism. It’s killing us. I’m sure the governors in question are too afraid to declare their welcome to Syrian Christians but not muslims for fear of being castigated as “islamophobes” (or it is at least a substantial factor). I think given the number of random acts of violence and terror muslims have perpetrated over the past 40 odd years everyone in their right mind is quite justified in having a phobia towards islam and its adherents. That kind of truth, however, is too destructive of the cultural marxist’s agenda to be permitted in public. So, it must be declared verboten, and the body bags continue to pile up.
*- including at present Michigan, Indiana, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas
Meanwhile, in Paris’ 11th Arrondissement, or administrative district, many denizens are just wrenching their hearts over Friday’s attacks. Not because they are enraged at the muslim perpetrators, but at themselves, for allowing the conditions that have driven these normally sweet and kind if slightly misguided souls to such acts of desperation:
But they aren’t angry, at least not at the perpetrators. “They’re stupid, but they aren’t evil,” their friend Sabrina, an administrative worker in one of the theaters in the 11th arrondissement, said. “They are victims of a system that excluded them from society, that’s why they felt this doesn’t belong to them and they could attack. There are those who live here in alienation, and we are all to blame for this alienation.”
“After the attacks in January, they said we should unite, but that essentially meant that we should be together and not think independently,” says Clemens Mama, a teacher. “They don’t want us to think that maybe it’s connected to the policies of our government and of the United States in the Middle East.” No, she wasn’t surprised that the attackers apparently included people who were born and raised in France. “These are people the government gave up on, and you have to ask why,” she said.
……..It was hard to find anyone at this gathering who would say a bad word about the attackers, and expressions of patriotism were restrained. Perhaps it should be no surprise in this part of town. Most residents of the 11th arrondissement are what the French call “bobo,” bohemian and bourgeois, middle-class academics in their 30s and 40s with clearly leftist leanings.
Two ways I look at this: their communist leanings cause them to hate Western society and desire its downfall. Anything that contributes to that cannot really be bad. The other thought is that they are in reality so utterly terrified of muslim terror they have to pretend it does not exist, that Islam is not the scorpion of the old proverb to France’s, uh…….frog…….really attacking them for WHO THEY ARE, and not what they do. Admitting the former would be too painful, as it would mean the obliteration of their entire world view. So they pretend the threat does not really exist, or, in the height of hubris, is not really about muslim’s, but about themselves (the French intellectual left) and their “failure” to create a sufficiently anesthetizing environment to put even militant muslims to sleep, as they have put everyone else.
One thing’s for sure. Saint Louis IX would have no truck with the
great unwashed French of today.
Did lack of an armed citizenry play a substantial role in the success of the terror attacks in Paris? November 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, persecution, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, shocking, Society, unadulterated evil.
FYI, I just happened to buy this gun this past weekend. I didn’t do it in response to the Paris attacks – I’m rarely so, uh…..reactionary – but I had been wanting a Ruger 10/22 tactical for a while and wound up in a place where I found one for a really good price.
Came with the red dot sight. I like it. It’s supposed to be used but it ain’t used much. It looks new to me. I ran some cleaning pads through it and they came out almost spotless – save for some manufacturer’s lube. I am pretty certain I got me an effectively new gun.
I don’t bring this up to boast, but to touch on a very real point. I was speaking with two different French emigre’s this weekend. Both have really embraced the Texan lifestyle, if you will. One has been here about 25 years and the other about 15. They were both extremely upset about recent events in France but noted the difference between terrorist attacks in Paris – where the citizenry are almost totally disarmed by legal fiat and even the police do not always carry firearms – and in Texas, where many citizens are. They both felt very strongly that in a crowded environment like a restaurant or concert a fair number of people would be carrying – if the venues allowed them to (that is to say, if there were not metal detectors outside the concert hall, as was apparently the case in the recent attacks) – and could have saved many lives by directing counter-fire at the terrorists. They also pointed out the attempt to attack the Jihadi cartoon event in Garland earlier this year that Pamela Gellar hosted, and how those terrorists barely made it out of their car before they were cut down.
My point is not so much to compare and contrast these specific incidents, however. The main point is to make clear the huge change in calculus that affects terrorist planning when considering attacks against almost entirely disarmed populations, and those where a large number may – and they never know quite who – be armed. This is an enormous variable and massively complicates the ability of radical muslims to carry out terrorist attacks. To a large extent they do not care, they seek to die in these attacks anyway under the delusion doing so will get them to muslim heaven, but they do desire their attacks to be successful. There have been several instances of jihadist attacks with firearms in this country and while they have managed to kill and injure a few (generally less than 10-12), the prevalence of firearms (civilian and LEO) has meant these attacks are responded to quite quickly, greatly limiting the amount of damage that could be done. In France, it was necessary to organize and dispatch dedicated tactical response units before the muslim attacks could be thwarted.
I suspect much of this will be blindingly obvious to many readers but we also live in a time where the ignorance of many in our culture – especially the young – is absolutely astounding. What is readily apparent to you or I would never even cross the mind of far too many of our contemporaries. But cross their minds it had better, lest they be shot down like sheep for the slaughter as so many Parisians were last Friday night.
An even more frightening thought to consider is the number of souls utterly unprepared for death who met their maker Friday night. My wife dryly remarked that the terrorists rarely attack churches in post-Catholic France because they stage their attacks where the people are at, and they aren’t in church.
But I’m sure a few interreligious conferences can solve all our problems with militant islam.
Pope Francis threatening the TLM? Some of his strongest words yet against Tradition November 13, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in different religion, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Papa, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
Hilary White the very handsome but not quite so lovely as Hilary White Patrick Archbold asks, is this the big reveal, where the (her term) villain of our story reveals his nefarious plans for all the world to see? Not sure, but Pope Francis’ remarks against the traditional practice of the Faith – aka Catholicism – made on Nov. 10 were some of his strongest, yet:
“Before the problems of the church it is not useful to search for solutions in conservatism or fundamentalism, in the restoration of obsolete conduct and forms that no longer have the capacity of being significant culturally,” the pontiff said at one point during his remarks. [So is that why the FIs were thriving, when almost every other “conciliar” religious order is dead or in its death throes?]
“Christian doctrine is not a closed system incapable of generating questions, doubts, interrogatives – but is alive, knows being unsettled, enlivened,” said the pope. “It has a face that is not rigid, it has a body that moves and grows, it has a soft flesh: it is called Jesus Christ.” [I’m sorry, but this is a very modernist-leaning understanding of the Faith. It is an understanding many great Saints and Fathers would largely reject]
“The reform of the church then, and the church is semper reformanda… does not end in the umpteenth plan to change structures,” he continued. “It means instead grafting yourself to and rooting yourself in Christ, leaving yourself to be guided by the Spirit – so that all will be possible with genius and creativity.” [perpetual revolution in practice doctrine, then? The modernist program in full flower]
Patrick Arcbold (Ugh group blogs, so confusing) adds:
The Pope has revealed himself and is telling us what he is going to do. It is impossible not to see him for who he is and what he intends to do. Nobody has the luxury of feigning surprise at what comes next. The Pope is the hackneyed director and writer of his own story and he has given it all away.
In the movies, the mechanism of the “big reveal” serves two purposes. It serves the obvious purpose ofletting the audience clearly know which side this key character is on. It also serves to let the story’s protagonist know that his cause is futile. He cannot possibly win.
Practically speaking, when the more “fundamentalist” sects are some of the only Christian churches still growing in the Church and around the world, how can the Pope possibly make this claim, when liberalism can be categorically shown to be the death of Christianity? Furthermore, how does he square such belief for the Catholic Church with his fawning relationship with fundamentalist evangelicals like Kenneth Copeland? Does he believe protestantism is fundamentally – forgive the term – liberal and prone towards doctrinal re-writing and evolution? If so, he’s correct, but it still seems a very odd juxtaposition, at least philosophically, knowing how uber-conservative some of his evangelical BFFs are.
As to Tradition, and the star around which it orbits, the TLM, it’s difficult not to see in the above at most a begrudging willingness to let it continue, for now. But long term, I think it plain the Pope feels it a total dead end, and something that will have to go away sooner or later.
Reader MFG asks how to square these statements with the Pope’s olive branch to the SSPX. I don’t know that they have to square, I think Pope Francis is very impulsive but generally acts more for political than doctrinal reasons. He may see an advantage in terms of internal Church politics to granting (as if by divine decree, since no mechanism whatsoever was established for this) faculties to SSPX priests for the upcoming “Year of Mercy.” One thing is certain, this Pope feels no compulsion whatsoever to intellectual consistency. He’s all over the map.
What say youse guys?
New York AG launches investigation of Exxon over climate-change denial November 12, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
Our adversaries on the left have really been tipping their hands of late, have they not? Have we seen such widespread anarchy on college campuses since the 70s, all of it ginned up by progressive agitation? I’ve already posted about political pressure being applied by radical environmental groups to leftist governmental agents to prosecute those who “deny” so-called climate change. Now the Attorney General of New York state is putting that agitation into action, launching a
fishing expedition investigation against ExxonMobil Corporation for supposed sins against sweet mother gaia.
If this investigation is successful in changing ExxonMobil’s behavior, it will set a chilling precedent. If they can crush the second-wealthiest corporation in the United States, or at least bring them to heel, think what they can do to your or me:
Few citizens would include “climate change” among New York State’s top law-enforcement priorities. Few, that is, except the one citizen who happens to be New York’s attorney general: Eric Schneiderman. On November 4, Schneiderman launched an investigation of ExxonMobil for allegedly misrepresenting the risks of climate change. The first strike: a subpoena demanding Exxon hand over all of its documents relating to climate research from 1977 to the present, including any communications regarding such research with outside groups. [How much would you like to bet that if Exxon complies, these records will somehow make their way into the public sphere, to be used by environmental groups for agitation against and even persecution of those scientists who have been skeptical of global warming claims?]
The use of government prosecutorial power to silence those who deviate from climate-change orthodoxy is an emerging goal of the green lobby. In recent months, more than 40 environmental groups as well as all the Democratic presidential candidates have called on U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch to conduct a federal probe of Exxon—though the politicians and pressure groups cannot specify any crimes that the firm committed. Lynch hasn’t responded to this pressure; thus, it has fallen to Schneiderman to satiate the progressive bloodlust against energy companies. Already the New York AG has forced another company, Peabody Energy, to settle charges that it concealed the risks of climate change.
Ostensibly, the Exxon investigation focuses on whether the company disclosed to investors the financial risks arising from global warming; in particular, the risk that government regulation could require Exxon—and other oil companies—to leave reserves in the ground. But Exxon’s most recent annual report prominently highlights the risk of government regulation…..
……The theory is tenuous, but the endgame is clear: to force Exxon and other companies to settle. Even when the underlying legal theory is frivolous, responding to a subpoena like the one served on Exxon—which seeks nearly 30 years of records—presents high financial and reputational costs. Moreover, the risk of criminal prosecution is one that most companies, particularly publicly-traded companies, can’t afford to take. Peabody Energy has already buckled under the threat of prosecution. After a few more energy companies embrace climate alarmism to avoid the taint of prosecution, the rest of the industry will be sufficiently intimidated to pull any funding from groups that question “established climate science.”
Progressives like to claim that there is an overwhelming consensus in favor of radical action on climate change. That may not currently be true, but it certainly will be once climate dissent is outlawed.
If the left cannot win by convincing, they’re perfectly happy with coercion. More and more, coercion seems their default mode of operation, as the generation of millenials* raised by boomer parents and thoroughly indoctrinated in leftism since grade 1 comes of age.
But of course, why not? Most of the leadership of the worldwide radical environmental movement simply traded in their communist party credentials for Greenpeace or Sierra Club.
In fact, this recent effort is part of an orchestrated plot by the enviro-nuts to use tactics similar to those used by the anti-tobacco movement (but marijuana’s great!) to basically declare fossil fuels, if not illegal, hideous in polite company. The so-called “Climate Accountability Institute” has been holding workshops for environmentalists and like-minded government apparatchiks for years preparing for their great state-powered legal movement against climate change “deniers.” But remember, the left is the religion of science, free expression and unlimited inquiry! Till they get power, then it’s all Arbeit Macht Frei. How it works:
The reader should take a moment to grasp the momentous logic: We know legally ‘incriminating documents’ (their choice of words) ‘may’ exist, because tobacco activists had a breakthrough with such documents. They need to be found in order to make climate change a ‘looming threat’ in the public mind.
Try thinking of a more reverse-engineered form of activism. [If they don’t exist, you can bet they’ll invent some]
This article is very long and detailed, and reveals the degree of underhandedness, coercion, manipulation, and general malfeasance on the part of the radical enviro-lobby. The closer they get to the goal, the more naked their tactics become.
I think I’ll go buy a pack of Camel Turkish Gold right now.
All you need to know about so-called climate change:
But they couldn’t care less. It’s not about data, or science, it’s religion. Tragically, the Church now has a magisterial document taking a hard stand on a most dubious scientific theory. That really ought to help resolidify the Church’s doctrinal edifice, shouldn’t it?
*- I mean the vast majority, obviously, there are always exceptions and I am blessed to know some
The hell experienced by orthodox Catholics in leftist “Catholic” theology departments November 12, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, priests, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
This article by Dorothy Cummings McLean is a bit old – two weeks – but it’s an extremely valuable post relating what it’s like for even a “centre-left” Canadian theology student at a major Jesuit “Catholic” college theology department – in this case, Boston College. Her tale confirms others I’ve heard from more outwardly conservative souls, men with STLs from the Angelicum in Rome who have a hard time getting a job as a youth minister because NO ostensibly Catholic college would ever touch anyone so hideous as to be “conservative” and faithful, or women who graduated summa cum laude from highly reputable universities who are barred admittance to theology programs because they actually adhere to the Doctrine of the Faith. The leftists populating the Catholic academia today are both lazy and ignorant, and they are terrified of well-formed orthodox students. Beyond their easy (and very tired) leftist shibboleths, they have literally nothing to offer, save for personal immorality and dedication to leftist political agitation.
Some of the more troubling excerpts:
The brain-blowing combination of asserting that what is not Catholic teaching is somehow Catholic teaching and then shrieking like a frightened schoolgirl when the word “heresy” is uttered is what the American Catholic/Jesuit theological academy is all about, and I should know. I was in it for two of the most miserable years of my life………
…….That was what it was like for the next two years. Outrageous gossip about professors and theologians I respected as heroes. (“So, Dorothy, does X have AIDS?” “Y was a drunk, of course.” “I hope it’s true Z had a mistress.”) Conspiracy. (“Tell me, Dorothy, what does Professor Q say in his classes about….”) Outrageous remarks. (“Bishops are thugs!”) Boasting. (“And I said, ‘Senator…’”) And paranoia. Insane paranoia. (“Dorothy, don’t write that down!“)
To my amazement, I discovered that a professor I admired was nervous of me because he thought I was “conservative”—not a good thing to be in the Boston College theology department, let me tell you. (“But I thought I was center-left”, I wailed to a friend from home.) And after a visiting priest-professor had a neurotic hissy fit aimed at me before all my classmates—because I questioned his view that the ordained priesthood and Sunday Mass attendance were ultimately doomed—and I complained to the priest-professor in charge of this class, he suggested that this man, too, was afraid of me……..
……..What I did not know, when I blithely applied to study with them, was that the Boston College professors whose books I had admired did not publish what they really thought. I had no idea, for example, that one woman professor was all in favour of women’s ordination until I turned up in Boston…….. The delicate balance I had admired, the appeal to both liberals and conservatives while sticking to the bounds of orthodoxy, was just a clever trick. The profs would say what they liked in class to their students; tape recorders were, of course, banned.
There was also a lot of theological arm-twisting. In one scarring incident, a pastoral theology professor showed up to my PhD seminar class with two large female henchmen-students and photocopies of an article about Archbishop Sean O’Malley’s obedience to the Roman directive not to allow Catholic adoption agencies to give children to same-sex couples. The topic of the seminar turned out to be, “How do we convince the Archbishop to disobey Rome?” As I tearfully (stupid tears!) defended a child’s right to a mother and a father, priest-colleagues stared silently at the table. [I’m going to say something harsh: but aside from some traditional exceptions, I would rate cowardice, moral, physical, etc.,, as one of the defining characteristics of the post-conciliar priesthood. Bravery in the face of opposition is a defining masculine characteristic. Very few priests have it]
U.S. Senators—particularly Catholic Senators—consulted the moral theologians of Boston College on a regular basis. One of my Jesuit professors, to the dismay of another Jesuit professor who ranted to me about it, testified that opposing gay marriage was not in keeping with Catholic tradition. This, I imagine, was technically true, since there had never been gay marriage to oppose before. But, naturally, that was another clever trick. [Catholic professors, even priests, supposedly dedicated to getting to the truth, instead offer sophistries and intellectual sleight of hand to advance their political-cultural agenda – IOW, their true religion.]
My theologate in Canada was run for the students; the theology department of Boston College was run for the professors.Students were pawns to be collected and either groomed to continue the professors’ intellectual legacy at other Jesuit colleges, pumped for information about other professors, or bored senseless by Big Names sitting firmly on their laurels….. [are you surprised that those whose very existence as Catholic theologians is a lie would have scruples of immoral behavior in many other areas?]
………“We don’t like to call it a ‘Catholic’ theology department,” said a professor to me while I was there. But, yes, they do. They do when it’s convenient…….
……What would Saint Ignatius have thought, I always wondered, of the one million dollar building named after him? What would he have thought of the $40,000-a-year undergrad tuition-and-board? What would he, who told his Jesuits not to take money for their teaching, have thought about the millions made off the bodies of the football players? Boston College was founded for the poor Irish Catholics of South Boston, but the only Southie accents I heard came from the lips of one ancient retired Jesuit, a secretary and the groundsmen toiling over the landscape so beautiful, manicured and dead.
It’s a bitter experience many Catholics go through, as they try to grow beyond the minimalist offering they are presented with in the vast majority of parishes, finding out that the Church today is not what she is supposed to be. Quite the contrary, the discover the Church is not only possessed of a few shortcomings, but is in so many instances – in her offices, in her departments, in her priests, in her bishops – the very opposite of what Christ intends for her. This process of painful discovery, forced on by spiritual starvation, has led millions out of the Church. Who knows how many other potential converts have been turned away, when they seek to learn what the Catholic Church is all about from a priest or professor, only to be told they’re better off where they’re at now.
Because a lot of priests, and a lot more professors, feel the Catholic Church has nothing to offer anyone, except a cozy career and a launching pad for leftist agitation. And the benefits are pretty good. The copier works. In short, it’s far more about them, than it is the Church, and its sure isn’t about the good of souls, about which they couldn’t give two @#%$s.
I mean, why would they? Most don’t even believe in an after life (which is why they strain for “heaven” on earth), and if they do, they’re invincibly convinced everyone (except for faithful Catholics) goes there.
It is primarily episcopal cowardice that has brought this situation about. Don’t forget that.
Horror: Dallas City Council, under thrall of sodomite activists, imposes transgender bathroom ordinance November 12, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, disconcerting, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
The idea that Texas, being a very conservative state, is free from the kind of noxious, totalitarian impositions of radical social agendas from politicians beholden to immoral pressure groups is, unfortunately, not true. As we saw in Houston, the Dallas City Council, under the leadership of corporate-interest-server mayor Mike Rawlings, has just voted to impose the same kind of “transgender” public restroom ordinance that Houston voters recently overturned by a huge margin. This new amendment of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance is another instance of blatant pandering to the tiniest of minorities, supposed transgenders making up perhaps a few percent (1-3) of the already tiny minority that enjoys the acts of Sodom and Gomorrah. Given that Dallas has a population of 1.3 million, for the sake of a few hundred “transgenders” (go ahead, do the math), the remaining million-plus must now be imposed upon in the most invasive, heavy-handed way.
The Dallas city council unanimously voted Tuesday to extend its anti-discrimination ordinance to transgender people, forcing businesses to allow men to use women’s restrooms, and vice versa. This applies to all businesses, government buildings and even private schools.
The amendment comes just after Houston residents voted against the controversial Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, nicknamed the “bathroom ordinance” for a provision that would force businesses to open their women’s restrooms to men. The ordinance lost 61 to 39 percent.
The Dallas ordinance, which also protects transgendered people from being denied employment and housing based on gender identity, had been worked on for over a year by Adam Medrano, chair of Dallas’ LGBT Task Force, a lobby group for pro-gay laws.
The ordinance, which had been set in place in 2002 for gay and lesbian legal protection, was seen as insufficient in the eyes of LGBT leaders. According to LGBT Task Force member Patti Fink, who praised the amendment, “[T]he transgender community believes they’re not included because the definition of gender identity is stuffed into sexual orientation.” She wanted the amendment to be passed “so it’s clear to those who live in this city [that] they have protections.”
Now, Dallas City Council officials are claiming that the situation is different from that of Houston. They claim voters last November overwhelmingly (77%) passed the essential terms of this ordinance by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected classes afforded special rights over and above those enjoyed by everyone else. However, living in the area all my life and following political events at least somewhat closely, the matter of this vote is being misconstrued. I can say that had the voters realized the implications of what was being considered, and how the city council would then take this “permission” granted by the citizens and run with it, the outcome may have been quite different.
Now there is significant opposition rising and I hope it is sufficient to force a vote to overturn this matter. We shall see if Dallas retains the same level of sanity and basic moral decency as Houston. I am not overly confident. Dallas as a city is enthralled with money as few others, and that has always been the basis of its long declining conservatism. I say declining, because Dallas, from being a reliably conservative city 20-25 years ago, has transitioned into just another urban blue zone, since most of the sensible people with adequate means moved out years ago. The monetary conservatism has long permitted and even advocated a certain strain of cultural liberalism, at least since the 70s – whatever was best for the corporate bottom line. So even the remnants of conservatism that existed 25 years ago when Steve Bartlett was mayor were mostly chimera.
Finally, the Dallas News article mentions that even Plano – hyper conservative Plano – has a similar ordinance providing additional protections and benefits to aggrieved minorities. However, this measure was forced through by the mayor in an extremely contentious vote opposed by a huge number of generally staid and uninvolved Plano voters, and that vote has insured this mayor will be in office for only one term. He is exceedingly unpopular, and is currently facing a recall effort. He is in fact trying to turn deep red Plano at least purple, if not blue by building high rise apartment complexes (up to 30-40 stories) adding up to 40,000 new rental units. The kickbacks to the council members and planning and zoning commission must be stupendous.
Don’t think the Dallas and Plano cases are unrelated. If you want to support the Plano recall effort, go here.
And if you are waiting to see Bishop Farrell’s response to this most notable event in the city which is the cornerstone of his diocese, you’ll probably have a good long wait ahead of you.
Once again, we see civic government in this country undermine the future good for the sake of the political present. Appeasing outrageously immoral minorities for present political benefit only further undermines the moral order, the effects of the destruction of which falls most disproportionately on children, children who will be irretrievably damaged by the continued expansion of immorality and will then grow up to be even more disordered, immoral, and perpetually aggrieved adults. Yet another reason why democracies always wind up destroying themselves.