Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Interior Life, martyrdom, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
Vietnamese Servant of God Marcel Tan, CSsR, was killed by communists. That’s
pretty widely known. What may not be as widely known is that he suffered at the hands of communists/leftists throughout his life, even before WWII.
As Van was growing up, his family became mired in poverty. His mother sent him to a school/church run by a priest. It turns out, this priest was very unworthy of his pious mother’s trust. He drank, he gambled, and he womanized. Even wore, he turned over the formation of the young boys entrusted to him to extremely deranged and perverse individuals, the leader of which was actually an infiltrator from the communist party cadres being formed up by Nguyen That Tan (Ho Chi Minh) in pre-war Vietnam. He was also a sicko child molester. He tried to violate Van’s purity in every way imaginable, and wound up inflicting grave spiritual wounds on the boy.
This is exactly the program communists intended for their agents in the Church to carry out – wrecking holy souls, destroying innocence, spreading vice and evil, and creating chaos in order to destroy the moral credibility of the Church and weaken it as a source of opposition to communist world domination.
From Marcel Van, The Triumph of Love, pp. 36-41 (segments):
“In the rectory there was a certain boy [more like a teen, probably a late teen. His name was Vinh] who was half-monitor, half-teacher; he detested me especially because one day he had wanted me to commit an action against the Sixth Commandment…..But I had resisted energetically, and from then on I avoided that man’s presence. Moreover, I was always regarded as an exemplary child, whereas he was constantly reprimanded by the priest. [Which makes one wonder why the priest kept him in his employ] This annoyed him and kindled his hatred against me……
Every morning he would call me to his room under the pretext of asking about my health and initiating me into the “life of perfection.”………..After questioning me, he would motion me to lie on the floor, then give me a beating with a rattan switch as he sang at the top of his lungs. Finally, he would give me this order with his eyes: “You are forbidden to cry!”………Then, before dismissing me, he would place his index finger before his lips with a severe look and..give me this order: “You are forbidden to talk about this.” Sometimes he would say, “If you talk, I will bury you alive.” [typical behavior from a child molester]
Van certainly did not open his mouth. Within a week his poor little body could not find a comfortable position or take any rest……..Finally, traces of blood were found on his shirt discovered in the laundry drew some attention to the problem. The pitiless torturer suspected of being the author of these beatings was warned to change his ways. [We can see how the problem of weak priests not dealing with wanton immorality preying upon children dates back decades.] But he would know how to take his revenge.
Shortly after this first persecution, another more collective one began. Profiting from the pastor’s absence, the catechists set up a shameful kangaroo court whose purpose was to “judge” the undesirable Van. Master Vinh presided as chief justice. Court was held church after evening prayers. The child describes the humiliating scene:
When I was brought before this people’s court, I was stripped of all my clothes and then given a banana leaf loin cloth, except on certain days when I did not have even that………Their sole intention was to make me act like an idiot for their amusement. They therefore asked me questions on loose and dirty subjects to make me squirm. But I always kept silence or answered them very briefly……
…..Exasperated by the boy’s resistance, the perverse monitor made a second attempt to rape him. Van again resisted him “with all my might,” in spite of threats of being “buried alive.” Furious, Vinh again assembled the odious tribunal that very evening, and the implacable sentence fell: “You are henceforth forbidden to receive Holy Communion!” [Think of the diabolical inversion here. He is denied Communion not for engaging in sin, but for refusing to do so!] Van protested and stood up to the entire assembly. Tempers flared, and he was badly beaten. The boy collapsed, he could no longer stand, so he was tied to a bed in a sitting position…….
……Finally he was allowed to receive Communion, “but forbidden to eat, to see whether I would live or die.” The next day Van went to Communion and ate no food. That evening, he was very weak…….
“The next morning,” relates Van, I went to Communion again, but it was the last time. After Communion that day, my heart felt drier than usual and I was overcome with an indescribable sorrow. I was extremely disturbed by the questions they had asked me.
Indeed, with the perverse intention of confusing Van, the wicked pseudo-catechists “had evoked the lives of past Saints,” saying that they “went to Communion one day and gave thanks for a year.”……..
The communist goal was achieved – horribly confused and abused, his innocence in many matters lost, never to be regained, Van began to suffer horrible scruples and the sublime, miraculous piety and holy knowledge he had possessed from a very early age disappeared for many years. He eventually overcame his scruples and regained his holy interior life, but only after enormous suffering and personal lost. This scene, repeated thousands of times around the world by deliberate communist infiltration of the Church, paved the way for the disasters of the 20th century and the near-collapse of the Church at this time. It was a plan so successful, only the devil himself could have devised it.
Marcel Van, please pray for us, and our Holy Mother Church, so sorrowfully afflicted and divided in these times of darkness!
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disconcerting, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, sadness, secularism, sickness, Society, The End.
That’s the title of the very long article I was sent by reader MFG earlier this week, expostulating an extremely long pro-life defense of refusing to vote for Trump. I’ll only excerpt a little bit of the article, both because it’s too long to effectively condense to a reasonable-length post, and because I’ve already said much of what the author claims.
I’ll just add this – for the first time in my adult life, I am considering not voting, at least at the presidential level, this November. I am having a hard time not viewing voting in the presidential election this year as pointless. There is simply no morally acceptable candidate to choose. I certainly don’t want Hillary to win, and view her as the absolute worst possible option, but I simply cannot accept Trump’s deplorable personal morality – of which he remains shamefully proud and defiant – and his contradictory claims regarding abortion and other moral issues. The Libertarian candidate is also a pro-abort, which is simply an ender for me. I guess I’m down to writing in somebody. I’d say Darrell Royal, but he’s dead, God rest his soul. Or, I simply won’t vote at all.
Having said that, I think if the party tries to steal the nomination from Trump at the convention next week, that will only insure Hillary’s election. Trump won the primary by a substantial margin. Like it or not, Trump is the candidate, and attempting to “correct” the expressed will of the people – and I’m aware of all the problems and even contradictions in that statement – is a formula for suicide. Trump may or may not receive majority support and win the election, but what support he does have is very often extremely fervent and these people would be completely livid if the party stole, for lack of a better word, the nomination from him.
For those who don’t want to read further, it is hard to find a more succinct or accurate distillation of the development of my thought than that offered by Ben Sasse’s spokesman after the Senator met with Trump this week: “Mr. Sasse continues to believe that our country is in a bad place and, with these two candidates, this election remains a dumpster fire. Nothing has changed.” I heartily agree.
There are no conditions at this point under which I could possibly vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. [That’s pretty much my point of view, at present. It could change, but I doubt it.]
So, no, I won’t be voting for Hillary. Trump, then? No, not him either.
I have heard every argument defending voting for him over the past six months. I remain as convinced as I ever have been that there are no grounds on which it is permissible or morally licit for a conservative Christian to lend their support to Trump by voting for him.
In fact, I think it is obvious that no one should vote for the Contemporary Falstaff. However sophisticated the rationalizations for Trump become, they do not overcome the single, basic fact that he has done nothing in his personal life nor his professional career to demonstrate that he is fit for the highest office in the land. I take it as a given that nominating an unfit person to such an office would be a grave danger to American security and interests.
So there is no world where I will think that the political calculus and rationalizations add up to making voting for Trump permissible, save the world where Jesus appears in the flesh and tells me it is. And that is not this world, despite the earnestness with which many Trump supporters have assured me it is.
Now, having included that quote, I am not certain I could go so far as to say that I there are no grounds under which it is morally licit for a Christian to vote for Trump. Hillary is so deplorable, so criminally minded, and so evil in intent and action I can understand those who would support Trump simply to keep Hillary from being elected. I’m not in that place, but I can understand it. I also can understand – though I think it quite wrong – the mentality that the political elites in this country are irredeemably corrupt and self-interested and that Trump represents the best shot at shocking the current system and hopefully reforming it. There is also Trump’s seeming ability to repudiate cultural marxism that is attractive. I can understand all of these as rationale’s for voting for him, though they don’t personally move me to be able to support him, for a variety of reasons.
I also basically disbelieve Trump’s occasional (and often self-contradicted) claims to opposing abortion or being pro-life, among other moral issues. But I find declaring support for him to be immoral to go a bit too far, unless that statement hinges on his personal morality, in which case I’d be in general agreement. Regarding policy, however, since he’s been all over the map in his statements, my first question would be: which one?
Personally, I’m really not certain what I’m going to do. I increasingly feel that these elections are pointless, that this republic has passed the point of saving by political action. The very fact that Hillary and Trump are our two major candidates is a damning indictment of this nation. Even twenty five years ago, the scandals attached to these two people would have made their election as president impossible, but Americans seemingly no longer care about things like faith, morality, or even criminality. In fact, most people seem to expect it of “high” personages.
I’m sort of wandering. The only way I could possibly vote for Trump is out of sheer spite/fear/disgust for Hillary. At this point, however, I will probably just write in Michael Rodriguez or something like that – not that he would appreciate it! I just cannot be convinced that Trump is not a pro-abort, pro-sodomy, bad policy immoral dude. I feel his rhetoric about a border wall/immigration control is empty. I feel his campaign is just a massive vanity project, an ego trip on an epic scale.
Please don’t take my (or anyone else’s) criticism of Trump as an attack on you. As I’ve said, I do understand why many support him, though I cannot. If he is elected, I’d love to be proven wrong. We shall see. It seems the e-mail/influence peddling scandal may have hurt Hillary more than many thought – her support has seriously eroded and many polls now show the race tied or Trump in the lead.
However, I’m afraid the Simpson’s writers were right, if a bit premature:
Maybe I should run a poll to see how many readers are supporting Trump.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, sadness, secularism, shocking, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
What an awful night. I’m sure readers are all aware of the hellish atrocity that occurred last night in Dallas. It was not a “tragedy!” I am so sick of the culture of lies in which we are awash, and misidentifying brutal, deliberate, premeditated attacks like this as “tragedies” is part of that culture. A tragedy is when a tornado strikes, or a bridge collapses. When people are killed as a result of deliberate, evil intent, it’s something else entirely – an atrocity, an unspeakable evil, a fruit of satan.
There is so much to discuss I hardly know where to begin. First, I’d like to clarify something. The national media (and local media, too, to an extent) is portraying this Black Lives Matter march as totally peaceful and happy prior to the atrocity which took place. This is true in the sense that no acts of violence were committed until the shooting started, but there was a lot of very heated rhetoric and intimidation going on.
According to eyewitness reports on local media last night (which seem to be disappearing), marchers were shouting “F— the Police,” “No Justice No Peace,” and worse, taunting them, obstructing them in their duties at times, and behaving in a more and more confrontational manner as the march went along. It is now known that the killer was probably not part of the march but used the event as a venue to target police, but he was certainly motivated by BLM rhetoric which increasingly posits that any police shooting of a black male is entirely unjustified. And, there were absolutely deplorable interviews of marchers last night that showed little empathy for the cops and several strongly implied the police got what was coming to them. This latter comment came from one of the leaders of the march, and was broadcast on KDFW Fox 4 last night at about 11 pm. The reporter shut down the interview very quickly when it became apparent where it was going. I doubt that particular segment will be vaulted or made available online.
Right now the situation remains fluid and confused. All night, Dallas Police maintained that there were two shooters, shooting in a triangulated pattern from elevated structures. While 2 or 3 people remain in custody for questioning, only one murderer has been definitively caught, and killed, by a police bomb robot. This occurred after negotiations had broken down and the murderer opened fire again on police. There is video footage of the man killing Officer David Brent Thompson. He shot him 4 or 5 times at point blank range with an AR-type weapon and left him to bleed out on the ground. His blood stains and shell casings still litter the entrance to the El Centro Junior College building.
The known murderer has been identified as Micah X Johnson of Mesquite, Texas. Johnson is reported as having no known priors and no ties to terror groups. While I am generally disdainful of claims that people may be motivated to violence by political rhetoric, in this case, there seems little other motive than an outrage generated by the BLM movement. The killer deliberately targeted white and/or hispanic cops. According to Dallas Police Chief David Brown:
“He wanted to kill officers, and he expressed killing white people, he expressed killing white officers,” Brown said. “He expressed anger for Black Lives Matter.
This Black Lives Matters movement have practiced increasing levels of hateful rhetoric, intolerance, political theater (like shutting down freeways during rush hour, attacking other protests, interrupting/attacking other political events), and incitements to violence over the past year or two. Now, the motivation for the worst mass attack on Dallas law enforcement in the city’s history has been directly attributed to this. The left has lectured its opponents for years that political talk they don’t like serves as an incitement to violence. I’ve always thought that’s balderdash, but, fine, you made the rule, now play by it. Of course they won’t, it’s all about nothing but power to them and whatever it takes to get it, so already they are trying to declare criticism of BLM verboten with regard to this atrocity.
In fact, the arch-idiot kleptocrat Jesse Jackson is trying to blame this attack on Trump!
A few other notes: there were some early suspects identified as men who were open carrying during the march, deliberately exercising their 2nd Amendment rights in a rather provocative way. At least one of those men peacefully turned his firearm over to police as the shooting began, and later met with police to discuss the situation. He was cleared and released.
Whether there were other shooters involved remains uncertain. It seems improbable to me that one shooter could so quickly transit from a parking garage to ground level and back again, shooting all the time and successfully targeting a dozen police, killing five. However, the latest press conference from Police Chief David Brown hinted that there was only one shooter.
At present, the atrocity stands at 12 police shot with five killed, and two civilians injured. The names of two of the police have been released: the aforementioned Brent Thompson, a Dallas Area Rapid Transit policeman, and Dallas PD Officer Patrick Zamarripa. I pray for the repose of their souls, and those of the other three killed. I pray for the quick healing of the injured officers and civilians. I pray for strength and solace for the families affected, especially the children who have lost their fathers.
Of course, the ultimate root cause of all this chaos in our society is the diabolical disorientation and reprobate sense that has afflicted tens if not hundreds of millions of Americans. This is exactly the kind of behavior you get in a post-Christian, barbaric, neo-pagan society, and it will only get worse. Be prepared. The answer from Church leaders to atrocities of this kind should not be a call for political action, but a call to conversion.
UPDATE: Video of “protesters” mocking police AFTER the shooting. Also, drunken protesters attempted to loot a local 7-11 and then mocked and harassed officers sent to defend it.
Photos of the two deceased identified at present, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarippa:
I watched this poor man get cut to pieces last night on video.
He ducked right, when he should have ducked left. But he was trying very hard to stop the shooter, and lost his life in the process. He was very close. UPDATE: Further analysis reveals Thompson actually hit the murderer at least once with his sidearm, but it seems the Army killer was wearing hard body armor and the handgun round(s) just bounced off. Then he very coolly tracked Thompson and shot him repeatedly at point blank range.
This will probably be the only post of the day, because I was up really late last night, but I may try to update it as more information becomes available.
Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, suicide.
Just a small bit of tragic evidence that the sick euphemism “transgenderism” is not a lifestyle, it’s not a gender, it is a severe mental illness that almost always ends tragically. The bad ends surrounding transgenderism have nothing to do with any perceived persecution or lack of acceptance – which is a laugh today, what with the infotainment industrial complex solidly at their backs – they have to do with the deep-seeded mental problems of which so-called gender dysphoria is simply a particularly egregious manifestation.
So, traitor Bradley Manning, who leaked countless classified documents onto the internet, and who now pretends he is a woman, attempted to commit suicide at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. This attempt occurred in spite of the fact that the Obama administration just forced the Pentagon to accept “transgender” troops, and after a couple of years in which political and cultural support for forcing everyone to go along with these people have advanced immeasurably. That is to say, in spite of being imprisoned, Manning should have a great deal to be happy about. Yet, he attempted suicide, as nearly half of all these poor afflicted souls do (warning, the article, from ostensibly conservative Fox News, fully adopts Manning’s derangement. I edit the article to correct the errors):
Bradley “Chelsea” Manning, who has been serving a 35-year prison sentence for
her his role in leaking U.S. government secrets, was treated and released from a prison hospital Wednesday after she he tried to hang herself himself, according to media reports.
The “transgender” soldier, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other offenses for sending WikiLeaks more than 700,000 digital files including battlefield logs, diplomatic cables and video clips.
Both CNN and TMZ reported that the incident occurred at Fort Leavenworth, an all-male facility in Kansas. Few other details about the incident were immediately known. TMZ, citing prison officials, reported that
she he has been released from the hospital and is being monitored.
It is very sad, but altogether unsurprising, to see Fox News adopt the culture of make believe the sexular pagans are trying to foist on all of us. The language of the sexular pagan left, and especially the even more radical transgender fringe, is completely Orwellian in nature. A lie becomes the truth, and then becomes a lie again, whatever suits the needs of the ruling nomenklatura.
And it is poor souls like Manning that pay the highest price for this madness. The more the culture pretends such a fundamental characteristic as the sex in which God made us is fungible and changeable, the more people will fall into this incredibly destructive lifestyle.
It’s all of a piece: contraception, self-abuse, fornication, porn use, and the other elements of the sexular pagan culture of diabolical narcissism they foster precipitate mass divorce, child sex abuse, and other trauma which leave many young people fatherless and almost irredeemably damaged (humanly speaking). This damage further propagates from one generation to the next, so that each succeeding generation is, generally speaking (and barring some kind of miracle), worse than the one before. More and more extreme forms of behavior thus propagate through the culture, and become accepted as the norm.* The damage these behaviors do, paid for in shattered lives and literal rivers of blood, are always conveniently ignored as some kind of unavoidable by-product of “progress.” It’s almost as if someone had a plan to destroy a culture, and were executing it to the last detail.
On a more prurient level, you and I not only get to pay for Manning’s continued incarceration under very special conditions and hormone treatments, a huge bill for psychological treatment will now be added to the mix. So, we have that going for us.
*- Note, I am not trying to say that the individuals who fall into grievous sin are not culpable for their actions, or are somehow, according to Marxist thought, the mere victims of societal forces beyond their control. Everyone has a choice towards good and evil, it is only that the forces unleashed and directed by the sexular pagans tend to bias many more souls towards choosing evil rather than good.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
A couple of indicators that my theorem that the religion of leftism truly only abhors ONE religion – Christianity – and that it will not only tolerate, but willingly submit to islam (or whatever else, but none seem likely to pose a similar threat in the foreseeable future) as their own false religious beliefs gradually fall to tatters before the face of an unyielding reality have come to light recently.
The first – islam is growing rapidly in communist Cuba, and the government – which has persecuted Catholics for decades – seems none too concerned:
Pedro Lazo Torres, known as the Imam Yahya, said there used to be so few Muslims in Cuba that they could hold their prayers inside someone’s home. As they grew, their prayers spilled out into the street. Torres is now president of Cuba’s Islamic League and says the number of Cubans asking to convert continues to increase.
He now operates out of a mosque that was inaugurated in June of 2015 thanks tofunding from Turkey’s president, Recep Erdoğan. Located in Old Havana, the mosque sits next to an Islamic museum, known as The Arab House, and has brand new Spanish-Arabic copies of the Koran…….
……..But for an island that sees little immigration, most Muslims in Cuba are converts.
“Ninety-nine percent of Cuban Muslims are converted to Islam and not descended of Arabs,” said Ahmed Abuero, the mosque’s religious leader…….
……..Standing on the doorstep of the mosque, Carlos Manuel, 17, a nursing student who adopted the Islamic name Ahmed Abdel Salam, says he converted to Islam over a year ago.
“My three brothers are all Christians,” he said. “For now.”
Abuero hears that and whispers “Inshallah,” or “God willing.”
Catholicism in Cuba has been pounded for decades, to the extent that a population that was once 99% Catholic is now perhaps 25%, and really only a handful actually practice the Faith seriously. It is hardly surprising, then, that islam would make such inroads. A further factor is Cuban’s indoctrination in leftism for decades, and a local Church that has long been morally weak and corrupt (as the biography of St. Anthony Marie Claret so clearly reveals). Thus, souls are starved, and fed almost entirely on false progressive pablum. Easy pickins.
Nevertheless, many of the souls now converting to islam were at least baptized Catholic, and are now throwing away their birthright for a mess of poisonous pottage. What a tragedy.
On another continent, islam continues to advance in once secular, left-wing leaning Turkey. It seems Kamal Ataturk’s plan to secularize Turkey has completely failed, and Turkey is descending further and further into radical islamism. Once again, souls starved on a thin progressive gruel are casting about for anything real to replace it, and, in the absence of any substantive missionary efforts on the part of the ecumaniacal post-VII Church, muslim prayers were heard in the Hagia Sophia over the weekend for the first time in over 80 years:
The first Muslim call to prayer in the post-Atatürk era from within the Hagia Sophia occurred last week on July 1.
The former basilica, converted by force into a mosque in the 15th century, hosted a call to prayer the last Friday of Ramadan this year after the government allowed regular recitations of the Quran from within throughout the Muslim holy month. Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper notes that, while Muslim calls to prayer have been made in designated prayer areas in the Hagia Sophia complex – near the minarets Muslim conquerers added to it following the siege of Constantinople – it has not been made in the building itself in nearly a century.
The Hagia Sophia, one of the most important sites in Christian history, ceased being a mosque in 1935 after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, designated the site a secular museum……..
……The Hagia Sophia, and Turkey generally, has come under increasing Islamization during the tenure of current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Shortly before Ramadan began, Erdogan’s government announced that the site would host Koranic recitations throughout the month, an unprecedented extended use in the post-Atatürk era……
…….Turkish leaders in the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) and prominent clerics have appeared confident that the Hagia Sophia will soon be designated a mosque.
And so 90+ years of a progressive, secular oriented government in Turkey come to a close, replaced by militant islam. This one particularly hurts, because the Hagia Sophia church is such a symbol of not only Christendom, but especially Christendom’s long resistance to muslim aggression. Muslims are very aware of such symbolism. Having the Hagia Sophia as a mosque is, to them, incredibly important, as it symbolizes in stark terms islam’s ascendance over the West, and, especially, Christianity.
I fear especially for the ancient mosaics that have been restored in the glorious structure. Most were lost forever when muslims either ripped them from the walls or covered them in concrete after seizing the church – for centuries, Christendom’s grandest. A few have been restored to at least some semblance of their former glory. But islam is a totally iconoclastic religion, even more so than the errant Judaism from which it is derived, so if the Hagia Sophia returns to being a full-time mosque, how long will these irreplaceable artistic treasures and monuments to a glorious faith survive?
Darkness seems to be descending all around the world.
Posted by Tantumblogo in blogfoolery, disconcerting, General Catholic, Interior Life, sadness, scandals, sexual depravity, Society, the struggle for the Church, Virtue, Voris.
……only today did I learn, thanks to longtime reader and appreciated commenter TG, that Michael Voris made a rather significant announcement regarding his past life on April 21 of this year.
My commentary here is not, then, exactly news. And, frankly, I don’t have much to say about Voris’ “revelation” (I say revelation in quotes, because he had already made clear he had numerous sins in his past of a sexual and likely perverse nature), but I do have some things to say about how this revelation was treated by some of Voris’ critics in the media.
I saw, to my disgust if not surprise, that a number of “mainstream” (if by mainstream you mean left-leaning to out and out leftist) Catholic commentators expressing glee at Voris’ past shame. These commentators, almost to a man, inextricably linked Voris’ very strong stand against the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah that he has taken since his reversion and over the course of his apostolate to self hatred, an inability to “live with himself” as he “really is.”
Does anyone not see the incredibly nasty trap that is planted here? It’s the same trap we see opponents of Christianity make all the time, pretending that because Christians are not perfectly sinless, they are perfect hypocrites when they comment on social ills and sins sweeping through the culture.
But the trap is particularly invidious when it comes to certain cultural causes of the left, like so-called homosexuality. What the commentators are saying, is that Voris, in refusing to allow himself to sink into his past sins, by having true contrition for them and seeking God’s absolution and relying on the Grace that flows from it to avoid them in future, he is really in denial and all his efforts to encourage others to follow the path he himself has taken is just an exercise in self-hatred. Thus true conversion is a lie and one can only be an “honest” and “forthright” Christian through the embrace of the sins the Left commands embracing. Convenient, that.
I was not surprised to see such commentary from pagans in the sexular pagan culture. But to hear it, to see it from a number of self-described Catholics is simply horrifying.
These people apparently have absolutely no trust or belief in sanctifying Grace. Apparently, in their mindset, once someone adopts a sin, they literally become that sin, and can never escape from it, in perfect alignment with pro-sodomite propaganda and the kind of “catechesis” that has flowed from lost and often sexually perverse priests and religious within the Church herself (awesome piece, BTW, read it all). This is the lie of “born that way” writ large, which a) has never even come close to being proven (in fact, most of the evidence lies in the other direction), and b) completely rejects the idea of conversion through Grace and true amendment of life.
Revelations of sin should always be painful for any Catholic to see. Movements that celebrate and try to elevate sin to virtue should always be something we find deplorable and oppose with all our strength. But some would apparently rather see those movements succeed, and good men brought very low indeed in suffering and shame, because their true “god” is their political/social ideology. In a tragedy beyond measure, such people have had near total power in the Church for decades now. The results are plain to see.
Of course, I’m not really surprised at the vituperative hatred revealed in the reaction of some to Voris’ April 21 Vortex. It is part and parcel with their ideology, which cares none for the good of souls but solely for the triumph of the sexular pagan ideology’s grab for total power.
As for me, I’ve been there, though not to the same degree, thank God. There but for the Grace of God go I, that much I know. I had a mental parting of the ways with the crew at CMTV a year or so ago and frankly don’t keep up with what they do very much (as this post reveals, coming two months after the fact), but I will always be thankful to them all for their work and the good they have done, which is substantial.
I guess I might close with one final question, though: did CMTV ever produce any evidence of the plot by the Archdiocese of New York to reveal Voris past, as he claimed? Because that’s a very serious claim……..
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, catachesis, disconcerting, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
Pray, and contact the Dallas City Council, especially if you live in the city limits, urging them to vote against this massive expansion of persecution of Christians. A move to get the council to vote to ban “gay conversion therapy” would have ominous implications even for preaching the Doctrine of the Faith, and could lead to a chilling of Catholic expression and apostolates in the Diocese. For one thing, it is quite possible Courage and other ministries oriented towards serving/converting those with same-sex attraction (like this one) could be banned, or at least face expensive lawfare in the courts.
Dallas LGBT advocates want the city to become the first in the state — and only the fourth in the nation — to bar mental health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of people under 18.
Rafael McDonnell, communications and advocacy manager for Resource Center, Dallas’ LGBT community center, told the Observer he’s scheduled to discuss a proposal to ban so-called reparative therapy for minors with a subcommittee of the city’s LGBT Task Force in the near future.
McDonnell said outlawing the widely discredited practice [nice assertion of opinion in a news piece – who judges it “discredited?” Why, the sodomite lobby, of course! The Texas Tribune is a leftist rag funded by Soros-affiliated groups, so go figure] would be consistent with Dallas’ comprehensive resolution in support of LGBT equality, which was approved by the City Council in 2014. [Let’s look at this a bit. This resolution now touted as being so “comprehensive” was sold at the time as being very limited in scope and posing no threat to religious practice or even activities like ministering to/counseling to those with same sex attraction disorders. And now of a sudden we see the resolution for what it was always intended to be: a way to provide state-sanctioned insulation for those with perverse inclinations from criticism. Even more, it is a way to use the force of the state to punish opponents of sodomy. Unfortunately, no matter how much they think they “succeed,” hell remains.]
All of these “equal rights” ordinances and resolutions are just ticking time bombs planted by the left for use at a later date. Sometime that later date is 10 years later, sometimes it is 3 months. But they always get used. Absolutely NO ONE favoring the resolution declared, when it was passed in 2014, that this would be a great tool to suppress religious objections to the sins of same sex sodomy, and yet here we are. This is how it always works with such things.
Jeremy Scwab is a man who, I believe, suffered from same-sex attraction in the past and who has been living a more God-centric and morally ordered life for some time. He runs a ministry specifically aimed to help walk people out of the same-sex lifestyle. His concerns on this latest effort to crush Christian opposition to same-sex sodomy below:
For the last two years I have been fighting against a particular assault on religious freedom and defending my ministry apostolate Joel 2:25 International (http://www.Joel225.org) in courtrooms and state legislatures in California, Illinois, and New Jersey. Anti-catholic activists have maligned me in the news media and online constantly as a result, but I have been blessed to see hundreds of men, women, youth, and families find healing and restoration through our work and that has made it all worth it.
I know I have asked for your prayers before when I had to testify in court and when I pushed for some protection against this attack here in Texas. Now, the activists have found another route to attack us, the Dallas City Council…..
……If these plans succeed, a large part of our ministry work will be illegal here in Dallas and in fact teaching the Catholic faith to youth will be technically illegal. This law forbids anyone from saying anything about homosexuality other than that it is a “healthy and natural variation of human sexuality” – which of course is in direct contrast to the catechism which states infallibly [A catechism is not an infallible expression of the Magisterium. But that the Church infallibly defines same-sex acts as gravely sinful is certainly a dogmatic expression of the Church’s Ordinary Magisterium] that it is an intrinsic disorder. As a convert, I am grateful that the Church continues to stand strong on the Truth and even when I was lost in darkness, the Church’s teaching was a beacon of light that guided me back to reality and eventually to healing and wholeness. [And thus we can see what evil is wrought by those who seek to undermine or even overthrow that Doctrine]
Please join me in praying that the Dallas City Council will vote AGAINST this ordinance. If you know anyone who could influence them, please ask them as well.
I sold my condo in Dallas and moved to Carrollton a few months ago – in anticipation of this. After seeing the outrageous treatment of religious freedom in the New Jersey courts, I knew I had to get out of Dallas county. For now, Joel 2:25’s Teen ministries will survive this, but there are many other ministries that are threatened – including the Confirmation classes at many Dallas parishes where our Joel 2:25 Young Adults have been invited to share their personal testimonies and any mention of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body within a Catholic high school would be illegal here in Dallas as it is now in Illinois, New Jersey, and California.
Obviously, we know this law is unconstitutional, but as we have seen recently, the majority of the Supreme Court and Federal Court judges have no regard at all for the constitution and religious freedom.I have worked to overturn the California law, but the courts refused to hear it…..
Based on the above, it is obviously far better to prevent this measure from being passed than to try to deal with the mess afterwards. I’m waiting breathlessly for a very strong statement of opposition to this effort by Bishop Farrell any second now.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, foolishness, Four Last Things, General Catholic, horror, sadness, secularism, sickness, Society, The End.
Not sure I’ve ever heard of this writer before, but in what I would call scholarly prose, he accurately diagnoses the ills of Western Civilization and their increasingly inevitable effect. To put it bluntly, we be hosed. The source of our hosing? Leftism, of course, the same leftism that pretends it is bringing a human paradise is in reality creating what all human institutions deliberately disconnected from God bring: hell on earth (my emphasis and comments) –
Nothing is too big to fail, including civilizations, and ours is no exception. The decline of the West is historically inevitable, subject to the universal principle of entropy that functions on every plane of natural existence, including the cultural. The agencies by which it works on this level are readily isolated: the endemic vices and pathologies of human nature (greed, resentment, hatred, envy, sloth); the tendency to take for granted the benefits, rights and privileges that have been painfully won in the past and gradually squandered in the present; the eclipse of historical memory and the concomitant exhaustion of mental vigilance. Whether decline can be retarded is, of course, an open question, but one thing is certain: pushback is futile absent the recognition of the symptoms of decay. [A great deal to unpack in one brief paragraph. I would summarize the collapse of our civilization by quoting Solzhenitsyn, who described the hell that was the Soviet Union by saying: “Men have forgotten about God.” The entire collapse of Western Civilization can be summarized in the same words. We also see in the above the futility of a conservatism grounded in the same radical assumptions that inform the entire endarkenment ethos, ideas like religious liberty and society built much more on freedoms and privileges than duties and responsibilities]
Perhaps the most evident sign of civilizational devolution is the inability or unwillingness to acknowledge reality, to come to terms with things as they are, and to oppose the suppression of objectivity and its substitution by fantasy, illusion and wish-fulfillment………But when thought and action come to be governed by the anarchic principle that what is, is not and what is not, is, a process of social, political and epistemological disintegration invariably sets in. This is the condition in which the West finds itself today. [Which rejection of reason started with the protestant revolution, which was an attack on scholastic reason and the Faith from which it flowed]
At every turn, the real is conceptually abolished by a cult-like mindset that vitiates the social and cultural life of a people by performing, as David Mamet points out inThe Secret Knowledge, an act of sacrifice on the altar of superstition and willed ignorance. The new observances, he writes, “must absolutely repudiate the old,” a form of disavowal especially typical of the Left which is in the process “of sacrificing production, exploitation of natural resources and an increasing standard of living” in order to propitiate its gods and ensure the preservation of a global hallucination, a pervasive climate of doxa. [And we can see a bit of endarkenment informed liberal “conservatism” creep in here, pretending that economic productivity is a good in itself, which disordered view helped generate the movement of reaction engendered in socialism/communism. He misses, or chooses to ignore, the metaphysical aspect of this movement against reason, and the extremism in carrying this evidently self-destructive project forward: leftism is, at its core, a competing and inveterately hostile religion to Christianity, which it has warred against since its inception. Indeed, leftism is nothing more than the putting into practice of a world-view based on rejection of Christianity at its most fundamental level, positing an earthly paradise against the true one we are promised if we die in the state of Grace.]
It is as if the Soviet pseudo-scientist Trofim Lysenko has risen from the grave and, by a mordant historical irony, infected not the burgeoning Russian empire but a weak and decadent West that has succumbed to a sterile and perilous sort of intellectual vernalization—a term glibly misused by Lysenko to describe the process, mistakenly thought heritable, of forcing winter cereals to behave like spring cereals. As plant biologist Richard Amasino writes, Lysenko’s belief that vernalized transformations could be inherited “fit the Marxist ideology that…a Marxist society could produce heritable changes in attitude, and, thus, if the proper environment was provided, future generations would consist of improved citizens. Lysenko’s efforts,” he continues, “to obtain or fabricate results that supported a political ideology…had disastrous consequences for Russian genetics.” Where the speculative and the real are in flagrant contradiction, the results are almost always catastrophic. [Indeed, Lysenko’s theories not only led to disastrous famines, but also immeasurably advanced the environmental destruction that always accompanies socialist states. Thus, the Aral Sea is now dry, because Soviet agriculturalists thought they could get cotton to grow in the barren Asian steppes, diverting water from the sea for the purpose. Socialist Libya under Gaddafi tried the same, draining ancient oases in the Sahara to try to grow cotton.]
The West is now busy at work across the entire field of social, cultural and political life promoting its own version of Lysenkoism, a misconceived exercise of supposedly vernalizing reality by transforming fact into fantasy and truth into lie for the purpose of creating the perfect society and the redeemed human being, transferable across the generations. Its assumptions about the world are guided not by common sense or genuine science but by the precepts of ideology and political desire.[In other words, by the precepts of religion]
Examples abound of the ubiquitous tendency to replace ontology with myth, the determinate with the fluid and the objective with the delusionary. A modest inventory of such noxious miscontruals would include:
- Biological sexual differentiation must yield to voluntary gender identity.
- A cooling climate is obviously warming.
- The demonstrable failure of socialism wherever it has been tried is proof that it has not been properly implemented.
- Democratic Israel is an apartheid state.
- Islam with its record of unstinting bloodshed is a religion of peace.
- Illegal immigrants are undocumented workers.
- Terrorism is workplace violence.
- A child in the womb is a mass of insensible protoplasm.
- The killing of the old and the ill is merciful, even when the recipient of such tender concern is not consulted.
- There is no such thing as truth, an axiom regarded as true. [This is the very key of leftism today, which is so dominated by the modernist, relativist thought from which it stems. Note the impossible contradiction in the above: the one truth that MUST be accepted is that there is no unchanging truth. In a tragedy beyond reckoning, such thinking has found its way deeply into the Church, which is how we got both Vatican II and the phenomenon known as Francis]
- Green energy is a social and economic good irrespective of crony profiteering, exorbitant cost, wildlife devastation, and unworkability in its present state. [Let alone the grotesquery of vast fields of giant windmills, the sight of which would have left previous, more sensible generations of naturalists like J. Frank Dobie aghast]
- Storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, tsunamis and mortality itself are natural phenomena, but Nature, which cares nothing for human life, is nonetheless sacred, vulnerable and at the mercy of human indifference. [Certainly, to some degree. I am not one who believes man should deliberately war against nature. But note the transference of God-like powers to men in the leftist assumption that man can and is inflicting irreparable harm on nature as if by accident. Of course, these concerns have always been politically motivated]
- Women are disadvantaged in the workforce, academia and society at large despite the fact that high-end hiring practices, legal judgments, custody protocols and university appointments, as well as student enrollment, wholly favor women to the detriment of men……..
……..When a civilization, or its cultural and intellectual curators who wield the instruments of power and authority, re-interprets reality as merely discretionary, decline and eventual extinction are guaranteed, and the Angel of History will preside over the ruins. When pretending becomes believing, and believing becomes mandatory, and calling out the naked emperor is punishable by law or fine or ostracism or loss of employment or worse, and when the scale of such abuses becomes effectively global, the “lifeworld,” or communal nature of daily life, as we have known it has ceased to exist…….
…….perhaps in the long run the only way to beat the cultural odds is to let the culture crash of its own accord, as it most likely will, and hope against hope that a viable replacement, a new and better form of civilized life, will rise Phoenix-like from the ashes. A melancholy calculation indeed.
Do go read, as they say, the whole thing. I copied a lot, but there is more gold in the bits I left out.
That last paragraph really resonated with me. The entire piece is brilliant, but I found the last paragraph to be a very fine summary of the feeling I think many (most, almost all?) traditional Catholics (and other deeply observant Christians) have when viewing the carnage that is the world around them.
I must admit to being fairly cold to the idea of not just silently hoping for the demise of this, ahem, culture, but even taking steps to hasten it along (I should make clear, the author does not endorse such hastening, he argues that we must continue to fight). That coldness stems from several factors: my combative nature, my concern for my children and their children, and the study of history. Cultural collapse is not a pretty thing. The vast majority of us would be long dead before any kind of replacement emerged, and given the near total lack of real, Christian faith in the world today, the seed-bed for a well-ordered, holy culture is not present. The replacement could be much worse.
It took Christendom 500 years to (even begin to) recover from the twin disasters of the collapse of the Roman Empire, and the islamic and barbarian invasions. Even worse, because our technology has climbed so high, and our technological system to complex and delicate, chances are that if this culture collapses, it will do so far more quickly, violently, deeply, and horrifically than any that have gone before. Practical knowledge of how to live in a non-technologically aided society is all but gone. Even most farmers would have a terrible time raising even subsistence-level crops without advanced machinery. Who has draft horses anymore? Who has a plow? Who has a hand reaper? Most people would be completely, utterly lost. The carnage would be unbelievable.
But I fear it is inevitable at this point. May God have mercy on us all. I tend to think if this civilization does collapse, it’s because we’re in the parousia, the end of the world. In which case we’ve just got to suffer through as best we can, anyway.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday, foolishness, Four Last Things, non squitur, sadness, silliness, Society, technology.
Strange occurrence today. In separate episodes spread over 1000 miles part, both a US Navy Blue Angels F-18A and a USAF Thunderbirds F-16C crashed. The pilot of the Blue Angels plane, Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, was killed, God rest his soul. The Thunderbird crash seems to have been a mechanical fault, as the pilot was returning to the strip when he apparently made the call to pull the yellow handle and eject. He’s supposed to be injured but should be OK. The bird may be totaled, hard to tell, but USAF has so few planes these days they are expending heroic efforts, and lots of $$$, to put birds back in service that have crashed (an F-22, more precious than gold, was repaired at a cost of over $25 million). Some details:
The pilot of a Blue Angels jet was killed Thursday during practice for a weekend air show, hours after a Thunderbirds F-16 crashed following a flyover at the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement ceremony attended by the President, officials said.
The Navy said the Blue Angels pilot died from injuries suffered in the crash in Tennessee.
The Thunderbirds pilot safely ejected before the plane went down in Colorado, officials said……..
…….Lt. Col. Christopher Hammond, commander of the Air Force’s Thunderbirds demonstration team, told reporters that the pilot, Maj. Alex Turner, experienced an unspecified problem as he was trying to land after the flyover and ejected.
“He had already put his gear down, and that’s when the incident occurred,” Hammond said, adding that Turner radioed that he was maneuvering so he wouldn’t hit any houses. “He made a conscious effort to direct his aircraft away from some of the local neighborhoods.”……..
………The crash was the first for the Blue Angels since April 2007, when Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis was killed when he crashed during an air show at a Marine Corps air station in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Hammond said the Thunderbirds crash was the squadron’s first since September 2003 when Capt. Chris Stricklin ejected safely before his F-16 hit the ground. None of the 85,000 people at the air show in Mountain Home, Idaho, was injured.
The two demonstration team crashes on one day appear to be first time such a coincidence has occurred.
Yeah, I can’t think of two crashes affecting the two teams on the same day ever before. Not even sure about the same year, except maybe back when the Thunderbirds flew the F-105B Thunderchief and had wings falling off.
Bad stuff. The F-16 looks fairly messed up, but possibly repairable. At a guess, both ventral strakes, both horizontal stabs, the port wing, the landing gear, the front fuselage, and the intake will all have to be replaced. Maybe the engine, too, if it was still spinning when it hit the ground. Might be a write-off.
But then again, this Six went back into service after the pilot bailed out due to an unrecoverable flat spin. Amazingly, after he bailed out, the aircraft righted itself and coasted down to the ground. The airplane landed itself. It then continued to gradually scootch along the icy ground under the thrust of the still operating engine.
This F-106A (S/N 58-0787) was involved in an unusual incident. During a training mission, it entered an flat spin forcing the pilot to eject. Unpiloted, the aircraft recovered on its own and miraculously made a gentle belly landing in a snow-covered field. (U.S. Air Force photo)
The F-106 was always known to be a smooth and steady aircraft. So smooth, apparently, it could land itself. I’m sure the ice and snow helped a bit.
As an addendum to the story, not only was 58-0787 hardly damaged, not only did it return to service, but it was the very last F-106 retired from the Air Force, 18 years after this unpiloted landing.
Project Six Shooter.
Again, God rest the soul of the pilot who died and God speed the healing of Maj. Turner.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
And not only that, it seems that contrary to all the legalization advocates promised, the black market for marijuana has not been eliminated by legalization, it has grown. The main thing is that crime of all types has exploded in Colorado since marijuana was legalized a few years ago. There is also evidence of increased crime in Washington state. Even more, marijuana-related car accidents and related deaths have also dramatically increased.
According to the latest reports coming out of Colorado, marijuana is a major cause of homicides in the state, and the problem is only getting worse.
Regular readers will know that Colorado has seen a massive increase in crime since it legalized pot. The numbers just keep getting worse. Over the first four months of 2016, total crime in Denver is up 10% over the same period from 2015. This rate of increase is five times the population growth rate and adds to equally large increases in 2015 and 2014, as well as the period in 2013, after which the state government signaled marijuana legalization was forthcoming.
The cops in Colorado knew this would happen. They predicted it, and it has come to fruition.
Now a prosecutor in the state has gone on the record with his concerns. Arapahoe County district attorney George Brauchler provides some disturbing statistics: 10 of the last 15 murders in his jurisdiction were connected to marijuana.
……… This all wasn’t supposed to happen. The pot legalization advocates told us that legalized marijuana would reduce crime and effectively eliminate the black market. Now we have experienced and respected prosecutors saying they are seeing, firsthand, the exact opposite…….
….. A report by the AAA Foundation released Tuesday found that traffic fatalities involving drivers in Washington where marijuana was involved had doubled between 2013 and 2014. Marijuana became legal in the state in 2012.
Which only makes sense, and demonstrates the difference between marijuana and other drugs and alcohol. One can have a single drink, possibly two, and experience only slight, if any, impairment. And millions of people do just that every day. But how many people can take just one drag off a joint? And if it’s really powerful stuff even that one hit can leave one severely inebriated and completely unable to safely operate a motor vehicle. Mexican skunkweed may not do that to an experience smoker, but there are many varieties that will.
Another important point is that marijuana is, contra the claims of legalization advocates, just as addictive as alcohol and many other drugs. Actual physical dependence may be slight, but for the addictive personality, the drug poses as great a threat as Xanax or cocaine. There is a member of my wife’s family that has struggled with marijuana addiction. It is doubly difficult to overcome because such addicts will have numerous people telling them it’s impossible to be addicted to pot and that those who are concerned about them are just bothersome busybodies. Nothing could be further from the truth, this individual was well and truly hooked on pot, and his only safe course from this point forward is total abstinence from all intoxicating substances.
Once an addict goes into active addiction, that’s it. That gene or part of their personality is turned on, and it can never be turned off. They can never be safe with any drug for the rest of their lives. And addicts can get hooked on anything. I know addicts who were hooked on Robitussin. People get hooked on Benadryl, they get hooked on muscle relaxants that aren’t supposed to be addictive…..you get the idea. The idea that only a “hard” addictive drug like cocaine or heroin or whatever is really addictive is BS. If an addict likes the effect some drug gives, they can get hooked on it. And that certainly applies to marijuana. I know from people who live in Colorado that there are now a whole bunch of people there who have gotten hooked on the drug because it is so widely available. Each one of these souls is a tragedy, one that may well not have happened absent legalization.
And I say all the above as someone who has serious reservations with the current “War on Drugs” and the negative effect it has had on individual liberty and the undermining of a nominally free society. Knowing the human toll that addiction takes – and I am truly one of the blessed ones – I simply cannot support legalization, because I know it will lead to a huge increase in the number of addicts.