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Texas Catholic Conference Conducts Ugly, Unprecedented Attack on Texas Right to Life February 23, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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I’ve written on this subject before, though it’s been some time – basically, there has long existed a marked division among the Texas pro-life movement, the uncompromising, total ban on abortion and other forms of murder position represented by Texas Right to Life, and the much more accommodating stand taken by Texas Alliance for Life.  There are many reasons to view Texas Alliance as weak on key issues, and indeed, most of the most dedicated, most successful pro-life advocates tend to support Texas Right to Life.  During the 2014 legislative session, some acrimonious division developed between Texas Right to Life and the Texas Catholic Conference (TCC), which is the bureaucratic arm of the state’s bishops (like a mini-USCCB).  Dominated by its lay staff and their preferences, including their relations with several prominent Texas lawmakers, TCC at various points supported end-of-life legislation that a number of pro-life advocates believed – I should say proved –  actually worsened the status quo in Texas, and put elderly, the sick, and their families even more at the mercy of doctors and hospitals in making end of life decisions.

So why has Texas Catholic Conference taken the very  unusual step of disavowing, or telling all Catholics in the state to disavow, this most effective pro-life group now?  In a word, politics.  Texas Right to Life, along with a number of other hardcore grass-roots conservatives groups like the Eagle Forum, Concerned Women for America, Texas homeschoolers, and others, have managed to fund a number of “insurgent” campaigns by true, hardcore conservatives against establishment candidates like Angela Paxton.  Early voting is underway for the party primaries, so feeling their establishment buddies under threat, major Texas politicians like Joe Straus – the Speaker of the House, who has done more than anyone to block effective pro-life legislation in this state and who saw Texas’ pro-life ranking drop from #4 to #12 in his 10 year tenure as speaker – are pulling out the stops to try to break the backs of the conservative groups supporting the insurgent candidacies.

We’ve seen this before in this state, where the establishment always favors its own, but not to this degree, and not with a public disavowal of a group whose only “sin”, even by Texas Catholic Conference’s own admission, is to be “too pro-life.”  In point of fact, the very minor pro-life “gains” we have seen in Texas are out of all proportion to the citizenry’s general abhorrence of abortion.  In one of the most conservative states of the union, Texas’ pro-life legislation falls further and further behind, because of the super slow boil establishment approach.

Many Texas Catholics are incensed by what they see as a betrayal of THE most effective, most dedicated pro-life group in the state (which also happens to have the support of the best bishop this state has seen in 50+ years, Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida of Corpus Christi, who now offers the TLM more or less exclusively).

If you want more on the inside baseball of Texas politics and how this very sad abandonment of a great pro-life group9 came to pass, read the below from Church Militant, which……..yeah, I know, but just roll with it:

The bishops’ denouncement of Texas Right to Life comes in the wake of a split looming inside the Texas Republican Party — a winnowing of the conservative wheat from the Establishment chaff. Internal polling indicates Lone Star State RINOs are facing extinction in the upcoming elections, and political insiders believe the bishops’ “advisory” is a ploy to save their political hides. By demonizing Texas Right to Life, they suggest, the bishops hope to preserve their political allies in office.

According to their “advisory,” the bishops are spurning Texas Right to Life for three reasons:

  1. Conflicts on pro-life reform. The bishops complained the group “often opposes the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops and has implied that the bishops do not faithfully represent Church teaching.” Texas Right to Life rejects the bishops’ “incrementalism” as a halting, soft approach.
  2. Conflicts on end-of-life reform. The bishops slammed Texas Right to Life’s messaging on end-of-life care and advance directives as “misstatements.”
  3. Texas Right to Life’s voter guide. The group publishes an annual voter guide scoring Texas lawmakers according to their pro-life record. The bishops have denounced the guide as built on unfair analysis, and they maintain “a number of legislators who have consistently voted for pro-life and end of life legislation have been opposed by Texas Right to Life.”

This isn’t the first time Texas Right to Life has run afoul of the Church Establishment. In 2013, Jeffrey Patterson, executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference, wrote to state Representative Dan Huberty on behalf of the bishops, blasting Texas Right to Life’s voter guide as “unconventional,” “subjective” and producing “perplexing results.” He complained that the voter guide assigned low scores to “pro-life lawmakers who have worked long and hard to protect and preserve life.”

But Republican lawmakers like Byron Cook and Joseph Straus, key leaders of the Texas GOP Establishment, have been criticized by Texas Right to Life for obstructing pro-life laws.

As Church Militant reported in October 2017, “Cook, as the chairman of the Texas House State Affairs Committee, has worked overtime to block pro-life legislation from being passed in the Texas legislature despite claiming to be pro-life.” For example, he killed HB1113, the Pro-Life Health Insurance Reform, which would prohibit insurance companies from paying for elective abortions.

The pro-life bills Cook did support were considered “weak” and “fake” by Texas Right to Life — “ineffective or non-priority” measures that were actually “detrimental to the pro-life movement.”

Straus, meanwhile, as Speaker of the House, “put a sudden end to a special legislative session” that Gov. Greg Abbott had called in order to address important bills Establishment Republicans ignored during the 2016–17 regular session.

Just because, fearing losing a primary election, Straus and Cook are no longer seeking another term, does not mean that the establishment is broken or disorganized. As we see, they are still plenty powerful.

I do wonder the degree to which the 13 bishops who ostensibly make up TCC are involved in this, and the degree to which it comes from the lay bureaucrats who run TCC on a day to day basis?

If you want to read the TCC declaration, here it is—>>>02-2018_TRTL_parish_advisory

Some folks are planning to walk out if the announcement is read in their parish during Mass this Sunday. I don’t think I’m going to have to worry about that.

I am saddened and shocked at this turn of events.  There was no need for such an absolutist position from TCC against TRL – the two have worked together at many points in the past.  Why now, of all times, this matter had to be brought to the fore is incomprehensible for reasons of doctrine or importance to souls.  It very much appears to be doing what their political allies in Austin want the TCC to do, which is to try to remove a troublesome thorn from the establishcrats side.  To Bishop Olson – dude, I’ve defended you in the past, but you got to get a hold of your temper.   There are fights that are optional, and fights that are mandatory, and fights that one should never get in, and this is one of those.

 

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Catholic Parents in Ohio Lose Custody of Child for Refusing Carcinogenic Hormones to “Change Gender” February 20, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, cultural marxism, disaster, Domestic Church, error, family, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Revolution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society.
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I just love it when the Left tells Christians how paranoid and stupid they are to be concerned about things like pseudo-sodomarriage and this “transgender rights movement” cum “I’m atopa the Victim Pyramid!” fad are going to lead to direct persecution of Christians.  But a fad, and an unprecedentedly destructive one is exactly what we’re seeing. And it is afflicting even convicted Catholic families, even some readers of this blog and the poor family below from Ohio, where the state has decided to revoke parent’s custody of their 17 year old daughter because a shyster physician says carcinogenic “hormone therapy” is medically necessary for her mental well being.  What’s next, parents lose their daughter for not providing a “medically necessary” BMW convertible?  How about all those “medically necessary” 4th or 5th abortions?

Excerpts below, with my comments:

An Ohio couple has temporarily lost custody of their 17-year-old daughter after refusing her transgender hormones prescribed by doctors who claim she suffers from gender dysphoria and will commit suicide without the drugs. A judge is expected to rule on her long-term custody Friday. [So this nearly adult aged girl has no moral agency whatsoever, no drugs = certain suicide? BS. It’s less than a year until she is 18 and can wreck her life all she wants, she can’t possibly hold out till then?]

In 2016, the unnamed girl was hospitalized and diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder, and gender dysphoria, which the American Psychiatric Association defines as “a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify.” Doctors claim that the parents’ treating the girl as a girl has triggered suicidal feelings. [But “gender dysphoria” is much more than just a conflict between “assigned” and “identified” gender.  It’s also a ticket to instant moral authority and adulation in many quarters of society and especially online.  Want instant popularity on Tumblr? Come out as trans.  For the unstable, chronically unhappy, and mere attention seekers, this can be too great a temptation to pass up.  It can also serve as a uniquely effective way of injuring parents for perceived slights and failings.]

Temporary custody has been granted to Hamilton County Job and Family Services, which has placed the girl with her maternal grandparents, who support the transgender identity[This is sadly common.  Grandparents very often, I pray unintentionally, undermine the efforts of devout parents to form their children and protect them from this sadistic, rapacious culture. I know of multiple cases involving ostensible “trans” where the grandparents are actively aiding and abetting the unfortunate grandchild. My wife and I have already decided, should this inexpressibly sad situation befall our family, and the child run away to coddling grandma, we shall have nothing to do with either, nor shall any of our minor children, for so long as the situation persists.  Now, it’s very easy to say that when it hasn’t happened and I’m not feeling all the emotion of a broken heart, but that’s our plan at present. However, it is virtually impossible that any of the grandparents would be sympathetic, especially the mighty Catholic warrior/maternal grandfather.]  The medical team from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center testified that the girl is improving because her grandparents are treating her like a boy. They argued that she should immediately start treatment to decrease the risk of suicide, however. [The medical profession, and especially those in the higher levels of administration, are overwhelmingly left-wing, and very few possess any kind of serious Christian faith, and in fact generally view believing Christians with attitudes ranging from suspicion to outright hostility.  Virtually all of the professional medical and psychological associations have been coopted by the Left, and are now supporting/pursuing all element’s of the Left’s agenda, from taxpayer-funded abortion on demand to transgenderism.]

“We think the grandparents are the ones who have an open mind and will … make this sort of decision best for the child,” Paul Hunt, an attorney for Hamilton County Job and Family Services, testified, according to court records obtained by CNN. “The parents have clearly indicated that they’re not open to it,” i.e. giving their daughter transgender hormones……….[Note “best decision for child” = correspond to government/medical/leftist agenda, but I repeat myself.  Now to be fair there are exceedingly rare cases where people do genuinely develop what is called today gender dysphoria, but those have historically been vanishingly rare and typically have not constituted a medical emergency requiring such drastic action as terminating non-abusive parental custody.  I can’t help thinking there is more than a bit of family drama being played out in the courts, as too often happens, and the parents find themselves on the wrong side of the approved rightthink.]

……….Hamilton County prosecutor Donald Clancy argued that the parents are basing their decision on religious beliefs, not the best interest of the child. [Why assume a conflict between the two?  Because the State insists on promulgating that conflict.] The “father testified that any kind of transition at all would go against his core beliefs and allowing the child to transition would be akin to him taking his heart out of his chest and placing it on the table,” Clancy argued. [I can understand how he feels]

Clancy admitted that the father “fully accepts” his child, but noted that the father also testified that having the girl come home acting like a boy would “warp” her siblings’ perception of reality. [Damn right it would.  These things are often catching]

The daughter’s lawyer, Thomas Mellott, testified that the parents enrolled her in a Catholic school that made her wear dresses and answer to her birth name. These experiences “caused additional trauma and anxiety,” he argued. “When you lack all hope, and when he thought this would all continue to happen to him, the suicidal ideation became more pronounced, and that is how he ended up where he was,” in the hospital. [good for that school.  I wonder how long before Catholic schools cave on this?]

Even seeing her birth name on documents causes the girl trauma, Jeffrey Cutcher, the grandparents’ lawyer, testified. Mellot agreed. “The name has become a very big trigger,” the girl’s lawyer said. “It has gotten to the point where my client mentioned that he doesn’t want to think about college at this point because the marketing materials he’s getting keep using the birth name.”

Oh for God’s sake. Better toughen up, buttercup, the world does not care about your feelz.  If seeing your name causes you to have a meltdown, maybe you should demand the government find a way for you to re-enter the womb or some other ultra safe space for another few decades of maturation.

These situations can come to pass in spite of parent’s best efforts, but it is also true that parents sometimes play a role in, if not bringing these situations about, creating an environment where a child might be likely to seek extreme forms of external validation. That is to say, somewhere along the way, the child never formed, or perhaps was allowed to form, and adequate sense of self.  Jordan Peterson speaks of the enormous damage caused by tyrannical mothers.  The point being, we must always be so careful for our children, so balanced (not suffocating nor allowing to run wild), and never satisfied with ourselves.  I think that’s a big weakness of very devout/traditional Catholics, there is a tendency sometimes to think because we are so pious, go to daily Mass, have the TLM, good priests, whatever, we think we are somehow above all the cultural chaos. But we are not, and our children especially are not. So always be careful, especially regarding satan’s favorite soul-destroyer, the computer/internet/smart phone.  Have reporting software on everything and stringent rules about phone/computer usage (like all usage must be in the open, limit hours of usage, even check on their chats sometimes, if they are allowed such, etc).

Please Pray for the Repose of the Soul of Jeff Dunnam February 7, 2018

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Jeff Dunnam was a coworker of mine for the past 2 years at Commscope.  The first 7-8 months I didn’t get to know him as he was on leave recovering from cancer.  Then he went out again for cancer treatment over the past 2 months or so.  But in between, I got to know Jeff quite well.  Jeff was not Catholic but was a believing Christian. He was in many respects a good guy.  We had many conversations when he drug me out to have a smoke in the afternoon heat.  He grew up in Collin County, like me, and we used to talk about the sounds and smells of summer – the Bois D’Arc trees and rotting horseapples, the smell of ragweed 10 feet tall, the katydids and locusts buzzing all day, the things we’d get up to as kids, before Collin County got built up and paved over.  I enjoyed the time I spent with him.

Even though he had been suffering from cancer, he died suddenly and unexpectedly this past Saturday Feb 3.  Amazingly, another coworker of mine ran into Jeff buying a handgun earlier that same day, and reported he looked agitated and distracted but physically well.

Obviously there is much cause for prayer.  The visitation/memorial is tonight, the funeral and burial tomorrow at 2pm.  Both are in Allen, near Jeff’s hometown of McKinney.  Location at the link.  Yes these are of course protestant services.

REQUIEM aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen Fidelium animae, per misericordiam Dei, requiescant in pace. Amen.

Good Sermon on Charity and Scandal…… December 6, 2017

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…….with a particular focus on the need for modest dress, especially among women.

Yes, men must dress modestly, too, but for two key reasons, the issue of modesty is dress has always had a particular urgency for women more than men.  First, while men may occasionally dress immodestly, both culturally and from a standpoint of human biology, it is much more common for women to do so.  They have more to show off, as it were.  Secondly, men are much, much more influenced by what they see, in the sense of temptation against the 6th and 9th Commandments, than women.  Men are extremely motivated by visual stimuli, especially of a sexual nature.  Thus, as father notes, men are normally much more affected by immodest dress, than women.

This all has to do with charity towards our neighbor.  A young lady may want to flaunt what she’s got, but whose interests is she serving if she insists on doing so?  Is anyone being hurt? She may think not, but the priest indicates that there is great potential for harm.

The sermon also touches much more generally on what constitutes charity and scandal, and fleshes out those concepts for us.

It’s pretty brief, at about 10 minutes, and I believe a helpful and edifying reminder (for many of us – if it’s new to you, all the better).

I can’t remember when Father gave this sermon, I must have heard it.  I’m thinking it was a few years back.

Speaking of scandal, how about this from Paul Joseph Watson:

No, he defines what it means to be a future suicide*.  First of all, that kid’s got a big uphill battle just from the standpoint of nature.  Secondly, little boy, and the twisted mother/parental unit foisting this sickness upon you, you are being used, and will be broken and consumed, as nothing more than a tool to the radical leftists who simply want yet another means to inflict a horrible wound on the Western Civilization they loathe.  I am so very sorry for the pain you so obviously feel.  It breaks my heart to see such a young boy in so much pain and confusion.  It will only get worse unless you get healing through the only Source that can truly heal us, our Eucharistic Lord Jesus Christ.

In a totally unheard of turn of events, this boy is the product of a never-married single mom who resides in NYC, who just happens to have numerous sodomite male friends.

Only late stage societies near the point of collapse have ever, historically, had large subcultures of transgenders.  Societal acceptance of such has typically been one of the final signs of impending collapse.  Crazy right wingers didn’t say that – leftist and self-identified “trans” Camille Paglia did.

Seeing little boys (it’s almost always little boys, isn’t it?) so full of self-loathing just kills me. It makes me want to tear my teeth out, something.  I can’t stand it.  I can’t imagine how much humiliation that little boy feels deep down inside. And lest some think this is just a short term “fling,” or that he came up with this himself, there are dozens of videos of him on Youtube showing how mom has both coached and encouraged his transgenderism, and undermined his masculinity.  Thus………

*-those afflicted with the perversion of “transgenderism” are orders of magnitude more likely to commit suicide than the general population. Indeed, by some measures, nearly 1/4 of self-identified “trans” will successfully kill themselves.  Since this boy is being so heinously exposed, commercialized, and used at such a young age, the trauma he is experiencing is even greater than the vast majority of other trans-types. Thus, his likelihood for severe emotional/mental damage and desire to take the pain away by any means is almost certain to be much greater even that “regular” trans.  Of course, all things are possible with Grace, and I pray for his conversion from this lifestyle plainly and repeatedly condemned by St. Paul.

 

1 in 4 Americans Haven’t Read a Book in a Year, Can’t Name an Author…… December 6, 2017

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…….and of those who can name an author, the vast majority of those name Danielle Steele, Stephen King, or some other living, pulp fiction writer. A substantial majority fail to name a single major literary figure.

So, the planned dumbing down of the West’s population, addicting them to the bread and circuses of the elite, continues apace?  There is no way educational systems this bad have not been deliberately contrived, especially after – or perhaps, because of – the trillions of taxpayer dollars pumped into them.  Common core?  Give me a break.  More effective methods were available over a century ago in Catholic National Readers.

Last fall, Pew Research found that 27 percent of Americans had not read a book in the preceding year.

Unfortunately, our friends across the pond aren’t much better in this respect. According to a 2014 survey, roughly 26 percent of adults in Great Britain admitted to not reading and finishing a book for pleasure.

One might be able to dismiss such statistics to busyness or other similar factors. But is it possible that the growing numbers of the non-reading public are instead a sign of the decline of knowledge about books and the canon of literature in general? A March 2017 survey suggests such might be the case. Produced by The Royal Society of Literature, the survey asked nearly 2,000 British adults about their literature reading habits. Similar to the aforementioned 2014 survey, roughly 1 in 4 British adults had not read a piece of literature in the previous six months. [Well I’m not clear what they mean by “literature?” Does reading books about Saints count, or is this only F. Scott Fitzgerald, de Cervantes, and the like?  I think they are speaking very broadly, as in Mickey Spillane would qualify.]

But even more interesting were the responses when researchers asked respondents to name an author of a literary work. As it turns out, 20 percent of respondents were unable to name even one. Of those who were able to name an author, more than half selected a modern, living author, such as J.K. Rowling. [Such pap]

Much of the world in which we live today is laid upon a foundation of knowledge. These ideas can be found in the great literary works of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and other men and women who are no longer with us. If many in today’s society can’t even name these authors, how can we expect them to participate in the “Great Conversation” of ideas, insights, and knowledge which still have profound effects on us today?

We can’t.  And that would be the point, my dear.  A population so ignorant is one that cannot think for itself, and must be led by the hand by its self-anointed “betters.”  Interestingly, however, in many cases the anointed are among the most ignorant among us, if the media and academia are any indication.  Oh, they know like religious mantras the left-liberal propaganda they’ve been indoctrinated in, but they are wholly ignorant of great sweeps of subjects, from history to geography to philosophy to theology…….you get the point.  The SAT and other deformations to our educational industry have created generations of clever regurgitators and test-takers who are thus marked, like a superior caste, for the college start of the path of elite credentialization that will chart their course to the new aristocracy, but not intelligent people who can think.  In fact, most of these JournoList types are blithering idiots, and prove it constantly.  I still want my chain saw bayonet option for the AK!

Present company excepted, of course, as I ride my high horse off to my ivory tower.

Reason number infinity plus one to homeschool.  One of the innumerable things of which I am proud of my kids, is that they are almost all avid readers.  The “least” of them is quite above average, while some are absolutely voracious and hard to keep stocked with books.  Having learned to read phonetically, they can read much faster than I can, and easily devour 2 or 3 books in a day. Half Price Books loves us.

An Open Letter to Michael Knowles        December 6, 2017

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Not that he’ll ever read it, this post is more for my own benefit, and possibly yours.

Before I begin, I will note that I am taking Knowles straight up on his own declarations.  If he is practicing some weird and really obscure  form of “humor,” that would be a problem (and scandal) in and of itself, but a different one from what I identify below.

Who is Michael Knowles, and why should committed Catholics care?  He is the host of an internet podcast under Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire umbrella.  He hosts several episodes a week.  He is a proud, at times even militant, Catholic.  Much of his program is dedicated to answering protestant “questions” regarding Catholicism, which means, in reality, refuting arrogant, ignorant charges from American evangelicals against the Church Jesus Christ – not Martin Luther, not John Calvin, not Henry VIII, not Mary Baker Eddy – founded.

And he does a good job.  In fact, he has at times given me to wonder whether he is a Trad, such is his strong grasp of catechesis, theology, etc.  He certainly presents liturgical sentiments which align quite well with the TLM and against the Novus Ordo.  He is well read in Church teaching and especially Church history. He’s pointed out on several occasions the way Francis, Bishop of Rome is at odds with Catholic Dogma. He provides such an interesting perspective I was really starting to wonder if we had the second (but better??) coming of Mike Church.

And then there was that moment……you know the one, the one where the needle goes from playing a lovely melody to sliding all the way across the record……yeah, that one.

That moment came when Knowles, in a spoken word commercial he gave for a mattress company during one of his podcasts, mentioned that he and his fiancée just love sharing a bed made of these wonderful mattresses.

That’s………..that’s a problem. That’s a very big problem.

I don’t ever like to peer into consciences and convict others of sin, but Knowles has done so himself.  He has declared that he is committing ongoing, grievous sin, at the very least by continuing to expose himself to incredible temptation by sharing a bed with a woman other than his wife, but more likely by advertising the fact that he and she are ongoing fornicators.  Even if they both sleep in PVC bodysuits that cover them head to foot, even if they’ve never so much as kissed, this situation would be sinful alone for the scandal it gives.  You are basically advertising for fornication, and proudly proclaiming yourself a Catholic while doing so.

I’m sorry, Mr. Knowles, but you are not the solution, but the problem.  This is the very crisis the Church has faced since the 60s, where public spokesman, whether they at one time had a formal mission from the Church  such as Fr. Charles Curran, or self-appointed ones like yourself (and me), publicly deviating from the Faith, even attacking and undermining it.  I have not so far heard you directly verbally challenge or undermine a Dogma or Doctrine……..at least until that mattress ad.  And then I heard several other mentions of your fiancée wherein you made clear your relationship is fundamentally indifferent from all the pagans of the world these days, lost in sin.

Which brings up an interesting point – while Knowles clearly acknowledges the evils Francis is visiting on the Church, is he at the same time positioning himself to be the beneficiary of some of this doctrinal reformulation, especially regarding reception of Communion while in a manifest state of grievous, probably mortal, sin?  Seems quite possible.

Are you receiving the Blessed Sacrament, Mr. Knowles, while persisting in this relationship with your fiancée?  Your podcast statements would seem to indicate so.  Thus, you have added sacrilege to fornication and scandal.  Don’t read I Cor xi:25-29 much?

I am really at a loss how a man so obviously well-formed can be openly and proudly persisting in a relationship that is grievously scandalous at best (and which he makes pains to announce in most episodes of late).  He seems to have a nearly Traditional level of formation, to the extent that I would almost wonder if he hasn’t received regular trad catechesis, and, one would tend to assume, Confession?  Has this never come up?  My experience of multiple FSSP/SSPX confessors would lead me to believe that any and all of them would instantly point out this massive moral problem, were they aware of it.

So, I won’t be listening to him anymore.  Until he recognizes the huge scandal he has given and indicates some public contrition, he is actually a very dangerous man, all the more so due to his talents and gifts of formation. He sounds like the real deal.  He sounds like a really authentic Catholic, and he is reaching out to tens of thousands of protestants and giving them a very bad idea of what the Catholic Church is all about.  I haven’t listened to many of his shows – maybe 7 or 8 – but I’ve never heard him called out for his scandal, even from hostile protestants (which probably shows how virtually all of them are so morally confused in this age of error that they see nothing wrong with a little pre-marital fornication).

I would advise readers to stay far away from this charlatan. He certainly had me fooled.  Once one is confronted with a figure mixing truth and error, consuming their product becomes risky, at best.  Given the other excellent sources available, there is no reason to expose oneself to this risk.

I will pray for him, and especially pray that some really good traditional priest reaches out to him and shakes him from his morally damnable situation, and convinces him to make some public act of contrition for the scandal he is causing on an ongoing basis.

Mr. Knowles, if you read this, reach out to me and I will get you in touch with multiple very solid priests who will make abundantly clear the grave danger to which you are exposing your soul, and that of your fiancee. It’s all well and good to declare ourselves committed Catholics so long as that commitment costs us little – it is when it costs us dear is where the rubber meets the road. Take up your cross and follow Christ.  Deus Vult.

For the declaration upon which this post is based, see the below, if you must, at 8:28:

Matt: Cardinal Burke Did Not “Betray” Traditional Movement with SSPX Comments October 4, 2017

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If you’re fortunate,  you’ve probably been spared the drama over some comments Cardinal Burke made at a conference back in June or July regarding the SSPX.  When asked specifically whether lay Catholics should or could attend an SSPX parish, Cardinal Burke said (in main point) they were schismatic, and that while their Masses were valid they were not licit and should be avoided.  This is the 100% mainstream conservative opinion in the Church, and the one that was espoused by the Pope Emeritus.

Some folks took grave exception to this commentary and opined that Cardinal Burke had somehow exposed himself as a true modernist at heart, or that he had failed the traditional movement, or that he is now rather suspect and not a good friend of traditional Catholics.

I think Michael Matt sums up my sentiments more or less exactly.  I am not surprised at what Cardinal Burke said in the slightest.  As I said, it’s pretty much the default position of the hierarchical Church, what these men in positions of power are taught and expected to say.  This doesn’t make Cardinal Burke a bad person or somehow a turncoat.  The good things he has done remain.  He remains the chief opponent of Francis in the ecclesiastical hierarchy, the author of the Dubia, and a very good friend of the Traditional Latin Mass.  But, like all of us, he’s far from perfect, and probably does not, nor ever will, align with our every desire as a perfect Catholic prelate (we all know there has only ever been one perfect prelate, and ever will be – Marcel Lefebvre).

Personally, I was neither exercised by the cardinal’s comments, nor by the reaction.  In fact, I completely expected the reaction.  If Matt’s video below did not so well accord with my own views and provide sensible counsel, I would not have covered the matter at all.  I don’t want to see the comments turn into one of those endless SSPX/anti-SSPX imbroglios.  They are boring and have already been done to death 1000 times over.  You are welcome to your opinion and to express it, but if the tete a tete’s get to extensive and descend into incivility I will terminate the comments (but not take any action against particular commenters, especially those who have been around a long time).  Experience has taught that anything touching on the SSPX tends to lead to great passions on all sides.  Let’s try to keep things cool.

I think Matt’s video could be easily summed up as: don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.  Sure, Cardinal Burke may have said something you or I or we don’t like, or wish he had said another way, but he does a great deal of good at the same time.

Fr. Martin Makes a Statement September 27, 2017

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Rorate has gotten some criticism over a tweet they did of this pic, not so much for the pic, but for what they had to say about it.  You can decide for yourself whether you think their commentary appropriate or not.

As for me, both the non-wearing of clerics, and the bottle on the shelf, make a very strong statement.

I highlighted the bottle to help you find it.

As if we didn’t know already.

He would come out, if he didn’t think it would hurt his cause.  Once Francis declares the Church for “gay unions,” he’ll be out n’ proud.

Poor soul.  He sees in Francis nothing but great victories for himself, but he is just digging deeper into a never-ending pit of sulfur and brimstone.

UPDATE: I read a chapter of the Bible every day.  This, providentially, was in the chapter I was to read today (since I go in order from beginning to end):

 I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming, and his kingdom:

Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove, entreat, rebuke with all patience and doctrine.

For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears:

And will turn away indeed their hearing from the truth but will be turned to fables.

Father James Martin has turned away into fables of his own making.

Catholic Answers Akin: Catholics Should Commemorate the Protestant Revolution September 21, 2017

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I’ve never had much truck with Catholic Answers or any of its apologists.  Since my conversion, I’ve always found Jimmy Akin to be pretty squishy.  Both Akin and the broader organization are – and I use the term reluctantly – thoroughgoing neo-Catholics who have unequivocally demonstrated that their faith, if not quite amounting to a cult of personality revolving around the present occupant of the See of Peter, is at the very least far too pliant and far too – it seems – willing to change radically depending on what emanates from the current occupant of the Chair. Now, I’ve heard Akin spend hours arguing extremely detailed points of Scripture with protestants, pointing out their manifest errors.  But once Francis signaled that he found the 500th anniversary of the  protestant revolution/archheresy something to celebrate, even emulate, all those hours went out the window and now Akin proclaims his great sympathy for, even embrace of, these celebrations of the single most destructive event – for the eternal destiny of souls – in human history since the Fall.

Via reader Tim, The Remnant has its own take on this very sad exaltation of mass indifferentism.  I’ll let you go read that on your own time.

But ultimately that is what this is all about – the steady rise of religious indifference, affecting even some of the most core Doctrines of the Faith, which has afflicted the Church since Vatican II.

Ecumania – my silly term for ecumenism run wild – did not start with Francis.  It was going gangbusters in the years immediately following Vatican II, when the first rush of thrill of the “new and greater Pentecost” was still fresh and operative.  Ecumania cooled off somewhat with the surprise election of JPII as pope, but it certainly never went away.  Watch the footage or read the reports of Assisi ’86 for all the confirmation one needs of that.

I’m a former protestant.  My entire family still consists of active protestants of varying degrees of faith and commitment.  So, I have a very strong, personal interest in accepting and promulgating post-conciliar style ecumenism if it can be reconciled with the constant belief and practice of the Faith. But it cannot.  Not by the longest of shots.

One of the greatest evils afflicting our time is the lack of knowledge of history.  Coupled with widespread ignorance of theology in the Church, especially since Vatican II, and the set up is just right for convincing millions of Catholics that protestants are practically just like us, our slightly erroneous (on some tiny points of dogma nobody cares about anymore) brethren who just happen to find themselves outside the Church (and whose proselytizing activities – you know, all that solemn nonsense – are directed at Catholics as much, if not more, than out and out pagans, making tens of millions of Catholic converts to protestantism a year).

The problem is, some of us know a bit of theology.  And some of us know history.  And we know that, no matter what the protestant ecumenists try to say in all those wonderful ecumenical soirees in five star resorts, their understanding of Christianity is not just slightly deficient, it is not just a bit off, but it is directly contrary, on numerous critical points, to both Sacred Scripture and Tradition.  These errors are sufficient to make salvation of the souls holding these errors an exceptionally dicey proposition – many Saints during the age of anti-Church revolution and counter-revolution held that it made such salvation impossible.

But history weighs even more heavily against any “celebration” of the permanent, soul-crushing rending of Christendom.  Protestantism was everywhere founded by men seeking after their own prurient interests.  It started with Martin Luther, progressed through the truly unhinged and evil “Anabaptists,” reached its zenith of self-exalting human reason decoupled from supernatural Grace in Calvin and Zwinglii, and then fell into its gutter-trash denouement in the pathetic fall of Henry VIII into endless vice.

I haven’t got the space in this post to recount even a tiny percentage of the evils and vices of the men who unleashed so-called protestantism on the world.  The only thing they protested against was the idea that there was any moral law above that of their own, self-aggrandizing conception.

And that’s not even the half of it.  It is exceedingly easy to draw a straight line from the first inklings of self-serving, hedonistic rebellion against God’s Law and His vehicle on earth for propagating and enforcing that Law – the Church – and the debauched “man as his own God” neo-pagan, increasingly barbarous society in which we live today.  Protestantism set the stage for the ascendance of rationalism, science divorced from God and the supernatural, the concept of governmental authority arising up from the “will of the people” instead of down from Christ to man, steady and increasingly rapid collapse of the Christian moral order, and far too many other evils to list here.  Protestantism gave us doctrine by “Scripture alone,” salvation by “faith alone,” and made every single man into his own little magisterium, deciding for himself what to believe and what not to believe.  Sadly, over the past 60 years or so, most all of these errors have also found a home in the Church, once it seemed that protestantism and protestant-allied nations would be forever ascendant.

Now protestantism is in total collapse, racing ahead even of the Church, and we are supposed to celebrate it?  Protestantism has fragmented into tens of thousands of different sects and groups, each believing differently from each other and from the solemn Doctrine of the Faith.  Even that is not enough, and as more and more formerly “evangelical” and “fundamentalist” sects degenerate from one man’s rigid interpretation of Scripture to loose acceptance of societal norms (the “gay marriage” issue has been a disaster for evangelicals, with most of their young people eagerly accepting it), now protestants are increasingly devolving down into “house churches” and smaller and smaller groupings of people.  As soon as there is a disagreement, as there must inevitably be among 400 million little popes, the disaffected individuals break off and form their own sect.  This process of atomization will only continue.

In none of this is there anything to celebrate, let alone emulate.  Certainly distinctions can be made, that some protestants are better than others, that there are individual protestants who do lead very pious and holy lives, that there does exist some common ground between protestants and Catholics from which to build efforts against continuing cultural rot, but overall, especially in terms of major events like 500th anniversaries and the like, the core point that protestantism has been an unmitigated disaster for Christianity, and even more so for souls, must always carry precedence.

That doesn’t mean every single time we speak of an individual protestant and something they’ve done well we have to issue a fiery condemnation.  But it also means that we as Catholics don’t see anything, at all, to celebrate, emulate, extol, tout, or even positively mention regarding the phenomenon of protestantism historically, today, or in the future.

This is not the kind of unity Christ sought.  Our Blessed Lord, who died to give us the Truth necessary for salvation, certainly sought unity within His Church – but that’s just the point.  Protestants are not in His Church.  They left it.  Sure, there’s many protestants alive today who “inherited” protestantism culturally, through their families, and not so much as a deliberate act of rebellion.  The Church, however, taught for centuries that once protestants came of age, they DID make at least a tacit choice, to reject the Church and the Truth revealed through her.

Protestants reject whole swaths of the Gospel Christ came to live out and communicate to us.  Among individual protestants, there may be more that “unites us” than “divides,” but, overall, protestantism has been, continues to be, and was in fact created to always be, a force for continuing division and strife among Christians.  It is inseparable from its nature – it is “cooked into” the very idea that individual  men, absent the divine Grace associated with the office of priesthood, bishop, and Pope, can determine for himself what Scripture says, what Truth to believe.

Events like this 500th anniversary should, for Catholics, be a time of great sadness, which sadness pray God will form a wellspring of determination to fight for the true of Christianity again, within the bosom of Holy Mother Church.  “The discredited theology of the return” – to quote Benedict XVI – is not discredited.  It is entirely necessary.  It is only the fallen men within the leadership of the Church, and organizations dependent upon that leadership’s constant good graces, who have given up on that theology.  Because they fear and desire to please men more than God.

Now is a time for deep prayer and sacrifice, not only for our “separated brethren” in the protestant sects, but even more so for the leadership of our Church, and lay “apostolates” like Catholic Answers, which shake like a reed to every change in direction of earthly winds.

We’re Fine But Very Proud of My State August 29, 2017

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Sorry I’ve been away the past few days, I even missed my birthday. I’ve gotten some e-mails from people wondering if we’re OK, and of course, we are, thank God.  Not much happened in Dallas, a bit of badly needed rain on occasion but that’s it.  The heavy stuff was all a good 100 miles or more to the south.

We do have family in the area affected by Harvey and all are fine to date.  Only one outlaw nephew lives in the Houston area but they have not been flooded.

Just been too busy with work and life to get on and blog.  I hope to have some time tomorrow, I’ve put some big things behind me the past two days, work-wise.

I am so very proud of my state and the residents of the Houston area.  Dallas and Houston have a sometimes not-so-good-natured rivalry but I have been blown away both by the tremendous outpouring of aid, Texan’s self-reliance (utter opposite of Katrina), and the (to date) very small loss of life in this once in a millennium cataclysm.  I don’t know how many thousands have been rescued by neighbors and other “civilians” but based on the bits of coverage I’ve seen it is quite probable a majority of the rescues have been carried out not by agencies of the state (at whatever level of government) but by private citizens.  #That’sTexas.

I had an exchange with reader Tim via e-mail last week, he forwarded one of the predictions of 30+ inches of rain last Thursday and I kind of pooh-poohed it.  I was right on – tropical weather events virtually never affect the Dallas area more than slightly, we’re just too far inland (close to 300 miles), but I feel terrible thinking this event was going to be more hype than real.  Ooops.  Even though that was a private exchange, I look pretty dumb now.

This natural disaster isn’t over  yet, even though the rains have moved off, for the most part, waters will continue to rise for another day or so as the ground drains.  I’ve certainly been praying for these poor souls along the coast, as I’m sure you have.  Even without loss of life the impact is going to be devastating.