The Revolution revolves around the denial of sin, Original and actual September 3, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, different religion, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Comprehending the nature of the Revolution that has invaded, undermined, and eventually subdued the former Christendom is not an easy task. The Revolution is noxious, it is invidious, and it is subtle. It is more than the sum of its parts. It is diabolical. It’s first major eruption was the protestant revolt but it has metastasized many times since then, from the rationalism of the 17th century to the endarkenment of the 18th and all that has come since (including socialism, communism, modernism, etc).
The Revolution is examined in great detail by Plinio Correa de Oliveira in his magnum opus Revolution and Counter-Revolution. The book is a critical analysis of the nature of the Revolution – which above all is ONE – from the perspective of first principles, history, and moral doctrine. As such, it approaches its criticisms from a variety of angles, far too many to fairly post. But I think Oliveira reduces the Revolution to its essence in his chapter on the revolutionary denial of sin, and its co-opting of sinful behavior to serve as its greatest selling point.
Hopefully the below will make as much sense to you, without the prior 60 pages of background material, as it did to me:
Among the multiple aspects of the Revolution, it is important to emphasize its inducement of its offspring to underestimate or deny the notions of good and evil, Original Sin, and the Redemption.
…….The Revolution is a fruit of sin. However, if it were to acknowledge this, it would unmask itself and turn against its own cause.
This explains why the Revolution tends not only to keep silent about its sinful root but also to deny the very notion of sin. Its radical denial applies to Original and actual sin and is effected mainly by:
- Philosophical or juridicial systems that deny the validity and existence of the moral law or give this law the vain and ridiculous foundations of secularism
- The thousand processes of propaganda that create in the multitudes a state of soul that ignores morality without directly denying its existence. All the veneration owed to virtue is paid to idols such as gold, work, efficiency, success, security, health,etc.
The Revolution is destroying the very notion of sin, the very distinction between good and evil, in contemporary man. And, ipso facto, it is denying the Redemption by Our Lord Jesus Christ, for, if sin does not exist, the Redemption becomes incomprehensible and loses any logical relation with history and life.
In each of its stages, the Revolution has sought to de-emphasize or radically deny the existence of sin.
In its liberal and individualistic phase, the Revolution taught that man is endowed with an infallible reason, a strong will, and orderly passions. [This is the “enlightenment” phase, upon which this country was founded, although with a fair recognition of the darker aspects of mankind] Hence the concept of a human order in which the individual – supposedly a perfect being – was everything and the State nothing, or almost nothing, a necessary evil….provisionally necessary, perhaps. It was the period when it was thought that ignorance was the only cause of errors and crimes, that the way to close prisons was to open schools. The immaculate conception of the individual was the basic dogma of these illusions.
The liberal’s great weapon against the potential predominance of the State and the formation of cliques that might remove him from the direction of public affairs was political freedom and universal suffrage.
Already in the last century, [19th century] the inaccuracy of at least part of this concept had become patent, but the Revolution did not retreat. [It never retreats. Even in apparent defeat, the Revolution has in almost all cases been secretly spreading and gaining influence over aspects of men’s thinking, ready to erupt in a further and worse expression at some future date] Rather than acknowledge its error, it simply replaced it with another, namely, the immaculate conception of the masses and the State. According to this concept, the individual is prone to egoism and can err, but the masses are always right and never get carried away by their passions. Their impeccable means of action is the State, their infallible means of expression, universal suffrage – whence spring parliaments imbued with socialist thought – or the strong will of a charismatic dictator, who invariably guides the masses to the realization of their own will. [The Revolution never acknowledges its error. It can admit of no error, because its tenets are fundamentally religious. It is a religion of man against God, positing an earthly paradise against the eternal, perfect one. It is the mass cultural acceptance of satan’s lie that “we may be as gods.” It is the most pernicious belief system and competing religion the Church has ever faced, and there hasn’t been a totally effective response against it found, yet. That is why a lot of people, not out of despair, but out of a sense of realism, believe that this culture will probably have to go through some kind of collapse that finally and irretrievably reveals the lies of the Revolution before a true restoration can begin.]
In one way or another, whether placing all its confidence in the individual alone, the masses, or the State, it is in man that the Revolution trusts. Man, self-sufficient thanks to science and technology, can resolve all his problems, eliminate pain, poverty, ignorance, insecurity, in short, everything we refer to as the effect of Original or actual sin. [“The vision of the anointed,” or the technocratic revolutionary elite trying to establish their earthy paradise with them at the top rather than a Christian aristocracy]
The utopia towards which the Revolution is leading us is a world whose countries, united in a universal republic, are but geographic designations, a world with neither social nor economic inequalities, run by science and technology, by propaganda and psychology, in order to attain, without the supernatural, the definitive happiness of man.
In such a world, the Redemption of Our Lord Jesus Christ has no place, for man will have overcome evil with science and social progress, and will have made the earth a technologically delightful paradise. And he will hope to overcome death one day by the indefinite prolongation of life.
For terrifying (in their accuracy) visions of this future I highly suggest reading We by Yevginy Zemyatin or Brave New World by Alduous Huxley. Both books contain immoral scenes but I think they are quite realistic potential future dystopias the Revolution would like to create and thus their value outweighs their problems. The religious aspects of worship of the Revolution cum super-State are very apparent in We.
All the ideas above can be fleshed out a great deal more. They also of course have limitations and objections, but I think overall the designation of Revolution as one, unalterably opposed to Christianity, and seeking to impose an endless human religion manifesting as a totalitarian state are inescapable. We should note the degree to which notions outlined above are very visible within the Church today. It is highly desired by the Revolution and their primary agents the Freemasons to make the Church the basis for this one-world religion and New World Order of no real national boundaries and one global superstate. The present pontificate seems to have fired new hopes that this dream may be much closer to realization than it appeared even a few years ago.
Our primary weapons against this looming dystopia are prayer, penance, practice of virtue, and personal awareness of the nature of the enemy we face. I hope to have more on possible means of reaction later.
Father Corapi back/active in the priesthood?!?!? September 2, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in disconcerting, General Catholic, Interior Life, manhood, pr stunts, priests, sadness, scandals, shocking, Society.
This is not a post I expected to ever make. But Matt Abbot, who broke a lot of news during the original fall of Fr. Euteneuer and had many insights into the Corapi situation as it unfolded – or fell apart – during 2011 apparently quoting reliable sources who claim Fr. Corapi is somehow (I know not how) back in the priesthood in a very private manner. Yes I know once a priest always a priest, spiritually, but this man deliberately left his order and took up living as a “civilian” for a while, so that’s why I use the term “back.” See what you make of this:
A bit of good news to share: A reliable source has informed me that Father John Corapi, a popular priest among orthodox Catholics who departed public life after a tumultuous period a few years ago, remains in the priesthood and is re-establishing his spiritual life. [What does that mean? Is he offering Mass privately or? Does he have faculties? Is he in a monastery? I have no idea]
There’s no indication he’ll be returning to public life anytime soon, if ever. However, it’s nice to know that Father Corapi can at least be a quiet prayer warrior during this extremely difficult time in the Church and world. [I guess, but I’ve been burned once regarding alleged Corapi sightings and will take this with a rather large grain of salt]
I won’t go into the particulars about what transpired in the past – it’s water under the bridge – and I’m sure there’s information on the Internet (some of it more reliable than other information, obviously) for those who may not be familiar with the situation. Plus, those who really didn’t pay attention to him in the first place likely don’t care one way or the other about his current status.
The bottom line is that we all are wounded and spiritually/morally fall often (I know I do!). We just have to try our best to keep moving forward in faith in this “valley of tears.” A very difficult task, I must say. That doesn’t mean condoning moral corruption or remaining silent about it, but we all need God’s mercy.
Well that’s certainly charitable but it also seems a bit of a whitewash. The wheels came flying off spectacularly from late 2010 till the final shutdown of “Black Sheepdog” in 2012. It’s a bit odd seeing a Renew America author try to sort of just spin that very visible fall away when some of the harshest coverage of Corapi came from…….Renew America. I’m sure it’s being done for a good reason.
Personally, if Corapi is in some kind of ministry or living his priestly life again, I pray it remains very quiet and very far from the limelight. It might be consoling for souls, after he is well-established (again?) in his piety and interior life to send out a brief note to souls to tamp down potential speculation – assuming this report is true. I’ve seen what a firestorm Corapi speculation can ignite. If there are going to be hints of his rehabilitation – we know not whether this little tidbit comes with his knowledge and approval, or not – would it perhaps be prudent for he and/or his superiors to let his status be known and that he won’t be renewing public ministry (which probably isn’t even a possibility, given the cloud of accusations under which he left the priesthood in the first place).
As for me, I’ve really moved on. Fr. Corapi played a substantial role in helping me understand a relatively orthodox view of the Faith during the early part of my conversion, and his stories played a small part in inspiring me to bend my will to the Faith and change my life (Grace was the dominant part, of course, among many other factors). But even before his “implosion” I was already feeling like I had grown past his spiel, for the most part. I think he served a great role in edifying and consoling souls at a certain place in their spiritual life. There are other priests out there who – I believe, and pray – have helped advance my, and many other’s, spirituality to another level.
Nevertheless, as said above, I think, no matter what, that kind of public role is all in the past. I’d be very surprised to see him in public ministry again, and it would raise a flock of questions.
The reality of abortion: killing your baby to play volleyball September 1, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, family, horror, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
And she acknowledges the volleyball was just a passing fancy, not even a “career.” But never fear, she got to kill a baby later for her “real career!” This is pretty old but new to me so I’m going to afflict you with it.
A woman of whom I have never heard but who is apparently quite convinced of her own greatness, proudly touting as she does her role in “changing the world, leading a revolution, breaking new barriers” (being involved in internet start ups is apparently world-changing), has had at least two abortions for reasons far more self-serving and prurient than those usually promoted by the pro-abort lobby. As such, her self-revelation provides a useful example of the real motivations for the vast majority of abortions that occur, which very frequently (I would even say most often) have very little to do with being mired in grinding poverty, being literally unable to raise another child, rape, incest, or any of the other rare causes that pro-aborts like to trot out to try to make this moral atrocity seem less atrocious. But it never is.
Note that Mz. Trunk never contemplates adoption – the baby’s life matters precious little throughout, what does matter is her reaction to the abortions and how they have made her feel. Having said that, it is fairly apparent she’s bothered by what she’s done on some level, but again I sense that is more relevant to how her life has turned out (not well, from a relationship standpoint) and wondering if she had married her first impregnator how things may have turned out:
I have had two abortions.
The first one was when I was twenty-seven. I was playing professional beach volleyball……
…….I was [pregnant]. Fourteen weeks….
I didn’t do anything. I was in shock. My boyfriend was in shock. Neither of us had ever had a pregnancy. I couldn’t believe the whole process actually worked, to be honest. [Reason #1 not to fornicate: you never know what might result, and you never know what evil you might talk yourself into as a result]
I told my mom I was pregnant. She said, “Get an abortion.” [I’ll go ahead and spill the beans now that the author is a self-described big city Jew. Rates of abortion among Jews are the highest among all Caucasians. American Jews are, by and large, sexular pagan progressives. Their Judaism is completely incidental. But I still feel my stomach turn at the thought of a grandmother telling her daughter to have her grandchild killed. The callousness, worldliness, and hard-heartendness is just sickening]
I didn’t say anything. I wasn’t really thinking I had any choices. I didn’t have a job that could support a child. [Get one.] And I wasn’t sure if I was planning to marry my boyfriend, although we were living together. [Gee, how on earth did this happen?!? If you fornicate for years, even if you use all the contraception in the world, YOU WILL GET PREGNANT! All contraception has a failure rate, and over years or even months you will, with near certainty, become pregnant]
My mom got militant. “You’ll destroy your career possibilities.” [No mention of the grandchild]
She riffed on this theme for a week, calling me every night. Her passion is understandable. My mom took a job when I was young because she hated being home with kids…… She was one of the first women to become an executive at her Fortune 500 company. She blazed trails so I could have career goals that required an abortion to preserve. [Nothing, at all, ever “requires” an abortion. Women (often under pressure from men, but not always, as here) choose to have their babies ripped limb from limb in the greatest holocaust the world has ever known, 1 billion+ and counting]
Here’s what else happened: Other women called. It turned out that many, many women I knew had had an abortion. This is not something women talk about. I mean, I had no idea how ubiquitous the procedure was, at least in my big-city, liberal, Jewish world. [I’m about to bite my tongue off.]
Each of those women told me that I should get an abortion so that I could keep my options open. “You’re a smart girl. You can do anything with your life right now. Don’t ruin it….” [Ugly liberal assumption about untimely babies “ruining life.” How about counseling each other not to fornicate so that the temptation to murder babies won’t exist?]
..When I went back, I had a panic attack. I was on the table, in a hospital gown, screaming.
The nurse asked me if I was a religious Christian.
The boyfriend asked me if I was aware that my abortion would be basically illegal in seven more days.
I couldn’t stop screaming. I was too scared. I felt absolutely sick that I was going to kill a baby. And, now that I know more about being a mother, I understand that hormones had already kicked in to make me want to keep the baby. We left. No abortion. [This is the saddest part. Sure, hormones, but much more than that. Everyone has the Law of God written on their hearts. This woman got a great touch of Grace to try to shake her from her evil stupor. She did not cooperate with it. I wonder if there were any sidewalk counselors outside the mill? This could have been a save.]
My boyfriend started panicking by suddenly staying really late at work and going out with friends a lot…..
People kept calling me: They said, “Think about how you’ll support the child. Think about what you’ll do if your boyfriend leaves you. You’re all alone in LA with no family. How will you take care of yourself?” [She has said most female friends already had abortion Can you see how they are trying to justify themselves by talking her into the same decision? That’s some diabolical friends you’ve got there, darlin’. Did they also help talk you into your later divorce?]
People gave me advice: Get a job. Once you have established yourself in a career, you’ll feel much better about having kids. Figure out where you fit in the world. Get a job, then get married, and then have kids. [She’s very fortunate to have still be able to have children after multiple abortions]
I scheduled another abortion. But it was past the time when Planned Parenthood will do an abortion. Now it was a very expensive one at a clinic that seemed to cater to women coming from Christian countries in South America. I knew that if I did not go through with it this time, no one would do the abortion. I was too far along.
So I did it.
I went to sleep with a baby and woke up without one. Groggy. Unsure about everything. Everything in the whole world. [Well, you just took part in murder. Tends to leave people shaken up]
People think abortion is such an easy choice–they say, “Don’t use abortion as birth control.” Any woman who has had one will tell you how that is such crazy talk. Because an abortion is terrible. You never stop thinking about the baby you killed. You never stop thinking about the guy you were with when you killed the baby you made with him. You never stop wondering.
So the second time I got pregnant, I thought of killing myself. My career was soaring. I was 30 [a scant three years later] and I felt like I had everything going for me — great job, great boyfriend, and finally, for the first time ever, I had enough money to support myself. I hated that I put myself in the position of either losing all that or killing a baby.
I didn’t tell anyone I was pregnant. I knew what they’d say…
….I got two abortions to preserve my career. To keep my options open. To keep my aspirations within reach.
I bought into the idea that kids undermine your ability to build an amazing career.
And here I am, with the amazing career.
But also, here I am with two kids. So I know a bit about having kids and a career. [I sure hope your kids don’t read your blog. What do you think knowledge that you deliberately and with great forethought murdered two of their siblings will have on them?] And I want to tell you something: You don’t need to get an abortion to have a big career. Women who want big careers want them because something deep inside you drives you to change the world, lead a revolution, break new barriers. [But she hasn’t invented faster than light travel, or even a longer lasting light bulb. Her job is quite prosaic. There is very little anyone can do that is more significant than bringing a child into the world, nurturing and raising it up to be a saint. But worldly people don’t see procreation in that light, too often, it’s just another item for them to check off their list of accomplishments]
It doesn’t matter whether you have kids now or later, because they will always make your career more difficult. There is no time in your life when you are so stable in your work that kids won’t create an earthquake underneath that confidence.
I think about the men I was with when I had the abortions. They were not bad men. One is my ex-husband. So much of life is a gamble, and I think I might have had as good a chance of staying together with the first guy as I did with my ex-husband.
Sorry, I have a problem with the ending. It seems she’s much more upset about how her life might have turned out better (had a happier marriage, ideal mate, dream come true, etc) if she had kept the first kid and married donor #1 than she is about killing her children. I can’t think of a more concrete example of how pre-marital fornication gravely affects women’s ability to be satisfied for life with just one man, thus creating tensions that precipitate women’s 80% initiation of divorce proceedings. There is something in the female psyche, in particular, that seems to long for past loves – which also creates a craving for new ones.
Overall -liberal, New York (I assume), worldly, no Jesus Christ, aggressively careerist mom, at least somewhat rejected by same – the poor woman hardly had a chance.
That’s the thought that jumped to mind when I read Dallas Bishop Farrell’s latest blog post, wherein he repeats without criticism or caveat the sacred shibboleths of the “green” movement, that humankind is destroying the world, that “global warming” is significant and caused mostly by man, and much else besides. He also attributes to skepticism on the part of some well-informed individuals, and recalcitrance on the part of governments, to being owned by the “polluters,” I guess through nefarious financial incentives (and where else have we heard that recently?).
But as one looks around most of the world, except for those locales where utterly unaccountable socialist governments hold sway or have recently, environmental standards have substantially improved in many areas. In fact, standards keep getting made more and more stringent in many categories of pollutants in order to justify continued, massively expensive intervention. Western countries have led the way in implementing these increasingly stringent standards, so that while some unfortunate exceptions remain, the air, water, and soil are generally much cleaner than they were 40-50 years ago.
Bishop Farrell acknowledges none of this. From this blog post, one would have to conclude there has never been much of anything done to improve the environment and that the world stands at a most dangerous precipice (my emphasis and comments – if you want to skip the fisking, maybe just jump down to the conclusion. I do go a bit long in my comments below):
As politicians and other wannabes pussyfoot around the two-ton gorilla that is the ecology crisis for fear of losing the financial support of the polluters, religious leaders of many faiths are playing a prophetic role in naming the gorilla and calling out those who created it. [I’m sorry, I think this is a cheap and gratuitous insult to millions of concerned souls and, yes, scientific experts, to claim that all that don’t share Pope Francis’ (or whoever’s) fears and policy prescriptions (whatever they are) are beholden to the fossil fuel industry.]
In earlier blogs I have written of the partnership between Pope Francis and Bartholomew, the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch that has resulted in the Pope endorsing and adopting the Orthodox observance of a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be celebrated for the first time on September 1, 2015. Other religious leaders, less impeded by political correctness, are also raising their voices. [I’m sorry, Bishop Farrell, but what color is the sky in your world? In my world, where the sky is blue, those who most prosecute souls with politically correct tyranny are the very same who hold the most extreme, doomsaying environmental views]
Indeed, a world-wide chorus of concern that our planet is on the threshold of a catastrophic climate change has arisen among leaders of world religious bodies, Christian and non-Christian. On Tuesday Muslim leaders issued an Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, which observed that, “Our species, though selected to be a caretaker or steward of the earth, has been the cause of such corruption and devastation on it that we are in danger of ending life as we know it on our planet.”…… [This is an utterly unsubstantiated viewpoint. There is absolutely ZERO basis for this claim in science, and yet Bishop Farrell saw fit to include it in his post, which ought to tell us a thing or two. I think islam ought to spend all its energy curbing the murderous extremists in its midst rather than thundering on prudential issues of science they plainly do not comprehend]
……..Earlier this year, in anticipation of the publication of the Holy Father’s encyclical Laudato Si’, a group of 403 rabbis signed a Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis which noted, “Although we accept scientific accounts of earth’s history, we continue to see it as God’s creation, and we celebrate the presence of the divine hand in every earthly creature. Yet in our generation, this wonder and this beauty have been desecrated — not in one land alone but ‘round all the Earth.” [First of all, the “Shalom Center” is an extreme left wing org. Secondly, they have been roundly criticized by more orthodox Jews for many of their stands. Third, 400 rabbis is a tiny fraction of the number in the US today. Fourth, if you read the statement at the link you will find it is riddled with factual errors, utterly unsubstantiated claims and extremist rhetoric. Finally, appeals to authority and numbers are logical fallacies, without which Farrell’s blog post falls to pieces]
The rabbis point out that, “The worsening inequality of wealth, income, and political power has two direct impacts on the climate crisis. On the one hand, great Carbon Corporations not only make their enormous profits from wounding the Earth, but then use these profits to purchase elections and to fund fake science to prevent the public from acting to heal the wounds. On the other hand, the poor in America and around the globe are the first and the worst to suffer from the typhoons, floods, droughts, and diseases brought on by climate chaos.” [The linked declaration contained dozens of paragraphs, but this one, full of little but leftist fever dreams and utter calumny, this is the one Bishop Farrell pulls out to select. Yes, Bishop Farrell is telling us some very important things, but not the ones he thinks. I think we can very easily discern which way the wind is blowing in the Church.]
In May, A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change was published stating that, “Today we live in a time of great crisis, confronted by the gravest challenge that humanity has ever faced: the ecological consequences of our own collective karma. The scientific consensus is overwhelming: human activity is triggering environmental breakdown on a planetary scale.” [Is Bishop Farrell encouraging Catholics to accept the heretical concept of karma, which is the diametric opposite of Grace? Isn’t at least some kind of caveat needed here?]
Calling for significant changes in the structure of economic systems, the Buddhist declaration points out that, “Global warming is intimately related to the gargantuan quantities of energy that our industries devour to provide the levels of consumption that many of us have learned to expect. From a Buddhist perspective, a sane and sustainable economy would be governed by the principle of sufficiency: the key to happiness is contentment rather than an ever-increasing abundance of goods.” [Look, that last bit in particular is reasonable and fine – it’s about the most reasonable thing in the entire piece, which ought to send us screaming in terror. The point is, Bishop Farrell, and the rest of these groups, are not telling the full story and they are engaging in the worst kind of scare-mongering and propagandizing. They do not say: “Oh by the way slashing fossil fuel consumption would cause prices of basically all items to skyrocket, even on the order of 400 percent or more current levels, would likely precipitate mass starvation and greatly decreased life expectancy worldwide – all of which suffering the poor would bear disproportionately (which is suffering that can be accurately forecast, not fake projections of nebulous bad effects from gerbal worming. They pretend the choice is between evil oil profiteers and saintly enviros, without mentioning the COST of their favored policy prescriptions, nor the very close relationship between the environmental movement’s leadership and dedicated communists (they are one and the same).]
Prophets are never popular because they dare to speak the truth. [No really, HE REALLY SAID THAT! Worldly statements for worldly political ends from false religions are now “prophetic!” And the Baby Jesus cries every time a well is fracked. Even more, once again, reality is inverted. Radical enviro-advocacy is one of the current shibboleths of the dominant left-wing elite around the world, it has the backing of powerful governments, the UN, many huge NGOs, wealthy individuals, and more. In fact, calling for reason and true science (science by consensus has always been a complete fallacy, virtually all scientists once believed in the efficacy of leeches, that there was no such thing as germs, and that heat was transmitted by a mysterious substance known as “ether”) is the non-conformist, counter-cultural position. Global warming claims, in point of fact, have never been less supported and under more attack within the scientific community than they are now. For instance, Michael Mann, inventor of the totally discredited “hockey stick” graph upon which so much global warming alarmism depends, has been all but totally discredited. Any experience with non-propagandist/warmist literature would make the flimsiness of warming claims abundantly clear]
Such dire warnings from across the religious spectrum echo the words of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, the earth “now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will
[I would simply add that neither Francis, nor any of those quoted above, have any knowledge of science or charism to comment with authority on these matters. I’m waiting for Pope Francis to dogmatically declare that ]
All the above is really beside the point, however. Environmental studies, environmental controls, remediation, research, “offsets,’ and the like are already a multi-trillion dollar a year industry worldwide. These topics get constant attention in the press. But what does not get constant attention, what more and more souls (including, it seems, even within the hierarchy of the Church) almost entirely forget, is the moral pollution that afflicts the vast majority of people and the enormous spiritual crisis that is rapidly leading mankind to a most cruel reckoning. There are very few voices in Church officialdom who will bring these topics to the fore with the kind of energy and fervor that Bishop Farrel displays above, and yet there is no more grave crisis facing the world today than that of the mass apostasy of peoples and nation’s and God’s growing wrath.
I must really ask, both in respect to Bishop Farrell’s missive and Laudato Si, where is the faith? Where is the idea that God will always provide for us if we are faithful to Him in the context of what the Church has always prescribed for sanctity?
If we spent more time encouraging souls to be truly virtuous and, by some great miracle, could work a great conversion on the culture, all these purported worldly crises would disappear into the ether. Environmentalism doesn’t make souls holy, but being holy by default would produce souls who have all the necessary characteristics to insure proper care for the environment.
Instead of conversion and trust in God, what we are confronted with, generally speaking, in the above is a vision of an enraged Gaia preparing to smite mankind for our offenses against her. It is amazing that the same men who can hardly find a breath to criticize fornication, pornography, contraception, etc. – that is, real sin – can get so exercised over imaginary ones like this. But really, I shouldn’t be amazed at all, because it’s entirely the point.
I’ll just repeat, Bishop Farrell’s words above are most revealing, but not for the reasons he may think. Those with eyes to see, let them see.
A cry of the heart towards my friends at CMTV – UPDATED August 28, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, blogfoolery, General Catholic, Latin Mass, manhood, sadness, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue, Voris.
Update: An important update added to the first post-script below. I also changed some verbiage in paras 3-6, particularly to shift emphasis from a certain third party that did not need to be mentioned. I altered greatly the last two sentences of paragraph 5 because it came out much rougher and with darker implications than I intended. I swore I changed that, and re-read this post several times before publishing, but apparently not. For that unnecessarily dark implication, I apologize.
The below is my own personal impression of the severe decay of a once most promising apostolate. They are strictly my own impressions and reminiscences.
It has been difficult for me to observe the changes that have afflicted Church Militant TV – formerly Real Catholic TV – over the past 2-3 years. During the period 2010-2012, I collaborated with Michael Voris a great deal. I, with Vicki Middleton’s (God rest her pious soul) gracious help, arranged to bring Michael Voris to Dallas for a talk in March of 2012. He stayed at our house for 3 days. We got along splendidly. He was honest, forthright, utterly sincere, and conveyed a clear understanding of the crisis that has afflicted the Church up to and including the role of the conciliar and post-conciliar popes in that crisis. I was thoroughly impressed and felt I was in the presence of a man who could really make a difference.
In fact, I would say that, until mid-2013, there was not a single topic on which we could be said to disagree. It was around this time however that the various reactions towards this pontificate began to manifest themselves. Some well-intentioned catechesis began to get around on the subject of souls, reacting to this pontificate, placing themselves under the care of the SSPX. Some of this catechesis was very strong. Be that as it may, the man who provides a great deal of CMTV’s funding and who seems to have had an increasing influence on editorial content in the past few years, in particular, took some of this catechesis and ran with it, so to speak, influencing, over time, CMTV’s approach to topics related to the SSPX, criticism of the pontificate, and some related matters.
I really believe I first began to witness a change infecting CMTV during the latter half of 2013. I believe it was this individual’s influence that served as a catalyst, at least, to later developments at CMTV regarding the SSPX, etc.
It was in the latter half of 2013 that this same individual began, privately, sending out a new, very negative position CMTV was going to stake out with regard to the SSPX. I’m not going to argue the merits of that position. However, he tried mightily to win me over to his very hostile view towards the Society. I simply don’t see the Society as being a major threat to souls today, certainly not anything that remotely compares to the dangers stemming from the modernists, the Synod, and this pontificate. When I refused to go along, it became apparent that a certain distance would open between myself and that organization, closing off most future avenues for future collaboration. There are other individuals who have experienced the same, that this issue regarding the SSPX and papal criticism was really a make or break one with respect to collaboration with CMTV.
The amazing thing is, privately, some folks at CMTV have, privately, inveighed quite harshly against Pope Franics. It is not a matter of not seeing the manifest problems. In fact I’ve heard some of the key players at CMTV say things regarding Pope Francis (privately) that go much beyond anything I or many others have written. But because they’ve gotten totally twisted off on this notion of “never criticize the pope publicly, no matter what,” and the complimentary notion that any criticism of the Pope will cause huge numbers of souls to “fly” to the SSPX, they refuse to broach this belief in public. Which, frankly, I’m fine with. If CMTV wants to privately counsel souls to avoid the SSPX and point out all the problems they perceive in that organization, fine. If they feel criticizing the Pope is not the right thing for them to do, fine. But they haven’t left it at that. They have waged unremitting war against those who feel differently and have spread ugliness and ill-will far and wide, including among many good people who have been in the struggle to restore the Church far, far longer than Michael Voris or “the funder” have been.
I don’t think I’m alone, but I have noticed a substantial change in demeanor at CMTV. There have been many examples posted of late of prior media content CMTV/RCTV produced that appears to disagree substantially with their current editorial stands. And so much of that prior material was really very, very good! Recently, the episode surrounding Bishop Schneider was frankly humiliating for CMTV. No one outside their most slavish devotees is buying what they’re selling in that bizarre exchange.
But when I say change, I’m referring to something more. I sense a negativity, a sort of dour imperiousness, that didn’t used to be so apparent, did it? I won’t say too much, but personnel is policy, and it could be this is the effect the influence of (a) certain individual(s). Even when castigating some grave scandal in the Church back in 2010 or 2011, Michael Voris had a certain……I’m not sure what the right word is, joyfulness, or a certain amount of levity…….that, to me, showed the love he had in his heart but also that he did not take himself too seriously, just yet. I don’t get that same vibe anymore, what I sense is something darker, more angry. Could it be self-interest? I pray not, and wouldn’t say so, either, just yet. Maybe it’s simply my imagination, but I have to wonder if this combat they’ve chosen to wage against “traditional Catholics” has not taken a huge toll. It is almost impossible to engage in bitter combat and harsh exchanges day in and day out and not be affected by it. I find it increasingly painful to watch a lot of their new content. I am heartbroken they haven’t had the wherewithal to step back, take a broader look at their policies and product, and contemplate taking a different course. That doesn’t have to mean surrender. But just let it drop, no one is convincing anyone of anything, that I can tell.
I’ve been watching their Youtube views, in a casual manner, for some time, and while I certainly could be wrong, their views appear to have dropped off substantially. That would make sense, given that they seem to have had an almost deliberate desire to offend a very large portion of their target audience. They have, to my mind, unnecessarily turned off a lot of people who wished them well and would have gladly been collaborators and supporters. Their content has become, to me, repetitive and increasingly off-target because they refuse to discuss the most pressing topic in the Church today. In fact, it seems increasingly hypocritical to just eviscerate bishops and cardinals, even to the point of declaring them excommunicate and demanding their resignations, while ignoring the man, or men, who put and keep those bishops and cardinals in their positions.
It’s all so sad. I’ve avoided writing on this subject for a long time. Maybe I’ll just spike this post, as I’ve trashed another half dozen like it over the past 12 monts. I’m going to post this time as a sort of cri de couer to CMTV to reexamine their editorial priorities, though, based on some inside experience of their decision-making, I’m skeptical it will do much good. I think their decision-making process is a big part of the problem.
The thing is, I know the staff at CMTV have always been very well-intentioned. In my experience dealing with them up to perhaps 18 months or so ago, they were totally focused on opposing the crisis in the Church, working towards a rightly-ordered restoration, and maintaining a constant focus on the good of souls. I’m sure that’s still the case, and certainly pray that is so. Unfortunately, this particular line of combat they’ve chosen to pursue seems to be increasingly undermining the very good they seek to do. That’s the main point of tragedy in it all.
PS – I have often defended Michael Voris against accusations he is a member of Opus Dei, and that it is his Opus Dei connection that drives his refusal to countenance papal criticism. His first major (or a major early) funder/collaborator, Marc Brammer, was certainly in Opus Dei. I used swear I recalled being told by MV that he is not in Opus Dei and has no affiliation with them
, but my certainty has waned over the past year. Some folks have brought forth a bit of evidence of a connection. At this point I’m still skeptical but who knows. UPDATE: So I went back over some communiques several years old and found what I’d describe as clear and convincing evidence from several years ago that Michael Voris has no connection whatsoever with Opus Dei. I found another defense from much more recently that I think also pretty clearly dispels this accusation. Those put the matter to rest in my mind.
PPS – Another thought. We have seen repeatedly in recent years the deleterious effect celebrity can have on pious Catholics. We all know the experience of Fr. Corapi. It is almost impossible – it takes truly saintly virtue – not to be affected by constant adulation, throngs of people hanging on your every word, tons of subscribers, and all the rest. That is one reason I have refused many, MANY offers to expand “my media presence” by being on more notable radio shows, tying in with much bigger, more widely read blogs, putting my name really out there in the open, etc. In fact, it’s probably THE major reason why I don’t, I know who I am and I would easily fall into that trap should I start to get lots of kudos and affection. The few people who know me, you’re fine, please don’t feel shy, but hopefully you get what I mean, it’s one thing to have 50 or 100 people who know who you are and like your stuff, and another to have 50,000 or 100,000, to be treated as a hero wherever you go.
PPPS – I’m probably going to regret this post. I am not posting this to make enemies, even if I know it is possible it will be viewed that way. I don’t view anyone as an enemy, though I know some who do. I want to repeat that I think everyone on every side in this fracas – Michael Voris, Terry Carroll, Matt, Ferrara, Vennari, the SSPX, the FSSP, etc., all are completely honest actors and doing what they think is absolutely vital according to virtue and what is best for souls. I hope this post will be taken in the same sense. May we all treat each other accordingly.
Ah, well……it’s past time I got this off my chest, anyway.
Sorry, it took me a very long time to write this. I’m out of time.
“American Catholicism has a long history of cowardice and complicity” in the face of the liberal culture August 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, history, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Brother Andre Marie from Catholicism.org sent out a letter the other day, portions of which I thought merited sharing with readers. It’s a very good summation of the abrogation of duty that has marked the Church in this country since its inception. Happy for years just to be relatively free to practice our Faith with relatively little government interference (until recently), the Church in these United States has long failed in its primary duties to proclaim the Truth revealed by Jesus Christ through His Church and especially the notion of the Church as the unique institution created by Our Blessed Lord for the salvation of souls. America has been permeated with endarkenment ideals since its founding, and perhaps the key ideal absorbed from the 18th century philosphes is that of religious indifference. Regarding all religions as basically equal is a particularly American quality, and it is one that, through Dignitatis Humanae and other portions of Vatican II came to become dominant within the entire Church.
I’m getting ahead of myself, however, below find some insightful analysis on the historical failure in duty of the Church in this country:
By and large, American Catholicism has a long history of cowardice and complicity in the face of the dominant, non-Catholic culture around us. It is a tradition going all the way back to our first Bishop John Carroll (Yes, there are notable and edifying exceptions). As long as public morals in our democratic republic were more generally on the side of the natural law and vague “Judeo-Christian values,” this cowardice and complicity did not look as obviously terrible as it in fact was. Now that the never-ending protestant revolution and its related cultural revolutions have brought us Bruce “Call me Caitlyn” Jenner, gender-neutral “marriage,” and the constant discovery of previously unheard of “fundamental human rights,” this cowardice and complicity looks really bad.
While the name of this sickly Catholicism is legion, one of its faces is seen in the obsequious way Catholic prelates deal with evil politicians, and in the sickly reaction of some of them to the Obergefell decision. But it goes back to a sort of Norman Rockwell approach to religion that makes up part of the national air we breathe: the indifferentist Catholicism of the “good old days” before Vatican II…….
…….American freedom is not enough. Democratic tolerance of our religion is insufficient. The faith, hope, and charity of the Catholic Church in America will be put to the test. Only then will they become what they ought to be. We may not content ourselves with practicing our faith because it is permitted by society. We must no longer rely on the love of this world, or the protection of laws, or the civility of our countrymen. We need to do what is right, because it is God’s Will – period; a point we seem to have missed of late.
When the nanny state turns on us, it will be payback time for the sloth of American Catholics. WE have failed to convert the nation, and failed (on the whole) even to challenge our countrymen with the Faith. From the beginning, we have sucked from the breast of American prosperity (now quickly vanishing), and basked in the liberties of our nation – but for what? Has it been to achieve our fundamental purpose in life; sanctity, God’s glory, and the salvation of souls? Or have we been merely content to have “equal rights” for truth and error? We will be hoist on that petard; for, when we oppose “equal rights” for all manner of unnatural perversion, blasphemy, and sacrilege, the formerly tolerant system will turn on us because we are now against equality. [I think this is the paragraph that is really the key. Catholics today and going forward are going to have to pay the price for the historic failings of American Catholics to take advantage of their past comfortable position to declare ALL the Truth Christ has revealed – including the vital truth regarding the need to be visibly, actively Catholic to insure salvation – to the dominant protestant libertine culture. There have been very few major voices in the Catholic Church in this country, going back decades, who have forcefully preached the necessity of being Catholic for salvation. Yes, yes, I understand there are narrow exceptions, but those exceptions have in practice been presented as the rule, a sort of prototype “fundamental option” that has declared for centuries that pretty much everyone of even remotely good will is saved, and certainly that conversion to the Church Jesus Christ established was not even normally necessary for salvation. The Church in this country (and, with its mighty influence, other countries as well) has by and large embraced the false doctrine of “tolerance” and, as Brother Andre points out, is going to be most painfully hoisted on this petard of its own making. It will not be fun, but it will be cleansing, if we accept the nascent persecution as God’s will and preach the Gospel in season and out.]
Some will accuse me of being too negative. They will say I am dwelling on evil and not on God’s goodness and mercy. True, the Religion is fundamentally an affirmation, not a denial. Denial comes in the face of sin and error, and it can only be proper if ti is based on what we affirm – namely, truth and virtue. But, if we do not oppose sin and evil, then we are weak or defective in our affirmations – i.e., in the actual content and practice of our divinely revealed Religion; then, too, our love of God is lackluster at best.
To those who would sissify us in our resistance, we say, with holy Job, “The life of man upon earth is a warfare” (Job vii:1); with Saint Jude: “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude i:3); and with the gentle Good Shepherd, “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth; I came not to send peace, but the sword” (Matt x:34).
And to those in whom bitter zeal (Jas iii:14) might be inclined to turn Catholic militancy into something rancorous, proud, or self-serving, we need to recall that sanctity is evinced by the living of seemingly contrary virtues…….The saint is zealous and meek, prudent and bold, fearless in the defense of God’s glory and humble concerning his own glory, and so on. ‘Tis not easy. But it is God’s will.
Sursum corda! Obergefell, my brothers and sisters, calls us to become saints!
I’m out of time! I hope you found this edifying, sorry if some of my points were not fully developed, I’m already very late for Mass!
When will Christians wake up? Iraqi priest: “There is no such thing as moderate islam” August 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, martyrdom, persecution, sadness, scandals, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
Well, that’s what many Saints and great Christians of the past would advise those lost in the ecumania of interreligious dialogue and the policy of appeasement the West has adopted towards islam over the past 30 years. Islam always strikes when it senses Christendom is weak, and Christendom is as weak as it has been in many, many centuries. While there are still nation states that appear, on the surface, very powerful, the moral innervation flowing from the steady abandonment of Christianity has left the West mortally weakened. Islam senses this, and thus its increasing militancy.
I’m sorry, but living in an area with a high number of muslims and never seeing, even once, even the slightest indication of embarrassment or opposition on their part towards ISIS and the most militant sectors of islam, I have been forced to conclude on the preponderance of the evidence that the vast majority of muslims at least tacitly support the extremists, and would very happily see the United States, Germany, England, and other adopted homelands become extremist sharia states. Why the leaders in the West are so hell-bent on importing millions of these muslims every year into the heartland of Christendom can only be explained, I believe, by a self-loathing death wish.
Great commentary below from persecuted Iraqi Christian Father Douglas al Bazi on the true nature of islam, via Rorate:
“THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MODERATE ISLAM” [That’s the core of a problem, in a nutshell. Certainly some muslims will be happy to feign tolerance when it suits them, perhaps out of the practice of taqqiyah or lying to advance the interests of the ummah, or islamic world, but in the end, you’ll never see a muslim advising Christians to stay Christian or that conversion to their diabolical religion is not desirable or required. I think an interesting study could be made of the comparison between the rise of islam and the collapse in the moral fiber of the Christian religions, and especially the Church. Specifically, how has interreligious dialogue and massive indifference aided the rise of militant islam?]
“Please, if there’s anyone who still thinks ISIS doesn’t represent Islam, know that they are wrong. ISIS represents Islam one hundred percent.” Father Douglas al Bazi, an Iraqi Catholic parish priest in Erbil, raised his voice during an intervention at the Meeting in Rimini – in a provocative way and in hard tones that very few were brave enough to support.
He carries on his own body the scars of the torture he underwent nine years ago, when a band of Jihadists kidnapped him for nine days, keeping him in chains and blindfolds along with a broken nose from being kneed: “For the first four days they didn’t even give me anything to drink. They would walk past me saying ‘Father, do you want some water?’ All day long they would listen to the reading of the Koran to let the neighbours hear what good believers they were.”…..
……..Father Douglas’s intervention is not very much in line with some western social and cultural debaters and ‘preachers’ but more along the lines of the local Bishops, such as the Patriarch of Baghdad, mar Louis Raphaël I Sako, who, in his book “Stronger than Terror” (Emi) accused the Ayatollah al Sistani, the highest authority of the Iraqi Shiites, of having remained silent regarding the Jihadists’ persecutions against minorities because “they won’t listen to me anyway”.
Father Douglas Al Bazi is in charge of two refugee shelters for Christians who survived the advance of the black horde – not far from Ankawa. After the marking of houses with the “n” of the Nazarene plus the Christians displaced on the Nineveh plain, a year ago, “from morning to night we receive thousands of refugees” and the exodus continues. “I’m proud to be an Iraqi, I love my country. But my country is not proud that I’m part of it. [This. This is what inevitably happens when islam gains dominance in a given area. Large regions of France, England, and Sweden are basically no-go areas for non-muslims. It will happen here, too.] What is happening to my people is nothing other than genocide. I beg you: do not call it a conflict. It’s genocide”, said the priest, who doesn’t want to hear anything about “moderate Islam”: “When Islam lives amidst you, the situation might appear acceptable. But when one lives amidst Muslims, everything becomes impossible. I’m not here to instigate you to hate Islam. I was born amid Muslims and I have more friends among them than I have with Christians. But people change and if we go to my country, no-one will be able to distinguish the light from the darkness. There are those who say: “but I have lots of Muslim friends who are very nice”. Yes, certainly! They are nice over here! Over there the situation is very different!” [So what tends to happen is that as an area becomes increasingly islamist, dominated by the more devout and militant, former moderates tend to get drug into extremism and soon they are murdering anyone who is not of their islamist sect. It is a process of radicalization and it has occurred at regular intervals throughout islam’s history. Islam has never been able to separate itself from its marriage with the sword]
…….“In the world, Christians are being persecuted, hunted down, deprived of work, imprisoned, tortured and murdered. All means are being used to force them to deny their faith, including the ritual of collective rape, considered in some states a form of penal sanction. Owning a Bible has become a crime, religious worship is prohibited and there has been a return to the times of Masses in the caves and the first martyrs”. And the fault, Drouiche had added in a discourse which had not been highlighted very much by the European media”, is contemporary Islam”…….
……..“I believe in the end they will destroy us” [They will unless we wake the hell up and stop being such sexular pagan indifferentist pansies]
………“We need to have patience and carry the cross each day, but we also must react”, said Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, parish priest in Aleppo, echoing him, and reported how the city is now “divided in tens of parts, each one of them in the hands of a different group of Jihadists. Our Church of St. Francis is sixty metres from the firing line. They have already hit many churches, we don’t know when it will be our turn”. Here is why Father Douglas, at the end of his intervention, launched a warning to the feeble West:
“Wake up! The cancer is at your door. They will destroy you. We, the Christians of the Middle East are the only group that has seen the face of evil: Islam”.
Motives for the Sanctification of Sunday August 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Closing out the catechesis I started last week as promised, more excerpts from The Catechism Explained by Spirago-Clarke:
God rewards with temporal blessings those who keep holy His day.
Consider the loving kindness of God; it is no toilsome service He requires of you, but that you should rest. There are one hundred and sixty eight hours in a week. God only demands one day (twenty four hours) for Himself; must you use this for your worldly affairs? Those who would prosper in their business must consecrate Sunday to the service of God. Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of America, when on his voyage always kept his vessels stationary on Sunday. God often protects in a special manner those who keep holy His day………God often increases the gains of those who abstain from the pursuit of their calling on Sundays……..
The profanation of the Sabbath is frequently punished with temporal evils, sickness, and poverty.
Because the Jews habitually violated the sanctity of the Sabbath God permitted Nebuchodonosor to destroy Jerusalem and take the people into captivity (II Esd xiii:18). The usual punishment for profaning Sunday and not hearing Mass is to become the captive of vice. Those who work continuously ruin their health; man can no more live without taking repose than without eating. Thus, the day of rest is not only a religious duty, but a natural necessity. To those who work on Sundays God says as to the Jews of yore: “I will quickly visit you with poverty” (Lev xxvi:16). Those who through greed of gain desecrate Sunday, obtain the very opposite of their aim………
The non-observance of Sunday undermines family life and social relations
This sin causes the disintegration of the family. If the members of a family neglect public worship, they lose all sense of their duties and fall into evil ways. The father becomes dissolute, the mother indifferent, the children insubordinate. The father does not fulfill his duty to his children; occupied all the week he sees but little of them; on Sunday he has leisure to observe their individual characters, and give them useful instruction. The disintegration of society follows that of the family; the profanation of Sunday is an open violation of God’s Law………Catholics who are careless in regard to the holy days of obligation, gradually lose all sense of their religious duties; they forget God, their final end, and become like heathen. Those who are not found on Sunday morning among the children of God on earth, will be excluded from His presence for all eternity. By sanctifying Sunday, we lay up for ourselves treasures which will last forever.
How much have we seen the last borne out among Catholics in these past several decades?!? Catholics skip Mass, embrace contraception, divorce, and fornication, and have become indistinguishable from the heathen! Neglecting the Sunday obligation has been a substantial factor in the collapse of the Faith in so many countries. This has proven as ruinous for society as it has for individual souls. Formerly Christian countries are now more heathen than many of the lands more recently evangelized. America is increasingly becoming another of these formerly Christian countries. I personally believe that process accelerated once laws against unnecessary business and shopping on Sunday were lifted in many regions 30-40 years ago. That was a most significant, and damaging, step in the de-Christianization of the United States. Like many previous steps, it was not innocently contrived nor completely accidental. It is part of a general effort towards driving the Christian religion into the catacombs, if not out of existence entirely.
Grave moral dangers of the public school system August 19, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, episcopate, error, family, foolishness, General Catholic, manhood, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, Tradition, Virtue.
A good video on the influences that kids get exposed to in public schools in particular, but many of these same dangers exist in private schools, including Catholic schools. The video is not long, I especially recommend you listen to the last 15 minutes, the first part does deal with a topic that has now long passed.
If we are not guided by the Holy Spirit, we are either guided by fallen human spirit or by the evil ones. What kind of spirits guide children in schools where God is deliberately excluded and even prayer is banned? It’s not the Holy Spirit. What kind of immoral things do children learn in school? I’ve always felt one of the greatest dangers in school is not necessarily from the teachers or formal educational program – though with Obergefell and the imposition of pseudo-sodo-marriage this gets worse every day – but from the other students! One has no control over who one’s child is exposed to at school, and to some degree, your child can be influenced by the least well-raised child there.
The Catholic schools as a system in these United States of America is a disaster. Anecdotes follow. As to the anecdote regarding First Communion, I know this priest, and he is not unreasonably rigorous when it comes to this subject. For younger kids, he’s pretty much satisfied if they understand what the Real Presence means. I think we can take away from this anecdote the sure knowledge that these particular Catholic HIGH school students did not comprehend or believe in the Real Presence, at least.
Great quotes by Pius XI and Leo XIII.
It is understood that for various reasons, not all people can homeschool. I fully understand this. Not all people who perhaps have the monetary ability to homeschool have the virtues required to do so. That is not necessarily a knock on them. But Father brings up a great point, if you do place your kids in public or private schools, what are you doing to insure they are protected – inoculated, if you will – against the dangers that will be present there? This may sound incredible, but I know Father would agree, Catholic schools are often even more dangerous than public ones for young souls! Decades ago Ven. Bishop Fulton Sheen was warning parents not to send their kids to Catholic schools, as the majority even then fell away! The situation has grown much worse in the intervening years. If you do send your kids to Catholic schools, never assume they are learning the Faith there. Believe me on this. In fact, what is typically taught is a form of progressive indifferentism with a patina of Catholicism that often proves an irresistible formula for falling away from the Church and never returning. There are very few exceptions to this rule, and I honestly believe there are ZERO exceptions in this Diocese. It is possible for kids in Catholic schools to remain Catholic, but it will require constant vigilance and serious effort on the part of the parents to insure they do so.
And now I am getting reports from a number of parents that the Diocese of Dallas is moving to restrict what resources homeschooling parents use in the formation of their children, and seem to be encouraging pastors to set up much more formal, monitored programs that are required to use “approved” books and manuals. The Baltimore Catechism, This Is The Faith, My Catholic Faith, The Catechism Explained, etc., are not on the list, but problematic USCCB-approved works are. There may be more on this later.
A final note: I know I personally learned some really bad things at far too young an age, and was left cursed by an “oversexualization” that caused me many, many problems later in life. I won’t go into detail but I had a friend in elementary school who (I know not how) knew WAAAAY too much and shared all that with me. So basically by age 9 or 10 I knew all the ins and outs of the marital act, sodomy, etc., and had gone a pretty far way towards actualizing this knowledge. If it weren’t for reticence on the part of various young girls, I would certainly have actualized all that I possibly could have. And that, my friends, was over 30 years ago, in an affluent Dallas suburb, behavior ongoing among the honor students. 5 or 6 years later, those same honor students were getting blotto drunk on weekends and random hookups were a regular occurrence. Stomachs were pumped, pregnancies were concealed, but most managed to muddle through. 10 years later, in the early 90s, doctors were shocked to find rates of serious STDs skyrocket among 12-15 year old girls in a different affluent suburb, this one outside Atlanta. Some investigation found that literally scores of girls had, under the influence of satellite porn that several of their parents had subscribed to, already had hundreds of partners. Think about that.
You know eventually the Senate will be forced to vote again. If what I hear is coming actually does, even the most crazed pro-aborts are going to be forced to turn on this organization, at least as a political expedient if not out of true conviction. We’re still tipping icebergs here.
A new video produces evidence that Banned Parenthood and its partner companies in the baby murder and organ harvesting business routinely eviscerate fully alive babies outside the womb. This is the kind of thing that sent Kermit Gosnell to prison for life:
The video features Holly O’Donnell, a licensed phlebotomist who unsuspectingly took a job as a “procurement technician” at the fetal tissue company and biotech start-up StemExpress in late 2012. That’s the company that acts as a middleman and purchases the body parts of aborted babies from Planned Parenthood to sell to research universities and other places. StemExpress was partnered with Planned Parenthood up until last week, when it quietly announced it ended its relationship with the abortion corporation.
The new video includes O’Donnell’s eyewitness narrative of the daily practice of fetal body parts harvesting in Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. She tells the harrowing story of harvesting an intact brain from a late-term male unborn baby whose heart was still beating after the abortion.
O’Donnell describes the harvesting, or “procurement,” of organs from a nearly intact late-term baby aborted at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose, California.
“‘I want to see something kind of cool,’” O’Donnell says her supervisor asked her. “And she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.”
The San Jose Planned Parenthood does abortions up to 20 weeks of pregnancy. Referring to the beating heart of the aborted fetus, O’Donnell remarks, “I don’t know if that constitutes it’s technically dead, or it’s alive.”…….. [I pray most fervently for the conversion of your reprobate heart]
……..The group also indicates StemExpress has been cited in published scientific literature as a source of fetal hearts used for Langendorff perfusion, which keeps a heart beating after it is excised from the body. [Would that not be evidence admissible in court? Why has no one filed charges against StemExpress and PP?]
O’Donnell also tells how her StemExpress supervisor instructed her to cut through the face of the fetus in order to get the brain. [With the baby still alive. There is no depth to the horrors to which men will sink when they reject God]
“I can’t even describe what that feels like,” she says.
The video also features recordings of Dr. Ben Van Handel, the Executive Director of Novogenix Laboratories, LLC, and also of Perrin Larton, Procurement Manager of Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR)…….
…..Van Handel admits, “There are times when after the procedure is done that the heart actually is still beating,” and Larton describes abortions she has seen where “the fetus was already in the vaginal canal whenever we put her in the stirrups, it just fell out.” [Well they can’t let all that valuable tissue go to waste just because the baby is alive and breathing! Quick, bring the saw!]
………This newest expose’ video further confirms what Dr. Theresa Deisher, a world-renowned scientist in the field of stem cell research who holds patents after discovering adult stem cells in human hearts, said in a recent interview. Deisher helped the pro-life activists who spent three years recording undercover videos and capturing documents and information showing the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling aborted babies and their body parts.
She says she has reviewed the information the activists collected and she is making a shocking claim that Planned Parenthood may be keeping some babies alive after the abortion procedure in order to better collect their organs for harvesting — such as their hearts.
“Biomedical companies prefer gestational ages of greater than 20 weeks for heart muscle,” she adds. “This is from reading their publications; so, I have always suspected that the babies in some of these cases were alive until their hearts were cut out.” [Just a thought – you see Bill Maher and other deranged atheists proclaim how much “evil” religion has foisted on the world. Give me a break, this latest PP scandal is exactly the kind of evil that godlessness provokes! Only people totally cut off from Grace could descend to this level of macabre evil. You want to see hell on earth, Bill Maher, keep pushing your satanic atheism.]
……The full, unedited videos have confirmed that revelations that some aborted baby remains sold by Planned Parenthood go to biotech companies for the purpose of creating “humanized” mice. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has been exposed as having sold body parts from aborted babies for as much as 15 years.
The federal law that technically prohibits the sale of aborted babies and their body parts was written by a pro-abortion Congressman decades ago and essentially spells out a process by which sellers of aborted baby body parts can meet certain criteria that allows the sales to be legal. That’s why a Colorado congressman has introduced legislation to totally ban the sales of aborted baby body parts.
One would hope, at the end of all this scandal and stomach-wrenching heartbreak, that’s the very least that would result. But who knows, it seems only 30% of the American public – almost solely conservatives – have heard of this scandal, so total has been the media embargo on this subject. So it’s very likely nothing will happen to Planned Barrenhood. If so, what a damning indictment of this nation and the depths to which it has sunk, and what a frightening portent for the future.
God will not be mocked forever. At some point, there will be a horrific reckoning for this nation’s descent into the most despicable evil.
This video is pretty rough. Discretion advised.