Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, different religion, disconcerting, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
My my, has the diabolical Nazi collaborator George Soros been busy lately. Two different reports below, both from the two most reputable pro-life news agencies in the English-speaking world.
First, Soros used a $650,000 donation to influence the US bishops through the mediation of Francis’ right-hand-man Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga. Soros believes that donation has more than paid off, and is helping to shape the 2016 US election, leaked documents show:
Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist George Soros – one of Hilary Clinton’s top donors – paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to “shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.” The funds were allocated in April 2015 and the report on their effectiveness suggests that successful achievements included, “Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with the Pope.” [We on the right are armed with pea shooters, while the left has tanks, B-52s, chemical weapons, and nuclear bombs – rhetorically speaking]
The monies were granted to two US entities that have been engaged in a long-term project, according to the report, of shifting “the priorities of the US Catholic church.” Grantees were PICO, a faith-based community organizing group, and Faith in Public Life (FPL), a progressive group working in media to promote left-leaning ‘social justice’ causes. Soros has funded left-wing causes the world over and was just found to have been funding an effort to eliminate pro-life laws around the globe. [He is perhaps the most evil man in the world today]
Board Minutes from the May 2015 meeting of Soros’ Open Society Foundation in New York reveal that in the planning stages of the papal visit initiative, the group planned to work through one of the Pope’s key advisors, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, naming him specifically in the report. In order to seize on the opportunity provided by the Pope’s visit to the US, says the report, “we will support PICO’s organizing activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues, including using the influence of Cardinal Rodriguez, the Pope’s senior advisor, and sending a delegation to visit the Vatican in the spring or summer to allow him to hear directly from low-income Catholics in America.”
In 2013 Cardinal Rodriguez endorsed PICO’s work in a video during a visit from PICO representatives to the cardinal’s diocese. “I want to endorse all the efforts they are doing to promote communities of faith,” he said, “… Please, keep helping PICO.” [“All the efforts…..”…..including those aligned at demanding government funding of abortion and contraception, eh?]
……..The grant specifically targeted the ‘pro-family’ agenda, redirecting it from defending marriage to being concerned with income equality. “FPL’s media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope’s focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being ‘pro-family’ requires addressing growing inequality,” says the May report. [The primary source of “growing inequality” stems directly from left-wing policies and the kleptocratic rule of the global left-leaning elite – but never let facts stand in the way of a good narrative]
In terms of the Soros goal of shifting the priorities of the Catholic Church away from moral absolutes, two US bishops stand out as champions of the move. San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy has repeatedly stressed changing the Church’s priorities and has had the backing of Pope Francis’ ‘favored son,’ Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich. McElroy created a furor at the U.S. Bishops Conference meeting last November over his attempt to change a document instructing Catholics on how to vote.
McElroy made a pointed argument that the document was out of step with Pope Francis’ priorities — specifically, by putting too much emphasis on abortion and euthanasia, and not enough on poverty and the environment. Cupich later praised McElroy’s intervention as a “real high moment” for the conference and supported the move to put degradation of the environment and global poverty on par with abortion and euthanasia.
Concluding their report reflecting on the success of the grant to influence the papal visit, the Soros group was very pleased with the results. Looking to the future, they are excited that the long-term goal of shifting the priorities of the Catholic Bishops in the United States “is now underway.” [How much other funding not yet found in Soros e-mails may indicate further payments, some perhaps made in a much more direct manner, to influence the opinions of bishops and others in the US Church, though, something tells me many of these bishops don’t need a whole lot of conversion on the matter]
Next up, Soros gave Planned Murderhood $1.5 million to help recover from their sale of murdered baby parts for profit:
A leaked document recently revealed that George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center (OSPC), wanted to give $1.5 million to Planned Parenthood for damage control after videos exposed that the abortion giant was trafficking aborted baby parts in the name of research. More leaked documents confirm that the center not only requested, but also received the money.
With the $1.5 million, OSPC, one of the U.S. branches of Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF), funded Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s “Fight Back Campaign” as an “urgent response in defense of women’s health” – in other words, as a response to the Center for Medical Progress’ videos released last summer.
The documents came from thousands of hacked Soros files published online Aug. 13 by a group called “DCLeaks.” And while The Free Beaconand other conservative outlets covered OSPC’s $1.5 million request, they couldn’t confirm “whether the funds were ever actually disbursed.”
But there is proof that Soros’ network did provide cover-up money for Planned Parenthood.
You can read the link for that proof.
I know Soros only cares about money and power, unlimited, Nazi-like power, but do those in the Church who want to see her reduced to some pathetic worldly NGO ever stop and think what that will really mean? A very small church, more like a social club than anything else, a poor church, a church with almost no political influence……….do they care? Is that what they want? Are they so blinded by their true religion – left wing ideology – that whatever happens outside of that is completely immaterial?
And don’t they know they must fail? Not only in the supernatural sense of Christ’s promise to His Church, but even in the natural sense? There will always people who will crave and seek out the Truth, and the Church will remain the place where it can be found, no matter how well hidden or buried some may try to make it. Ultimately, the church of man must fail, as all human things fail. Eventually, if the Church be the Body of Christ, and it indisputably is, she will come back to her true nature (provided we aren’t headed to the Parousia), and all this worldly orientation will be repudiated and even hated in some future, reconstituted Church. These men, to the extent they are remembered at all, will be reviled and pitied for the wounds they have tried to inflict on Christ and His Church. Do they ever stop to consider that, or are they simply too good of foot soldiers for the modernist left to bother with that? Are they too enthralled with their new religion to care? Are they just plain evil?
What do you think?
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
So my mom went to the movie theater last weekend. As a form of entertainment, I don’t generally recommend it, but you know parents these days, they just refuse to listen.
After the movie, my mom availed herself of the women’s restroom, as you tend to do, and encountered in there a 6′ man – dressed entirely as a male, with not even an attempt to appear female – standing, urinating in a stall with the door wide open. Now, my mom is a 4’11” Norwegian woman, and my 6′ 3″ dad was not around. My mom stood outside the entrance, while another woman went in, and then came right back out.
“Is that a man in the lady’s room?”, she asked? “Yes, I think it is.”
An usher was around and they told him of the situation, and the teenager looked as if his worst nightmare had just come true. But before he had to figure out what to do, the man came out – apologized, for some reason – and then went on his way.
You can imagine how eager I am to take my 6 daughters to the movies at this point.
What can I say? This is what a satanic culture looks like. That man, generally speaking, has the weight of the law on his side. If someone took severe exception to his presence in the woman’s room when, say, his wife was in there, it would be the invading man who the law would probably tend to support. That’s arguable perhaps at present, but if Obama and the sexular pagans have their way, it won’t be for long.
Which, speaking of, a lawsuit has been filed by doctors and several states against the Obama Administration for its demand that doctors perform sex reassignment surgery genital mutilation whether they think it is medically called for, or not. Basically, if a sick and wounded soul desires to have their bodies permanently mutilated and their reproductive capacity destroyed, the Obama admin says doctors have to do it, no matter how counterindicated such irreversible procedures may be, because transgender bathroom something something. No, seriously:
Five states and a group of religiously-affiliated hospitals and physicians are suing the Obama administration over a federal mandate that forces doctors to perform gender transition procedures on adults and children against their medical judgment.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a Texas federal court, attempts to roll back a rule imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services in May that expanded the interpretation of “sex” under the Affordable Care Act to include “gender identity.”
In doing so, the Obama administration added transgender people to the list of protected classes under the Affordable Care Act, which states that individuals can’t be denied certain federally-funded health benefits because of their “race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.”
The move was part of a broader push by President Barack Obama to
further transgender rights in the U.S. [pander to an unbelievably small minority that has equally unbelievably become one of the most powerful special interest groups in the country over the past 18 months].
The implications of the HHS mandate are broad. By its own estimates,HHS said the rule would “likely cover almost all licensed physicians because they accept federal financial assistance.”…….
………The lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, which is the same court thattemporarily blocked the Obama administration’s bathroom mandate on Sunday. In putting a halt to the policy that mandates public schools must open their restrooms, locker rooms, and showers to transgender students based on their gender identity instead of their biological sex, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor argued the administration overstepped its authority.
When HHS issued the new gender identity rule on May 18, the agency cited as authority the Obama administration’s bathroom mandate, whose legitimacy is now in question.
That’s circular logic if I’ve ever seen it – issue an unprecedented, unconstitutional, unpopular rule – which has the effect of a law, but never passed Congress, nor was even debated – and then cite that rule in expanding the unpopular policy further and further. The idea that doctors must perform totally voluntary, irreversible and incredibly destructive procedures against their will and medical judgment is incredibly offensive, and would never be tolerated – if it weren’t for the fact that the procedures in question are parts of the sexular pagan agenda and thus amount to a literal religious belief that can never be questioned or opposed. This is part and parcel for the sexular pagan left, which has similarly elevated other medical acts – provision of contraception (even to celibate religious), abortion, sterilization, etc – to the level of sacred shibboleth.
Note the mechanism by which doctors are forced to perform these procedures is their acceptance of federal funds, I guess through remittances for Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. No wonder more and more doctors are refusing to accept patients covered by government-sponsored health plans.
Enjoy your brave new trans-world. Leftists may laugh, but how long before refusing the advances of a sodomite or transsexual is taken as prima facie evidence of bigotry and is persecuted by the Leviathan state?
I would not argue it could never happen.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, priests, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
Some good material from Catholicism.org of the St. Benedict Center of New Hampshire, on how the attitude of religious indifference that crept deeply into the Church in the mid-20th century has transmogrified into open, practical apostasy. The wounds to the Church have been unbelievable, and continue to grow and spread.
I cut and paste below some of the parts I found most interesting (adding my own emphasis and comments):
Indifferentism is the condemned heresy that advances the possibility of salvation in any religion. Apostasy (according to Father Hardon) is the “complete abandonment of the Christian religion and not merely a denial of some article of the creed.” There is a certain inexorable logic — or at least a psychologically coherent dynamism — that facilitates the journey from indifferentism to apostasy. It may take some time — a few generations perhaps, which is a brief span in the life of the Church — but indifferentism will feed the beast of apostasy.
Do we live in a time of widespread apostasy? [I don’t see how this can even be open to question at this point. If you want to read the “proofs” for this, go to the link]
………So, too, to speak of a “silent” apostasy of the former Christendom is to make a very loud denunciation of a people who once produced saints but have now forgotten God.
For decades, we here at Saint Benedict Center have warned that, to advance the possibility of salvation for non-Catholics who live and die in their various religions — without the benefits of baptism and without the divine and catholic faith — will seriously harm the Church’s missionary zeal. We have further warned that it will confuse Catholics themselves, who will wonder why they have to live the strict moral code of the Catholic Church when the rest of humanity can apparently be saved without it. [EXACTLY! Why on earth can’t I contracept, divorce, commit usury, etc., and be a “good Catholic,” when all these other people abide by religions that tolerate or even promote such and are apparently “saved?”]
Whatever the details of his own theology concerning these questions, “Pope Emeritus” Benedict has agreed with us that such fears are not only warranted, but, indeed, have also been realized in our day as a “deep double crisis”……[A good quote from Benedict follows basically emphasizing what was contained in the preceding paragraph.]
………..So, according to the Pope Emeritus, the abandonment of the conviction that infidels are lost led to a double crisis of the death of the missions and the questioning, by the faithful, of the “obligatory nature of the faith and its way of life.”
It is the second half of this crisis that led to the “silent apostasy” mentioned by Benedict’s predecessor. [I think it is much more accurately termed a practical apostasy, if not a formal one, but it is increasingly indistinguishable even from formal apostasy] It may be summarized in the following rhetorical questions: If Catholicism is not necessary for someone born into a Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist family, why is it necessary for me? If natives of desert islands can be saved by living according to what they know of the law of nature, why do I have to believe something supernatural? If Jews do not need Jesus Christ, His teaching and His Church, why do I? [And, of course, tens or hundreds of millions of “Catholics” have answered this question for themselves, and determined that, of course, they don’t have to. Thus, Catholic rates of divorce, contraception, and even abortion are generally indistinguishable from the general populace, if not a bit worse]
Ireland’s online newspaper, Independent.ie, recently ran an article entitled, “Bobby Kennedy: the parish priest of the clan.” It gives us a some insight into how indifferentism and apostasy — at least in its beginnings — go hand-in-hand. [The Kennedy’s do make an object lesson in how this process occurred, aided and abetted by modernists in the Church who co-opted the Kennedy clan in their own plan to remake the Church into a liberal protestant denomination that moved absolutely no one to any kind of piety or devotion but which played very well with the powers of the world]
“Back in his undergraduate days, he joined other Harvard Catholics at lectures by Father Leonard Feeney, an influential Jesuit priest who… preached that only Catholics could be saved. Bobby was embarrassed enough by those diatribes to discuss them with his brother Ted and his father, who arranged for him to meet Archbishop Cushing to convey his concern.” [Boy was that a fateful meeting for Fr. Feeney and the St. Benedict Center]
This same Bobby Kennedy, who, as I was told by Brother Francis, argued with Father Feeney that his Protestant friends were going to be saved as Protestants, was not exactly a stickler for the Catholic Faith on other points, as that same Independent.ie article witnesses: “He called it ‘an awful thing’ that the Church taught that babies, his or anyone’s, were born in sin.”
So this indifferentist rejected the doctrine of original sin? At least according to his biographer, Larry Tye, who penned that piece, which is an excerpt from his book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.
And that Archbishop to whom Bobby went “to convey his concern” about Father Feeney? He not only persecuted Father Feeney for teaching that there is no salvation outside the Church, but also helped to legalize the sale of contraceptives in Massachusetts. [Very true, and that’s only a small part of it. Cushing worked mightily to break the natural opposition of Catholic politicians in Mass to approve contraception. He actually went around pressuring people to abjure their faith, so he could have contraception legalized. And, of course, he closely coordinated his activities with Planned Butcherhood]
It should be remembered that Bobby’s brother, John, thought Jesus Christ essentially had no business in politics.
I asked my friend Joe Doyle, frequent SBC conference speaker and Executive Director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, whether there was ever a formal apostasy in the political family. He could not think of one, but sent this informative reply:
Over the course of five generations, the Kennedys have transitioned from being nominal Catholics to being liberal, nominal Catholics, to being dissenting, liberal, nominal Catholics, to being non-practicing, dissenting, liberal, nominal Catholics. To use an accurate phrase disfavored by the post-conciliar church, they are all obstinate and notorious heretics. [In addition to being scandal-mongers and deeply immoral people]
Nor should we forget that, as has been said before, when it comes to morals, they not only refuse to impose Catholic teaching on others, they refuse to impose it on themselves. [In which sense, they are standard bearers for the kind of politicized, worldly Catholicism we see promoted by most bishops and clergy in the Church over the past 50 years. That such Catholicism has very little appeal to souls and seems very poor at inspiring them seems to matter very little to these folks]
This is what comes of not wanting to appear “unreasonable,” or “harsh,” of fudging on absolutely vital Dogmas of the Faith in order to win worldly approval and not upset those with power and influence. The story of the “Feeneyites,” whatever their “sin,” is a microcosm and antecedent of the story of the Church as a whole in these very dark days.
Ultimately, many, many leaders in the Church have decided -and this goes back decades or a century or more – that they would much rather serve men than God. Maybe they don’t think that consciously, but, effectively, that is the decision they have made.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
And I’m quite certain you don’t need my help to discern what population that is. In fact, as noted below, over 90% of new HIV cases in the US occur in those who engage in male-male sodomy, and sodomites have 55% of all HIV cases in the country.
But everyone keep pretending this behavior is perfectly natural, healthy, and beloved of God, even as the lightning bolts strike all around. BTW, CDC is being a bit liberal in their assessing sodomy-inclined men as being 2% of the population. I read a lot of data and polls on this subject and they show that it is more like 0.5% – 1.5% depending on the source, with the mean a little over 1%:
Although homosexual men are a tiny sliver of the U.S. population, they account for the majority of all Americans living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) are two percent of the population but make up 55 percent of people who were HIV-positive in 2013, according to a CDC fact sheet released last Wednesday.
More than nine out of 10 new HIV diagnoses (92 percent) come from young gay and bisexual MSM, ages 13 to 24…….
……..“Gay and bisexual men are also at increased risk for other STDs, like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia,” the CDC added.
“Two things never change when it comes to the U.S. government and homosexualism. First, the CDC is constantly providing evidence like this of the high risks associated with male homosexual behavior; and second, the CDC and pro-LGBT politicians never admit that the problem is unnatural homosexual behavior itself,” Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth, told LifeSiteNews.
The CDC reported that men who have sex with men are 44-times more likely to contract HIV than heterosexual males, and 40-times more likely than women. Earlier this year, the CDC estimated that half of all black MSM will get the disease, a statistic that is repeated in the latest fact sheet.
“In a sane world, the CDC would encourage all men, but especially young men and teenage boys, to avoid homosexual sex,” LaBarbera said. “Instead, the CDC blames societal ‘homophobia’ and ‘stigma’ for the rising disease rates, even though the American public’s acceptance of homosexuality is at an all-time high.” [It’s not a sane world. A world divorced from Jesus Christ is categorically insane, and grows more so daily]
It’s almost as if God designed a disease that was specifically associated with an abhorrent behavior. That’s a bit pat, and harsh, but there is some truth to it. Aside from lung cancer and habitual smoking, there are few deadly diseases that so tightly correspond to a specific behavior. Whether HIV is really some scourge from God or not I don’t pretend to know, but its rapid onset and virulent spread to epidemic proportions are fairly unprecedented in the annals of epidemiology, as is its resistance to a cure.
And, of course, it’s far more than just one disease. Nor is disease the only problem. There is herpes, chlamydia, antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, syphillis, alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness, deliberate self-harm, and suicide, to name a few.
The excuse that some of these evils stem from “homophobia” is wearing excessively thin, now that the pro-“homosexual” lobby has decisively won the culture war, at least for the time being.
I think it no surprise that sodomy and other moral evils have become increasingly ascendant in the culture wars at a time when more and more Americans are falling away from Christianity entirely and embracing all manner of other false, demonic beliefs, be they “sciencism,” the worship of science as a religion, leftism, new age, eastern mysticism, hedonism, etc., etc. It’s difficult to discern which is the chicken and which the egg in this collapse of moral standards and Christian faith – does immorality cause people to fall away from Christianity, or falling away cause them to become more immoral? In reality, it doesn’t matter much.
This is the sewer in which we now are forced by circumstance to live. Stay very, very close to Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, blogfoolery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, pr stunts, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church.
And this is supposed to be big news? In reality, I know both writers (Mark Shea and Simcha Fisher) probably still enjoy followings far larger than mine (not that I care in the slightest), but their influence has steadily shrunk over the last several years, especially among the milieu I am primarily concerned with – orthodox/believing/traditional Catholics, or, just Catholics.
Mark Shea has serious problems. That much has been evident for years for those with eyes to see. He may have even hassled this blog a bit a couple of years ago, in a stupid and immature manner. I never read Simcha. For one thing, mommy blogs bore the daylights out of me. Beyond that, I never found her to have anything interesting to say, nor to be much of a writer (which is sort of a damning condemnation, coming from me), the few times I tried to read her. Shea, however, was something else. He reminds of someone I know quite well and used to collaborate with, another local blogger, a man possessed of such a volcanic temperament that he would literally turn his beliefs upside down in order to score a rhetorical point, to win an ideological victory.
Having said the above, does this mean anything? Is EWTN/NCR turning more orthodox or traditional? I will admit to some skepticism here. I don’t think either writer was canned for their beliefs, but for their behavior outside of NCR, which was frequently scandalous and sophomoric, especially with regard to Shea, but increasingly with Fisher, too. I think these two underwent some tragic transformation, for various reasons (though Fisher’s are more obvious than Shea’s).
Some may say using foul language, going totally unhinged in arguments, or dropping gratuitous sexual innuendos or outright statements doesn’t mean anything, that we should all lighten up, but for someone who puts themselves out as a Catholic (something of a model, whether they want or deserve to be, or not, you become something of a model when you have a large following AS A CATHOLIC), someone whose beliefs and even practices should be emulated, it’s not a good thing. There are times I’m tempted to use foul language on this blog, and I’ve let it slip once or twice in the distant past, but overall I agree that we should expect more from Catholic writers than foul language, gratuitous sex, circular firing squads (oops), constant click-whoring internecine conflicts, blanket condemnation of hundreds of thousands of the most committed, faithful souls in the Church in this country, and the kind of lowbrow, morally problematic conduct we can see on the TV anytime we want, if we still have one.
I think NCR is not leaning Trad. If they were, they’d have never let Pat Archbold go. I think they’re just reaffirming their place in the (shrinking?) EWTN/Catholic Answers/post-conciliar conservativish post conciliar Amchurch circle. They certainly have some solid content, don’t get me wrong, but they’re not going to post/publish anything that undermines that status quo to which they belong, say, penetrating analysis of Guadium Et Spes 12, or the questionable level of doctrinal authority in the various documents of Vatican II, or an analysis of the grave deficiencies, and even dangers, present in the Novus Ordo Missae. It is what it is.
And Shea and Fisher are what they are, or have chosen to become. I regret their loss of livelihood, while being jealous of the fact that mine is in no way dependent on the Church and good will of bishops and others, with all the compromises that invariably involves. Frankly, I pray for them, for many reasons, but most of all that they can find the peace they, it might be said, need, heroic practice of virtue, and fuller adherence to the Truth Jesus Christ has revealed through His Church and its constant, perennial belief and practice. I believe ever more strongly that inward rejection of the traditional Catholic understanding of the Faith tends to manifest itself in outward ways. There were not many Saints who got into virtual daily shouting matches with other people, or who would politically support a rabid pro-abort and completely amoral woman for reasons of material self-interest while posting daily “dick” jokes.
Eponymous Flower was a bit more caustic and to the point, not that I disagree:
Edit: after years of attacking faithful Catholics and clergy, their reign at the Neoconservative news organ, The National Catholic Register, Simcha Fisher and Mark Shea have finally been dealt with. They’ve been what’s wrong with EWTN for a long while. We’ve certainly been calling for these people’s ouster for a long time. Now, how about Steve Graydanus. Has anyone forgot that they fired the Cankerous?
There’s nothing more despicable than these kinds of people who feed off the American Church.
While harsher than I would say, I do not disagree that Shea, in particular, has become extremely destructive in recent years. He is not helping souls, he is in fact undermining the good of the Church.
There is probably better analysis here by Boniface, but it’s late and I wrote this in a terrible rush. Forgive me!
Also forgive me for the blogfoolery. About once a year, apparently, I let one of these fly. For the most part, for me, however, these people were really nonentities. I didn’t read their stuff, I didn’t care what they had to say, as I had long ago determined that they simply did not comprehend the Faith in the same manner I do, and had nothing positive to offer me. I have found that most readers of this blog have come to the same conclusion. I generally try to avoid negatively commenting on those who I perceive as having good will and having a sufficiently shared understanding of the Faith and what it means/how it should be applied, but both of these folks have ceased to be in that camp for a quite some time. So perhaps this is not blogfoolery/circular firing squad after all, but needed clarity.
More time, and better things, tomorrow, God willing.
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil, unbelievable BS.
Ever get the sense that most everything we’re confronted with is some kind of Potemkin Village of reality? That is, it’s for show, or for some ulterior motive? I’ve always been very resistant to conspiracy theories, 9/11 trutherism, chemtrails, black helicopters, NWO, all that stuff still, to this day, leaves me cold, but I have to say something seems seriously, fundamentally amiss (and that’s putting it mildly) when the FBI, to purportedly investigate child porn rings, becomes itself one of the top, if not the top, child porn distributor in the world. Much like Fast and Furious, when the government sought to catch penny ante arms dealers by distributing thousands of semi-auto rifles (while also furthering Obama’s gun control agenda by deliberately creating calamities), we are way past the looking glass, and into outright deviltry:
In February 2015, the FBI took control of [site name redacted], the largest dark web child pornography site at the time. But instead of shutting the site down, the agency kept it going for just under two weeks, in order to deliver malware to its visitors in the hope of identifying suspects in its investigation.
Newly filed court exhibits now suggest that the site performed substantially better while under the FBI’s control, with users commenting on the improvements. The defense for the man accused of being the original administrator of [site name redacted] claims that these improvements led to the site becoming even more popular.
“The FBI distributed child pornography to viewers and downloaders worldwide for nearly two weeks, until at least March 4, 2015, even working to improve the performance of the website beyond its original capability,” Peter Adolf, an assistant federal defender in the Western District of North Carolina, writes in a motion to have his client’s indictment thrown out.
“As a result, the number of visitors to [site name redacted] while it was under Government control [increased] from an average of 11,000 weekly visitors to approximately 50,000 per week. During those two weeks, the website’s membership grew by over 30%, the number of unique weekly visitors to the site more than quadrupled, and approximately 200 videos, 9,000 images, and 13,000 links to child pornography were posted on the site,” he continues……..
…….. “Indeed, government agents worked hard to upgrade the website’s capability to distribute large amounts of child pornography quickly and efficiently, resulting in more users receiving more child pornography faster than they ever did when the website was running ‘illegally.’”……
………In court documents from other related cases filed on Monday, defense attorneys placed a “conservative estimate” on the number of illegal images distributed by the FBI during its operation of [site name redacted]: 1,000,000.
Is even this extremity of evil unavoidable when you have a government and a culture totally divorced from the Faith of Jesus Christ, who know only “the ends justify the means,” and not “you cannot do evil that good may come of it.” A government construed along Catholic lines would have rejected this kind of promotion of evil from the start.
I’ve written on a number of occasions how devastating child sex abuse is. I have only known abuse victims as adults, but every one of them was horribly damaged by it, even decades later. Rampant promiscuity, the sexualization of everything (their entire conception of reality was fundamentally altered by the abuse and somehow tinged with an overt sexuality), the inability to form and hold mature relationships, job instability, near-unanimous drug and alcohol problems……the results were devastating. I read reports of being past victims of child sex abuse by certain online authors, even Catholics, who seem reasonably well balanced, but that has never been my personal experience.
Every scene in child porn involves direct sexual abuse of children. That is a life being ruined before the camera. Innocence lost can never be regained, and to think of innocence lost in such a horrific, exploitative fashion – it is to weep.
To think that our government officials would have no compunction perpetuating this abuse by helping fuel the demand for it (because there are strong links between porn use and child sex abuse) simply beggars the imagination. At this point in time, however, very little our sick, self-willed, self-pleasing government does surprises me. And in many ways, the behavior of the FBI, ATF, Secret Service, VA, and others, simply puts into government action the kind of immoralities and psychoses that are rampant in the body politic in this supposed government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
There are no limits to the depths to which people will sink absent faith in Jesus Christ and His Church.
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
Remember the days of restraint and self-respect? Neither do I, but my parents do, sort of. I’m sure my grandmother did. I can’t imagine old Aunt Mirandy making the swinger’s scene. Certainly, people have always sinned, but sexual profligacy among elderly folks did not used to be much of a problem. It seems, based on the report below, fornication is rampant in retiree communities. STD rates are rising steeply.
If the elderly are supposed to be the holders and transmitters of the morality and piety of a bygone age, we’re in serious trouble. Of course, for a lot of these folks, the bygone age was the 60s, and these people are just reliving their “glory years:”
But according to the CDC, in some instances the rates of STD infection for people over 65 rivals that of people in their 20s.
“Everybody always talks about the joke of going to The Villages, and the Senior STD rate being so high there,” says fourth year med student Cody Davis, who visited a friend’s grandmother at famed central Florida retirement community The Villages.
“They’re at a constant senior spring break sort of thing, so they’re always partying and who knows what’s going on there, but their STD rate for seniors is very high in The Villages,” Davis says.
The Villages considers itself “Florida’s Friendliest Retirement Hometown,” maybe even a little too friendly — but there’s no denying that seniors are having sex.
“There’s the effect of Viagra, which is extending the sexual activity of many men,” Davis says. [Which shows how technological progress is so often twisted into the service of grotesque activities. I have little problem with the taking of Viagra in the confines of marriage, though I do find it a bit unnatural for 85 year olds to be getting their freak on. But it is apparently used a great deal to fuel fornication and/or adultery, which is manifestly immoral and a thoroughly ugly thing.]
But when it comes to STDs?
“I think that it’s not something they think about, they don’t worry about sexually transmitted diseases,” Davis says…….[God’s justice can fall on anyone, regardless of age. Not that contracting an STD is always a sign of God’s justice, but He does allow our sins to become our chastisements]
………”If you go to the Florida Department of Health website or the Centers for Disease Control, you would notice an alarming trend,” Dr. Merritt says. “Thirty-five percent of HIV cases are now on people 50 years and older.”
Now hold on a minute. In the US, well over 95% of new HIV cases occur in men. That increase, if it is one, in people contracting HIV above the age of 50 is virtually entirely occurring only among those inclined toward male-male sodomy.
Whatever happened to growing old with dignity? I’m not saying people have to maintain a Victorian stiffness, but it’s a bit disconcerting to me to read about elderly people behaving like rutting animals.
Remember being told to “act your age” when you were younger? Do we now have to lecture hyper-sexed boomers to the same end?
This is what comes from the cultural glorification of – worship would be more like it – youth and a kind of wanton sexuality totally detached from any moral moorings. Heck, I used to worship at that altar myself. How many of us lament the passing of another year at our birthdays? Should we not rather rejoice at what God has given us?
Some of the best, most stable societies the world has seen have been those where a strict moral decorum was maintained and where being possessed of many years was something to be venerated as worthy of great dignity. Not anymore. Now even octogenarians are convinced they can act like they’re 22 forever (and not a good 22). No one says as much, but this cult of youth revolves around an enormous fear of death, fear for what will come after.
Well, we don’t have to fear. We know. After death comes judgment, then Heaven or hell, for all eternity. For the worldlings, this is a terror, something to be fled. For those who know and love Jesus Christ, it is a comfort, and, for those possessed of great sanctity, even something to be longed for, as so many Saints did.
At any rate, it’s the total opposite of what we see in the world around us in these sad, last days.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, error, Francis, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, unbelievable BS.
Cardinal Zen in Hong Kong has, through the Cardinal Kung Foundation in the US, been shouting from the housetops that the Vatican, under Francis, is about to make a poisonous deal with the ChiCom party and throw the underground Church in China, which has suffered for so many decades, under the bus.
Now, Sandro Magister all but confirms the same, saying a secret deal – worked to deliberately avoid Zen’s opposition – which will confirm the heretical and schismatic Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association in place, and allow schismatic and heretical bishops to be recognized by Rome with no conversion, no repentance, and no reconciliation. In addition, the greatest opponent to this deal in China, aside from Zen, has been exiled to Guam, per Francis’ preferred modus operandi.
Magister (my emphasis and comments, throughout):
In Appointing Bishops, the Pope Leans Toward Beijing
He is preparing, that is, to grant the communist authorities the privilege of selecting candidates. And he is exiling to an island in the Pacific the highest ranking Chinese archbishop in the curia, contrary to the agreement. But in China, Cardinal Zen has already taken the lead in the rebellion…….
………..fellow countryman bishop and friend Savio Hon Taifai – he too a Salesian like the cardinal – called by Benedict XVI from Hong Kong to Rome in 2011 as secretary of the congregation for the evangelization of peoples, but now dispatched by Francis to an island of the Pacific Ocean, as apostolic administrator of Guam, with an unexpected appointment last June 6. [From a major player in both Rome and China to Guam? That’s an Francis Urquhart if I’ve ever seen one]
……..In China, among the one hundred and nine Catholic bishops there are eight who have been consecrated at the behest of the communist authorities and who have never received the pope’s approval, thereby incurring excommunication, a couple of them with children and lovers.
But for none other than these eight, by the end of this summer or at the latest before the end of the jubilee Francis is ready to perform a spectacular gesture: a pardon. [So heretical schismatics and pawns of the evil, corrupt Chinese Communist party will simply be instated as bishops with no change of behavior, belief, or allegiance.]
Francis missed another stunning gesture by just a hair’s breadth last September 26, during his journey to Cuba and the United States.
That day, his touchdown in New York on his way to Philadelphia coincided with the landing of Chinese president Xi Jinping, who was expected at the United Nations. Everything had been calculated for the two to cross paths “accidentally” at the airport and exchange a greeting. Xi was aware of this ardent desire of the pope, but in the end he let it drop and the meeting did not take place. [Thus establishing his dominance?]
From that moment on, however, the secret contacts between the Vatican and Beijing underwent an acceleration. [According to Zen, because the Vatican simply started kow-towing to Chinese demands]
…..Since it has been in power, in fact, the Chinese communist party has wanted to equip itself with a submissive Church separate from Rome, with bishops of its own appointment ordained without the pope’s approval, beholden to a Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association that Benedict XVI called “irreconcilable” with Catholic doctrine.
A Church of the regime, therefore, on the verge of schism with its eight excommunicated bishops, contrasted with an “underground” Church with about thirty bishops earnestly faithful to the pope, which however pays all the costs of clandestinity – oppression, surveillance, arrest, abduction.
And in the middle the vast gray zone of the remaining dozens of bishops who were ordained illegitimately but then were more or less reconciled with Rome, or were ordained with the parallel recognition of Rome and Beijing but must still remain under the iron control of the communist authorities.
The bishop of Shanghai, Thaddeus Ma Daqin, ordained in 2007 with the twofold approval of the pope and the government, has been under house arrest for four years for the simple offense of having resigned from the Patriotic Association. Two months ago he retracted, but he is still deprived of his liberty. The eighty-five-year-old Joseph Zen Zekiun (in the photo), who has more freedom of speech in Hong Kong, has called “inevitable” the suspicion that this retraction was also desired by the Vatican, just to reach an agreement at any price. [Can you imagine, requiring a bishop that had suffered due to his fealty to Rome, to abjure, violating his conscience, in order to work a wicked deal with corrupt worldly authority?]
That an agreement has already been reached was confirmed in recent days by Zen’s successor in the diocese of Hong Kong, Cardinal John Tong, with an open letter released in Chinese, English, and Italian that bears all the marks of wanting to prepare the faithful to make the best of a bad lot…
Steve Skojec added the following thoughts:
For his part, Cardinal Zen has reported — and not for the first time — that he is being kept ignorant of the process. He laments that even as one of only two living cardinals in China and as a member of the Vatican’s advisory committee for China, he is “barred from knowing anything about how [in the secretariat of state]they are negotiating the affair of the Church in China.” [He has also remarked this is the deliberate policy of Francis, who wants to keep the outspoken Zen from gumming up his great diplomatic triumph of surrendering to the Chinese]
……..I keep coming back to this thought, to Francis various comments favorable toward Marxists and against free markets, to his gracious acceptance of the blasphemous hammer and sickle “crucifix” (and accompanying medal bearing the same image) given to him by the Marxist president of Bolivia last year, and I find myself unable to shake the suspicion that Francis would almost rather deal with the communists in Beijing than the suffering underground Church throughout China.
“Almost?” I don’t think there’s any almost to it.
If this comes to pass, I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it will be for the millions of Chinese Catholics who have remained faithful to Rome under the harshest possible persecution, only to see Rome turn around and sell them out.
As a salve to that unthinkable spiritual pain and heartbreak, you could adopt a relatively faithful Catholic priest or religious in the underground Church through the Cardinal Kung Foundation. These poor souls who refuse to go along with what they know to be a false and heretical sect, the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, will in all likelihood now have to contend not only with the persecution of the state but also that of the Church. Lord have mercy, what a burden. May they be kept strong.
As for the creme de la creme, via Skojec:
Zhou Enlai was directly responsible for the implementation of policies that killed millions of Chinese. Can you imagine the reaction if Benedict had said: “I remember reading in Mein Kampf…….”? What kind of man can quote him from memory? Did Francis ever scream and wave a Little Red Book?
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
An interesting post from Bearing Arms, arguing that, given the ongoing societal decay, increasingly violent riots, and a racial supremacist movement among certain minorities, there may well be something near to a moral imperative to own firearms, at least (or especially) among those with responsibility for the safety of souls other than their own. If such responsibility were to extend to one’s neighbors, however, it could be argued that almost all souls should at least seriously consider not only owning firearms, but firearms suitable to defend against throngs of people in a riot-type environment (that would be, semi-auto rifles with large capacity magazines).
I am not wholly on board with this assessment as a recommendation, but I do think it quite worthy of consideration, even if it seems to contradict so much of the pacifist rhetoric that abounds in certain quarters of the Church today (my emphasis and comments):
……One of the terrifying realities of an interconnected digital age is that radicals can easily and quickly organize flash riots. They can descend on an area with little or no warning in large numbers, commit significant felony acts in a short amount of time, and then disappear before law enforcement can mount a significant response.
This new reality leaves citizens in a position where virtually any urban or suburban neighborhood community can find itself turned into a flashpoint for a riot within hours [minutes, really], before local authorities have the opportunity to recognize an escalating threat, much less mobilize, equip, and deploy their forces in effective numbers.
Now more than ever, you may find yourself and your neighbors forced to band together and defend your homes, businesses, and lives, just as Korean shopkeepers famously did in the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and residents, storekeepers, and Oathkeepers did in Ferguson in 2014.
It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone that the firearms best suited for keeping these violent mobs at bay are the very firearms that anti-gun Democrats are so fervently attempting to ban.
An AR-15…….is among the most effective possible firearms against murderous, arson-minded rioters in suburban and urban situations………
……The same general rules of engagement apply during riot as they would at any other time. You may not use deadly force upon another human being unless they pose an imminent deadly force threat to you or a third-party.
That noted, the willingness of these rioters to use deadly force is unquestioned. They have fired shots at police and citizens, and they have shown that they are willing to torch buildings with little or no thought to the lives inside those structures.
This creates a plausible scenario where a citizen sees rioters about to put lives at risk up to several block away, justifying a much-longer-than-normal third-party self defense shot of dozens to hundreds of yards.
If you do not yet own a quality AR-15 (or similar rifle) with good low-powered scopes or a red dot optic, a decent weapon-mounted light, other required accouterments and the training to use these carbines for the defense of your family and community, you may want to consider if you’re making a mistake.
Increasingly, it may be the responsibility of armed citizens to save their communities from violent mobs when law enforcement cannot mobilize fast enough to prevent attacks that are nothing more or less than domestic terrorism.
And indeed, this kind of anarchy is entirely predictable in a society that has cut itself loose from the mooring of religion and turned its back on God. God allows our sins to become our punishments in many cases, and the rejection of religion, the better to permit certain kinds of immorality to become “acceptable,” can and will cause painful blowback in ways the originators of the societal religious divorce perhaps never intended (but then again, maybe they did).
Those doing the most to wreck the culture generally have the wealth and power to escape almost all the dread effects of their anti-Christian jihad. But for those of us without such assets at our disposal, we must accept the reality as it presents itself and deal with it accordingly. Given the overall cultural trends, we can expect this kind of anarchy to only grow worse.
The Catholic Church has always taught that souls have the right to defend themselves, and, even more, innocents around them, even up to the use of deadly force. Acquiring the means to do so is not only morally permissible, it may be not only prudent, but could even become an imperative depending on one’s individual circumstances. If you live in a sparsely populated rural area, the likelihood of a flash mob bent on destruction is quite low. But if you live where I do, in a densely populated, decaying area with large numbers of aggrieved (whether that grievance has any basis in reality or not is immaterial) and idle people, especially young people……well, things are quite different.
At any rate, it’s certainly something that bears consideration. In general, Catholics are much better off as martyrs than as fighters, but dying in a senseless act of random violence is hardly a martyrdom.
And really, since I’m in total self-justification mode, ought not the above be sufficient to justify crew-served weapons like heavy machine guns and mortars? Think I could press my 12 year old daughters into mortar bearers? Oh, I think 60 mm quite sufficient. 120 mm, now that would be crazy.
U.S. Army Pvt. Jeffery Hansen crouches down after launching a 60mm mortar round on a range at Forward Operating Base Lane in Afghanistan on Feb. 15, 2009. Hansen is assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini, U.S. Army. (Released)
U.S. Army soldiers from Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division fire an M120 120mm mortar system during training for Iraqi soldiers in Mahmadiyah, Iraq, on March 26, 2009. DoD photo by Sgt. Kani Ronningen, U.S. Army. (Released)
How about a recoiless rifle?
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, catachesis, disaster, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
A culture that tolerates the murder of millions of its most vulnerable will tolerate any evil. Thus, it should be no surprise that a woman – of left-wing bent, naturally – would admit she believes Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broderick many years ago (safe link), but that he remains, in her words, a “good guy.” All the more troubling, but also completely unsurprising, is the fact that this woman claims to be a Catholic. Because her errors are so common and so grave, I’ll spend a bit of time unpacking them below:
To sum up, I think Bill Clinton could very well have raped Juanita Broaddrick; that it doesn’t make him an evil man, or irredeemable (I’m Catholic; we’re all forgiven, if we’re sorry, and Broaddrick says Bill Clinton personally called her up to apologize). It doesn’t even necessarily make him a bad feminist — you know, later, once he stops doing that.
A personal apology is not the same thing as contrition before God. We are all fallen, all have sinned, but those that have contrition, receive Sacramental Confession (or, in extremis, the desire to receive it), and strive to amend their lives, are forgiven. Absent any of those three – and we know Clinton does not have two, since several other women passionately maintain he raped them, as well, years after Broderick, and there is copious evidence he remains at least a serial fornicator to this day – and one does not have God’s forgiveness, and certainly not sanctifying Grace, absolutely required for salvation. Just wanted to clarify, since this supposed Catholic apparently is gravely confused on the matter.
Also, Clinton’s actions have generated great scandal, which scandal requires public redress. He has continued to lie and cover up about his numerous immoral activities, up to an including almost certainly breaking numerous federal laws with the Clinton Foundation, showing absolutely no public remorse for his scandalous behavior.
It is this latter that makes Clinton, particularly, a “bad” man, or at least one that is very much not good. It is one thing to sin privately and have contrition for it, and to move on. But his level of sins – including numerous abhorrent political positions that, to name just one, daily result in the lives of thousands being taken – and their public nature, make him, in the eyes of many, a very bad man indeed. One could name simply his entire sham marriage as just one example of what would make one a bad person in the eyes of many, but there are literally dozens of other examples.
Once again, we see the left’s only concern is with power: those who can obtain power are forgiven any transgression, even the repeated rape of women being glossed over and ignored by supposed feminists (provided they check many of the other boxes required of sexular pagan belief – government funded contraception, unlimited abortion (also gov’t funded), sodomite “rights,” “transexual rights,” continued corporate graft, etc, etc..
Unfortunately, the R’s are hardly any better. That absolute catastrophe the GOPe is trying to foist on conservatives in order to defeat Trump, Evan McMillan, shows many in the GOPe would greatly prefer Hillary to Trump (or perhaps anyone not of their nomination/under their control). Indeed, he is so reliably liberal, outside the usual menu of corporate welfare items, that I am forced to conclude the GOPe has devolved into a simple Corporate Lobbying Organization with some light and very insincere social conservative rhetoric attached. I may be forced to vote Trump while literally wretching, but deliberating foisting Hillary on the nation shows something very nasty indeed.
Unsurprisingly, most of those folks who would rather have Hillary than Trump also most often – if not virtually always – see no problem with killing a million odd babies a year.
Related, these things are.