A little Friday humor August 28, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Art and Architecture, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, silliness, Society.
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I especially like the first one. The second is a bit coarse but appeals to my engineering side:
“He sleeps who drinks; he who sleeps does not sin; he who does not sin is a saint; therefore, he who drinks is a saint.”
Too bad telecom necessity has led to the virtual extinction of unicorns. Only place to get the fiber.
Another shocking Pope Francis scandal, or that dirty Secretariat of State at it again? You decide! August 28, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, different religion, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Papa, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, Society, the struggle for the Church.
It is being reported – all, it seems, from the same original article – that Pope Francis sent a letter of thanks to the author of a book designed to indoctrinate children into acceptance of perverse family arrangements. This is a book found so offensive that it was banned by the mayor of Venice, hardly a rad-trad himself.
So, is this a further revelation of just what kind of literally unimaginable, and irreconcilable, this pontiff holds, or is that dirty Cardinal Sodano forging letters in his name again (if he ever did)? I copy from St. Corbinian’s Bear, you decide (seriously, I ripped pretty much all this off, but since you never expect Friday PM content, count yourself lucky. Hopefully I won’t suffer a bear-mauling in retribution for my naked theft. Click on this link at least four times!):
The Holy Father has sent a letter praising Francesca Pardi for a children’s book in which an egg encounters all sorts of different families, including those headed by gay penguins and lesbian rabbits. The controversial book, which was banned in Venice, touched hearts at the Vatican. According to an article in The Guardian, the letter said:
“His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,” wrote Peter B Wells, a senior official at the Vatican secretariat of state.
[This was also claimed: “The Vatican said the closing blessing of the private letter was addressed to Pardi and not in support of teachings which went against church doctrine on ‘gender theory’.” However, that is dang near silence giving consent, since the matter of sodomite indoctrination books targeting children has been a huge issue in Italy (hence the action of the Mayor of Venice), and saying things like “fruitful activity in the service of young generations/spread of human values” gives the appearance of support. Sure it’s boilerplate and sure it’s a bit nebulous, but it’s a dang far cry from what it ought to be: a full-throated denial of the legitimacy of this kind of propaganda and its contradiction of Sacred Catholic belief]
The Bear will say this, after taking a deep breath. Obviously, this was not the doings of Pope Francis. The Vatican Secretariat of State has its own agenda. People are always taking advantage of poor Holy Father, by shoving anti-fracking T-shirts or commiefixes into his hands, or misquoting him, or making up stories about phone calls they supposedly received from him. This is a boilerplate letter, and the Pope certainly never even saw the book.
How does the Bear know this?
Because not even Pope Francis would approve of a book for young, impressionable children promoting homosexuality. Only a flat-out homosexual activist would abuse his position for such a purpose. This would constitute material assistance — through his endorsement — for a book even secular authorities found repulsive…….
Also, if he had, Michael Voris would have done a Vortex about it. Because if there’s one thing Michael Voris hates, it’s bishops who approve of homosexuality.
The Bear predicts that within 48 hours, we will see a retraction from the Vatican. And thus shall we know that the problem we have at Santa Marta is not a horror beyond all imagining or toleration.
Oh, I needed that, Bear. Thanks for relieving the tension.
Figure it out, people. It’s called irony.
“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!
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Reader PM sent in these photos. I’m really bummed I did not attend, I was out late the night before praying outside the strip club but the simple fact is that I forgot to go! I didn’t remember until the next day. Not very useful, that.
There were several scores of people who prayed and protested outside the Banned Parenthood South Dallas mill, though, and that is a great thing:
That’s a quite sizable crowd. Great job, everyone!
Unfortunately, PM related that there were no priests or religious in attendance. There continues to be a general paucity of priests praying outside abortion mills in this diocese, in marked contrast to some other dioceses. I don’t want to say too much, but I have received some fairly direct hints from local priests who would very much like to have a regular presence outside abortion mills that such is frowned upon by the chancery. At any rate, none were present for this particular protest.
On a related note, protestant pastor Stephen Broden, who ran for Congress in 2010 and used to be on the radio with Vicki Middleton quite a bit, was present and decried the fact that major black pastors in South Dallas do very little, if anything, to oppose the deliberate placement of abortion mills in the midst of their communities. Not only do they not oppose abortion mills, men like TD Jakes and other prominent black pastors rarely speak against abortion, for fear of alienating a good portion of their flock – of which, statistically speaking, some 60% have taken part in procured abortion. I was further disgusted to see a recent video showing TD Jakes just blowing off the significance of the Supreme Court decision legalizing pseudo-sodo-marriage, and even more, seeming to indicate he found little morally objectionable in sodomite behavior.
It is pretty weak solace knowing that it is not just Catholic shepherds who are leaving their flocks defenseless before the ravening wolves.
Stephen Broden is an effective speaker. He was always entertaining to watch in the KSKY studios with Vicki and Jim:
Indeed, where are the pastors of those very large black churches? And, for that matter, where is the black community in opposing this evil that strikes them gravely disproportionately. The pro-life movement is almost entirely a Caucasian and HIspanic phenomenon. To some degree that is to be expected since the pro-life community is dominated by Catholics and there have never been many African-American Catholics, but STILL, when you have a genocide aimed deliberately at your community, that afflicts blacks at rates 2-4 times greater than whites or Hispanics, shouldn’t that engender some kind of response, some kind of leadership from black pastors? It does not, though. Pastor Broden is a rare exception.
But these pastors won’t bring up the subject of abortion because blacks overwhelmingly favor keeping abortion legal (and, as the data shows, using it themselves), and they do not want to risk angering their
source of income flocks. It’s a huge scandal in its own right, but don’t look for it to change anytime soon.
Meanwhile, brave men like Stephen Broden will continue to be ostracized by the community.
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”.
Is it remotely possible for a Catholic to support Donald Trump? August 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, pr stunts, rank stupidity, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society.
I know I’m not the only one who thinks Trump a complete fraud and charlatan. I don’t know what the heck he’s doing, he isn’t building a normal campaign organization or wooing delegates to win a nomination, he’s on a massive self-promotion tour.
He is all over the map on policy, and he has already come out with many policies that are decidedly not conservative. He has in fact been an exceedingly liberal New Yorker all his life.
And yet he’s polling 40% support among self-identified Republicans. Judging from much of the commentary I’ve seen from his supporters, they apparently believe him when he says he’s an outsider and anti-establishmentarian. Please. He’s a multi-billionaire. He has bragged many times in the past at how he has bribed local, state, and national level politicians. Some of that may be hubris from his titanic ego, but I doubt he’s gotten those many sweet deals without greasing a lot of wheels. Atlantic City, for one.
And yet his supporters are just manic that he is going to “teach the establishment Republicans a lesson,” that he’ll build a wall along the southern border, etc. It all feels very scripted to me. I think he’s a stalking horse for the very establishment he is being crafted to oppose, a way to get Republican voters to support a hyper-liberal candidate who lauds the Canadian health care system and has been a fervent supporter of abortion on demand without limitation, pseudo-sodo-marriage, and many other moral atrocities.
From the Catholic standpoint, I have to conclude the man is a joke. He is the epitome of the areligious self-serving “if it feels good do it” sexular pagan crowd. Several times now he has been questioned regarding his self-declared Christian beliefs and he has revealed himself to be utterly ignorant of even the most basic aspects of anything even remotely related to Christianity. As a for instance, see the below:
You have be pretty ignorant of Christianity to be unable to name an Apostle or even a book of the Bible. Throwing out “Ringo” isn’t cute, it’s profoundly disrespectful, bordering on blasphemy. Dismissing the Apostles as “they’re all great guys, really super guys, great people”……..why speak in the present tense when the last Apostle died over 1900 years ago?
Judging by the comments from Trump supporters, they apparently either feel he is trying to declare himself above this kind of “gotcha” question (is it a gotcha if he makes being a Christian a significant part of his campaign, and when so many Republicans are Christian?) by giving flippant responses, or they just explain it away as unimportant along with all the other liberal, incoherent responses he’s given.
But none of this seems to matter. His campaign is like a replay of ’08, where Obama said all these ridiculous things, real portents of doom for his administration, and yet people just loved him the more for it, constantly projecting their own vision on the false, blank canvas of the man the media and his campaign team created.
There’s something else, though. A lot of his support seems to be built around the desire among a good number of conservatives for revenge upon the culture they feel has turned on them. Witness this comment (language warning):
I cannot believe I’m typing this, but Trump is turning me. He has been nothing but a lib in the past, but honestly, I don’t see how he’ll be any worse than than the other R’s and will in fact be better because he is not beholden to the donors or the donor’s butt boys in Congress and will in fact kick them and the media in the nuts. So yeah, if we are going off the cliff, I want to ride in the Trump jet.
So it’s a gotterdammerung campaign, that’s the attraction? Elect the most destructive candidate possible to speed the collapse of the United States, and if you can work in a lot of schadenfreude on your perceived enemies in the process, so much the better?
The question is, can actively conspiring to help destroy a nation be even remotely acceptable for a Catholic? All my study, limited though it is, says no, as does my basis sensus fidei.
Pretty sad that we’re at a place in this nation’s decline where a good 40 or 50 million people see their best alternative as bringing about a national moral, economic, and political collapse, or who are just so twisted off at being ignored, belittled and put upon by the Republican establishment that they’ll go with a far left con artist just to stick it to ’em. But this kind of death wish assumes that whatever comes in the wake of the collapse has to be better. History shows that is a losing bet. Collapse is almost always followed not by enlightened, benevolent government, but by ever increasing levels of despotism, as people will sacrifice almost anything to restore order.
So, vote for Trump, America’s Kerensky?
I tend to doubt many readers are feeling drawn towards supporting Trump, but if there are any, I’d be interested in hearing the reasons for that support. I do agree that the Republican party has undergone an institutional crisis and transformation into something almost totally indistinguishable from the demonrat party, but how does Trump address that crisis?
Rome names square after Luther; Vatican says great! August 26, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, Society, silliness, Ecumenism, disaster, Papa, episcopate, error, secularism, self-serving, the return, pr stunts, different religion.
The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, a church reformer excommunicated by the pope nearly 500 years ago……..
……..Luther was excommunicated in 1521 and was never allowed to return to the Catholic Church, but now the Vatican’s views have changed. [As much as I’d like to, I really don’t think I can rebut this statement]
Next month a hilltop square in Rome is due to be named Piazza Martin Lutero, in memory of Luther’s achievements. The site chosen is the Oppian Hill, a park area that overlooks the Colosseum.
The move has been six years in a making, following a request made by the Seventh-day Adventists, a Protestant denomination, Italian daily La Repubblica said. The original plan was to inaugurate the square in time for the 500th anniversary of Luther’s historic trip to Rome in 2010. City officials were not able to discuss the process behind naming the square or the reason for the holdup.
Despite Luther being thrown out of the Catholic Church during his lifetime, the Vatican reacted positively to news of the square’s upcoming inauguration. “It’s a decision taken by Rome city hall which is favorable to Catholics in that it’s in line with the path of dialogue started with the ecumenical council,” said the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, deputy director of the Vatican press office, referring to a gathering of churchmen to rule on faith matters.
The move contrasts sharply from views held by Luther around the time of his visit to Rome, when it was said he repeated the saying, “If there is a hell, Rome is built over it.”…… [also: “Rome is a satanic city,” “Rome is the seat of the antichrist,” and “The Pope is the devil’s servant.”]
…….within Italy there are very few Protestants; just 435,000 Italian citizens identify as Protestant, according to research published in 2012 by the Center for Studies on New Religions. Catholicism continues to be the dominant religion, with 97.9 percent of Italy’s 60 million residents having been baptized Catholic as of 2009.
Which makes one wonder if this was really an innocent decision made by Roman city authorities, of if there might even have been Vatican pressure applied to induce them to rule favorably. Given that the officials sat on the request for 6 years, and then, a couple of years into Francis’ reign, there is suddenly a change, I have to wonder if there is not a connection.
But with only a handful of Italian protestants, it seems incredible than a major Roman piazza would be renamed in Luther’s honor. What an affront to the millions of Catholics killed at protestant hands, and the great sufferings of so many Saints to win souls back to the Faith!
This different religion thing is getting out of hand, is it not?
Priest comes under heavy fire for preaching the Truth to souls! August 26, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, It's all about the $$$, manhood, persecution, priests, sanctity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
A priest in the Diocese of Peoria, Ill has drawn ire for a supposedly “anti-gay” letter he sent to all people residing in the zip code that most corresponds with his parish boundaries. Fr. Timothy Sauppe’, in great charity, advised all souls – even those that are not Catholic, but being the pastor over which he has spiritual responsibility nonetheless – of the great evil of pseudo-sodo-marriage and the Catholic duty to resist this false, government-imposed redefinition of marriage.
Naturally the people and especially the media there just freaked out, labeling him a bigot and calling him every name imaginable, all for sending this very mild reminder to all the souls in his charge:
I’m sorry, but how is any of this “anti-gay?” Apparently, anything that disagrees with even the most outrageous, radical notion of the perverse community is now “anti-gay.” All the good priests says – and he is a rare priest for having true pastoral concern not merely for the active members of his parish but for all those who live within the parish boundaries, Catholic or not – is that the Church does not condone pseudo-sodo-marriage and neither does he, and that we have a right to oppose this imposition. He also says something completely unremarkable, that children have a right to both a natural mother and father, and should not be used as pawns in revolutionary social causes and experiments. He invites all to the saving Grace of Jesus Christ…….I’d call this a wonderfully charitable, concerned, and truly pastoral letter.
But the denizens of Westville, Ill, and even many self-described Catholics, apparently feel quite differently about the matter:
Father Timothy Sauppé sent the letter to residents with a 61883 zip code on Aug. 11 “in order to evangelize and protect St. Mary’s Catholic Church from future attack,” according to the church’s website. Sauppé was not available to comment when Commercial-News reached out to him Thursday.
The same flyer also names seven local organizations as sponsors and lists upcoming community events, including a Community Tent Revival “led by a Black Robed Regiment member” and upcoming Labor Day events in Westville.
Westville Lions Club President and village trustee member Darren VanDuyn wants to ensure the community that the message does not represent Westville, the businesses and organizations listed on the flyer, or the upcoming Labor Day Celebration sponsored by the Lions Club.
“I was furious because we are a diverse group of people and I didn’t want to be tied to this belief that we don’t all share this opinion of,” VanDuyn said. [OK, Mr. Van Duyn, you advertise in the parish bulletin for years, but why is that?]
VanDuyn said he was mostly concerned that the flyer would hurt the Lions Club Labor Day Celebration – the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year. [Oh, I see. Money. Got it. Money more important than salvation]
“The flyer lists the Labor Day event and as you can see from Facebook posts from people, it’s very damaging,” VanDuyn said. “We wouldn’t be able to help the community and do what we do if we don’t make money from that event and I would hate for this [flyer] to ruin it.” [All that “good” you are doing is utterly undone by tolerating this great perversion in your midst, and actively opposing the priest who is trying to save souls. Like so many organizations like this, they lose sight of the real purpose of whatever good they think they are trying to achieve, and it becomes all about the money – more than last year, always more! I must say even certain Catholic fraternal organizations tend to fall into this common trap. How about subordinating your perceived temporal good for the supernatural good of souls, something of infinitely greater value?]
………Sauppé has recently published an article onCatholic-church.org entitled “The Merging Swarm: Identifying and Preparing for the Homosexual Agenda,” where he refers to the President as “Barack Hussein Obama” [um, that’s his full name, much like many called the previous president George W. Bush, but the media hate the obvious muslim connotation to that name and don’t want it broadcast] and refers to anyone who supports gay marriage as a “homosexualist.” The article is linked to St. Mary’s website. [I thank God for a true shepherd such as this.]
“I know a lot of good people from St. Mary’s and Sauppé’s opinions just don’t represent the church as a whole,” VanDuyn said. “This is the action of one individual. Throw the flyer away and be done with it.” [So what? So he hasn’t gotten through to a number of people, that’s too bad for them, because he speaks the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church. There have always been Judases and heretics, that is our fallen nature.]
VanDuyn encourages the community to attend the Labor Day events that are sponsored by the Lions Club. Margaritaville, an annual event in Westville held on Labor Day weekend, is a separate event sponsored by St. Mary’s.
“I just hope that this doesn’t affect our attendance. We have a lot of great things planned for that weekend. [Man this guy is just really hung up on the $$$]
Sauppé told the Commercial-News on Tuesday he felt he needed to inform the public the Supreme Court ruling gave churches the right to continue to advocate against same-sex marriage.
“This was a dual-purpose letter with community events on one side and a public notice on the other,” Sauppé said “As pastor, I’m not only over Catholics, but I’m over everyone within my parish boundaries and a lot of those people don’t know about the other side to this issue. [All true. But the for the millions who have bought into the mass psycho-sexual rationalization surrounding sodomy, fornication, pornography, divorce, abortion, etc., the mere reminder of the Truth is incredibly painful and must be stamped out of existence at all costs]
“So I was doing a public service to them by explaining that we have a constitutional right not to condone [same-sex marriage].”……
……Sauppé said he didn’t think the message was political.
“I’m trying to reach the people who aren’t Catholic who oppose this for religious or philosophical reasons because same-sex marriage goes against the natural law,” Sauppé said. “If they oppose me and St. Mary’s for speaking out in the public square, that would make them a religious bigot.” [Good turnaround. If they’re going to call us bigots for being faithful Catholics, we can call out their anti-Christian bigotry]
This priest is under heavy fire for his sending out this letter. Perhaps tying organizations to the letter without their explicit approval was imprudent, but we can also see how so many mainstream organizations like the Lion’s Club and many others have contributed to the collapse of Western culture through their single-minded pursuit of their own interest rather than standing for the true greater good.
Judging from the parish website and some articles he has written (here and especially here) this is a far-above average orthodox Novus Ordo priest. God bless him. We need so many more like him. I pray he find his way to offering the Traditional Latin Mass, but other than that, he seems an exceptional pastor willing to speak the truth in season and out, and to suffer the repercussions that may come. He has received some very nasty comments for having to close the parish school due to lack of attendance and for being, um……Catholic, but that’s the state of the Church today, where so many have fooled themselves into believing that being Catholic is just one of many lifestyle choices one can choose to self-apply, but which carries no onus regarding behavior or belief, and damn you if you try to tell them they’re not! Pastors like this are red meat for katholycs who believe what the TV/media tells them to believe and who don’t want their enormous rationalizations challenged. He deserves support.
You can write to him here if you want to send a brief message of support. I sent him one.
Another survey, another confirmation of the near-total failure of catechesis in this country August 25, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
I don’t know if it is even meaningful to report this stuff anymore. Another survey out from yet another group shows that self-identified American Catholics hold views utterly indistinguishable on matters of grave moral import from the general population. A majority of self-described Catholics – which includes the nearly half who haven’t darkened the door of a Church in years if not decades – thinks abortion should be legal in most or all cases, right along with the overall population. A strong majority favors pseudo-sodo-marriage. I’m sure if they asked about contraception a whopping majority would be in favor of that, too.
Acceptance of any of these items constitutes such a departure from the Faith revealed by Jesus Christ through His Church that it places the holder outside communion with the Church. Their eternal salvation is in the gravest jeopardy and they do not have sanctifying grace within them. Almost all responders are aware of the Church’s Doctrine on these matters. They simply reject it out of hand.
The loss of each individual soul is a tragedy of infinite proportions. And yet, as Our Lady of Fatima said to Lucia and the other children, souls today fall into hell like so many snowflakes. Tragically, unbelievably given the mission of the Church, many of these souls are being actively encouraged in their fall by men who have betrayed their calling to be shepherds and spiritual fathers for souls. The accounting these men will face will be a most horrible one. Pray for them.
51% of Catholics favor abortion in most or all cases. 60% favor pseudo-sodo-marriage. A ginormous 73% think the US government “needs to do more to address the issue of climate change.” 72% think the trillions already spent on wealth transfers from more productive to less productive sectors of the economy are insufficient.
American Catholics are, thus, thoroughgoing progressives far more informed by the platform of the democrat party than they are the Doctrine of the Faith.
The abortion matter really steams me, there isn’t a soul alive with an IQ above 70 who doesn’t know what the Church believes regarding abortion, nor that abortion, stripped of all the euphemisms, involves murdering perfectly innocent babies. It is also about the only moral issue on which there has been at least some catechesis at the parish level, but apparently not enough, since most American katholycs think it should remain legal.
Some more disturbing data, read this and see if you can keep your stomach from churning:
Catholics also do not differ markedly from the American public on the issue of same-sex marriage. A majority (55%) of Americans and six in ten (60%) Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. Notably, roughly equal numbers of white Catholics (59%) and non-white Catholics (61%) support same-sex marriage. [No, Catholics actually favor pseudo-sodo-marriage substantially more than the general population. 5% is not a trifling amount. Compared with believing protestants, the comparison is even more stark, and reveals the total failure to effectively catechize souls on this very important matter. But it gets much, much worse….]
Most Catholics also do not believe same-sex marriage violates their basic religious principles and commitments. A majority (53%) of Catholics disagree that same-sex marriage goes against their religious beliefs, while 42% agree. However, white Catholics are far more divided than non-white Catholics. Nearly half (45%) of white Catholics believe gay marriage goes against their religious beliefs, compared to only about one-third (35%) of non-white Catholics. [If you read the data above, you will find that self-described Hispanic Catholics are as progressive as they come, holding progressive opinions by huge margins on all matters but abortion. Continued mass immigration from Hispanic lands means making the United States into a much, much more socialistic and left-wing country, with all the implications for the destruction of morality, the good of souls, etc]
An even greater share (76%) of Catholics favor laws that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people against discrimination. Roughly one in five (21%) Catholics oppose this policy. [Not only are most katholycs progressive, they’re dumber than a box of rocks]
Notably, relatively few Catholics support a broad religious liberty exemption to nondiscrimination laws. Roughly two-thirds (65%) of Catholics oppose a policy that would allow small business owners to refuse products or services to gay and lesbian people, even if doing so goes against their religious beliefs. Twenty-eight percent of Catholics support such religious liberty exemptions. Also of note, a majority (58%) of Catholics who attend religious services at least weekly and a slim majority (51%) of Republican Catholics also oppose allowing small business owners to refuse services to gay and lesbian people on religious grounds.
I’ve written many times that we would be tortured by self-described Catholics being our worst persecutors, even escorting pious souls to their martyrdom with hoots and jeers. Believe me, now? A HUGE majority (58% is huge) of those who assist at Mass weekly (probably most of them quite aged) oppose religious exemptions from servicing sodomites! Keep praying to your god the TV, Amchurch katholycs!
One more bit, which provides some background for the bishop’s strenuous efforts in favor of continued, unconstrained Hispanic illegal immigration to this country:
Currently, roughly six in ten (59%) Catholics are white non-Hispanic, more than one-third (34%) identify as Hispanic, and seven percent identify as some other race or as mixed race. The ongoing ethnic transformation of the Catholic Church can also be seen in the stark ethnic differences among U.S. Catholics by age. Catholic seniors (age 65 and over) are roughly twice as likely as young Catholics (age 18-29) to be white (79% vs. 40%, respectively). And these younger Catholics—at 49% Hispanic—are on the cusp of becoming majority Hispanic.
So the Church, such as it is, will become only more progressive with time as the Hispanic portion of the Church increases.
Taking in all the above, it appears the average Amchurch katholyc wants money money money and to believe whatever the mass media tells them to believe, even to the point of seeing their co-religionists persecuted for accepting the constant belief and practice of the Faith.
Poor lost souls! They must have fooled themselves – or allowed themselves to be fooled – into believing that no one goes to hell this side of Stalin or Hitler! They wouldn’t know a Bible verse from Shakespeare. Their priests and bishops have failed them to a degree that beggars the imagination. This Church is headed for a most severe reckoning, but we should rejoice if we have the Grace to remain faithful and suffer persecution in imitation of our Blessed Lord.
If we take the survey data above, and accept the survey’s finding that 22% of Americans self-identify as Catholic, also taking into account the fact that there is probably a lot of overlap between those holding heretical views on various matters but that the overlap is not total, I ask…….are there even 3 million actual believing Catholics in these United States, people who accept all the Doctrine of the Faith?
How many times has this occurred in the past? How many times has a major Church leader, even a Pope, appeared on bended knee before some sect or group of schismatics, beating his breast over the ostensible past sins of the Church, only to have the other side refuse to acknowledge their own sins? This is one of the aspects of post-conciliar “ecumenism” that most frustrates pious souls, the fact that it always seems to be the Church apologizing, even groveling, with very little reciprocity from the other side, whoever that may be.
Readers will likely recall that Pope Francis issued a fulsome apology to the tiny Waldensian sect in Turin earlier this year. After carefully considering the matter for months, and even convoking a synod to deliberate the matter, the Waldensians have their response, and it looks a lot to me like an upturned middle phalanx (my emphasis and comments):
Pope Francis had reached out his hand to Turin’s Waldensians during his visit last June. He made controversial gestures to emphasize his intention and asked the Waldensians’ forgiveness from injustice done by Catholics. Now the Waldensians have given the pope a response. A specially convened Waldensian Synod, which meets until Friday in Turin, rejected the outstretched hand of the Pope and declared themselves unable to grant forgiveness.Vatican Insider talks about an amazing “coldness” toward the Pope…….………The relationship between Waldensians and Catholics is one of deep conflict. On both sides there were atrocities mainly during the Middle Ages and the early modern period. Even in the mid-19th century the Waldensians sought the life of St. John Bosco.
Pope Francis made the unilateral first step towards reconciliation and asked the Waldensian forgiveness for the injustice committed by Catholics. The Pope had said: “On behalf of the Catholic Church, I ask you for forgiveness for the unchristian and even inhuman attitudes and actions, which we have done to you throughout history. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us! ” [My point of view is a bit different: if the Church is the Church, and truly necessary for salvation, sects and other religions who lure souls away to a much greater likelihood of eternal damnation must be opposed vigorously. If the secular power sees in these sects grave threats to souls and to the social order, it is within their remit to act as prudence and justice dictate. IOW, what is PF apologizing for, but the zeal of former generations for the good of souls?]
The Moderator of the Waldensian Table, Pastor Eugenio Bernardini, responded: “The Pope has overcome a wall that was built eight centuries ago when our church was accused of heresy and excommunicated by the Roman church.” The pope did not argue. [And for good reason, since this sect holds numerous heretical beliefs and has placed itself outside Communion with the Church. Would that we had such clarity today!]
To underline his readiness, the Pope kissed a Waldensian Bible which was presented to him by Waldensian pastors. It was a gesture that caused some criticism on the Catholic side………
……..The outstretched hand of the Pope sparked heated discussions within the Waldensian community. Finally, a Waldensian synod was specially convened to respond to the Pope on his request for forgiveness. The Synod will meet until Friday in Torre Pellice for Turin. The answer is now clear and is negative. “We’re moving, but we can not forgive.” The decision of the Waldensian Synod can be summarized with these words.
In an official letter to the Pope the Synod declared: “Dear Brother in Christ Jesus, the Synod of the Evangelical Waldensian Church accepts with deep respect and not without emotion, your apology expressed on behalf of your church asking for forgiveness for what you have indeed even described as ‘unchristian, even inhuman attitudes and actions’ that have been taken in the past against our mothers and fathers,” But then this is followed by a big “but” of the Waldensians. This new situation does not allow us, to step in the place of those who testified with their blood or the other Protestants suffering for their faith, and to forgive you. ” [So who has the greater zeal? Who is willing to offend men for the sake of their beliefs in this sordid exchange? It garners the applause of the world (and, I would think, its master) when popes apologize for alleged past sins of the Church. But does it work any good for souls?]
This message, rejecting the outstretched hand of the Pope, was decided on Monday by the 180 people gathered at the Waldensian Synod.
……this formalist position can not hide the fact that the Waldensians in reality do not want to approach the Catholic Church. Because this could have been expressed differently, despite the question of direct forgiveness. [and Kenneth Copeland and other shyster TV evangelists don’t want to convert, either, but they will accept the outstretched hand of the Pope most eagerly, since they know the Pope’s outreach will lead to many Catholics falling into their sects and filling their already rich coffers.The Waldensian Synod for their part couldn’t find a word of apology for the wrongs committed by Waldensians against the Catholic Church and the Catholics [of course note. And the Orthodox and Lutherans and others have generally made any apology they’ve offered far more contingent and less self-effacing than have their Catholic counterparts, who obviously, wholeheartedly disavow the behavior of their forefathers – many of them spiritual giants – who proceeded them.]
As a convert to the Faith, the truths of which I have become utterly convinced as an adult after much study, it is heart-rending for me to see these kinds of apologies. Having been outside the Church for most of my life, I can understand well the effect such words have on those sects receiving the apologia. They tell the sect: you were right all along, look at even their leader coming to you now admitting their folly, you’re in exactly the right place. How many souls have been prevented from finding the Truth of Jesus Christ in its wholeness and entirety by the misguided actions of ecumaniacs over the past several decades? Is this factor even considered when pontiffs and others make these kinds of statements? Do they not know they will be judged not just for the souls they lost, but also for the souls they prevented from responding to the call of Grace to enter the Church by their actions?
Ecumenism is the apotheosis of the progressive obsession with “equality” applied to ecclesiastical matters. It is “unfair” and “cruel” for some men to have the Truth and others not, for some to be saved and for others not, therefore, we should drive the Church down to the lowest common denominator in the interest of worldly “fairness.” And if a few billion souls have to fry in hell forever in the process, well, an omelette doesn’t get made without breaking a few billion eggs, does it? Whenever you hear someone denigrating traditional/Catholic “elitism,” keep this in mind.