A little bit of good news, anyway. The Texas Supreme Court has overturned a Houston ordinance driven by gomorrist Mayor Parker that radically expanded “rights” for those given over to perverse inclinations, including the ability of “transgenders” to use any public restroom they wished. This ordinance was widely unpopular and resulted in a large recall effort that was dismissed, quite possibly illegally, by the city on a technicality. That recall effort led to an attempt to persecute Houston area pastors (all protestants – no Catholic pastor helped lead the effort).
At any rate, the Texas Supreme Court has found the ordinance unconstitutional:
In a victory for reason and common sense, the Texas Supreme Court has given the city of Houston 30 days to either repeal it’s ridiculous rules governing public restroom use by the opposite sex or put it on the ballot for voter approval.
The law was intended to make it possible for trans genders to choose whatever bathroom they felt comfortable in using. Opposition to the bill resulted in city officials subpoening the sermons and other documents from 5 local pastors, looking for violations of the equal rights statute. The subpoenas were withdrawn following a nationwide outcry…….. [I really think it was coverage on this blog that did it. Heh]
………The city has until Aug. 24 to act on the court’s order, which also suspended the equal-rights ordinance, raising the possibility of a ballot fight that could sway the outcome of the November mayor’s race. Ms. Parker is term-limited and cannot seek re-election.
The ordinance, approved by the city council in May 2014, added gender identity and sexual orientation to the city’s equal-rights law, touching off a backlash over transgender bathroom use.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised the court’s decision Friday, saying that, “Freedom of expression can only exist once government removes itself from stifling free speech, repressing religious liberty and interfering with the lives of its citizens.”
Yeah, well, Abbot’s opinion – not perfect even in itself – is probably in the distinct minority today. I mean, do we have to discuss all this heavy stuff all the time? Can’t we just get back to our Whataburger and Kardashians and just let people do what they want? I mean, really………
Sorry folks that is it for me today. Regular blogging will resume tomorrow, God willing.
This is one in depth investigation. In a new video entitled Human Capital – Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts, the Center for Medical Progress provides even more damning evidence that Planned Barrenhood routinely sells aborted baby parts for profit, something that certainly seems to be illegal under current federal law.
Most of the video below features the testimony of a woman who once worked at a business that purchased aborted baby parts for “research.” She details the profit motive to Planned Barrenhood and her own personal horror at having to handle and manipulate tiny legs, heads, etc. She claims both Planned Barrenhood and the company she worked for – just one of many that trade in human flesh – were profit-motivated and sought to maximize income.
The video closes with a chilling segment at a Planned Barrenhood facility where parts from little murdered babies are sorted through, analyzed for their economic value, and discussed like one were discussing cattle parts. I wonder how many left wing employees at Planned Barrenhood believe “meat is murder” and yet have no problem haggling over the price of the little parts remaining from murdered babies.
No wonder the democrats have totally freaked out and are trying to change the story by investigating the Center for Medical Progress, instead of Damned Barrenhood. There is absolutely no justification for this traffic in human parts and yet the left wing sexular pagan ethos more or less demands that this kind of thing occur. There is no horror to which they will not descend in pursuit of their sexular pagan “utopia.”
Really, how far of a step is it, from using aborted baby parts for medical research, from creating babies intentionally for that purpose? And then what follows after that?
Soylent Green, here we come.
Protest gov’t funding of Planned Barrenhood tomorrow July 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil, unbelievable BS.
Tomorrow, July 28 2015, a nationwide series of protests will occur to express dismay at continued government funding of the murderous organization Planned Parenthood. The DFW protest is at noon tomorrow at the Planned Barrenhood facility in Fort Worth. All details here. There are protest sites all around the country.
This protest is part of a broader effort by an organization calling itself “women betrayed.” Check the link to see if there is one near you. They are also encouraging all interested parties to contact demonrat congressmen to express outrage that these representatives would be the recipient of Planned Barrenhood blood money. They have a list of all Congressmen – democrats to a man save for Susan Collins of Maine – who have received donations from Planned Barrenhood, and thus gained from the illegal sale of murdered baby parts.
Meanwhile, in a clear sign of this nation having developed, collectively, a reprobate sense, Obama is sicking the Department of Justice not on Planned Barrenhood, but on the Center for Medical Progress, the group that brought the latest revolting revelations of Banned Parenthood immoralities and misdeeds to light. Demonrats are reacting in typical fashion, trying to project the evil they support onto actions of total innocents. In this case, it’s shoot the messenger for holding up to the American people the brutal reality of abortion. And that is one thing demonrats do not want discussed:
JUSTICE TO PROBE CENTER FOR MEDICAL PROGRESS — While congressional committees investigate Planned Parenthood’s practices, the Justice Department agreed to look into whether the group that released the sting videos obtained the footage legally. In response to a request by House Democrats, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday afternoon that Justice would “review all of the information and determine what the appropriate steps moving forward would be.”
Several state governments, including California, have also launched investigations of the Center for Medical Progress.
Which only gets back to Reilly’s brilliant thrust – it is the rationalization of sin that people have bought into. Those who do grave evil but who support the rationalization can be excused, but those who point up the evil of the rationalization itself (in this case, the infinite evil of pre-born infanticide) must be excoriated.
Just the kind of environment one would expect in a post-Christian, socialist nation where the government bureaucracy mostly pursues its own ideological and material interest. But most of us (or at least I) grew up believing America to not be that kind of place. Much of Europe, yes, Canada, yes, the Soviet Union, certainly, but not the good ol’ USA, the “most Christian country in the world!”
I kept telling myself that for far too long. But it is utterly untenable today.
The goal? “If enough children are sexualized young enough, ‘gayness’ will suddenly be ‘normal,’ and the old fashioned notions about fidelity and virtue will vanish” July 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
WARNING THIS POST IS EXTREMELY EXPLICIT AND DISTURBING. I AM POSTING IT, HOWEVER, FOR THE INSIGHT IT PROVIDES TO AT LEAST SOME OF THOSE DEDICATED TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE FAMILY AND THE CHRISTIAN ETHOS.
So said a highly influential radically perverse couple who, though married, were primarily inclined to perversion. They also spent years sexually abusing many children, not least of which their own daughter, raped by her own father at age 5.
The daughter has written extensively on the subject of the torture she and many other children experienced at the hands of her sick parents, of their influence on the nascent sodo-rights activists of the late 60s/early 70s, and much else besides (my emphasis and comments):
What they did to me is a matter of unfortunate public record: suffice to say that both parents wanted me to be gay and were horrifed at my being female. My mother molested me from ages 3-12. The first time I remember my father doing anything especially violent to me I was five. Yes he raped me. I don’t like to think about it. If you want to know about his shenanigans with little girls, and you have a very strong stomach, you can google the Breendoggle, which was the scandal which ALMOST drummed him out of science fiction fandom. [Almost. I used to be a big fan of sci-fi when I was a kid. Then I found so many of the great luminaries were really screwed up people, and so many were militant atheists. I tend to suspect the charges levied against Arthur C. Clarke late in life were true.]
Middle school girls from Humboldt (pop.: 4,690) had the opportunity to learn “how to sew fake testicles into their underwear in order to pass themselves off as boys.”
One speaker wore a dress made out of condoms to which could be “used as needed.” . . .
The rest of the sessions involved issues such as “how to pleasure their gay partners.”
Nate Monson, executive director of Iowa Safe Schools, said parents who worry about middle school kids hearing about anal sex with strap-ons and analingus are “disgusting.”
“It’s incredibly frustrating that adults are being the problem and being the bully,” Monson told the Des Moines NBC affiliate. “
While very few today want to believe it, there is great evidence there is a plan being played out, and your children and mine feature heavily in those plans. We have seen major pro-sodomy activists proclaim that their “movement” cannot survive without the ability to indoctrinate children into their lifestyle.
Amazingly, all this used to be known. It was simply conventional wisdom. But after decades of sustained leftist efforts to destroy the usual means of transmission of moral knowledge, of cultural knowledge, suddenly it’s novel, even controversial, to say what pretty much everyone knew to be true 40 or 50 years ago. All those laws against sodomy and the entire lifestyle didn’t just fall from the sky, they were put in place due to the hard lessons of experience. That’s all been thrown away now, of course, and we are going to have to learn them all over again, to our dear, dear cost.
TV, instantaneous news transfer, abdication of duty and general moral turpitude are to blame, IMO.
Good reader TE alerted me yesterday to an “essential oil” product from Young Living containing phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogen is essentially natural birth control. Sold as a “beauty aid” or “support for the female glandular system,” I was advised by a local priest that phytoestrogen has strong capabilities to block conception. doTERRA, which seems quite popular among traditional Catholic women, sells products containing the substance. Phytoestrogen is sometimes sold alone and thus easy to identify, but it is also frequently mixed into other products.
Something else my wife has learned, however, is that phytoestrogen is found in many foods, and could play a role in women having difficulty conceiving. In addition, there are many foods and substances that can greatly lower progesterone levels, which my wife has learned is a factor in miscarriages (you see my interest).
A partial list of foods that contain high levels of phytoestrogens below:
soy nuts (anything soy or flax)
Regarding the lowering of progesterone, caffeine/chocolate are supposed to be bad. Foods that raise estrogen should be avoided. But there are some specific foods that are recommended to be avoided in order to avoid low progesterone levels:
My wife has a fuller list. I will try to post that later if possible.
Some of the above is a bit speculative but high doses of phytoestrogens have been used for birth control for millennia. Estrogen is known to lower progesterone, typically. Low progesterone is implicated by the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in being a frequent cause of miscarriage.
I just put this out as a brief public service. It may have no import for you at all, or it might.
Amazing the things learned, and forgotten, over time.
Interesting data reported here that support for pseudo-sodo-marriage has mysteriously fallen by nearly 10% over the course of a few weeks. That would be an extremely fast fall from its previously reported high of 60%, achieved, surprise!, immediately prior to the diabolical Supreme Court Obergefell decision. We’ll see if this number sticks or even drops further. If so, my surmise would be that the numbers were cooked, probably in concert with the Obama administration, to create a perception of mass support and “inevitability” that probably has never quite existed (we’re in dire shape even if sodo-marriage “only” has 30% support, however):
First the headline you never read: “New poll shows sharp drop in support for gay marriage.” In May, Gallup reported a record 60 percent support for “allowing gays and lesbians to legally marry.” Reuters asked almost the same question in interviews taken mostly (but not completely) after Obergefell (June 26—July 8): “Do you support or oppose allowing same-sex couples to legally marry?” Just 51 percent of Americans said yes, a drop of 9 percentage points……..
……Just 37 percent agreed that “same-sex marriage laws should be made by the Supreme Court” (which might be partly an artifact of the fact that respondents were offered three other choices (state legislatures, voter referendum, and Congress).
51 percent said they favored the Court’s decision, mirroring the split over gay marriage itself (and suggesting procedural arguments about Constitutionalism don’t carry greater weight with voters than the issue itself). But just 46 percent said they would oppose a Constitutional Amendment, again suggesting a fundamental ambivalence and discomfort remains even among some titular gay marriage supporters……
………The “consensus” on gay marriage is painfully brittle and artificial, a product of the Left’s control of the narrative more than the power of their argument.
I agree. That’s why the sexular pagans are moving so fast to consolidate their gains. Which, speaking of, the Boy Scouts – soon to be America’s number one source for pederasty! – are also moving very fast to implement their new policy allowing perverse scout masters. This temporary measure will probably not last 5 years, before religious affiliation is thrown under the bus under threat of lawsuit and ALL scout groups, regardless of religious affiliation, will be forced to accept deliberately placed sodomite leaders:
The Boy Scouts of America is expected on Monday to end its blanket ban on gay leaders — a turning point for an organization that has been in turmoil over the issue.
But some scouting groups will still be able to limit leadership jobs to heterosexuals.
To gain the acquiescence of conservative religious groups that sponsor many dens and troops, like the Mormon and Roman Catholic Churches, the policy will allow church-run units to pick leaders who agree with their moral precepts.
“There are differences of opinion, and we need to be respectful of them,” said Michael Harrison, a businessman who led the Boy Scouts in Orange County, Calif., and is one of many leaders who lobbied internally for change. “It doesn’t mean the Mormons have to pick a gay scoutmaster, but please don’t tell the Unitarians they can’t.”
Already struggling to reverse a long-term decline in membership, the Boy Scouts have been increasingly consumed over the last two decades by battles over the exclusion of gay people, divisions that threatened to fracture the organization. Conservative partners saw the policy as a bulwark against unwanted social change, but the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay stance was costing it public support and cachet as well as corporate funders, and lately has brought on the threat of costly lawsuits……..
[Now keep that in mind, and read this:]……After the vote to permit gay youths in 2013, some evangelical Christian churches ended their sponsorships, and membership declined by 6 percent, compared with declines of 2 percent to 4 percent in previous years. Youth membership fell again in 2014, by 7 percent.
And with this latest change, look for that decline to explode upwards even more.
So the Scouts have traded 13% of their membership – they’ve accepted the flight of nearly 400,000 boys in less than 2 years (because the policy was changed mid-year) – for “public support and cachet,” meaning, Robert Gates and other high-flying leaders won’t have to apologize to their leftist friends anymore over their involvement in the Boy Scouts. That, and filthy lucre. These Scouts are as far from the ideal created by Baden-Powell as can be.
A final note: AmChurch once again covers itself in glory (not) by its stalwart adherence to principle and full-throated defense of the Faith:
But Mr. Gates appears to have persuaded major sponsors, including the Mormons and the Roman Catholics, to accept the new policy for adults so long as their own units are given latitude. In a recent statement, the Mormon Church reiterated its “right to select Scout leaders who adhere to moral and religious principles that are consistent with our doctrines and beliefs.”
In May, after Mr. Gates’s plea, Edward P. Martin, chairman of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, said: “We agree with Mr. Gates that there is cause to act. We also agree with Mr. Gates that chartered organizations must be allowed ‘to establish leadership standards consistent with their faith.’”
Get that: Edward P. Martin, at least as quoted, proclaims that Gates was RIGHT to open up leadership positions to those publicly given over to the sin of sodomy, a sin which cries to Heaven for vengeance. Once again, individuals in leadership positions in the American Church go to great lengths to show themselves firmly part of the world and its fallen mores, rather than stand in clear opposition to continuing moral decline and apostasy from right faith. It is pathetic that Mormons and evangelicals advance Christian morality far better than bureaucrats in the Church Christ instituted for that very purpose. What happens to the salt when it loses its flavor?
As I said above, it will not be 5 years before this policy is changed, too, and sodo-masters are foisted upon religiously backed Scout groups, too. What will be the response of the USCCB, and individual bishops, then? Forgive me if I am sanguine at the prospects.
Further defections are likely, especially by Southern evangelical members, said Jay L. Lenrow, a lawyer and voluntary Scouts executive from Baltimore who, like Mr. Harrison, has long pushed for change from within.
“But I think we’ve lost far more people over the last 14 or 15 years because we were not inclusive,” said Mr. Lenrow, who served as chairman of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting, among other senior roles.
Manifestly wrong. Sexular paganists have no interest in Scouting, save for the symbolic victory to be gained by its subversion to perversion and the mass cultural rationalization. These are the same people who have always laughed to scorn those who do goofy things like pledge oaths to uphold the family and maintain decent living. This self-inflicted gun shot wound to the Boy Scouts is just one more step in their long march through the institutions. The fact that the Scouts haven’t lost anyone (statistically speaking) is borne out by the rapid collapse in membership after the first policy collapse in 2013, and as I said, this latest change will almost certainly cause the decrease to explode into the double digits at least for a few years.
Prediction: twenty to thirty years from now, the Boy Scouts, shrunken to well fewer than 1 million scouts, will cease to exist under a flurry of sex abuse lawsuits and near total abandonment by corporate sponsors. And that, dear readers, has been the goal all along.
Thanks to MFG for the link to the DMN article.
So, maybe we should pray and protest outside the Boy Scouts’ national headquarters in Irving? It’s only about 10 min from my house.
Rushed Flightline Friday: early F-16 July 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Flightline Friday, fun, non squitur, silliness, Society, technology.
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Pretty good video on the early development of the F-16 from Air Force Systems Command in 1977. It provides a lot of detail on the F-16, including its ability to radically outmaneuver preceding jets like the F-4E (not sure if the comparison was to F-4E with fixed slats or not – they made a big difference in Phantom maneuverability).
The F-16A was quite a bit different from the F-16. There is a shot at ~8:30 that shows many of the differences: the inlet was enlarged, the nose was significantly enlarged to provide room for the air-cooled APG-66/68 radar, the fuselage was made a bit wider and deeper to hold more fuel. The arrogant “fighter mafia” led by McNamara favorites Pierre Sprey, Col. Everest Riccione, Chuck Spinney (founder of the hard left Center for Defense Information, which has opposed every single moderate or major defense program of the past 45 years) decried all these changes, but chief F-16 designer Harry Hillaker said that if GD had built the plane the fighter mafia wanted – a totally stripped down F-104 type with nothing but a gun and two Sidewinders, with no range at all – it would have been a failure. He was right.
I have a huge beef with Sprey, Riccione, and Spinney. For one thing, they remain stuck firmly in the mid-60s. They’ve never managed to get over that experience, of being “whiz kids” proved utterly wrong in having forced an aircraft with no gun and problematic maneuverability on all three services (the Phantom). So they continue to trot out extremely antiquated and disproven “data” to oppose every new fighter since the F-16, which they unreasonably regard as their brainchild. Things like “air to air missiles work less than 10% of the time” – true for 1967, but not for 2015. Since the Gulf War, the effectiveness of air to air missiles has been greater than 50%. Take everything they say with a huge grain of salt, and know they have opposed the F-15 (most successful air-superiority fighter ever), E-3 “AWACS” (probably the single most important factor in providing US air superiority in all conflicts since 1975), the unbelievably capable F-22 (they contributed to the disastrous decision to cancel production after only 187 airframes, knee-capping USAF air superiority capability for decades), and even the F-35 (which ain’t great, but at this point, its the only show in town).
Another interesting point: the presenter in the video, then Brig. Gen. James Abrahamson, had quite a colorful career. Unknown to outsiders, he played a very significant role in bringing the F-16 to fruition, and led the Reagan-era Strategic Defense Initative throughout most of the 80s. Prior to that, he was selected as a USAF astronaut in 1967 to fly on the eventually cancelled KH-10 Manned Orbiting Laboratory, and flew F-100s in combat over Vietnam. I did a paper on SDI back in high school (actually, three papers I think, I kept recycling the one I did in 10th grade and nobody caught on), and because I’m a life member of the Air Force Association and hence receive Air Force Magazine (and have since I was 13), I had a bunch of USAF-centric articles on SDI to use. Gen. Abrahamson figured heavily in all those articles, so I wound up knowing quite a bit about the guy. He was a consummate USAF pilot-politician, an extremely effective program manager and reputed all-around straight shooter. Every program he managed seemed to have been managed well.
Have a good weekend:
Reason #9948 why America is doomed July 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Society, Admin, foolishness, asshatery, silliness, non squitur, paganism, huh?.
Goofy Friday non sequitur post ahead.
Look, I get it, not everyone likes McDonald’s. They have issues. I’m rather cold to their lunch/dinner items, but I’ve always thought their breakfasts were pretty good.
But who are these people – “millenials” apparently – who have never had McDonald’s before, or at least the breakfast? And why do they pretend as if they’ve never seen a burrito or some kind of a wrapped sandwich? I’m calling BS on this. I’m calling “I’m so above the hoi polloi I don’t even know what this pre-packaged food for the masses is.”
But I’m calling more than that. Wait and see:
First, I bet most of these people are BuzzFeed interns/hangers on. I sincerely doubt their randomness.
I will admit, when I first saw Zach, I had an irresistible urge to do something cruel. But as I watched the video I found him slightly more tolerable, but still highly annoying.
Let’s look at his statement: “When I was older, I started loving Chick Fil A, then Chick Fil A started hating gay people.”
Now what would prompt a person to make that kind of statement in this environment? Let’s assume he is just a “man off the street” who has never had McDonald’s. This is what he comes with? Some radical sodo-propaganda? Why would Chick Fil A’s now abandoned stand for marriage cause him such angst that he is still assaulting random strangers about it, even 2 years after they caved?
And yet I see statements like this all the time. I was watching some review about True Detective Season II on Youtube and the reviewer, for no apparent reason, spent the first five minutes of the review just bashing Christians and other “homophobes.” It was completely out of left field.
My belief is, people do not make statements like this out of real conviction. They may think that’s their motivation, but the statements are too of a kind, too plainly simply a regurgitation of propaganda they’ve heard elsewhere, to really come from a “this is something I believe down to my core” kind of motivation.
I think these kinds of reflexive ejaculations of propaganda are made for two primary reasons: a kind of gnostic tribalism, signalling oneself to be above the “other,” and base fear. Fear at being “outed” from the elite one craves to belong to.
That this belonging is almost always a total illusion only reinforces the craving to belong. This tendency seems incredibly common among millenials in particular, who, to my old grey mind, seem to be so easily manipulated by social propaganda as to essentially stand for nothing. Whatever the “hip” sources (what is that: Reddit, Buzzfeed, Tumblr, Gawker?) tell them to believe, they’ll parrot that like the most zealous Hitler Youth at Nuremberg in 1935.
I wonder if these people (save maybe for the Aussie?) have any idea how shallow and……dare I say it?……fake they come across. Every reaction seems contrived, to prove some point (I’m above this).
No I do not mean to pick upon you, or your kids, I’m speaking in generalities. I know folks in the ostensible “millenial” age range that are very much grounded in reality and who have substantial personalities in their own right.
I guess my major beef with this – and I don’t mean to come off as some McDonald’s shill because I’m not, I eat there but only on occasion – is that it seems so contrived. And I think so much of our culture today is just that: contrived. Political theater, constant 24/7 entertainment for the masses, people dealing in shallowness, and very few having the time or inclination to go a bit deeper, to say what people have always said: why am I here? What does this mean? We Christians, thanks be to God, have the answers. But there are so, so many lost souls out there who do not. I think that video struck me as emblematic of that. There are so many people, especially young people, who are essentially groundless, and thus move with whatever they perceive to be the strongest breeze blowing through the culture.
But then again, a cigar is sometimes just a cigar.
Robert Reilly’s talks on the destructive effects of the rationalization for sodomy now on Youtube July 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, disaster, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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A couple of weeks ago I linked to a couple of 1 1/2 hour talks Robert Reilly gave on the topic of his latest book: Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexuality is Changing Everything. At that time, the talks were not in a format I could embed in a post. Thanks to Sensus Fidelium, they now are. Both talks are below.
I know they seem long, but if you haven’t gotten the book, this is an efficient way to get the content therefrom for free. You’ll miss a lot of detail but I think pretty much every major topic in the book is covered pretty well in these talks. As I’ve said before, I believe Making Gay Okay is the most thorough destruction of pseudo-sodo-marriage I’ve ever read, and it is done with zero religious reference. It is all strictly from reason and natural law. Now, of course I’m not saying that there are not powerful religious arguments in opposition to sodomy – of course for me those are the most powerful – the problem being, more and more people in our culture today hear “religion,” or especially “Christianity,” and they instantly shut down and write you (me) off as a worthless fundamentalist. Which is funny, because in so doing, they are practicing a bigotry such folks typically assume themselves to be so far above.
Onwards to the vids:
………not to worry, because Synods carry very little doctrinal weight (if any), and there is precedent for synodal error in the past. I agree completely with the prediction and the lack of doctrinal authority in the Synod itself, which, like a national conference, is simply a meeting of a small sub-set of the world’s bishops and very far from an ecumenical conference. But what I am concerned about is the encyclical which will follow the Synod, and the degree to which enemies of the Faith/modernist Katholycs will use the Synod to lure still more souls into perdition. I am also concerned about the shut up and pray sentiment Father Nix seems to close his article with.
One of the surprising things I have seen among priests and the faithful under the Pontificate of Pope Francis is that certain people who used to hate the word “obedience,” maybe five years ago, now go on quoting obedience like they were St. John of the Cross!………
……..There is excitement and concern, from the left and right respectively, that the October 2015 “Synod on the Family” will change Church teaching on divorced and remarried receiving Holy Communion as well as those in homosexual unions being allowed to receive Holy Communion. You might imagine that I don’t participate in the excitement of “the left” that doctrine might change, but did you know that I don’t participate in the concern to “the right” either?……[I get what he’s trying to say, but I disagree with common attempts to portray faithful/traditional/orthodox Catholicism as being a phenomenon of the right. It is true that much of the Doctrine of the Faith is embraced by modern conservatives, but that Doctrine both long predates the liberal/conservative divide (something that did not exist until the late 17th century) and stands above political concerns. And certain aspects of the Faith are embraced by the left (though in totality, the right has adopted far more than the left, at least until very recently). But the main thing is this, which is the ultimate trick modernists have managed to fool people with: that Catholicism as always understood and practiced is now some weird phenomenon of “integrists” and “traditionalists,” creatures of the “right” who are simply manipulating the Faith in the same way that modernist sexular pagans do. There probably exist examples of people who do, in actuality, do this, but it is false to smear the entire remnant of Catholics with these labels. And having concerns over the Synod and/or Pope Francis is hardly something that puts a Catholic’s credibility or faithfulness in doubt. Anyway, moving on….]
……..However, a synod does not only not have the weight of infallibility, but there is precedent for error in a synod! This synod was the 18th century Synod of Pistoia where Jansenism was promoted. It’s crafty that Satan may be tempting the Church nowadays more towards presumption of God’s mercy, than the despair of God’s mercy within the Jansenism of the 18th century. He’s tricky with that pendulum swing! [There have been other problematic synods, as well. That is one reason why they fell out of fashion. There were synods in 18th century France that also embraced Jansenism to varying degrees, and synods before that which seemed to find much to like in other errors.]
I hope I’m wrong, but I predict error coming in the October 2015 Synod of the Family, followed by Divine Intervention. This is not because I’m a Savonorola prophet of doom, but on a very natural level, because of the manifest and public, shameless teaching of the Cardinals who have been recently promoted in these matters, as reported byLife Site News: [Father then lists many statements from cardinals and bishops appointed to the Synod – by Pope Francis himself – which are highly disconcerting.]
……Let me (Fr. Nix, now) be very clear that I am obedient to Rome and the Bishops, [why feel compelled to make this statement?] but no Bishop can change the words of Jesus Christ and what He said about divorce or what the Holy Spirit has said through the Apostle Paul on acting out any sexual sin (heterosexual or homosexual.) Pray hard that I’m wrong about error coming down the pipes of this October Synod, but if I’m not, just remember that a synod can not change the words of Jesus Christ. This is not a Protestant who believes in Sola Scriptura.………. [Huh? Where did that come from? Am I wrong in detecting a bit of a slight against the Society of Saint Pius X in that statement?]
I hope I’m wrong, but if I’m right and the synod disseminates error, “the right” will frenzy on how to explain the doctrinal confusion and “the left” will frenzy on how to rejoice over the doctrinal confusion.Either approach would be both unnecessary and superfluous. As I wrote above, there is precedent in history for error to be found in a synod, and no synod can change the articulated faith and morals of Holy Mother Church, especially as found in Scripture, Councils, Creeds, Patristics and Ex-Cathedral statements. A synod is none of these. [So Father seems to be saying that we should not worry ourselves over the promotion of rank error from the highest levels of the Church, under the direct supervision of the Bishop of Rome?!?! Goodness, if this is not something to get concerned over, what is? I can tell you, having read a bit of history, that there was great consternation and “frenzy” over the outcome of the Synod of Pistoia. It was a huge international controversy. Is it “frenzy” to denounce any errors that come forth from the Synod and remind souls of Catholic Truth? Is it “frenzy” to be scandalized by error emanating from the highest echelons of the Church?]
As Padre Pio said, “Pray, Hope and Don’t worry.” God will straighten it out and we’ll all be fine. Chilax, as the niños say, even if things go down bad in October.
I wish I could be as blissfully confident as Father Nix is as to the outcome of this Synod. My concern is that souls will fall away in great numbers (and not only in the fallen West, but in places where the Faith is still relatively vigorous), either through the adoption of immoral acts “pastorally” made “moral” through a Synodal sleight of hand, or through scandal and wind up in one of the sects. Pope Francis’ popularity is plummeting, especially among conservatives. More and more Catholics are becoming even further confused and scandalized. While you and I and other souls may be blessed to stay faithful, what of those who won’t? Absolutely prayer should be the bedrock of our faith, and excessive worry is unhealthful, but when the likelihood exists that errors promoted will lead to catastrophic consequences for potentially millions of souls, I’m afraid I cannot simply “chillax.” If that makes me a bad, frenzied Catholic of the right, may God have mercy on me, but I doubt that’s the case.
I get that Father is probably trying to prevent souls being scandalized out of the Faith through his advice to calmly ignore the results of the Synod, but I think he takes his prescription a bit too far, and has fallen into common traps in slapping political labels onto what, up until recent decades, was simply Catholicism.