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So am I the only one to get sucked into “The Expanse?” May 25, 2017

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Regular readers know that we haven’t got any cable or satellite, but I’m not completely dead to the culture, yet.  I still hear about things through blogs and news sites.  I heard about the SyFy network program The Expanse several months ago and quickly got sucked in.  Enough so that after I had exhausted the first season episodes available free on Amazon Prime, I waited a few months but finally cracked and bought the second season.  The show is by no means perfect, but it is very, very good.

One warning.  I guess the broadcast standards have really collapsed because the show has all kinds of cuss words in it.  It’s not really gratuitous, the situations generally call for such language, but the show features such dire situations so frequently the language does tend a bit blue.  And another warning – one unfortunate failing of the production was the inclusion of totally gratuitous sex scenes in the first episodes of both seasons.  This is such a sop to the sick and fallen culture it’s really sad to consider, because neither of these scenes is even remotely necessary for plot advancement or character development.

But aside from that there is very much right with the show.  The Expanse is set in the late 23rd century, a time when man has colonized much of the solar system, with Mars a heavily populated independent power and a huge population scattered on myriad asteroids and moons of the gas giants.  The Earth is still the greatest power in the solar system but Mars is rising and seeks to ultimately displace Earth.  There are lots of cold war-type tensions and then a radical new discovery literally changes everything.  The fight to gain control over this discovery and weaponize it for advantage drives much of the plot in the first two seasons.

The thing I like best about the show is that it is relatively realistic, as Sci-Fi goes.  It’s not quite 2001: a space odyssey, but it’s close.  They show real weightlessness, they show the effects of “high-G burns” when the interplanetary spacecraft must impose huge G-loads on the crew to do certain maneuvers, they show mostly realistic weaponry (but no anti-missile missiles is a pretty bad miss), long-range ship-to-ship, missiles, nuclear warheads, point defence guns, interplanetary guided missiles, etc.  It’s a quite fully realized universe and one that is enjoyable to watch.

The third major party in the series are the “belters,” souls who live among the asteroids and many moons colonized on the outer planets, people who have been in low-G and low-oxygen environments for so long their physiology has changed and they can no longer live on Earth.  They also have a unique language developed for the show, which to me sounds a lot like Afrikaans (and the English they speak is spoken with a South African accent).  The belters view themselves as outcasts who are preyed upon by the “inners” and violently punished whenever they “get out of line.”  This is another major story arc through the series.

The production values and CGI are top-notch.  There are some errors, like spacecraft with voluminous empty spaces serving no purpose (but they look pretty on TV) and crazily sped up transit times between, say, the rings of Saturn and the asteroid belt (which even at 5 million miles per hour – a speed the ships in the series regularly attain – could take many days or even weeks).

The acting ranges from fair to superb.  Shohreh Aghdashloo is brilliant as a leading Earth politician Chrisjen Avasarala.  I love Cas Anvar’s Martian of Indian-descent who speaks with a Texan accent, Alex Kamal.  Dominique Tipper has grown on me.  I think the dude playing James Holden is just OK.  Most of the others are serviceable but overall the acting does not bring the show down at all.

What really carries it along is the plot and the very well-realized universe.  The story is gripping and tends to draw you in.  They are dealing with end of the world solar system type scenarios quite regularly (hence, the language) but the scenarios are not utterly implausible.  Once you accept the MacGuffin that drives everything along it all flows very sensically.

If you like sci-fi it’s a definite must-see, provided you can get past the language and the two brief but gratuitous scenes in the first episodes of series 1 and 2 (fortunately you have a bit of warning for both and can easily skip past).  If you like good drama with a healthy amount of action, you’ll also probably enjoy it. If you think this culture has absolutely nothing to offer anyone and prefer a good book to anything broadcast, you’re probably wiser than I.  But sometimes my ‘ol noggin’ wants a break and this one wasn’t too bad.

Season 3 will air sometime in the first half of 2018.

Is There a PR Campaign Against Traditionalists…….. May 25, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, mortification, scandals, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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…….or is there a resurgence in stereotypical “bad Trad” behavior in parishes that offer the TLM?

Dear reader SB, who I value so much in real life as a great sounding board to bounce ideas off, since SB has been around the TLM since ’91 (two decades more than me), sent me a link to this post at Unam Sanctam Catholicam some time ago.  I had been meaning to get to it, but then a few days ago another reader, MFG, sent me links to two other similar postings (here and here).  MFG wondered if this was perhaps part of some campaign to either give TLMers a bad name or to put them in a box, the suspicion being that perhaps this effort had something to do with the looming SSPX “reconciliation.”

Now, about these posts and the posters.  Of the three, I have total respect for Unam Sanctam Catholicam and know he’s a straight shooter duly reporting what he’s been told.  I also know there is no “agenda” there save perhaps for genuine concern about the health of TLM communities and the continued availability of the ancient Mass.  We all know Father Z and you can draw your own conclusions.  As for the final link above, it’s from the progressive-modernist Commonweal and I would treat any report by them with great skepticism.

Tying all this together for me personally was two sermons given by our pastor lately basically also imploring the faithful not to be “bad trads” by making others feel bad or engaging in much, if any, fraternal correction save in obvious or dire situations.

I won’t get into any of the particular posts but I’ll just share my own experience and my take on this sudden rash of posts seeming to say very much the same thing.  But before I do that I should share a bit about me.  Perhaps you’ve noticed but I really don’t give two shakes what anybody thinks about me.  That’s not entirely true – I’m extremely concerned what my wife, children, and other family and close friends think of me – but generally I’m not out to get people’s approval.  If they like me, fine, if they think I’m an asshole, bully for you and move on along.  I’ve also got a fairly thick skin and don’t mind sharing my opinion (obviously) nor hearing those of others, especially from those I have learned through experience to respect.  I’m generally reserved in real life but if people ask my opinion or I get drawn into a conversation then I don’t mind sharing it.  Having said that, save for close friends and family directly seeking counsel, I virtually never “correct” anyone in their behavior even if I have an issue with it.  However, I’m also perfectly willing to hear correction or exhortations to do better from others and I gladly received just such an exhortation as recently as last week.  Much depends on the source and how it is conveyed, of course.

That being said, the report I take the most seriously is the one from Unam Sanctam Catholicam (USC).  As I said, I trust the source implicitly but I’ve got to say I have rarely heard or seen any evidence of the type of behavior he’s describing – the typical trads complaining because the maniple is tied wrong or the Latin pronunciation is inexact.  I’ll take USCs word for it that he heard that from certain priests but I’m a bit skeptical that the priests were really receiving hyper-critical comments with any regularity.  There could also be a phenomenon at work where a priest going out on a limb expects a lot of praise and adulation from those he’s taking a risk for – and offering the TLM in most dioceses is hardly career enhancing and often career-threatening, so I certainly understand the expectation of praise from the faithful – which might cause even occasional negative comments to be blown out of proportion.  Now really I don’t know anything about the situation or the priests involved so I really shouldn’t comment but I’ll simply state this kind of hyper-critical behavior is, in my experience, quite rare.  It’s also so stereotypical of the “bad trad” behavior that was repeated uncritically in the conservativish Catholic press for a quarter century or more that it sort of sets off alarm bells in the back of my mind.  That’s all I’ll say about that.

Moving onto the subject of the local sermons, an exhortation to be very careful when applying fraternal correction, I thought the priest might have gone a bit far in some of his examples/verbiage but the overall point was certainly fine and well-taken.  I am certain this sermon was a reaction to reports/complaints the priest has received.  Now whether those episodes of correction that led to complaints were really malicious or simply misplaced zeal – or even people trying to assuage their own consciences that they are doing right, finding strength in number or whatever – I tend to imagine it is the latter far more than the former.

I also realize not everyone is like me.  Whereas I might hear someone extolling me to lead my family more in communal prayer as a well-meaning concern for my soul and the souls of my family, some people find this kind of talk threatening or as some kind of rebuke.  Perhaps it’s just my jerky nature but when someone goes to pieces because another person extolled the virtues of homeschooling to them (assuming decent tact and decorum) and they’re not homeschooling, well, toughen up buttercup.  That’s no reason to have a 30 minute crying jag in Father’s office.  Again, much would depend on the nature of the relationship between the people involved and what exactly was said, but I’m extremely skeptical that there is much in the way of malicious put-downs or hyper-critical correction going on – at least in the limited TLM communities I’ve been exposed to.

More often than not it’s probably just someone a little bit too on fire for a certain subject that comes on a bit strong.  I don’t see that as “bad Trad” behavior at all.  It’s probably just an error of judgment or a mild personality defect.

Really though outside relatively close personal relationships or directly-sought counsel we lay people probably don’t need to be doing a great deal of direct correcting of each other.  If you see something amiss repeatedly with someone who should no better, probably the best course of action is to quietly bring it to the attention of the competent priest and let them deal with it.  In my experience, they will generally follow through (and do a better job than we would), though it may not happen instantly as we would like.  (or am I being squishy here?  Is the crisis in the Faith so dire the times demand broad sweeping intervention into other’s business?)

At the same time I also think priests and laity should not be so delicate as to get upset about perceived correction (which may be simply a misinterpreted general exhortation).  The priests related by USC, especially, I think did not have the right reasons for offering the TLM.  Certainly there is a pastoral side to making the TLM available, but the real reason for offering ANY Mass is to render worthy honor and glory to God.  The Mass is the ONLY efficacious Sacrifice that is pleasing to God.  Since the TLM is so demonstrably superior in both form and effect every priest should be eager to offer the TLM at every possible alternative, and should not get discouraged if the faithful are not as appreciative and uncritical as he would like.  That’s probably expecting too much from frail human nature but nevertheless I think priests who stop offering the TLM because the laity are not docile enough or appreciative enough for his taste is, I think, pretty weak tea.

As to whether this is an anti-TLM PR campaign I think probably not, it’s probably just coincidence, but you know the old Hardy Boy’s formula: once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, thrice is CONSPIRACY!!  I think in this internet age, however, where people are hard up for content and want to attract attention, that formula probably needs some modification.

What do you think, or what is your experience?  Is there still a problem of mean ‘ol judgy trads wagging their fingers in innocent faces and driving people away from the TLM?  The way our local parish is growing, I’d have to say their failing if their intent is to keep people away.  Is there a problem with maybe a bit too zealous, perhaps a bit brittle and damaged trads getting too much into other’s business?  I still think my answer would be generally no (SB says she used to see this as a big problem, but not so much anymore).

Or perhaps are Trads and Trad priests maybe so set in their ways and so sure of being right they can’t take correction even when it’s well placed and deserved?

Gavin McInnes’ Twenty Reasons Why School, uh……Stinks May 24, 2017

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He uses a harder word, and this is McInnes, so you are forewarned that foul language will be profuse throughout this video, but he’s a recent Catholic convert – probably still trapped (unknowingly) in a standard banal Novus Ordo parish.  So maybe cut him some slack on the language and pray for his growth in virtue.

At the same time, he’s very entertaining, and unabashed critic of modern culture and especially the sexular pagan left, and he makes some great points in the video below critiquing the modern educational system in the West, and particularly in the United States.  Right off the bat in reason 2 of his twenty against the leftist domination in the vast majority of schools and colleges, public or private, he notes the intentional (and always leftist) politicization that is a fundamental part of the educational establishment.

Public schools have rarely in this country, or at least not since the nationalization of schools with the Department of Education, been about truly educating youths to think, to ground them in the classics, to give them a framework to learn throughout their life.  Even before the Department of Ed, many schools were too influenced by the Prussian model and too dedicated to turning out good factory workers, good obedient subjects of the government, etc.

But in the past few decades the Left has come to completely penetrate and dominate the educational establishment at all levels, often chucking even the pretense of education as the primary goal and instead making clear that what they seek to instill in the children parents hand over to their ministrations is a thoroughgoing Leftist ideology that the kids will be possessed with for life.  In the rising “millennial” generation, there plan seems to be coming to fruition, as this generation is by far the most propagandized and politicized – in an unthinking, uncritical way – we’ve seen at least since the 60s, and quite possibly ever:

However, I think there is some good news on this front.  While social media is often poison for forming a thinking, conscious mind, there are exceptions. When I’m working in the  yard or garage on the weekends, I listen to a lot of Youtube videos, and one of the fastest growing genres I’ve seen  (heard) of late is the 20-something millennial getting “red pilled” by watching videos from conservative/libertarian content producers.  At the very least, they are questioning the indoctrination they’ve received, and some are openly switching sides.

There aren’t nearly enough of these, of course, but the content produced by the likes of McInnes, Jordan Peterson, Black Pigeon Speaks, Sargon of Akkad, Jeffrey Rubin, Rebel Media, and many, many others does seem to be having some kind of positive impact.  No none of these people are explicitly Catholic or understand (and convey) the concept of leading a virtuous life in a Catholic sense, but many are on the right track and some, like McInnes, are even converting – pray God they don’t get scandalized out of the Faith by what they find, as many do (which was a point I missed from Matt’s video I posted  yesterday, a protestant who wants to convert but is being scandalized by Francis into possibly ignoring this call from God – this is an unspeakable tragedy and something for which I fear God’s judgment will be quite harsh).

Well, as if you  needed twenty more reasons to do all you possibly can to homeschool your kid(s) or send ’em to a rare good Christian private school, or an even rarer public school (perhaps way out in the country somewhere) where the insanity has not sunk in too deep.  But I really cannot emphasize the benefits of homeschooling enough, not only for the kids but for the parents as well.  Not that it’s a panacea, but it’s the best overall alternative we have now.

But mostly I just found the video fun, like almost all of Gavin’s are.

Francis at Fatima: “I am the bishop in white” May 23, 2017

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Well, I guess that’s settled now:

Lots of good stuff from Matt, including expressions of grave doubt against the growing drumbeat towards war with Syria – yet another Mideast country where the US apparently has a grave national interest in seeing the ancient Catholic communities wiped out.

I must also agree with Matt that the very watered-down canonization process that has been implemented in the past 35 years – because the most substantial changes happened well after the Council and were in fact put in place by Pope Saint John Paul II (who wound up, in a certain sense, being a beneficiary of the changes, at least as far as his public cultus goes) – has helped contribute to a “meh, whatever” sense regarding the many canonizations to which we are now exposed.  The dilution of the requirement for miracles from 3 to 1 (or none?), the deletion of the role of the devil’s advocate – these things have I think helped trivialize the process and decrease the general affection souls have towards the Church Triumphant in Heaven.

 

Francis also expresses what must be assumed to be disbelief of several recent – and Church-approved – Marian apparitions, accosting those who believe that Mary’s intercession stays her Son’s wrathful arm as basically an invention of the mind of  some of the faithful.  Mary referred to staying her Son’s arm not only at La Sallete but also Akita.  Apparently Francis takes a dim view of those revelations.  As for imposing one’s own beliefs on the Church – project much, Francis?

There is much more, it’s well worth watching.  The video does close with some good news that the school principal who insulted, cussed at, and threatened some home schooled evangelical kids who were witnessing against abortion outside the public school he serves at has been suspended.  Whether that is with or without pay is not stated.  If it were a Catholic cussing out and threatening some little pagans arguing in favor of abortion, does anyone doubt he would have been fired on the spot?  But that’s what the Left wants, the full measure of the law or social rules (rules they invent) for you, but special kid glove treatment for themselves.  Of course they deserve that, because every leftist knows, they are just better than everyone else.

If this double standard continues, it will be the end of this country.  People will not stand to be treated as second class citizens.  Or will they?  For now, I think, a majority answers no, as the election of Trump, I think, proves.  I think these kinds of social-interaction issues played a huge role in Trump’s election.

Dr. Jordan Peterson Destroys SJW Arguments on Sex/Gender in Canadian Senate Hearing…… May 23, 2017

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……..proving, in the process, the efficacy, even the desirability, of so-called “gay conversion” therapy, using the SJW’s own arguments to make his point.  The hearing is long but well worth listening to in its entirety.  The portion that is the subject of this post, however, begins at 54:38 and starts with a long-winded and patronizing question from a French-Canadian senator, which Peterson obliterates effortlessly (57:45).  If gender is changing and contextual and can be altered on a whim, then what on earth is wrong with the Christian-based psychological treatment of those with an inclination towards sodomy to avoid such behaviors – so-called gay conversion therapy – that leftists have been busy declaring illegal through legislation wherever they hold sway over the past few years?

In reality, Peterson should have dropped the mic and walked away right after just obliterating the left’s always so-self-satisfied claims.

He had several moments where he just shredded the “trap” questions the leftist pols tried to put to him.  They were reduced, towards the end (but before the clip above) to making insinuated threats against his tenured faculty position at University of Toronto.  So shameful was this the committee chair interrupted the questioner and they were partially expunged from the video, and the chair is a hardcore lib.

At any rate, Peterson is a religious modernist but he started out an atheist/agnostic and may be walking his way (back?) to God through the studies and argumentation he’s engaged in.  Nevertheless, on a great many pressing moral questions of the day, and especially the Left’s constant arrogation to itself of the moral high ground, there is no one going into these nests of academic and political vipers and just crushing them, over and over again, than this guy.  So hats off to him for that.

And this is some great work – what Peterson showed, in one of those brilliant 2 second questions that just eviscerate the other side, is that the Left has nothing in its bag but appeal to authority – we get the pseudo-academics in the humanities and the co-opted social sciences, the media, and then the pols of the “right” party to say that a thing is, no matter how ridiculous, and you will go along with it.  Showing that the emperor has no clothes, that the visions of gender/sexual identity being pushed by the Left today are as fantastical and unscientific as they are destructive of both individual souls and society at large, in such a direct and irrefutable way – this is very powerful.

Also extremely effective is pointing out the manifest contradictions between present leftist sexular pagan orthodoxy and reality- “gays” are born that way but gender is fleeting, ephemeral, and can change on a whim.  Women giving their sacred virtue away for a tawdry meaningless hook up is “empowering” but women are such victims lacking agency they can decide it’s “rape” 3 years later and ruin a guy’s life.  Getting an abortion is the ultimate fulfillment of a woman’s nature, rather than being a betrayal of everything a woman should be.  Carbon emissions are destroying the planet but the climate change zealots live as if they have no impact at all.  I could go on and on.

Very few people of note have had the will, the intestinal fortitude, the cajones, to stand up to the neo-Victorian shaming tactics of the sexular pagan left.  Peterson is one that has not only endured numerous such attacks, but he has taken the fight right into the enemy’s strongholds.  In doing so, he has garnered a huge following and has garnered sympathy from millions.  There is actually some danger here because too many people are unable to separate the good from the bad with him, and develop a sort of messianic attitude regarding not just Peterson but many other countercultural thought-leaders in the emerging anti-Left reaction, but that, I think, is not a significant problem for this particular audience.

Actually this brings up an important point, and that is the huge innate bias a huge proportion of people, especially young online-denizen types, have against religion and religious-based arguments.  This would actually be a good post on its own so I think I’ll just touch on it for now, but Peterson isn’t saying anything particularly new, but because he’s seen as a scientist and part of the “rational thinking community,” and not a weirdo Bible-thumping Christian with bad hair and a worse fake southern accent, he is automatically imbued with prestige, authority, and granted deference whereas a Catholic making the same statements would in many people be viewed with suspicion, doubt, and even outright hostility.  That’s actually an interesting sociological phenomenon and I think points up the Church’s utter failure of catechesis over the past 50 years, since many of these people turning to the likes of Peterson for direction in life (and people are literally doing this, using his “self-authoring program” to improve their lives) are probably former Catholics or even CINOs who assist at Mass perhaps once a year or so but never get anything out of it.

But yeah that would take a long time to flesh out so I’ll just leave it at that.

Trump Greatly Expands Federal Limits on “Mexico City Policy” Pro-Abort Spending May 16, 2017

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Some small good news. The “Mexico City policy” enacted by Ronald Reagan in 1984 has been a tit for tat kind of thing that varies depending on which party holds the White House. It notionally bans any spending in international aid programs (is it just to still have such things, given the state of this country?) administered by the US Department of State and USAID, and is generally implemented or rescinded every time the presidency changes from (R) to (D).

This teeter-totter policy has otherwise remained stable for decades, at least until Donald J. Trump significantly expanded the bounds of the programs from which funds may not be directed to pro-abort activities (nominally, as CRS has shown, there are lots of ways to get around rules such as these):

President Trump on Monday expanded the Mexico City Policy that bans funding for abortions outside U.S. borders to include a broader range of international aid programs.

The policy applies to approximately $8.8 billion in funds appropriated to the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Defense. Under previous administrations, the ban was applied on a more limited basis to $60 million in foreign aid programming. [So the previous ban was almost entirely symbolic, as $60 million represents a trifle compared to overall foreign aid spending.  Trump increased it by nearly 15000%!  That’s a massive increase.]

The “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” policy widens the scope of the Mexico City Policy to block a broader range of foreign aid to non-governmental organizations that promote or support abortion and also mention of abortion in connection with family planning.

“The United States remains deeply committed to supporting health programs around the world. Foreign NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] that agree not to perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning will remain eligible to receive global health assistance through the standard U.S. Government processes that govern the award of federal funds,” the White House announced in a press release.

In January, President Trump reinstituted the Mexico City Policy, established by President Reagan in 1984, to halt funding for any group providing or promoting abortions, The policy, which was rescinded by President Obama in 2009, stipulates that “U.S. taxpayer money should not be used to support foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”………

………Steve Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, earlier this year told LifeSiteNews that by expanding the Mexico City Policy to include all international “health assistance” programs it becomes easier to stop funding of international groups pushing abortion and sterilization, and that the Trump policy will save more lives than past Mexico City Policies.

Now, if we can only get many more souls, even good pro-life souls, to start to recognize the inescapable link between abortion, and it’s primary cause – contraception use.  Until we get rid of mass contraceptive use, probably by making it illegal, we’ll never be rid of abortion, whether legal or illegal (though making abortion illegal even without bans on contraception would probably cut the number of abortions performed by 50-80% more or less instantly).  This broadening of the Mexico City policy is a welcome improvement, but it’s a very limited step in the overall satanic war against unborn souls.  Infinitely more needs to be done.

De-funding Planned Barrenhood would be a good place to start.

 

The Ultimate Homeschooling Sales Video May 16, 2017

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I know this video from Michael Matt came out about a week and a half ago, but perhaps some haven’t seen it.  The opening segment in particular makes a good a advertisement for homeschooling as I can imagine – or, at least, an advertisement against the vast majority of public and private schools.

As you can see (and you are warned that the content, featuring a school principal shouting profanities and insults at children because they are pro-life, is definitely not family fare), the inmates have taken over the asylum.  Not that we didn’t already have ample evidence of that going back decades, but if anyone is wavering in their commitment to homeschooling, if anyone is unsure whether they want to go to the great effort of teaching their own kids, this video is something that should be watched.  Yes, this is something of an extreme example.  No, not every school has creatures like this.  But the vast majority of them do, and while those may not be as unhinged and confrontational as the man in the video below (who makes the connection between hatred of God, sins of the flesh, and hatred for one’s fellow man quite clear), they may be all the more pernicious and destructive for being more subtle in their approach.  The hard left has taken over the schools in every part of the country, and while many good individual teachers remain and some school districts have maintained some semblance of sanity, more and more, this is the norm, as is indoctrination, subtle and gross, into the Christ-hating philosophy of sexular pagan leftism:

That’s not to say that everyone is able to homeschool, or that it’s a cure all for dangers in raising children.  It’s not.  But I will reiterate what the formal parochial vicar at Mater Dei said repeatedly:  there is a hierarchy in the preference of children’s education, and it goes like this:

  1. Homeschooling
  2. Solidly devout non-Catholic parochial schools, typically evangelical protestant
  3. Public schools
  4. Catholic schools

This is by and large, big picture, broad sweeps analysis, but he had extensive argumentation to back this up, and I agree with his conclusions.  There are exceedingly rare exceptions to the above, especially regarding Catholic schools.  There are perhaps 2 or 3 in this diocese that I would rate as not posing a positive danger to children’s faith.  Public schools are charnel houses but knowing that it is possible to inoculate kids against danger, as it is possible to inoculate them against the errors pushed by protestants in their schools.  Catholic schools come out worst because decades of experience (and noted advice from such spiritual leaders as Archbishop Fulton Sheen) have shown kids from Catholic schools have the worst outcomes with regard to the Faith than any other option.  There seems to be something insidiously pernicious in being taught heinous errors from a supposedly trusted authority figure in an official Church-setting.

As I noted, there are exceptions, not everyone can homeschool, some are in particularly difficult financial or other situations that preclude it, nothing is perfect, etc., etc.  If you are not able to homeschool I’m sure you’ll do the next best thing and are doing your utmost within your means.  But I think I would be remiss in not exhorting those with young children who are contemplating schooling options not to very prayerfully, honestly search their souls as to whether homeschooling is possible for them.

I know the vast majority of trads already homeschool or are very favorable to it, but some folks still find the concept alien or intimidating.  It’s not as hard as you think, and there are myriad resources out there that help you out.  Even more, there are countless options for homeschooling, including solidly Catholic courseware and instruction from online sources like Seton or Regina Caeli Academy, which take most of the burden of instruction off mom or dad (but do carry a fairly substantial cost).  That’s not to say homeschooling is ever easy, but loads of people not inordinately blessed with intelligence, motivation, and education have done it and done it well.

But, like most things in life, this challenge of raising happy faithful Catholic children into Catholic adults can be done more than one way.  I happen to think homeschooling by far the best, but it is not necessarily the only way.  I had to put that caveat in so I don’t get lumped in with the mean ‘ol judgy McJudge Judge trad crowd*.

There’s a lot more in Matt’s video concerning the collapse of Christian civilization and the Church’s role in bringing that about through her own process of self-demolition, so watch the whole thing if you haven’t already.

*- a bit of an inside joke for locals who heard the same sermon I did a week or two ago.  The basic point was well taken, laity can go to excess easily in correcting/demanding certain standards of others.  But there’s a world of difference between advocating for a recommended course of action or practice, and condemning those who follow a different course.  Sometimes in a world of easily bruised feelings that distinction can be lost.  But people can also turn their preferences into totems and demand others do the same, perhaps to make them more assured of their own choices.  This is a difficult distinction and where to draw the line is very much a matter of prudence, not hard and fast rules.

Anyway, I’m obviously a hard-hearted jerk, this is how we treat bad babies at our house:

That’s right, puppy/baby jail.  That’s what happens when you’re not potty trained.  You both stay in there until you learn!  Nothing but dog food and water for the both of you!

The Destructiveness of Female Promiscuity – The Message is Finally Getting Out May 15, 2017

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Great to see from a secular source, Lauren Southern’s video below strongly endorses what I have argued numerous times on this blog: that women, by their God-given nature, are uniquely (and deleteriously) affected by sexual promiscuity, and the wounds so received by this behavior are so severe as to render them virtually unsuitable for stable marriage.  There is extensive scientific data to support this claim, though it never breaks through to the mainstream propaganda press.  The video is very worth a watch, though, by its nature, it is not at all suitable for children or those with sensitive consciences/strong temptations against purity:

I really like how Southern notes the major impetus behind all this “tolerance” and virtue signalling – good feelings on the part of those involved.  It feels better to tell people pretty lies than to tell them the painful truth, no matter how destructive those lies may be (and in this case, they seem, collectively, to be poised to destroy the greatest civilization to ever grace the Earth).

On a deep psychological level, sexual intimacy affects women in ways far different from men.  The divorce rate for women with 3 lifetime sexual partners is about 30 times that of women with only one.

Women with ten or more lifetime sexual partners are, statistically speaking, practically certain to get divorced.  They have become unsuitable for marriage, absent a miracle of grace.

Women with numerous partners are far more prone to severe psychological problems and highly negative life outcomes like addiction, self-injury, serious mental problems, and even suicide.  This has naught to do with any “learned social roles” or some kind of hidden bias – it appears to be related to core elements of female personae and constant across societies.

This is why I’ve said in the past that the modern amoral sexual pagan culture is literally driving women, especially young women leading a tortured existence on the present-day hookup-culture college campus, insane.  The young men are also being driven insane, but in different ways, ways that may or may not be easier to recover from.

At any rate, it is very refreshing to see another young woman acknowledge this fact, and implore others not to fall into the cultural trap of selling their most cherished possession, God’s gift of innocence/purity, at fire sale prices.

Put another way, perhaps all those stringent standards that have existed in so many successful/moral cultures across time and location going back millennia were not accidental, not the result of a cruel patriarchy, but are in fact a manifestation of God’s Law.  In fact there is no perhaps about it, that is exactly the case but we humans love to have to learn things the hardest, most painful way possible.

Dallas Diocese Opposes Texas “Anti-Sanctuary” Law……. May 15, 2017

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……..apparently endorsing lawlessness and law-breaking on the part of municipalities and others. Or, probably more accurately, but even more pernicious, a double standard when it comes to the law: the leftist coalition that provides (bribes) the Church to the tune of about $100 million per year for ostensible services for immigrants, legal and otherwise gets special rights and privileges, while others get the full force of the law.

At any rate, I was very sad to see one local priest I have always thought highly of strongly endorsing this diocesan effort to oppose a very fair and common-sense law.  I should also add that the Diocese of Dallas has stepped up its efforts in support of illegal immigration of late, lending support for a recent mass march in downtown Dallas in favor of immigrants rights (that only drew 3000 people, far, far less than the 100,000 predicted by its organizers):

Their message was direct: Break silence, speak out.

Their target: The impact of a new law that expands local law enforcement power over immigration matters and is billed as “anti-sanctuary.”

Senate Bill 4 was signed into law on Sunday by Gov. Greg Abbott and goes into effect Sept. 1.

“This law does not make Texas more safe,” said the Rev. Rudy Garcia, the Catholic rector at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. “In fact, it makes all of us less safe as it discourages people from reporting crime and wrongdoing to local authorities, who now have to act like ICE agents.” [No, it is intended to avoid things like the recent case in Boston, where a legal immigrant green card holder was deliberately given a 364 day sentence by liberal prosecutors there, because green card holders who serve more than 1 year in prison can be deported.  That is, can be, not automatically or always are.  This was the prison term given for TWO armed robberies.  The same man turned around and murdered two people not long after getting out of jail.  They were unavailable for comment on the Diocese’s reflexive immigration endorsement.]

Garcia quoted from another pastor at a news conference Thursday at the Latino Center for Leadership Development in downtown Dallas, attended by more than a dozen clergy members, lawyers and social activists justice warriors.

It was the now-deceased Martin Niemoller who was an outspoken foe of Adolf Hitler. The lines attributed to him begin: “First, they went after the socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.” [Got that, Trumpistas? You’re all fascists, just like Adolf Hitler.]

………In a tearful exchange at the news conference, Dinorah Sierra introduced herself as an immigrant mother who was “indocumentada,” without legal immigration status. [She is here illegally.  She has broken federal laws, laws that are far more strict and far more rigorously enforced in Mexico and most lands from which the vast majority of illegals hail.  She is demanding, in reality, special rights and privileges for herself at the expense of those native born.]   She said she didn’t want to leave her home to attend the event. “But it gives me strength to see so many organizations united fighting for our rights,” Sierra said.

“Many of the buildings downtown have been made by Hispanic hands,” she said with her voice trembling.  ”The vegetables have been picked from the dirt by Hispanic hands, even though they don’t want us.” [Note the clever switch, from the issue of immigration to the issue of race.  The not-so-subtle implication is that if you oppose measures to curb illegal immigration and deport those here, you only do so from a standpoint of racism.  This entire press conference appears to have been conducted deplorably, relying on character assassination and reflexive appeals to emotion rather than logic or even rational analysis on the level of virtue.  I imagine that is because there is so little rational argument on the pro-illegal immigration side.]

About that, continued mass immigration, especially illegal but also legal, can often be, and in the case of the US I think manifestly is, unjust to the poorest of US citizens because this mass immigration artificially depresses wages, especially among the poorest and least skilled.  The Church is in this case helping keep wages depressed and tens of millions of US citizens out of work.

Throughout Catholic moral theology, it is an established precept that one’s duty in virtue applies first to those closest, and then radiating in a sort of concentric circles to expanding groups of people from the neighborhood, perhaps then to the parish, then to the city, the state, the region, the country, etc.

Thus Catholics have a higher moral duty to their fellow citizens than they do to those of other nations.

But for what to many appear to be selfish reasons, the Church has chosen to subordinate the rights of those who have a higher moral claim to those who have a much lower one.  So much lower, in fact, that on the matters involved – citizenship, access to social services, access to jobs, etc – it is quite arguable that citizens of those other countries have almost no claim at all, at least not when those claims put them in direct competition with natives of this country.

And I have left out entirely two enormously important factors that almost never get mentioned: the destruction of the family that frequently occurs with illegal immigration, with spouses and children often abandoned in the native land and bigamous marriages conducted here (and entirely as a matter of choice), and the fact that from the Church’s perspective, nearly half of this flood of Hispanic immigrants will leave the Church for the sects within 20 years, and an even larger proportion of their children will do the same, whereas the percentage of Catholics in Mexico (from which a huge majority proportion of the illegal immigrants come) has been relatively stable over the past 20 years, which means support for illegal immigration is support for a clear and present danger to the Faith, and, hence, the eternal destination of millions of souls.

Of course, the super with-it “church of accompaniment” established in 1965 cares little for such minutiae.  As I was told over and over again in San Antonio last week, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and concepts like hell and purgatory are just hoary old obsolete ideas that have no place in the new church, with a new pentecost, established in the sainted Sixties.

Upcoming Processions for the Anniversary Year of Fatima May 15, 2017

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I really really meant to get this post out last week, but due to the death in the family and travel, I was unable to do so.

Because of that, the first of 6 Marian processions to be held at Mater Dei parish in Irving on the 13th of the month from May to October has already passed.  Sorry about that.  The turnout was great.  I’d say close to 300 people.  While certainly intended for regular parishioners, everyone is welcome to attend these processions and, of course, to avail themselves of the Sacraments at Mater Dei at any time.

The details for the remainder are below:

Yes it is also important to note that the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue will be at Mater Dei on June 22nd, as shown above.

The other announcement concerns a diocesan Eucharistic Procession for Corpus Christi being held June 17:

Yes I know the Feast of Corpus Christi is June 15.  I did not schedule the event.

FYI, there is a Mass before the procession at 5:00 pm at Most Holy Trinity parish on Oak Lawn but given that parish’s reputation…….well, you are forewarned.  I have had recent experience of Novus Ordo Masses due to the death in the family and all I can say is that it was a travesty.  Instant canonization.  I stood up and addressed the 200 odd souls present, imploring them to pray for the deceased (not at Mass, at the non-standard Rosary and wake the night before).  Several thanked me for that afterward.

The priest refused to distribute the Blessed Sacrament, so I did not receive.  So typical of San Antonio, the choir director and some lay liturgical coordinator (both female) – I have no idea what their formal role or title is- just dominated events, with the priest sitting back as a dude who steps in to just sort of confect the Sacrament and then get out of the way.  He did give a sermon, but it was far more entirely to assuage the feelings of the bereaved, with nothing about praying for the deceased.  The entire ethos conveyed seemed to be that this life is the only source of our trials and sufferings, and that essentially everyone (except actual Catholics, mean and nasty as they are, believing all those harsh old things) goes to Heaven instantly upon death, where its sunshine and lollipops forever.

I could say a great deal more but won’t.  And this was one of the, reputedly, less heterodox parishes in SA.