Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, demographics, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
Hmmm…….the most fervent, most convicted Christians practice love, mercy, and great concern for their fellow man. The most fervent, most convicted muslims almost universally practice murder, domination, and cruelty to an unbelievable extreme.
Anyone see the difference?*
It seems ISIS has buried thousands of bodies in mass graves throughout the territory it has conquered, and even brags about this fact in various media:
Between them, the two scenes of horror on Sinjar mountain contain six burial sites and the bodies of more than 100 people, just a small fraction of the mass graves Islamic State extremists have scattered across Iraq and Syria.
In exclusive interviews, photos and research, The Associated Press has documented and mapped 72 of the mass graves, the most comprehensive survey so far, with many more expected to be uncovered as the Islamic State group’s territory shrinks. In Syria, AP has obtained locations for 17 mass graves, including one with the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe all but exterminated when IS extremists took over their region. For at least 16 of the Iraqi graves, most in territory too dangerous to excavate, officials do not even guess the number of dead. In others, the estimates are based on memories of traumatized survivors, Islamic State propaganda and what can be gleaned from a cursory look at the earth.
Still, even the known numbers of victims buried are staggering — from 5,200 to more than 15,000. [With thousands, probably tens of thousands, waiting to be found as ISIS is forced to retreat]
Sinjar mountain is dotted with mass graves, some in territory clawed back from IS after the group’s onslaught against the Yazidi minority in August 2014; others in the deadly no man’s land that has yet to be secured.
They aren’t just killing non-muslims. They even kill those they feel are not sufficiently pure muslims, like Shiites. The article at the link speaks of whole ravines and sinkholes filled with bodies. But Christians definitely earn a special ire from ISIS and other allied groups.
We are told that this is not true islam. But if it is not, where is the mass outrage? Where are the riots in the streets of Cairo or Karachi, like there are every time some Westerner draws a cartoon of Mohammad or says something critical of islam? That’s the most damning indictment that ISIS is not somehow counter to the beliefs of many muslims. While the “silent majority” of muslims may perhaps think ISIS goes too far, they certainly aren’t moved to oppose ISIS in any concrete way. And far, far too many muslims are quite happy to be governed by sharia, which ISIS claims to be implementing in its fullest, purest form. Heck, a majority of muslims in Britain AND Canada today claim to desire to live under sharia. Even more chilling, so do a majority of American muslims.
As we’ve seen around the world, it’s a short walk from sharia to ISIS. Saudi Arabia may not have mass graves, but they do have plentiful genital mutilation, repression of women, and a hideous intolerance of all non-sunni islamic beliefs. American servicemen cannot even wear a crucifix in public off base.
All the political and social elites who continue to tell us that islam is the “religious of peace” accomplish is the destruction of their own credibility, as if they had any. That applies doubly for those in the Church who repeat this exhausted, discredited mantra.
For Christians, however, the space between the unstoppable force of leftism and the immovable object of islam continues to shrink, and shrink, and shrink. And yet, it is Christianity alone – Catholic Christianity – that can provide a sufficient bulwark against islam. Mamby pamby secular left-leaning hedonism will fold up under the pressure of islam like a cheap green tent in a windstorm.
*- Yes, nominal Christians have certainly committed many atrocities in the past, but rarely if ever on the basis of the Christian Faith itself. Serbs murdering muslims in Bosnia 20 years ago were motivated primarily by nationalism, not religion. But ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, etc., all murder based specifically on the practice of their faith, as a representation of their piety and fervor. AND, more importantly, they can find numerous supports for their behavior in their false holy book (Koran) and their false tradition (haddith). In fact, since islam has always understood that which comes later in the Koran to supersede that which came earlier, the fact that most of the really bloody-minded verses, or “suras” of the Koran come later in the book means they have greater import, and supersede the more beneficent verses from the early parts.
Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, Victory.
Target Stores recently announced some of the worst financial performance the chain has seen in some time, with sales falling 7.2% in the second quarter of 2016, the period covered by Target’s disastrous decision to allow men into women’s restrooms and changing rooms. This decision prompted a backlash and boycott now endorsed by 1.4 million former Target shoppers. The firm is instituting a first of its kind (for the store) one day storewide sale to try to lure shoppers back:
Target is launching a first-of-its-kind one-day sale to try and boost back-to-school shopper traffic amid a boycott over its bathroom policy. The retailer is offering a 10% discount on everything in its stores and online on Sunday. Target is calling the event #TargetRunDay.
It marks the first time Target has ever offered a 10% discount both in stores and on its website. The sale comes after Target last week reported its first quarterly traffic decline in more than two years.
This is what happens when you blindly hop on the social-justice bandwagon without consulting your customers, understanding their mores, or giving a damn about what they think. Serves Target right. Drive by any Target store since the “transgender” policy went into effect and witness an ocean of empty spaces in their parking lots. [Meh. I rarely ever shopped there anyway. More and more, I trade on Amazon, which has its own problems, but puts the shipping on them]
Target’s same-store transactions, which is how traffic is measured, fell 2.2% in the second quarter. Overall, sales fell 7.2% to $16.2 billion. “In the second quarter, our No. 1 challenge was traffic, which affected sales in all of our merchandise categories,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said last week on a call with analysts. [Traffic means how many people are entering the stores, which is down sharply. Other stores report having same levels of traffic but that traffic spending less per visit. This seems to indicate the boycott may be having an impact]
Shopper traffic is falling amid a boycott over Target’s new policy, announced earlier this year, that welcomes customers to use any bathroom or fitting room that matches their gender identity. The announcement triggered an immediate backlash. Critics said the policy opened the door for sexual predators to victimize women and children inside the retailer’s bathrooms, [Which has already been documented occurring a number of times] and more than 1.4 million people signed a pledge to stop shopping at Target unless it reversed the policy.
Fearless prediction: Target CEO Brian Cornell, who made this decision to virtue signal to his elitist peers, will be fired within a year or so, and the policy will be quietly reverse. It seems Target is already trying to make some accommodation for those righteously indignant at finding their daughters and wives exposed to pervs, spending $20 million on single-stall bathrooms:
Target (TGT) CFO Cathy Smith said Wednesday that the company has heard objections to the transgender bathroom policy from some customers, though she said other customers had voiced support. In response, Target has decided to expand its use of a third, single-toilet bathroom at all of its stores, which can be locked by users.
That bathroom can be used by any customer who needs some privacy, including parents with small children of a different gender or those who are uncomfortable with a public bathroom in which a transgender person is allowed.
But the problem with dressing rooms, and the entire notion of “transgender” restrooms, remains. For instance, what if the one, single-use facility is already in use?
Target is trying to maintain a brave pretense that the boycott is having no impact, but even the mainstream media seems dubious about that. In the end, they’ll try to arrive at some face-saving compromise, but the CEO will almost certainly be out.
So, perhaps boycotts do work every once in a while.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, demographics, fun, history, non squitur, silliness, Society, technology.
This post is more for the locals. In the summer of 1991, my parents and I moved from central Plano, near US75, to what was then far west/northwest Plano. This was well before Dallas North Tollway had been expanded north of Keller Springs Rd. It was just a two lane blacktop.
There was our brand-new subdivision, and nothing else for miles. You could see the brand-new EDS headquarters about 3 miles north, but that was it. It was prairie and cows. There was a large ranch just to the east (still there, soon to become a large nature preserve). A lot of wildflowers. Our house was the fifth to be built in this new subdivision and the 2nd to be occupied. Literally across the street would be some black angus grazing. For a couple of years, it felt like country living.
It’s been almost completely built up around there for years, now. Which just goes to show how fast the Dallas area continues to grow.
For a little more historical evidence of that, some photos from DFWFreeways.com, showing the old and the new.
Back in the mid-50s, Dallas pretty much stopped at Northwest Highway. Even much of the land along Northwest Highway was quite country. Lovers Lane was still used as its name suggests, at least the eastern part was. The photo below shows the newly completed Central Expressway looking north from Walnut Hill towards Northwest Highway. There was a Ford Tractor dealership just out of frame to the lower left. As you can tell, this area was still completely undeveloped. Within 10 years, however, it would be almost completely built up, making room for hundreds of thousands of new residents:
US75/Central Expressway looking north at the Northwest Highway interchange. Nice traffic level!
Northwest Highway and US75/Central Expressway as it appeared 11 years ago, in 2005 (looking from the opposite direction as the first photo above, but covering the same stretch of road). 50 years makes quite a difference. That is the world’s first mall, Northpark, at right. It is still one of the most successful malls in the world:
Incomplete Central Expressway in tiny, sleepy Plano in 1955. The town population was about 2000 but was poised for explosive growth. By 1970 the population was 17,000, and 1980, 72,000.
Perhaps the most amazing comparo of all, Preston Road at Valley View, which would become LBJ freeway, in 1958. The more modern scene is shown below:
Man there was just whole bunch of nothin’ out there in 1959! Looks like Phillipsburg.
By 1970, however, Dallas had expanded to fill in virtually all of the northern territory up to LBJ freeway. Richardson was almost built out, and Plano was starting the growth that would make it the fastest growing city in the US in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. It, too, in turn has become built out. And the slow process of decay begins.
Irving had enjoyed that explosive growth in the 50s and 60s. A little closer to home for me today, a then 2 lane SH183 at Britain Rd in Irving in 1954:
Lots of interesting stuff on this site. It’s one reason you haven’t had much from me today. It’s worth checking out.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, disaster, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church, true leadership.
Some blogs I don’t get to read often enough. St. Corbinian’s Bear is definitely one of those. I have read a few posts in recent weeks, and meant to rip off some of his stuff, but never got around to it. That is, until today. I knew Bear had always been very concerned about Francis’ pontificate, but I thought he sort of followed the Voris line for a while of not overtly criticizing the Bishop of Rome. That apparently has gone out the window, because the Bear rips Francis limb from limb in his most recent post (and not for the first time, I might add).
But I don’t excerpt heavily below simply for that fact, I think the Bear reaches conclusions that are very important and worth sharing. In short: we can and must remain Catholic in spite of all the antics in Rome, and it might serve many of us well to simply stop being concerned with following papal novelties/atrocities from one day to the next (my emphasis and comments):
Exhibit A: the latest Pope-on-a-Plane game. The elderly and ridiculous gentleman from Argentina will not condemn Islamic terrorism. Instead, he points out “fundamentalists” who “believe in absolute truth,” who inhabit both Islam and Catholicism.
In other words, if you are an orthodox Catholic, you are a fundamentalist and therefore a potential terrorist. Terrorism is not an Islamic problem, but a fundamentalist problem all religions are subject to. (No doubt this is why when we hear of a terrorist attack, we immediately think of radical Christians.)
Thus spoke the greatest traitor to the West now living, Jorge Bergoglio. The most despicable quisling, and cuck-in-chief of the throw Western Civilization overboard, mutiny so more victims of a failed and violent religion can fit on the Barque of Peter, now on a course for the fabled One World Religion. Captain Queeg was a regular Admiral Nelson compared to this guy. [That’s pretty strong, but, while some of the points are perhaps arguable in detail, I don’t think they are flat out wrong, or the inverse of the truth, so to speak. I, for one, do think Francis believes in a nebulous religion of man where traditional doctrine has very little importance, good works are effectively superfluous, but having the right intentions and adhering to the right talking points (largely, the piety of the transglobal elite) is paramount]
Being a practical Bear, not inhibited by superstitious dread of being struck by lighting for speaking the truth, he says “screw that.”……..
……..He especially hates Catholics who actually believe in all that crap, i.e. believe they possess the absolute truth. Pope Francis calls faithful Catholics “fundamentalists,” and puts them on a level with Muslim terrorists. See how easily the man lies? How can we trust anything a liar says? [Is it a lie if he believes it to be the truth? But that would be far more condemning than if he simply lied, because it means he cannot SEE the truth]
Yes. I believe the Catholic Church holds the absolute truth. If I did not, I would not – could not – be a Catholic. [Dang right. I went through an enormous amount of self-inflicted pain trying to run from the truth. But I know I have found it in the Church of Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I know it is in the Church of the Fathers and Dogma of the Faith. Anything contrary to that is false]
If that makes me a terrorist, well, then I’m a Bearrorist. As for Jorge Bergoglio, he obviously doesn’t believe in all that crap anymore. How can a man who says Catholics who actually believe the Church has the absolute truth are potential terrorists be Catholic? How can a man who apparently believes the Church holds only a partial and provisional truth that must be supplemented by non-Christian religions, be Pope?
Buh bye, Jorge Bergoglio. I don’t know what you are, but I know what you aren’t.Jorge Bergoglio has found the crack from which the smoke of Satan entered the Church and sits over it, breathing deeply of the fumes, like the Oracle at Delphi, so he can walk out and try to pollute Christ’s Church with the open sewer of his always-open mouth. [Wow. As I said, it’s pretty strong stuff. More than I would tend to say, but I do agree that in Francis we have a man who is truly problematic with respect to the Doctrine of the Faith and the 150 year conception of the Petrine office – a conception which has, I fear (though I do not know, with certainty), been misshapen into a cult of personality very dangerous to souls. Is it possible the crisis in the Church is God’s way of trying to steer the Church back from an erroneous implementation of the understanding of Papal Infallibility, by allowing the dangers in this understanding to play themselves out? That is to say, papal infallibility, so narrowly defined, has transmogrified over the last century plus into a kind of universal impeccability applied to every papal act and statement no matter how non sequitur, where even the most egregious abuse or error is accepted or explained away as somehow being required of belief- at least on some nominal level – because of a kind of hyper-montanism? This is the old “2+2=5” game that I have literally heard some papaloters say they would accept if the pope said it, even off-hand. Anyway, I’m getting a bit fur afield…….]
What do you do when you can’t take the Pope seriously anymore, and you’re a Catholic? You know, it’s not really that hard. You know how to Catholic. If you read this ephemeris, the Bear bets you know how to Catholic hard. Be Catholic. Be Catholic if your local parish is crappy, with dancing girls and idiotic homilies. The less attention you pay to that demented man in white calling himself the Pope, the happier you will be. It’s all just PR, anyway. [As I said, I don’t get to read SCB much. But I don’t think he’s sede vacantist, not in any declarative way, certainly, he simply is reacting to the unavoidable mountains of evidence. As a prescription, however, I think it a very good one.]
Someday soon, there will be a popular uprising, and Pope Francis will be thrown into the Tiber. If not, he’ll die, having ensured there will never be another nutjob from a southern hemisphere country that thought it could win a war using WWII ships bought from the U.S., against a first world country with nuclear submarines. [Argentina, like so many South American countries, has been doomed in the worldly sense from being far too susceptible to being ruled by individuals who appeal to negative passions – envy, pride, sloth, etc. The same is transpiring in this country, but 100 years later. I do not think Francis can be understood outside the Argentine socio-political context, and, in that sense, he is the ultimate provincial]
Pope Francis disregards reality in the same way. If he were an animal, he would be dead. Beasts don’t have the luxury of ignoring reality. But there is no human so stupid or wicked that he cannot be put upon the highest pinnacle by schemers smarter than him.
Indeed. Within the Church, I’m not certain Francis is a pawn. From what I understand, he spent decades cultivating his position as a leader of the Cardinal Martini modernist-progressive faction, and asserted himself as the torch-bearer for that group after Martini’s death. He certainly globe-trotted a great deal cultivating support among progressive and progressive-leaning bishops, while at the same time presenting himself as at least a moderate to his two “bosses,” John Paul II and Benedict. Among the progressives at the conclave of 2013, there were few with more support and a better “presence” than Jorge Bergoglio.
But when it comes to the wider world, certainly, there are many who are at least very happy to co-opt Francis’ message and use it for their political, economic, and cultural ends. To the extent that few of these powerful people give a whit about the state of souls or the good of the Church, I think it not unfair to view Francis as a pawn, even as he courts the support and attention of the George Soros’ and Jeffrey Sachs of the world. Much of this is just the usual politics, finding support where it appears, making strange bedfellows, etc. I would not, however, rule out the idea that there are extremely powerful people/groups who have been working for decades if not centuries to see the Church reduced to a masonic-type indifferent pseudo-religion of man, and who may have an inordinate influence on the entire progressive-modernist bloc in the Church.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, demographics, disaster, error, General Catholic, Immigration, rank stupidity, secularism, self-serving, Society.
Not to raise the ire of European readers – I would probably bristle somewhat at an outsider proclaiming the US finished (though, I must admit, things look decidedly bleak at present) – but as the article below notes, more and more ominous trends affecting Europe’s future continue to surface. Probably foremost among those are the negative demographics affecting the Continent, where the native population has seemingly decided to gradually die out, to be replaced by those exotic muslim “others” so beloved of the self-anointed elite.
It’s almost as if Europe’s political masters had decided the populace could not be relied upon to support their agenda, and so are voting themselves in a new population:
Deaths that exceed births might sound like science fiction, but they are now Europe’s reality. It just happened. During 2015, 5.1 million babies were born in the EU, while 5.2 million persons died, meaning that the EU for the first time in modern history recorded a negative natural change in its population. The numbers come from Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), which since 1961 has been counting Europe’s population. It is official.
There is, however, another surprising number: the European population increased overall from 508.3 million to 510.1 million. Have you guessed why? The immigrant population increased, by about two million in one year, while the native European population was shrinking. It is the substitution of a population. Europe has lost the will to maintain or grow its population. The situation is as demographically as seismic as during the Great Plague of the 14th Century. [I would say it is even more so, because then, Europe was not importing millions of young muslim men of military age (and often, militant disposition) who refuse assimilation and in fact demand the assimilation of Christendom to islam. It would be fantastic if it were not true]
This shift is what the British demographer David Coleman described in his study, “Immigration and Ethnic Change in Low-Fertility Countries: A Third Demographic Transition.” Europe’s suicidal birth rate, coupled with migrants who multiply faster, will transform European culture. The declining fertility rate of native Europeans coincides, in fact, with the institutionalization of Islam in Europe and the “re-Islamization” of its Muslims.
In 2015, Portugal recorded the second-lowest birth rate in the European Union (8.3 per 1,000 inhabitants) and negative natural growth of -2.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. Which EU country had the lowest birth rate? Italy. Since the “baby boom” of the 1960s, in the country famous for its large families, the birth rate has more halved. In 2015, the number of births fell to 485,000, fewer than in any other year since the modern Italy was formed in 1861. [Revealingly, some of the sharpest demographic declines have come in what have historically been viewed as Catholic countries – Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland. The different religion imposed 50 years ago is yielding its poison fruits]
Eastern Europe now has “the largest population loss in modern history“, while Germanyovertook Japan by having the world’s lowest birth rate, when averaged over past five years. In Germany and Italy, the decreases were particularly dramatic, down -2.3% and -2.7% respectively…….
…….As Lord Sacks recently said, “falling birth rates could spell the end of the West“…… [Can the West persist without Europe? An interesting question. I really don’t know.]
……Liberals and secularists tend to dismiss the importance of demographic and cultural issues. That is why the most important warnings come from some Christian leaders. The first to denounce this dramatic trend was a great Italian missionary, Father Piero Gheddo, who explained that, due to falling birth rates and religious apathy, “Islam would sooner rather than later conquer the majority in Europe”. He was followed by others, such as Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, who leads the Eastern Catholics aligned with the Vatican. Rai warned that “Islam will conquer Europe by faith and birth rate“. A similar warning just came from yet another cardinal, Raymond Leo Burke. [To the degree there have been warnings from the Church, they have not been nearly persistent or loud enough. Furthermore, what warnings there have been have been drowned out by the constantly repeated mantras: “Islam is good.” “Religion of Peace.” “Only bigots oppose immigration.” Etc.]
In one generation from now, Europe will be unrecognizable…….[2 million x 30 years = 60 million, which, coupled with muslims already there and an accelerated death rate of natives, means a Europe about 20% muslim if not more so]
……..Demographic suicide is not only experienced; it appears to be wanted. The xenophile European bourgeoisie, which today controls politics and the media, seem imbued with a snobbish and masochistic racism. They have turned against the values of their own Judeo-Christian culture and combined it with a hallucinatory, romanticized view of the values of other cultures. The sad paradox is that Europeans are now importing young people in large numbers from the Middle East to compensate for their lifestyle choices. [Great commentary. It does appear to be desperately wanted by the political/economic elites, who appear to desire the destruction of the culture that bred/created them, and yet there is still insufficient political reaction to stop their culture-destroying policies]
An agnostic and sterile continent — deprived of its gods and children because it banished them — will have no strength to fight or to assimilate a civilization of the zealous and the young. The failure to counter the coming transformation seems to come down on the side of Islam. Is what we are seeing the last days of summer? [Many in the West have chosen their favored religion. A religion of life – Catholicism – or a religion of death – secularism. It’s really as simple as that]
Who has the greater will to fight? Who is willing to suffer more to attain their ends? Who has the more single-minded purpose and a clear objective? Who has the resources to succeed? That will tell you which side will win out in virtually every major conflict. At present, Europe fails in all areas save the last, and that won’t last for long at present rates.
Are you ready to be a dhimmi?
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, persecution, pr stunts, Revolution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Remember how the US bishops organized nationwide protests against the Obergefell decision, including a vast March on Washington, DC to indicate the Church’s total opposition to this tyrannical decree from nine unelected lawyers in black robes? Yeah, me neither.
But faced with a similar threat, the Mexican episcopate is taking a much more militant stand. While I know there are grave problems in the Mexican episcopate (like the disastrous “gay bishop” Vera), as there are among the bishops of every nation, it seems there still breathes at least a little of the spirit of the Cristero among much of the Mexican Church leadership. Or, at least, there doesn’t seem to be the same degree of capitulation to the civil power as we tend to see in this country:
The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico in a recent interview.
Fr. Hugo Valdemar told Mexico’s Proceso magazine that the president’s attempt to pass a homosexual “marriage” amendment has caused “a cooling of his relationship with the bishops, who are very troubled by his initiative.”
“There hasn’t been a confrontation so strong between the government and the Church since the anticlerical laws of Plutarco Elías Calles were promulgated and since General Lázaro Cárdenas introduced socialist education” in the country, Fr. Valdemar added…….. [For those of you who follow Church-related items south of the border, does this ring true, or is this a bit over the top? I wonder how Dismas or some of our other well-informed and very fluent readers judge the situation in Mexico?]
“In launching his initiative to legalize marriages between people of the same sex, President Peña Nieto betrayed the Church, because he had promised that the agenda of Pope Francis would be his own,” Valdemar said. “So his initiative has been received by us like a terrible stab in the back.” [WELL……many have taken Francis’ very broad and amazingly novel agenda and applied it to their own pet projects. Francis has maintained a certain formal opposition to pseudo-sodo-marriage while doing many things that have encouraged its supporters and undermined his own stated opposition. Nevertheless, the bishops have the right and duty to decide what constitutes the Faith in their own diocese/country, and so long as they are upholding the perennial Doctrine of the Faith, all souls have the duty to obey]
The Catholic bishops have jointly called for Mexicans to join massive protests against the proposed amendment that will take place throughout the country on September 10 and in Mexico City on September 24.
A previous round of protests held June 1 led to a retreat by the president’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) on the issue. The PRI went on to lose a majority of state governments for the first time since the party’s founding in 1929, a massive electoral defeat that party leadership blamed on the president’s homosexual “marriage” initiative.
It does seem there is at least some connection between the sodo-marriage push and the electoral defeats suffered earlier this year, but there were a variety of other factors as well.
I can’t claim to follow the goings on of the Church in Mexico to any real degree, so if there are readers who could shed some light on this I’d love to hear their appraisals. Are the bishops standing fast for the Faith in a way clearly superior to the milquetoast behavior of US bishops, or is this coverage a bit overly fawning?
h/t reader JB
UPDATE: Format fixed. Thanks to reader MFG for the tip. LifeSiteNews runs on blogspot, which seems to have an almost deliberate incompatibility with wordpress. It makes for all kinds of messes. Sorry for the problems.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, different religion, disconcerting, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
My my, has the diabolical Nazi collaborator George Soros been busy lately. Two different reports below, both from the two most reputable pro-life news agencies in the English-speaking world.
First, Soros used a $650,000 donation to influence the US bishops through the mediation of Francis’ right-hand-man Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga. Soros believes that donation has more than paid off, and is helping to shape the 2016 US election, leaked documents show:
Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist George Soros – one of Hilary Clinton’s top donors – paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to “shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.” The funds were allocated in April 2015 and the report on their effectiveness suggests that successful achievements included, “Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with the Pope.” [We on the right are armed with pea shooters, while the left has tanks, B-52s, chemical weapons, and nuclear bombs – rhetorically speaking]
The monies were granted to two US entities that have been engaged in a long-term project, according to the report, of shifting “the priorities of the US Catholic church.” Grantees were PICO, a faith-based community organizing group, and Faith in Public Life (FPL), a progressive group working in media to promote left-leaning ‘social justice’ causes. Soros has funded left-wing causes the world over and was just found to have been funding an effort to eliminate pro-life laws around the globe. [He is perhaps the most evil man in the world today]
Board Minutes from the May 2015 meeting of Soros’ Open Society Foundation in New York reveal that in the planning stages of the papal visit initiative, the group planned to work through one of the Pope’s key advisors, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, naming him specifically in the report. In order to seize on the opportunity provided by the Pope’s visit to the US, says the report, “we will support PICO’s organizing activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues, including using the influence of Cardinal Rodriguez, the Pope’s senior advisor, and sending a delegation to visit the Vatican in the spring or summer to allow him to hear directly from low-income Catholics in America.”
In 2013 Cardinal Rodriguez endorsed PICO’s work in a video during a visit from PICO representatives to the cardinal’s diocese. “I want to endorse all the efforts they are doing to promote communities of faith,” he said, “… Please, keep helping PICO.” [“All the efforts…..”…..including those aligned at demanding government funding of abortion and contraception, eh?]
……..The grant specifically targeted the ‘pro-family’ agenda, redirecting it from defending marriage to being concerned with income equality. “FPL’s media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope’s focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being ‘pro-family’ requires addressing growing inequality,” says the May report. [The primary source of “growing inequality” stems directly from left-wing policies and the kleptocratic rule of the global left-leaning elite – but never let facts stand in the way of a good narrative]
In terms of the Soros goal of shifting the priorities of the Catholic Church away from moral absolutes, two US bishops stand out as champions of the move. San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy has repeatedly stressed changing the Church’s priorities and has had the backing of Pope Francis’ ‘favored son,’ Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich. McElroy created a furor at the U.S. Bishops Conference meeting last November over his attempt to change a document instructing Catholics on how to vote.
McElroy made a pointed argument that the document was out of step with Pope Francis’ priorities — specifically, by putting too much emphasis on abortion and euthanasia, and not enough on poverty and the environment. Cupich later praised McElroy’s intervention as a “real high moment” for the conference and supported the move to put degradation of the environment and global poverty on par with abortion and euthanasia.
Concluding their report reflecting on the success of the grant to influence the papal visit, the Soros group was very pleased with the results. Looking to the future, they are excited that the long-term goal of shifting the priorities of the Catholic Bishops in the United States “is now underway.” [How much other funding not yet found in Soros e-mails may indicate further payments, some perhaps made in a much more direct manner, to influence the opinions of bishops and others in the US Church, though, something tells me many of these bishops don’t need a whole lot of conversion on the matter]
Next up, Soros gave Planned Murderhood $1.5 million to help recover from their sale of murdered baby parts for profit:
A leaked document recently revealed that George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center (OSPC), wanted to give $1.5 million to Planned Parenthood for damage control after videos exposed that the abortion giant was trafficking aborted baby parts in the name of research. More leaked documents confirm that the center not only requested, but also received the money.
With the $1.5 million, OSPC, one of the U.S. branches of Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF), funded Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s “Fight Back Campaign” as an “urgent response in defense of women’s health” – in other words, as a response to the Center for Medical Progress’ videos released last summer.
The documents came from thousands of hacked Soros files published online Aug. 13 by a group called “DCLeaks.” And while The Free Beaconand other conservative outlets covered OSPC’s $1.5 million request, they couldn’t confirm “whether the funds were ever actually disbursed.”
But there is proof that Soros’ network did provide cover-up money for Planned Parenthood.
You can read the link for that proof.
I know Soros only cares about money and power, unlimited, Nazi-like power, but do those in the Church who want to see her reduced to some pathetic worldly NGO ever stop and think what that will really mean? A very small church, more like a social club than anything else, a poor church, a church with almost no political influence……….do they care? Is that what they want? Are they so blinded by their true religion – left wing ideology – that whatever happens outside of that is completely immaterial?
And don’t they know they must fail? Not only in the supernatural sense of Christ’s promise to His Church, but even in the natural sense? There will always people who will crave and seek out the Truth, and the Church will remain the place where it can be found, no matter how well hidden or buried some may try to make it. Ultimately, the church of man must fail, as all human things fail. Eventually, if the Church be the Body of Christ, and it indisputably is, she will come back to her true nature (provided we aren’t headed to the Parousia), and all this worldly orientation will be repudiated and even hated in some future, reconstituted Church. These men, to the extent they are remembered at all, will be reviled and pitied for the wounds they have tried to inflict on Christ and His Church. Do they ever stop to consider that, or are they simply too good of foot soldiers for the modernist left to bother with that? Are they too enthralled with their new religion to care? Are they just plain evil?
What do you think?
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
So my mom went to the movie theater last weekend. As a form of entertainment, I don’t generally recommend it, but you know parents these days, they just refuse to listen.
After the movie, my mom availed herself of the women’s restroom, as you tend to do, and encountered in there a 6′ man – dressed entirely as a male, with not even an attempt to appear female – standing, urinating in a stall with the door wide open. Now, my mom is a 4’11” Norwegian woman, and my 6′ 3″ dad was not around. My mom stood outside the entrance, while another woman went in, and then came right back out.
“Is that a man in the lady’s room?”, she asked? “Yes, I think it is.”
An usher was around and they told him of the situation, and the teenager looked as if his worst nightmare had just come true. But before he had to figure out what to do, the man came out – apologized, for some reason – and then went on his way.
You can imagine how eager I am to take my 6 daughters to the movies at this point.
What can I say? This is what a satanic culture looks like. That man, generally speaking, has the weight of the law on his side. If someone took severe exception to his presence in the woman’s room when, say, his wife was in there, it would be the invading man who the law would probably tend to support. That’s arguable perhaps at present, but if Obama and the sexular pagans have their way, it won’t be for long.
Which, speaking of, a lawsuit has been filed by doctors and several states against the Obama Administration for its demand that doctors perform sex reassignment surgery genital mutilation whether they think it is medically called for, or not. Basically, if a sick and wounded soul desires to have their bodies permanently mutilated and their reproductive capacity destroyed, the Obama admin says doctors have to do it, no matter how counterindicated such irreversible procedures may be, because transgender bathroom something something. No, seriously:
Five states and a group of religiously-affiliated hospitals and physicians are suing the Obama administration over a federal mandate that forces doctors to perform gender transition procedures on adults and children against their medical judgment.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a Texas federal court, attempts to roll back a rule imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services in May that expanded the interpretation of “sex” under the Affordable Care Act to include “gender identity.”
In doing so, the Obama administration added transgender people to the list of protected classes under the Affordable Care Act, which states that individuals can’t be denied certain federally-funded health benefits because of their “race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.”
The move was part of a broader push by President Barack Obama to
further transgender rights in the U.S. [pander to an unbelievably small minority that has equally unbelievably become one of the most powerful special interest groups in the country over the past 18 months].
The implications of the HHS mandate are broad. By its own estimates,HHS said the rule would “likely cover almost all licensed physicians because they accept federal financial assistance.”…….
………The lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, which is the same court thattemporarily blocked the Obama administration’s bathroom mandate on Sunday. In putting a halt to the policy that mandates public schools must open their restrooms, locker rooms, and showers to transgender students based on their gender identity instead of their biological sex, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor argued the administration overstepped its authority.
When HHS issued the new gender identity rule on May 18, the agency cited as authority the Obama administration’s bathroom mandate, whose legitimacy is now in question.
That’s circular logic if I’ve ever seen it – issue an unprecedented, unconstitutional, unpopular rule – which has the effect of a law, but never passed Congress, nor was even debated – and then cite that rule in expanding the unpopular policy further and further. The idea that doctors must perform totally voluntary, irreversible and incredibly destructive procedures against their will and medical judgment is incredibly offensive, and would never be tolerated – if it weren’t for the fact that the procedures in question are parts of the sexular pagan agenda and thus amount to a literal religious belief that can never be questioned or opposed. This is part and parcel for the sexular pagan left, which has similarly elevated other medical acts – provision of contraception (even to celibate religious), abortion, sterilization, etc – to the level of sacred shibboleth.
Note the mechanism by which doctors are forced to perform these procedures is their acceptance of federal funds, I guess through remittances for Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. No wonder more and more doctors are refusing to accept patients covered by government-sponsored health plans.
Enjoy your brave new trans-world. Leftists may laugh, but how long before refusing the advances of a sodomite or transsexual is taken as prima facie evidence of bigotry and is persecuted by the Leviathan state?
I would not argue it could never happen.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, priests, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
Some good material from Catholicism.org of the St. Benedict Center of New Hampshire, on how the attitude of religious indifference that crept deeply into the Church in the mid-20th century has transmogrified into open, practical apostasy. The wounds to the Church have been unbelievable, and continue to grow and spread.
I cut and paste below some of the parts I found most interesting (adding my own emphasis and comments):
Indifferentism is the condemned heresy that advances the possibility of salvation in any religion. Apostasy (according to Father Hardon) is the “complete abandonment of the Christian religion and not merely a denial of some article of the creed.” There is a certain inexorable logic — or at least a psychologically coherent dynamism — that facilitates the journey from indifferentism to apostasy. It may take some time — a few generations perhaps, which is a brief span in the life of the Church — but indifferentism will feed the beast of apostasy.
Do we live in a time of widespread apostasy? [I don’t see how this can even be open to question at this point. If you want to read the “proofs” for this, go to the link]
………So, too, to speak of a “silent” apostasy of the former Christendom is to make a very loud denunciation of a people who once produced saints but have now forgotten God.
For decades, we here at Saint Benedict Center have warned that, to advance the possibility of salvation for non-Catholics who live and die in their various religions — without the benefits of baptism and without the divine and catholic faith — will seriously harm the Church’s missionary zeal. We have further warned that it will confuse Catholics themselves, who will wonder why they have to live the strict moral code of the Catholic Church when the rest of humanity can apparently be saved without it. [EXACTLY! Why on earth can’t I contracept, divorce, commit usury, etc., and be a “good Catholic,” when all these other people abide by religions that tolerate or even promote such and are apparently “saved?”]
Whatever the details of his own theology concerning these questions, “Pope Emeritus” Benedict has agreed with us that such fears are not only warranted, but, indeed, have also been realized in our day as a “deep double crisis”……[A good quote from Benedict follows basically emphasizing what was contained in the preceding paragraph.]
………..So, according to the Pope Emeritus, the abandonment of the conviction that infidels are lost led to a double crisis of the death of the missions and the questioning, by the faithful, of the “obligatory nature of the faith and its way of life.”
It is the second half of this crisis that led to the “silent apostasy” mentioned by Benedict’s predecessor. [I think it is much more accurately termed a practical apostasy, if not a formal one, but it is increasingly indistinguishable even from formal apostasy] It may be summarized in the following rhetorical questions: If Catholicism is not necessary for someone born into a Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist family, why is it necessary for me? If natives of desert islands can be saved by living according to what they know of the law of nature, why do I have to believe something supernatural? If Jews do not need Jesus Christ, His teaching and His Church, why do I? [And, of course, tens or hundreds of millions of “Catholics” have answered this question for themselves, and determined that, of course, they don’t have to. Thus, Catholic rates of divorce, contraception, and even abortion are generally indistinguishable from the general populace, if not a bit worse]
Ireland’s online newspaper, Independent.ie, recently ran an article entitled, “Bobby Kennedy: the parish priest of the clan.” It gives us a some insight into how indifferentism and apostasy — at least in its beginnings — go hand-in-hand. [The Kennedy’s do make an object lesson in how this process occurred, aided and abetted by modernists in the Church who co-opted the Kennedy clan in their own plan to remake the Church into a liberal protestant denomination that moved absolutely no one to any kind of piety or devotion but which played very well with the powers of the world]
“Back in his undergraduate days, he joined other Harvard Catholics at lectures by Father Leonard Feeney, an influential Jesuit priest who… preached that only Catholics could be saved. Bobby was embarrassed enough by those diatribes to discuss them with his brother Ted and his father, who arranged for him to meet Archbishop Cushing to convey his concern.” [Boy was that a fateful meeting for Fr. Feeney and the St. Benedict Center]
This same Bobby Kennedy, who, as I was told by Brother Francis, argued with Father Feeney that his Protestant friends were going to be saved as Protestants, was not exactly a stickler for the Catholic Faith on other points, as that same Independent.ie article witnesses: “He called it ‘an awful thing’ that the Church taught that babies, his or anyone’s, were born in sin.”
So this indifferentist rejected the doctrine of original sin? At least according to his biographer, Larry Tye, who penned that piece, which is an excerpt from his book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.
And that Archbishop to whom Bobby went “to convey his concern” about Father Feeney? He not only persecuted Father Feeney for teaching that there is no salvation outside the Church, but also helped to legalize the sale of contraceptives in Massachusetts. [Very true, and that’s only a small part of it. Cushing worked mightily to break the natural opposition of Catholic politicians in Mass to approve contraception. He actually went around pressuring people to abjure their faith, so he could have contraception legalized. And, of course, he closely coordinated his activities with Planned Butcherhood]
It should be remembered that Bobby’s brother, John, thought Jesus Christ essentially had no business in politics.
I asked my friend Joe Doyle, frequent SBC conference speaker and Executive Director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, whether there was ever a formal apostasy in the political family. He could not think of one, but sent this informative reply:
Over the course of five generations, the Kennedys have transitioned from being nominal Catholics to being liberal, nominal Catholics, to being dissenting, liberal, nominal Catholics, to being non-practicing, dissenting, liberal, nominal Catholics. To use an accurate phrase disfavored by the post-conciliar church, they are all obstinate and notorious heretics. [In addition to being scandal-mongers and deeply immoral people]
Nor should we forget that, as has been said before, when it comes to morals, they not only refuse to impose Catholic teaching on others, they refuse to impose it on themselves. [In which sense, they are standard bearers for the kind of politicized, worldly Catholicism we see promoted by most bishops and clergy in the Church over the past 50 years. That such Catholicism has very little appeal to souls and seems very poor at inspiring them seems to matter very little to these folks]
This is what comes of not wanting to appear “unreasonable,” or “harsh,” of fudging on absolutely vital Dogmas of the Faith in order to win worldly approval and not upset those with power and influence. The story of the “Feeneyites,” whatever their “sin,” is a microcosm and antecedent of the story of the Church as a whole in these very dark days.
Ultimately, many, many leaders in the Church have decided -and this goes back decades or a century or more – that they would much rather serve men than God. Maybe they don’t think that consciously, but, effectively, that is the decision they have made.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Basics, Christendom, disaster, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, manhood, religious, sadness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
I had heard, vaguely, about an earthquake in Italy this morning, but I had no idea it struck so near to Norcia, a site very dear to all Catholics, but orthodox American Catholics especially, due to the admirable Benedictine community there. In fact, at this very multinational company at which I now work,I heard a co-worker from Italy being queried about this earthquake and lunchtime; apparently, he had been in touch with some family and they were ok, but some could not be found. So, I certainly pray for him.
The good news is that the community in Norcia relates that none of the monks were injured. That’s especially cheering to me, since we know one of them at least a little. The bad news is that the basilica and other facilities they have spent such great effort refurbishing and restoring have suffered significant damage. Even worse, ongoing aftershocks have forced all the monks but two to relocate to Rome for the time being. They are being hosted by the generosity of the Benedictine international headquarters at St. Anselmo, while two brothers remain in Norcia to watch over their monastery, sleeping in tents outside for safety.
The monks are asking for, first, prayer support, and, secondly, financial support. They are going to incur significant expenses, it may be expected, returning the basilica and other facilities to their former condition. Donations may be made here.
This is a very good community that is doing quite a bit of good work to try to restore a much more authentic practice of religious life in the Church today. One of their foremost concerns in this time of trial, as related by Rorate, was their ability to maintain the order of the Rule while they must relocate and undergo what must be a severe trauma. I am certain that with God’s grace they will succeed in doing so with little difficulty. The final note from the monks, that I’ve seen:
Please continue to pray for our community, and consider giving a gift (https://en.nursia.org/donations/) to help our effort to rebuild.
May God bless and sustain them, and shower them in His infinite mercy.
Please also, of course, maintain all those others suffering through this disaster in your prayers. The last I heard was 140 dead, with many more injured. The toll may continue to rise. Apparently, many of the small villages around Norcia were particularly devastated. We do not know why it pleases God to allow such things to happen, but we do know that He causes great good to come from them if we cooperate with His Grace.
Damage to the sanctuary, courtesy Rorate:
That is so sad.