Coptic Christians march on White House February 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, persecution, scandals, secularism, Society, unadulterated evil.
Wearing orange jump suits, a group of Coptic Christians marched on the White House calling on President Obama to protect Christians in the area. Doing so across 1500 miles of open desert would be a neat trick, but I understand their sentiment. Unfortunately, this nation has twice decided to elect an islam-protecting narcissist as president, who has repeatedly shown his attitude towards Christians…….disdain, comes to mind.
Naturally, the mainstream media consigned this non-event to the memory hole, and the omnipresent intelligence machine probably marked every name and face for possible reprisal, later. Non-events and unpersons, that the United States these days (and yes, I’m being negative, but I think I have every reason to be):
A group of Coptic Christians marched to the White House on Tuesday, demanding that President Obama protect Christians from the genocide that is taking place in the Middle East.
“Obama, Obama, did you see? Christian blood in the sea,” they repeated as they marched in D.C.
As U.S. allies push back against ISIS, [half-heartedly and ineffectually] the Islamist militants take every opportunity to inflict acts of barbarism across Iraq and Syria. Even in retreat, they’ve taken over small villages, kidnapping Christians, and separating the men from woman and children.
No one can be certain of their fate, [unfortunately, I think we can….] but if recent history is any indication, the men will be paraded out, tortured and murdered. And the Christian women and children will be sold as sex slaves. [Ah, the pleasures of jihad…..murder, barbarity, theft, rapine, and endless quenching of bloodlust. Of course islam is the “religion of peace!”]
………“These women were sobbing, saying, ‘What is our fault? Why is the West silent? Why is the Church not talking about our persecution?” Taimoorazy said.
“And they’re asking, they’re questioning the foreign policy of America and also other world powers and Europe, saying, ‘Why is it that there’s nothing; there’s no agenda.’ There’s really nothing being done to help the persecuted in the Middle East,” she said.
Without starting a debate on how broke this country is or anything else, first and foremost, little is done to protect Christians because the West’s elites have absolutely no interest in doing so. Their multi-culti sensibilities and latent (or openly avowed) disdain for Christianity (and especially the Church) mean they have no interest in protecting Christians terrorized by muslims. The effort against ISIS – such as it is, and it isn’t much – is about geopolitics, not saving persecuted religious minorities. We only do that for muslims, as we did in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Chechnya.
These Christians, monophysites or not, have my prayers, and a little bit of money, but that’s probably all they can expect from us at this point.
If we Christians want to be defended – and I mean that as much in this country as any around the world – we are going to have to do the defending ourselves.
On a side note, perhaps we’ll see the first Egyptian Coptic “doctor of the Church” soon?
Sorry, it was just hanging there, waiting for me to bat it out of the park. But instead I hit a dribbler down the third base line, but the third baseman errored out and I got on base, anyway.
A large part of me would still like to be a rah-rah yay America we’re always on the side of good kind of guy. But the America I would like to root for exists only in my memory now, and it may be a false memory, at that. As for now……..while I still love my country, I am increasingly ashamed of it. Especially when it openly uses its enormous wealth, influence, and naked power to advance all manner of the gravest immoralities possible, from abortion to contraception to usury to defrauding workmen wages to, now, the radical sodomite agenda.
Yes, the United States, under muslim communist god-emperor Barack Obama has announced its first international envoy for the promotion of the sodomite lifestyle, with open plans to advocate for sodomy in dozens of unwilling countries around the world (and with likely punishments to be meted out to those who resist).
The United States is naming its first international envoy for homosexual rights. This is a historic event, because no nation, even the United Nations, has ever appointed a homosexual ambassador for global homosexual rights.
Every single major news outlet in the U.S. is covering this historic event.
In a press release, the U.S. State Department said Randy Berry, an openly homosexual diplomat, will be its special envoy to promote homosexual rights. State Department Secretary John Kerry said, “We’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world.” [The US is the new sodom. I don’t think there can be any question. From “shining city on a hill” to the filthy whore found dead in a gutter with a needle in her arm…….that’s us.]
The U.S. government’s concern is not only the more than 75 countries that criminalize homosexual activity, but also to target nations trying to resist the onslaught of homosexual groups from United States and Europe, especially because of several pro-family laws that have taken effect around the world in recent years. The Washington Post gave some examples, “Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation in 2013 banning ‘homosexual propaganda,’ and Nigeria banned same-sex marriage and restricted homosexual behavior, including public displays of affection between gays.”
Putin was named by The Advocate, the largest homosexual magazine in the U.S., as the most prominent opponent of the gay agenda. [Putin is no moral paragon, but on this at least, he is right]
……..The appointment of an openly homosexual diplomat as a LGBT envoy sends a message that the United States will remain on the forefront and leadership of promoting the gay agenda around the world. It shows also its determination of pushing back Russia, Nigeria and other nations.
Now the United States will make the world freer to adherents of homosexual acts and ideology and less free for Christians and others who do not accept homosexual depravity, including Russia and Nigeria that are trying to protect their children from homosexual propaganda.
Every single homosexual activist around the world is benefited by the U.S. move.
Every single practicing Christian is threatened by it…….
Thus, the view of a Brazilian evangelical, who a friend describes as “more Catholic than the bishops of that country.” And I think it’s exactly right. It is heartbreaking to watch the country I have always loved sink rapidly into the morass of the worst possible evil. Literally, this country has been turned upside down. The communist-inspired left is culturally and (for the most part) politically ascendant in this nation. How on earth did this country manage to win the Cold War but lose the peace? I guess Catholic convert Whitaker Chambers was right to be depressed……..he thought he was on the losing side, too.
How many of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance is this government openly committed to supporting? Let’s see……sodomy, check. Defraud workmen his wages – oh check check. Murder? Absolutely. Oppressing the poor? I think this would be a yes.
How long will God’s hand be stayed on a nation that is so openly defiant to His Law? In point of fact…….His hand is already well in motion, and has been since this nation (at least in its governing elites) became a hideous purveyor of every moral evil possible.
The radical left hasn’t answered, yet, but this is more or less what I expected to happen: the radical left and islam would eventually come together to work to crush their most dread enemy, Christendom. Or what remains of Christendom.
Lord, have mercy on all of us:
The Islamist terrorist group ISIS is instructing Muslim sympathizers in Europe (and presumably the United States) to seek out leftist activists to form an “armed combat” alliance.
The armed alliance against European governments will further ISIS’s goal to conquer Rome by 2020.
The call to recruit leftists is in an eBook entitled Black Flags from Rome. The eBook is the subject of a two part report by Bridget Johnson at PJ Media. (Excellent reporting in bothpart one and part two.)
Leftist terrorism in the West of late has been largely about the environment and animal rights. There were some attacks planned by leftists allied with the Occupy movement that were mostly ineffective or were disrupted by law enforcement. The anarchist Black Bloc groups have mainly attacked property and mostly used non-lethal weapons in protests.
……ISIS writes that a good place to recruit leftists is at anti-Israel protests. [Well they’re nothing if not practical. Pretty astute tactic]
ISIS is counting on frustration among some leftists at their inability to change the system combined with admiration for the strength of Islamists “to fight against the injustices of the world” to prove fertile in recruiting them to form a terror alliance against the West………
I had an offline discussion a while back with a reader who thought that eventually the Left would rise up in opposition to islam and fight it, because islam is so repressive of so many cherished Leftist shibboleths. I thought that wrong, the political Left, and especially its extreme wing, is based on self-loathing and a visceral hatred for the established order of Western culture, based on the Catholic Faith, reason, the rights of the individual, and ownership of private property. Their hatred is stronger than their love. And, deep down, even committed leftists know the worldly, materialist, sexualist lifestyle they promote is unfulfilling and bereft of meaning. Fundamentally, the left’s greatest enemy, going back to well before the French Revolution, is the Catholic Church/Christianity. It is thus a diabolical movement at least to some degree, and many on the left, I believe, will willingly submit to islam when it comes down to it. In fact, many are already doing so today, it is not young men (and women) of the right who are joining ISIS in large numbers from Europe, but mostly those on the left and the disaffected.
Yes, there will be committed leftists of a more libertarian stripe who will be violently opposed to an encroaching islam, but many will eagerly hop on what they perceive as the “strong horse” either out of conviction or convenience. We may even get to see in our lifetime former libertines who used to advance the grossest immoralities calling for women to wear the hijab (or burqa) and barbaric repression of sodomites.
Anyway…….I think that a greater likelihood than some great left wing resistance to the advance of islam. What resistance there is will come from Christians, because only a competing religious conviction can stand against another.
May the blood of all the Catholic martyrs of islamic atrocities, and their prayers, lead to the restoration of our Church!
Obama Administration demands Catholic charities provide abortion for immigrant children February 26, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
I am sorry to say, before getting into the latest act of barbarity enacted by Obama against the Church (and believing Christians generally – and compare this to his approach to muslims, with the kid gloves on ISIS and constant apologias and “fabric of the country” and all that – I still cannot believe that most mainstream conservative commentators view calling Obama a marxist muslim Manchurian candidate out of bounds), I should say this: do we not know how this will play out? Even with public demonstrations of opposition and most likely court challenges, do we not know that Amchurch, and especially the charitable organizations associated with the USCCB, already cooperate with the federal agenda of evangelizing for the sexular pagan religion and already cooperate with abortion providers and distributors of contraception (including abortifacients) on a wide basis? Is that not what the continual scandals coming out of Catholic Relief Services tell us? Even more, have not CRS and other organs basically said they have to cooperate with the sexular pagan agenda (in the form of these wicked collaborating organizations) in order to maintain that oh-so-wonderful federal funding?
Maybe I’m getting jaded, but while I’m sure the USCCB and other Church authorities and others pray hope the courts may provide some relief, if push comes to shove, I am pretty skeptical that Catholic organs will stand on sacred Doctrine and take the admittedly huge hit of losing federal funding should it actually come to that. I think Obama knows this, which is why he continues to press and press and press.
The Obama administration is getting ready to issue new rules requiring charities to provide abortions to child refugees entering the US without their parents. Faith-based groups say this is a contravention of the rights of parents and a violation of the conscience rights of faith-based groups helping resettle the children.
The public has until Monday to comment on the fast-tracked new rules, which were issued on Christmas Eve. [Obama is fast-tracking everything in his bid to “fundamentally transform” this nation into a muslim communist kleptocracy] The administration says it would be “contrary to the public interest” to wait “until a public notice and comment process is complete.” [Meaning, contrary to his political interest] The administration also asserts that no Congressional review is required and that there is no issue with federalism or any impact on families in the new guidance.
The rules require faith-based providers to make referrals for emergency contraception, partner with groups which provide abortion, or notify the federal government which would make arrangements for the abortion. If groups do not do so, they are not eligible for federal aid. Staff associated with Catholic agencies told the Friday Fax that they had conveyed their objection to the new rules to the Obama administration. They are required to comply no later than June 24, 2015.
[And that’s not all!…..] The rules also require care provider facilities to train their staff in “LGBTQI” and identifying “transgender and intersex” unaccompanied children. The rules assert that “‘Gender’ refers to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person’s biological sex,” and that “This term is not to be confused with ‘sex’ [which] refers to a person’s biological status and is typically categorized as male, female, or intersex.” [And, if that “transgender” 10 year old demands hormone treatment, under rules approved by the Obama administration recently, the aid agency would be required to provide those, too. This is beyond incredible, and, with abortion on demand for underage youth and even gender mutilation being provided gratis per the American taxpayer (my God this Obama hates this country with white hot passion), what enormous new avenues will be available to the child sex trade! Not only will the Obama administration make it incredibly easy to sneak children into this country and allow them to stay permanently, but with no parental involvement slave traders can get them abortions when pregnant, get boys turned into more lucrative girls, etc. Has anyone even remotely thought of the potential for the gravest evils in all this? Or is that bug actually a feature? How many times has Bill Clinton been to “pedophile island?”]
I hate this sick world more and more and more. I’m sure the USCCB will go to court, and may even win. But if they somehow don’t…….don’t you imagine a papered over face saving non-change “change” and then continuation with business as usual?
The professional perverts running public schools February 19, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unadulterated evil.
Reason number 8,987,999,999,805 for homeschooling:
The former Ontario deputy education minister who oversaw the development of a controversial sex-ed program before facing child sex charges will plead guilty to a number of those charges.
Benjamin Levin, born 1952, was arrested in 2013 in the wake of an international child porn sting that led to his North York doorstep. He was not only accused of making and distributing child pornography, but also of arranging for a sexual offense with a child, and with possessing and accessing child pornography. [So he was actually raping children to make child porn. Male children.]
Levin’s lawyer Clayton Ruby confirmed Friday in court that his client will plead guilty to some of the seven charges, without clarifying which ones, reported the Toronto Star. Ruby also indicated that a guilty plea means there will be no trial. Levin will be sentenced in March
Under his watch as Ontario’s top education official from 2004 to 2009, Levin oversaw the development of an update to the provincial sex-education curriculum. Critics immediately slammed the proposal for encouraging the early sexualization of children and promoting a homosexual agenda. [Ummm……hello! Is this a big surprise? Is this also not the same program that the Canadian bishops knuckled under to accept, allowing clubs for those with perverse inclinations in their Catholic schools and also the teaching and normalization of this kind of behavior?
Under the umbrella of “sexual diversity,” the curriculum teaches children to question whether they are a boy or a girl, about masturbation, oral sex, and ‘diverse’ family structures. After strong backlash from outraged parents the curriculum was shelved by then-Premier Dalton McGuinty in 2010
After Levin’s arrest, Premier Kathleen Wynne, herself an open lesbian, tried to distance Levin from the sex-ed curriculum, saying at the time he had no direct role in writing it. [Horse crap. Do you see what they are trying to do with the schools, constantly putting these kinds of people in charge?]
Critics expect the latest sex-ed curriculum proposed by Wynne to largely resemble its shelved predecessor. [Go figure] Wynne has stated that the curriculum, slated for all publicly funded schools next fall, will teach children about giving “sexual consent” and what she calls “healthy relationships.” . . .
How many examples like the above do we have to see before we can say “grooming” is a reality? And if it is, what are the implications for giving people like this levers of power to impose their twisted desires on millions of youth?
When I see examples like the above, I have to agree that placing kids in public schools (or Catholic schools, for that matter) poses an incredibly grave moral risk and can even be seen as a dereliction of parental duty. Obviously some localities are better than others, some schools are better than others, and I know I’ve ranked public schools ahead of Catholic schools in terms of the danger they pose to the faith of the children that matriculate therein, but the difference is slight, and local realities can make public schools a deadly danger to the Faith. I think as we move forward (barring some incredible miracle, like the restoration of Catholic schools en masse), that danger is only going to grow, and homeschooling is going to increasingly be the only real option for Catholic parents. I’m very proud of families I know that have undergone tremendous suffering and self-denial in order to homeschool their children. I know some folks just can’t do it, or feel it’s beyond them, but we really need to have eyes to see what is going on around us and do the very best we can by our children.
To do otherwise is to expose them to the ministrations of the Levin’s and Wynne’s of the world.
Who is desecrating churches in France? February 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, damnable blasphemy, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, Eucharist, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
The Bishop of the Diocese of Bellay-Ars in France, Pascal Roland, has taken the unprecedented step of ordering all tabernacles in his diocese to be emptied (link is to Patheos), after repeated attacks and desecrations, including 5 separate blasphemous events which took place over the last 10 days. This removal has been widely reported, but what I could not find, in English anyway, was just who is suspected (or found guilty of) perpetrating these hideous acts. The fact that the media is so silent on the source of the attacks lead me to believe that they are being perpetrated by a group the media desperately wants to protect, and I can only surmise that means either radical atheists or radical muslims. Given other the scope and ferocity of other attacks ongoing in Europe, including the desecration of Jewish graves elsewhere in France and a muslim attack in Copenhagen, both of which took place this weekend, I tend to conclude that it is muslims perpetrating these heinous acts.
There was a rash of such desecrations in France last August, which were attributed to muslims. Perhaps one of you has a source that IDs the attackers, but for now I’ll stay with my surmise, that this is part of a broader muslim campaign in France and around the world against Christians and those of any other faith:
In response to the desecration of ten parishes since October, including five on February 6-7, the bishop of Bellay-Ars has ordered the Blessed Sacrament removed from the tabernacles of all parish churches and chapels.
The Blessed Sacrament, Bishop Pascal Roland decreed, must be kept in a more secure location, and tabernacle doors must be kept open to indicate that the Eucharist is not present.
The particulars of the ban:
- Blessed Sacrament will be removed [from] tabernacles of all parish churches and chapels and be kept in a secure location.
- The door of the tabernacle [will] remain conspicuously open.
- For the purposes of public or private prayer, the Blessed Sacrament will be [placed] temporarily in these tabernacles provided that a sufficient presence of the faithful is assured.
- The only exceptions will [be] metal tabernacles [that are] secure and have a resistant lock.
- These measures come into force from today [Monday February 9] and will remain so until further notice.
- The bishop hopes that these exceptional measures manifest to all the seriousness of these facts and help discourage [such vandalism].
This certainly appears an unprecedented, or at least exceedingly rare, act to me. I can’t recall reading of a bishop demanding all consecrated Hosts being placed in a “secure” location. Americans might sensibly ask, first……..they still have tabernacles in France? Secondly, we might wonder whether there would not be a better way to provide security for the Blessed Sacrament than sequestering Our Lord away in some lonely, hidden, strongbox location? Would this not be a great time for pushing for perpetual Adoration, whether exposed or not? If souls are too few and/or too cold, could not security be paid for? What of the priests, could they not play a role?
But we have to remember, this is France in 2015. The vast majority of parishes have no permanently assigned priest. The vast majority of parishes have active congregations of a few dozen, and almost all are quite elderly. Most parishes are too poor of funds to pay for security. The Church in France, outside traditional communities, is all but dead.
So perhaps the bishop did the only thing he felt he could do. I am somewhat agnostic on the act, though heart-broken the Church in France – the elderly spinster daughter of the Church, apparently – has fallen to this state. It’s possible crazed secularists have been behind this, but they rarely have the commitment or organization for such broad-scale attacks. But then again, FEMEN. Generally only a hostile religion fires souls with such bloodlust and hate that they would stoop to attacking another religion in this manner. But I could be wrong. It will be interesting to see if we ever find out the source of these attacks – I imagine the media will keep it a close secret, if they can.
Bad news: Canadian Supreme Court approves murder of old people February 6, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
The Supreme Court of Canadia, in a decision that will have ramifications around the world and most certainly in this country, today decided it should be legal to kill old people who may or may not want to die (evidence from Holland and Belgium indicates a rapidly growing percentage of those who are assisted to their death (formerly known as murder) are assisted unwillingly) but who are certainly inconvenient to the state and often their own families. Yes, there are some poor suffering deluded souls who do think death will bring them peace, but suicide is still a grave/mortal sin and I fear they won’t find the peace they seek, but only make their suffering eternal. Remember! Slippery slope arguments are fallacies! Abortion won’t lead to the murder of other undesirables, and government run health care schemes don’t result in rationed care and heavy pressure to off the old and sick!
In a momentous ruling this morning, Canada’s highest court unanimously ruled to open the door to a doctor helping kill someone nearing the end-of-life stage, a ruling comparable to the sweeping Morgentaler ruling 27 years ago that allowed a doctor to kill someone at the earliest pre-born stage of life.
In Carter v. Canada, the Court overturned a previous law prohibiting assisted suicide, in effect reversing the previous 1993 Rodriguez decision in which it said the state’s obligation to “protect the vulnerable” outweighed the rights of the individual to self-determination. The ruling makes Canada join the ranks of Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium, as well as Oregon and Washington, in allowing assisted suicide. [Canadia (if they’re Canadians, isn’t the country Canadia, then?) has long been one of the most extreme progressive countries in the world, right up there with the European countries rapidly committing suicide. It wasn’t always such, prior to the mid-50s Canadian culture and governance was more conservative, but Trudeau truly ushered in a revolution that completely changed the country’s political and cultural landscape]
…….”People say that ‘safeguards’ and strict eligibility for death will offer protections,” said Hughes. “You can see just how unsuccessful this idea proved in Belgium where the categories of the killable have now expanded to include children. There’s even a booming suicide tourism now happening there. Mark my words, the same slippery slope will occur here in Canada. It’s been said before and it’s as true now as it was then: ‘Once you start looking at killing as a means to solve problems, suddenly you’ll find more and more problems where killing is the only solution.‘” [Dang right. And the most radical fringe of the pro-abort sickos are now openly calling for giving mothers the right to kill their children up to some arbitrary age, like 5 years! This is coming, and immoral decisions like this only hasten the day when we will see mass killing for convenience sake. Normally, when I hear people almost wish for the destruction of Western civilization, I am turned off, but when I see things like this, I am more open to the concept.]
“Some people say there’s no such thing as a ‘slippery slope.’ Once a line has been crossed that allows one person to kill another in some instances, the qualifying criteria will just keep on expanding in the name of ‘equal rights.’ Pretty soon anybody who wants to die for any reason will be able to do so.”
In Belgium, people are being euthanized without requesting it and the list of those eligible for death has expanded to now include children. [Isn’t killing someone who hasn’t stated a request to die just murder? For that matter, how easy is it to manipulate some old, sick, and confused person into “wanting” to die? Evidence from other countries shows it is very, very easy. This is just satanic.]
……“Giving doctors the right to cause the death of their patients could never be safe. There will always be people who will abuse the power to cause death and there will always be more reasons to cause death,” he said, adding that the court is “naïve to think that assisted suicide will not be abused, when abuse already occurs.”
[This is a key point…..] The Court’s ruling casts a pall over life-affirming doctors who now have no legal framework on which to defend themselves from not partaking in killing their patients. In a foreshadowing of the Court’s decision, the Canadian Medical Association stated earlier this week that there are “occasions” where doctors helping to kill certain patients may be the most “appropriate” option. Ontario and Saskatchewan have already drafted policy that would force doctors to offer procedures to their patients despite their own religious or moral objections. [Already it is almost impossible for faithful Catholics to find a field of medicine to work in that will not cause them to be exposed to hideous immoralities or terribly moral quandaries. Decisions like this will only serve to drive more and more faithful Christians and moral people of any stripe from the practice of medicine. And that is how a stealth persecution works. It creates an environment where it is impossible to function as a faithful individual. Our culture is just about utterly satanic.]
I wonder how many of those 9 Supreme Court justices are “Catholic?”
Some non-regular readers may wonder why I am so violently opposed to the political and cultural left. Well, this is why. It is always the left that advances hideous, murderous things like this. It is always the left that is looking for new avenues to obliterate any semblance of decency and morality. It is always the left that causes these evils to multiply and become inextricably bound up in the legal and political framework of our culture. But the difficulty is, even the ostensible “conservative” party in almost all Western countries is populated by people, especially in its elites, that believe almost exactly the same thing as the left. That is to say, they are cultural if not often also political leftists, just of a slightly different or more conservative stripe. The problem this creates for faithful souls as we try to fight the rapidly advancing satanic culture is that we have nowhere to turn, at least at the national level, as we saw in the Republican-dominated House’s refusal to even vote on a bill banning late-term abortion. And this with overwhelming popular support for such a measure.
So as someone trying to be a faithful Catholic, incredibly concerned and involved in pro-life issues, and seeking to at least oppose the ongoing decay in the culture to the degree I can, I feel that the Republican party is really no longer an option. At least at the national level. At the state level, things are different, we have a large number of true conservatives – both socially/culturally and politically – who are willing to enact truly meaningful laws in opposition to the dominant cultural trends. But at the national level, at this point (and especially with Jeb Bush looking to be the frontrunner for 2016), I have just about come to the conclusion that the Republicans are indistinguishable from the left and, because they pose as “conservatives” and opponents of the left’s agenda, are in many respects even more dangerous and destructive than the open and avowed leftists! I am very discouraged at the federal level, and see no real viable alternative for the near-term.
That is why I am more open to the concept of Texas Independence than I have ever been, even if I see a number of grave practical difficulties in carrying such a goal to fruition. I am also increasingly convinced that political measures, court decisions, the passage of laws, and the like, will make little difference in the big picture until souls are converted. As a for instance, I really like HB2 here in Texas, which has resulted in the closure of many mills, and I think it will result in a lot of lives being saved, but I doubt the demand for abortion on a mass level and the perverse thinking that engenders that demand will go away until souls come to understand the totality of the contraceptive mentality (and related evils of pleasure-seeking, fornication, adultery, etc) and the evil that stems from it. So I guess I will keep on keepin’ on with my paltry efforts to date, blogging and whining and raising my family in a (hopefully) moral manner and praying for a better day. I don’t see much alternative to that right now.
Muslims in Italy smash and urinate on Virgin Mary Statue January 19, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, horror, Our Lady, paganism, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
Oh, they’re only “immigrants” in the press, but they were certainly muslims as reported by numerous eyewitnesses. The leader of ISIS has said that they will not quit until they have conquered Rome, turned St. Peters into a stable and turned all the Christian women into sexual slaves for the islamist fighters. These guys are not joking:
A man was kneeling in prayer before the statue of the revered Madonna, with the photograph of a loved one in hand, in the small chapel of St. Barnabas in Perugia (Italy), when he was attacked by five “immigrants.”
The first thing they did was rip the photo from his hands.
Next they unleashed their hatred against the image of the Virgin Mary. They broke the statue to pieces and then urinated on it. [If this doesn’t make your blood boil……]
Don Scarda, pastor of St. Barnabas, said the event was led by five “foreigners.” [So even the pastor cannot name them!] By the time police arrived at the chapel, the unidentified attackers had already fled.
The incident has caused a stir among locals. Some have lambasted Pope Francis who is accused of appeasing immigrants—mostly Muslims—to wild extremes. Earlier he had said that “Migrants, through their own humanity, cultural values, expand the sense of human brotherhood.”
Although the Diocese condemned the act of sacrilege against the Madonna statue, it also followed the Pope’s lead by absolving Islam of any responsibility for what happened. In the words of Monsignor Paolo Giulietti, the auxiliary bishop of Città della Pieve, near Perugia:
For Islam, the figure of Mary is very important: she is the mother of the Prophet Jesus conceived in virginity, and the Blessed Virgin is the most holy woman. Muslims pray at the Marian shrines in the Middle East. We cannot see in this act of vandalism—which as I said is wrong in every way—an episode of religious hatred. It is important not to feed mutual suspicion, especially at this time. [Yeah, yeah, just keep on telling us how all this violence and persecution is not the real islam. We keep waiting to see the real islam, while, meanwhile, the jihadis tell us they are the real islam, and I sure don’t see many muslims contradicting them. And this reverence for the Blessed Virgin is being overstated, as is their ostensible reverence for Jesus. Yes in a generic sense muslims have some regard for both, but when it comes to contact with Christians they hate them both because they believe Christians place them above “allah.” And, muslims are nothing if not profoundly iconoclastic and will attack Catholic art at every turn. So this diocesan apologia for islam is particularly disgusting and sad. The faith of men who will issue apologias like this to islam even in the wake of such hideous atrocities will not stand the test. I fully expect to see bishops and cardinals convert to islam in my lifetime]
Meanwhile, Pope Francis has called on Catholics and Western people in general to refrain from insulting other religions—namely Islam: “It’s normal, it’s normal [violence]. One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith.”
He made these statements on January 16, apparently in reference to the Charlie Hebdo massacre, when armed Muslims killed a dozen non-Muslims working for a satirical magazine that had mocked Islamic prophet Muhammad.
One wonders if the Pope would call it “normal” if members of his own flock were to murder those who urinated on the Virgin statue?
I think we know the answer to that.
In light of the above my first response is, I’m going to pray some extra Rosaries in atonement for this horrid blasphemy directed against the Mother of God.
Secondly, I think Ibrahim right that Pope Francis’ strangely contradictory words regarding violence always being wrong for Christians, but then seeming to excuse some religious violence, was actually about giving islam a pass in this regard. I would have to say, Pope Saint JP II aside, Pope Francis is the most islamist-friendly pope in history. I’m sure Pope St. Pius V is pleased.
Thirdly……this is not going to end well. I’ve said it before, but the Church is being crushed between the irresistible force of islam on one side, and the immovable object of secularism on the other. Our Lord will absolutely triumph in the end. But He also said, “When the Son of Man come again, will he find faith on the earth?” (Lk XVIII:18). I pray He will, but so little bodes well for the Faith right now.
As for Our Lady, her glory cannot be dampened by the atrocious acts committed against a statue of her likeness. I pray that her intercession may soften the hearts of the blasphemers who committed those unspeakable acts and results in their conversion and salvation.
Secret e-mails reveal collusion between NARAL and government to shut down crisis pregnancy centers January 13, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
It’s the government of Maryland (again, we see Maryland as a locus of the culture of death), but still, very significant. And hardly surprising, just as the IRS and other government organizations have colluded with left wing agitprop groups for years to persecute those on the right, it’s not terribly surprising that the government of Maryland – one of the most left wing, top to bottom, in the nation - would collude with NARAL.
More concerning on a broader scale, however, is NARAL’s plan to shut down pro-life crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) nationwide. They must surely view those centers as an existential threat in order to go to the lengths outlined in their seven-point plan for government persecution of CPCs:
Those strategies include:
- Prosecuting volunteers and employees of pregnancy care centers for “consumer protection violations”;
- Forbidding Centro from “participating in advertising” that county officials deem “untrue or misleading”;
- Allowing women who claim they were “harmed by limited-service pregnancy centers to collect monetary damages” from women’s centers;
- Denying taxpayer funding to crisis pregnancy centers; [Locally, I do not believe any of the Catholic crisis pregnancy centers receive any government monies. For that matter, they receive almost nothing from the pro-life committee of the diocese, either]
- Instructing county officials not to refer women to CPCs for ultrasounds or to “very clearly differentiate the centers from legitimate medical providers”;
- Having the county undertake a “public awareness campaign” against pregnancy centers; and
- The regulation of ultrasound practices.
Diabolical in its cleverness. All of the first three are so nebulous and generic CPCs could be sued by the government over just about anything, which appears to be the goal. As the article at the link notes, NARAL encouraged Maryland to try to put a Catholic CPC out of business by claiming they misled women about the kind of care they offered, but successive judges (including Clinton appointees) through the case out, noting that the only evidence of alleged misinformation was provided by radical pro-abort enthusiasts who made up stories about crisis pregnancy centers.
You get the impression from the above that NARAL is rather terrified of both ultrasounds, and anyone slowing or momentarily interrupting a woman’s almost always confused, panicked decision to have her own child killed. That’s what CPCs are designed to do, to slow down women in the head long rush to death, to show them the humanity of their child via ultrasound (always reduced to an “it,” an object, even a foreign invader, by money crazed pro-aborts) and to get them to stop and think, just a bit. That’s usually all it takes, for a lot of women. CPCs also help to interrupt the process of coercion and fear that drives many women to think they have to kill their baby to keep their “man,” as if that would even work.
If you read the article (which I recommend), you will also find the diabolical disorientation and reprobate sense that consumes those lost in the satanic cult of baby murder. To them, as quotes from a NARAL agent coordinating with government officials reveal, anything that dissuades a woman from having an abortion, anything that provides her with hope, anything that informs women of the dangers of abortion and the immense evil of the wanton destruction of innocent life, is “manipulating women with lies and misleading information.” It’s really chilling to read, as it reveals individuals so utterly cut off from good and it’s Source, that they are utterly unable to see anything save through the prism of grave evil.
And more and more people are falling into this diabolical sense in our culture. It’s beyond scary, it’s mortally terrifying.
Lord, protect and defend your Church!