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Princes of the Church Cannot be Bothered to Defend the Faith, but Plan a McDonald’s at the Vatican…… October 20, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, Revolution, scandals, silliness, Society, the struggle for the Church.

……and there is all kinds of protest.

A culture or institution is in great sense defined by what mobilizes important personages within it to action.  While there could be additional private protests, as far as is known, a scant 10% of cardinals have decried the rapidly accelerating auto-demolition of the Church under Francis, and even that protest was meant to be private but was probably leaked by the Vatican to try to embarrass the critics into silence.

But OMG plan to open a McDonald’s on long vacant Church property near St. Peter’s, and suddenly there are very public howls of protest.  I mean, after all, we have to have our priorities.  Note that having very strong objections to large, principally American corporations, is a hallmark of the Left.  Once again, we see which religion really predominates among far too many men given the grave charge to support and defend the Faith of Jesus Christ and serve as the most influential shepherds of souls:

The decision to open a McDonald’s restaurant inside a Vatican property just around the corner from St. Peter’s Square has been met with harsh criticism from cardinals who live in the building.

But the man in charge of rolling out the project says the plan is moving forward despite disagreement.

Dubbed by some as “McVatican,” the new restaurant will be located in a Vatican property on the intersection of Rome’s Via del Mascherino and Via Borgo Pio, literally around the corner from the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica……..

……..In an interview with Italian newspaper La Reppublica [A very, very leftist rag, which, one, is probably the most disposed to be sympathetic to this anti-McDonald’s fervor, and, b, may say quite a bit about the complaining cardinal, that he would be willing to be quoted by one of the most anti-Church publications in Italy], Italian Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, called the deal “a controversial, perverse decision to say the least.” [No wonder the Church’s pro-life efforts, especially in Europe, so often come to naught?]

The presence of the fast-food chain so close to the Vatican, he said, “is not at all respectful of the architectural and urban traditions of one of the most characteristic squares overlooking the colonnade of St. Peter visited every day by thousands of pilgrims and tourists.”

Cardinal Sgreccia called the deal “a business decision that, moreover, ignores the culinary traditions of the Roman restaurant.”……[Translation: I don’t want to see McDonald’s-eating hoi polloi around my building?]

……..In addition to Cardinal Sgreccia, who rumored to have written a letter of protest to the Pope, other cardinals living in the building have also voiced their discontent. Concern has arisen over what will become of the homeless who have been living outside the building, some of them for years, but who will be forced to leave once the restaurant is constructed[Why have they been living there for years?!?  Why didn’t the good cardinals, many with great resources at their disposal, get them help so they no longer squatted in the Vatican?!?  Is a McDonald’s more tacky than having homeless people – and you know how they often are – laying around in front of a building all the time?  Before they cleaned up the Drag (Guadalupe St) in Austin, homeless people camped out in front of a lot of the stores.  The University CO-OP, which is where you used to have to buy books back when we did such antiquated things, always had guys camped out in front, covered in urine and even feces……it was horrible.  Are they much better in Rome? What a sight for pilgrims to the Holy City!]

Cardinal Sgreccia told La Reppublica that in addition to being a “disgrace,” the McDonald’s would have been better used as a space used for “activities in defense of the needy in the area, hospitable areas of welcome and help for those who suffer, as the Holy Father teaches.” [All it takes is will.  Why didn’t you start that up?]

However, despite the aggravation of cardinals living inside the building, Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, president of APSA, has been unsympathetic, and said he doesn’t see what the problem is.

Also speaking to La Reppublica Oct. 15, Cardinal Calcagno responded to criticism surrounding the McDonalds by saying that everything was done “in respect of the law and that there will be nothing done which will go against the current rules, tradition and interests of the Holy See.”

“Above all there is respect for the law. Then the rest comes,” he said, explaining that APSA is “not prepared to make any step backward because everything is in order.”

Look, I find the idea of the golden arches in Vatican City, very near St. Peter’s, tacky as all get out.  It seems like another sign of the continuing trivialization of the Church.  One would think there could be some kind of classier joint found, one more amenable to the area’s culture and the Church’s moral and doctrinal role.  Like a Starbuck’s.

Seriously, this does raise another matter: doesn’t McDonald’s funnel money to immoral activities, like Komen and thus Planned Butcherhood?  I know they’ve been on the pseudo-sodo-marriage bandwagon for a long time.  That’s a far more serious reason not to allow McDonald’s to earn profits from pilgrims (and employees) on what is all sacred ground.  Did such important considerations even remotely enter into this decision?  From the way it sounds, not at all.

Now if this had been a Whataburger, I could have really gotten behind it.

h/t reader TE


Two Powerful Prayers for the Family to St. Anne October 19, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, mortification, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.

Well, one really just mentions the parents of the only sinless entirely human person to ever live – the Blessed Mother – but they are download-11both very good and apropos in this time of constant assaults against, and undermining of, the family.  More than that, so many individual families are under particular assaults from satan, his minions, and the democrats, but I repeat myself.

The second prayer in particular is of enormous benefit in this time when the world, the flesh, and the devil are having so much success at fooling children off the narrow path towards salvation and onto the wide, 400 lane highway to perdition.  We lose so many kids out of the Church in these times, and gravest sin is, many of those are lost because of errors and sins they are taught are perfectly OK by authority figures in the Church.  But I’ll demure from riding that hobby horse for now, and get to the prayers, which are from a small booklet on Good Saint Anne and are really short and easy to say:

Prayer for God’s Blessing on the Married

I bless Thee, most gracious Lord Jesus Christ, for having ordained that Thy holy Mother, the Virgin Mary, of whom Thou, O Redeemer of all men, didst will to assume flesh, should proceed from the chaste union of Joachim and Anne.  By Thy goodness, I beseech Thee, through the merits of the holy parents Joachim and Anne, have mercy on <my spouse and I or all on> all who, in their memory, sanctify their life in the state of holy Matrimony.  Give them peace and rest, health of body and soul; make them fruitful in good children, and after this exile, grant them eternal glory to Thy praise and honor, O sweetest and most gracious Savior.  Amen.

Prayer for a Wayward Child

O Holy Mother, St. Anne, so rich in graces!  Thou wilt never leave unheard the pleadings and tears of a mother <parent> who invokes thee for a wayward child.  Thou knowest my grief and the anguish of my heart.  Look down with thy maternal eyes upon this poor erring child, and bring him (her) back upon the way of salvation, that he (she) may again serve God faithfully and thus obtain eternal happiness.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Hail Mary (three times)

———-End Prayers———–

I know several of my regular readers are suffering with children or spouses who have gone off the reservation, so to speak, or seem to anne5-2abe about to do so. Of course, sometimes kids, no matter how well raised, no matter what parish/kind of Mass you attend, go crazy.  I’ve seen it happen many times.  But if they’ve been raised well, which I’m certain most all the kids raised by readers of this blog have, many will come back.  It may take a while, but I’ve seen that happen many times, as well.  The key thing is not to give up.  Keep praying for them. Pray Novenas.  Make a perpetual Novena to St. Anne using the prayer above or some other prayer.  Of course, pray the Rosary as often and as devoutly as possible.  Offer sacrifice and self-denial for your wayward child (or spouse, for that matter, there’s been a sudden flap of spouses going crazy and leaving the wife/husband and Church of late).  Have Masses offered for their conversion.  Just don’t give up!  That doesn’t mean you have to give in and become indifferent to their sin.  Don’t give up on their salvation, which is the only thing that really matters in this life.  God often surprises us with sudden conversions from out of the blue.

And that’s it.  I told you they were short and easy.  Unfortunately for me, I’m out of time for the day.  It’s been one of those days where finding even 5 minutes to hit the blog has been all but impossible.  Till now, but I’ve got more things to do before I wrap them up.


Climate Change Propaganda Traumatizing Children October 19, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, unbelievable BS.

I’d say convincing 7 or 8 year olds that the world is is such atrocious shape that sunsets and rivers are going to disappear comes very close to child abuse.  Apparently some Australian public schools have instituted climate change indoctrination starting in the 3rd grade, because to make a lifelong convert to a religion, it’s always best to get them young:

Adults aren’t falling for climate change hysteria, so warmy alarmists are now appealing to their base: pre-teen children.

Further to last week’s post, the Daily Telegraph now reports:

Doomsday climate change lessons are being taught to children as young as eight who are concluding that human activity threatens to destroy beautiful sunsets and ­waterways.

Six schools in the state’s north are trialling a “world first” curriculum that is expected to be adopted across the state, if successful.

The NSW Education Department-approved trial is being run by Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus and proposes to give students from Year 3 to Year 8 “political agency” and allow them to be “experts in their own lives”.

Running in tandem with the curriculum is a challenge project in which students form their own response to climate change and how they can personally prevent mass extinctions of animals, plants and their habitats.

Some children have concluded that humans have “succeeded in destroying much of the physical world”.

In virtually the entire West, the environment is actually in extremely good shape, far better than it was 40-50 years ago. I think that improvement has come at times at far too much cost, and that limits now being imposed on industry are not really about improving the environment, but as a punitive measure against disfavored industries.

But these kids are being terrorized into believing the world is literally going to end tomorrow, or a year from tomorrow, because of supposed climate change.  That’s rather like Christians terrifying children with stories of hell if they misbehave even slightly – something I’m certain the sexular pagans would find completely atrocious.  I guess it all depends on which religion one is proselytizing.  Environmental collapse is the fake hell equivalent of the sexular pagans, and they certainly have never had any compunction about terrorizing people with that.

For me, this seems tantamount to child abuse. I have known kids who developed severe anxiety, could not sleep, and had to be medicated (or mom and dad chose to allow them to be medicated) because of scaremongering of almost exactly this type.  To a Catholic, this is outrageous, but to a sexular pagan, these morality tales are so important in forming future behavior that the benefit (obeisance to the sexular pagan cult) is worth the trauma.

Just episode #4567 indicating we are facing not a political or social ideology, but a competing religion.



Francis Exalts Ecumenism Above Catholicism October 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, horror, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.

At this point, there almost seems little point in bringing these things up.  But I think in this latest assault against the perennial belief and practice of the Faith, Francis has said more than he intended to.  What did he say?  Via Vox:

Vatican City, October 13 – Pope Francis told a group of mostly Lutheran pilgrims on Thursday that proselytism was a potential threat to Christian unity. [“Lutheran pilgrims” to the Vatican is an oxymoron.  They are at best agents provocateur and at worst activists for an alien and implacably hostile religion]

“The last thing you must do is ‘to say, to convince’. It’s not right to convince someone of your faith,” he said.

“Proselytism is the strongest venom against the path of ecumenism”.

The pope was speaking to around 1,000 pilgrims in the Vatican – most of them German Lutherans – who are in Rome as part of ecumenical preparations for the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran reformation.

“The Apostle Paul tells us that, by virtue of our baptism, we all form the one Body of Christ,” the pope said. [He also said that if we failed to believe all the Doctrine of the Faith we were anathema.  This is a gross oversimplification and really erroneous presentation, but it’s been at the heart of the leftist-inspired religious indifferentist movement, which has cleverly chosen the name “ecumenism” as a cover for its patent undermining of the Faith]

“The different members, in fact, are one body. This is why we belong to each other and when one suffers, all suffer, when one rejoices, all rejoice. Let us continue with confidence on our ecumenical journey, because we know that, beyond the many open questions that still separate us, we are already united.

What unites us is much more than what divides us”.

Luther certainly didn’t think that.  Look, Leo X didn’t wake up one day and decide to cast Martin Luther out of the Church.  Luther cast himself out, because HE had the unmitigated pride, the seething arrogance, to decide that HE, Martin Luther, knew better than Our Lord and His Church and set out to found a new sect that HE would lead.  Once he had formed his false breakaway religion, he instantly decided that “private interpretation,” upon which he justified his own apostasy, wasn’t permissible for anyone else, and that everyone had to agree with HIS interpretation.  What he really wanted was to declare himself pope and mold Christianity to his own personal whim. Luther is the man most responsible for the complete fracturing of Christendom, the unity of which had been gravely wounded by the earlier eastern schisms but which was made complete by the protestant revolt against Church authority.

This is straight out of AA-1025.  And Francis is the man standing in the role of anti-apostle 1025.  He is trying to generate Catholic guilt over this lack of unity – a disunity no Catholic ever caused! – to remake the Church along leftist indifferentist lines.

What Francis says above, however, is even more insidious.  Not for the first time, he has elevated “ecumenism” to a virtue, and turned opposition to ecumenism into a pseudo-sin.  His words, if fully implemented, would finish the destruction of the Church’s already anemic (to the point of being practically dead) evangelizing efforts.  Of course, this is no surprise, as this is the man who thought the Anglican Ordinariate a “disaster” for ecumenical relations, and who has repeatedly stated he’d much rather a Lutheran or Anglican remain a “good” Lutheran or Anglican, rather than become Catholic.  And Kevin Farrell cheered.

I was reading a biography of St. Vincent de Paul lately, and while the conduct of the Saint’s life was, overall, full of edification and inspiration for any Catholic, I had to disagree with him vehemently on one point.  Vincent was no theologian, and appeared to have misunderstood Francis de Sales’ dictum that it is far better to try to convert people by showing them love than through apologetics or polemics.  de Sales, however, certainly wrote many polemics against protestantism, and it was these, in concert with his incredible practice of charity, that won back tens of thousands of protestant heretics.  Unfortunately, Vincent seems to have oversimplified de Sales approach somewhat, forgetting the polemics and focusing solely on the constant practice of charity.  He declared that no one is ever converted by argumentation, but only through being inspired by demonstrations of Catholic love.  That is, conversion must be an affair of the heart, not the head.

When I read that, I was taken aback, because I most certainly was converted by argumentation, and entirely so.  My heart was dead set against converting, but I was won over, bit by bit, by the overwhelming arguments in favor of Catholicism that emerge from any serious study of Scripture, theology, and, most of all, Church history (which ineluctably demonstrates the continuity of belief from the earliest Church to today).

The bishop of Rome, however, is not arguing against evangelization (which he constantly smears as “proselytizing” and solemn nonsense) because he favors the Salesian or Vincentian approach. He is doing it because it aligns with his ideological predilections.  I am essentially convinced at this point that Francis actually despises the Church and the beliefs she held in his youth.  A gargantuan mass of evidence indicates he believes protestants are much more right in their “doctrine” and theology than is the Bride of Christ.  And he seems to firmly believe that when it comes to ecumenism, it is the Church that needs to do all the changing, not the myriad, contradictory sects.

I think the next year – with another Synod in the making, to attack the priesthood! – will be one of untold scandal and horror.

Lord, I know we as a people have sinned so very, very much and are unworthy of Your mercy, but I implore You to set Your infinite Justice aside and let Your infinite Mercy reign, and restore sanity and reason to Your Body, the Church.  But may Thy will be done in all things, as we implore you for the strength to weather these terrifying times.

Help Support First Traditional Nigerian Ordination in 50 Years October 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, manhood, priests, Restoration, sanctity, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.

We have had the pleasure of knowing Rev. Mr. Charles Ike for the past few  years.  For at least the past two, and maybe three, years, Deacon Ike has been one of the seminarians sent from the Fraternity seminary to assist our local priests with Mass and other duties during Holy Week.  Each of those visits, he’s stayed for 2 weeks or so.

Rev. Ike is to be ordained August 15, 2017. Because his family could not possibly afford to fly to the states for his ordination, it is being held in Nigeria.  Actually, why don’t I shut up and let Deacon Ike apprise you of the situation himself:

Thank you kindly for all your interest in help out with my need this time. I really appreciate that, God reward you.

In the first place, I am Rev. Mr. Charles Ike, the FSSP seminarian from Nigeria, studying at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary (7880 West Denton Road, Denton, Nebraska 68339. USA).
My priestly ordination is coming up by August 15th 2017, and it is going to in Nigeria, as no one there could come for my Diaconate ordination, which was in March this year.
But for me to have my priestly ordination in Nigeria, certain preparations have to be made thus before the Ordination:
• Printing the ordination Holy Cards.
• Printing Announcing cards for friends, priests etc. as this is going to be first priestly ordination in the Old Latin Rite in Nigeria since the Second Vatican Council.

For the Ordination:
• I will need to get my ordination vestments, that is, a Ordination vestment for the Ordinandi
A Solemn Mass set for ministers
• My airplane ticket
• I will need to fly 7 seminarians to help out and support the ordination ceremony over there.

After the Ordination:
• Also a car. As a new priest, my priestly obligations require a means of transportation.

And all these money, if raised will be used to help with the Ordination and priestly obligations………

……This means so much to me, because it is going to be my greatest event in life. I have been studying and working towards its fulfillment so many years now, as we study seven years at the seminary, and this is my final year.
The reason I am applying for this aid is because, while in the United States, I operate on a student visa, which does not allow me to do any kind of work to sponsor myself financially.

Not only is Deacon Ike a very good traditional seminarian, and I’m certain he will make a very good priest (and help bring the TLM to a continent that is perhaps uniquely suited to taking advantage of the many graces that flow from it), but he is also a wonderful warm, gentle, caring, compassionate man.  As I noted at the top, our family has had the distinct pleasure of spending more than a little bit of time with Deacon Ike and I cannot praise him highly enough, nor endorse his GoFundMe with any greater alacrity.  He’s worthy of your support for about umpteen reasons I can think of.  I think it’s a beautiful thing that he will be ordained in a country (and continent?) where traditional ordinations have not been performed (or virtually never performed) for decades.  I can’t think of a man more worthy to enter the ranks of the traditional priesthood.
The campaign goal is $40,000, and is not 10% of the way there, yet, but there is plenty of time left.  It doesn’t take too many people donating $100 here or $50 there to add up to the amount needed.  Obviously, everyone has their own obligations and limitations.  I gladly thank you for your generosity in advance.

German Birth Rate Hits Record High – Can You Guess Why? October 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, demographics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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I’ll take muslim Immigration for $500, Alex.  The native birthrate continues to plummet to less than one child per woman.  A slight acquaintance of mine who lives near Freiburg was regarded as crazy by her peers for having THREE children.  What was she thinking, what with carbon emissions and global warming and starving kids in Africa and Oktoberfest and TV shows and contraception and laziness?  But while German woman have one or zero kids each, enough muslims have been invited to occupy the country, and have enough babies, that the overall “German” birth rate has gone up significantly in recent years.  Which is pretty much the leftist plan all along – if the electorate you have won’t give you what you want, import a new electorate.

The only silver lining is that muslim birth rates are also collapsing, and second-third generation muslims in Western countries tend to have birth rates only slightly higher than the death wish native populations.  Still, cold comfort to a Europe rapidly islamizing:

east one Western European country’s birthrate has shot above replacement level, only it’s not because Germans finally had a newfound appreciation for fertility.

According to Reuters, the wave of Middle Eastern migrants into Deutschland has led the German birthrate to its highest level in 33 years.

From Reuters:

The rate was 1.5 births per woman in 2015, up from 1.47 births a year earlier, and the highest figure since 1982 when it was 1.51. It was also the highest rate recorded since the 1990 reunification of east and west Germany.

Years of economic growth and government support have helped raise the birthrate in Germany. But the figure is still below the 2.0 births per woman that demographers define as the minimum fertility rate needed to ensure a population replaces itself.

Western Europe has some of the world’s lowest birthrates, outdone only by Japan with a staggeringly low birthrate of 1.41. In Germany, twenty-eight percent of the German people are aged 60 years or over, with the second largest middle-aged population.  

In countries like Italy, the low birthrate of 1.41 has become such a problem that government sponsored PSA’s were launched hoping to entice citizens into having more children. Of course, this move severely angered the country’s child-hating feminists, who began decrying the campaign as a return to Mussolini fascism.

Is there anything feminists don’t hate, including themselves?  As a tradition-embracing Catholic blogger, I complain a lot – no, it’s true – but sheesh I cannot imagine how miserable these women must be to constantly carp and bitch and whine and scream about every. little. thing. that. comes. along.  Without babies, a country’s economy and then its culture will implode.  But don’t dare even hint what a woman might do with her private parts, besides sterilizing them and allowing them to be used by any Tom, Dick, Jane, or Harry for 15 minutes of instantly regretted, soul-crushing “fun.”  Because that’s “empowering,” which is why so many young ladies today are cutters, doped to high heaven on powerful psychoactives, or have just plain gone nuts.

Ah, yes, the alternative to the patriarchal society God-instituted by design, knowing human nature incomparably better than we ever could.  So awesome!

How much do these endlessly obtuse feminists think people are going to care about women’s rights when we’re back at a 17th century level existence (if we’re lucky) following a general societal collapse brought on by death-spiral birth rates?  Of course, I give them too much credit, they never think, just emote.

Still screaming at dad for ruining her life because he wouldn’t hand over the car keys.


Thirty+ Years of Leftist Domination of “Education” Is Really Paying Off October 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, sadness, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, suicide.

I’ll preface my broad, sweeping attacks again by noting that there are so-called millenials (folks 16-35, roughly) who are not idiots, not whiners, and who are in fact very good, hard-working, creditable people.  Having said that, this Madison Ave. defined “generation” continues to cover itself in ignominy.  So thoroughly indoctrinated by leftist propaganda in the school systems (public and private)they are utterly unable to think for themselves, left with a totally distorted view of themselves as the greatest, bestest, smarterest generation ever by the disastrous self-esteem participation trophy movement, these kids are ripe for any demagogue or slick-sounding hustler to come along and sell them on some sexular pagan paradise, which these kids will learn to their great cost will be nothing of the sort.

I am amazed at how well the leftist indoctrination in the schools has played out.  These kids are completely ignorant of the evils of leftism/socialism/communism and are so pumped full of media lies they actually believe George W. Bush was responsible for more deaths than Josef Stalin.  Of course, the kids have to admit they have no idea who Josef Stalin was. Oh, and communism is totes great, get on board the free stuff gravy train!:

More than one in five U.S. millennials would be open to backing a communist candidate, and a third believe George W. Bush killed more people than Joseph Stalin, according to a new poll released Monday. [In their defense, what do these kids know?  Virtually nothing outside what idiot box sites like Twitter, Vox, Slate, and Buzzfeed have told them.  They grew up seeing Bush ’43 described as the devil himself, compared constantly to Hitler, but have probably only the foggiest notion of Josef Stalin, and have heard none of his mass murdering crimes.  It is obvious kids are being intentionally dumbed down by federally funded schools far more concerned with political indoctrination than they are with giving young people a broad based education which will teach them how to think.  After all, the powers that be want good, docile worker bees, not independent thinkers.  The pathetic part is, these kids think they have arrived at their leftist leanings on their own, when all they are doing is parroting what they have been very carefully propagandized to say]

The poll, commissioned by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and carried out by YouGov, surveyed Americans of all ages about their attitudes towards communism, socialism, and the American economic system in general.

Overall, the poll found, Americans remain broadly hostile to socialism and communism, even though 67 percent of the populace believes rich people don’t pay “their fair share” and 52 percent believe America’s economic system works against them. [And they may be right.  After all, the vast preponderance of the most wealthy in this country hold leftist opinions, and I don’t see any of them volunteering to overpay their taxes by several hundred percent. But the cultural assumption is that the rich is made up of right-wingers.  That hasn’t been the case for 20 years or more as the same cultural forces that are producing a whole generation well disposed towards leftism first moved through the elite levels of society, who all attend the same prep schools, Ivy league colleges, and have developed into a terrifyingly monolithic block of opinion totally disdainful of traditional values and especially Christianity]

But American millennials are more sympathetic towards communism, the survey found. While 57 percent of respondents overall had a “very unfavorable” view of communism, only 38 percent of millennials felt the same way. Close to 20 percent said they were likely to vote for a self-described communist, while barely 50 percent said they were likely to vote for a self-described capitalist.

Millennials were also more likely to take a favorable view of communist leaders. Twenty-five percent view Soviet revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin positively. Eighteen percent were favorable towards Chinese dictator Mao Zedong, despite a body count in the tens of millions. Thirty-four percent were favorable to Karl Marx, and 37 percent were favorable to revolutionary and T-shirt fixture Che Guevara. [Didja know Che was the scion of a guilt-ridden wealthy heretical leftist Spanish Catholic family that fled Spain when Franco quite rightly won the Spanish Civil War?  Another person who never learned to think beyond his programming. He wanted to help the poor by……..miring them in even more grinding communist poverty!  Or maybe he just wanted power for himself and all his high-minded rhetoric was just a means to that end]  

A full third of millennials believe U.S. president George W. Bush is is responsible for more deaths than Soviet leader Joseph Stalin…….[This has to be the most offensively stupid thing I’ve read this year that didn’t come from Francis or one of his flunkies]

……..Notably, despite his infamous purges, Stalin enjoys a 12 percent approval rating with millennials.

Useful idiots.  That’s all they are.

And oh gee giant surprise the whole BLM movement and the violence outside Trump rallies is just political theater organized and carried out by a tiny group of paid demonrat revolutionaries.  But you knew that already.

Evil Anniversary: Planned Butcherhood 100 Years Old October 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.

Hard to believe the evil creation of the diabolical Margaret Sanger has been around 100 years.  It shows how long the several decay in moral standards in our culture goes back.  It is also interesting to contemplate where Sanger first got radicalized – the women’s suffrage movement – and the inseparable ties between that movement and attacks on the moral order.  There really was then, and remains today (far more so), a desire to destroy the Christian moral order and upend patriarchy.  What evil hath been wrought to this end is beyond human comprehension:

As this month marks Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary, we should pause and consider its destructive legacy.

Founded by eugenicist Margaret Sanger in 1916, what is now known as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America began as a small birth control clinic in New York City. Sanger was motivated by her belief that artificial birth control and eugenics would “assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit,” including “morons” and “various criminal types” who “populate the slums.”

Today, Planned Parenthood affiliates operate over 650 clinics across the country and the organization is America’s leading abortion provider, performing 324,000 abortions last year, which works out to about one abortion every 98 seconds.

Over 57 million abortions have been performed in the United States in the years leading up to and following the tragic Roe v. Wade decision by an activist Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has worked tirelessly to make abortion the cornerstone of Sanger’s legacy. What is that legacy?

  • Fighting parental notification laws that protect children who seek abortions.
  • Advocating for taxpayer-funded abortion in the United States and overseas. [Now the official position of the demonrat party]
  • Attacking life-affirming pregnancy resource centers that provide humane abortion alternatives.
  • Opposing laws guaranteeing informed consent for women seeking abortions.
  • Opposing partial-birth abortion bans.
  • Opposing bans on sex-selective abortion.
  • Opposing laws that protect children that survive abortions.
  • Opposing commonsense health and safety standards for abortion facilities.
  • Using its 501(c)(4) advocacy arm to spend $30 million electing pro-abortion politicians to public office. [a few more: covering up child sex abuse, covering up sex trafficking of minors and adults, condoning and covering up sexual slavery, performing abortions on minors without parental notification, etc., etc.  This is the locus of demonic sacrifice that gives supernatural impetus to the general attack on the moral order]

Planned Parenthood purports to provide a wide range of health care, but its own data reveals that it is a profit-driven, abortion-centric organization.

……….Despite its leading position in the abortion industry, Planned Parenthood continues to receive hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars through grants and reimbursements every year. Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report reveals it received over $550 million from taxpayers last year alone.

Hillary desires to increase that to up to nearly $1 billion by the end of her first term.  Planned Barrenhood then turns around and uses federal tax dollars – your money, and mine – to attack its opponents and aggressively advocate not only for abortion but for an whole swath of gravely immoral programs, from the indoctrination of children into perversion and degrading practices, to “free” contraception.  And all along, they work feverishly with groups like Komen to keep the extremely strong links between chemical birth control/abortion use and various deadly cancers under wraps.  Why do you think Banned Parenthood utterly freaked out when Komen tried to cut off funds in 2012?  It wasn’t because they were overly afraid it would lead to a stampede of de-funding, but because cutting that tie could have permitted Komen to start to publicize this well known, if deeply memory-holed, link.


Explosive Question: Should Women’s Suffrage Be Abolished? October 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Domestic Church, error, family, foolishness, General Catholic, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, suicide, Tradition, Virtue.

Reader TT sent me a recommendation to a short book that contains two lectures given by the Catholic Bishop of Denver, CO, J.P. Machebeuf, in 1877.  In those lectures, basing his reasoning almost entirely on the Epistles of Saint Paul – that is, inspired and inerrant Scripture – Bishop Machebeuf argues passionately against women’s suffrage – then a growing cause celebre among the nascent progressive faction in this country.  I read this book months ago, and have been meaning to blog on it for some time, but never took the time to sit down and try to frame the matter in a way I thought would provide a reasonable discussion, as opposed to instant recourse to emotion.

Machebeuf relies principally on the following quotes from Scripture in his argument:

I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ and the head of every woman is the man and the head of Christ is God; the woman is the glory of the man, for the man was not created for the woman but the woman for the man (I Cor xi:13).

Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord, because the husband is the head of the woman as Christ is the head of the Church.  Therefore as the Church is subject to Christ, so also let the women be to their husbands in all things. (Eph v:22).

I will therefore, that men pray in every place……..In like manner the women also, in decent apparel, adorning themselves with modesty and sobriety…..as it becometh a woman professing Godliness with good works. Let the women learn in silence, with all subjection, but I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to use authority over man, but to be in silence, for Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not seduced, but the woman being seduced was in the transgression; yet she shall be saved through child bearing, if she continue in faith andlove and sanctification in sobriety (I Tim ii: 6- 8)

To the woman also he said: I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy husband’ s power, and he shall have dominion over thee. (Gen iii:16)

From these scriptural quotes – which are not being relayed outside modifying context, I would judge – and a few others, Bishop Machebeuf argues against allowing women the vote.  He also uses his assessments of the peculiarities of female nature as arguments against women’s suffrage, finding women perhaps more inclined to emotionalism, less inclined to the broader, long-range common good (as opposed to their own perceived, individual good), and perhaps less well disposed for making such decisions. He also feels women’s involvement in politics, even simply as an involved voter, would detract time from women’s primary duty in providing for the household and rearing the (hopefully many) children.  Primarily, however, the bishop finds women’s suffrage an affront to what he understands as God’s divinely revealed order, an order which places women, in such matters as the public trust, if not subordinate to men, at least in no position to dictate to men, through their vote, how public affairs should be conducted.

Bishop Machebeuf also presciently notes that the matter of women’s suffrage was simply the tip of the spear for a much broader move towards “women’s rights,” or the general trend towards feminism we have seen wreak such havoc on the family and culture over the past several decades. He had the foresight to see that the then very small women’s movement would metamorphose into a mass movement dedicated to the destruction of the moral order ordained by God.  A couple of quotes on this matter suffice to reveal the whole:

[The woman] cannot perform the duties of both man and woman at the same time, which makes it impossible for a woman to be a faithful wife and mother, attend to her household duties, and hold a public office – which seems to be the main object of the friends of women’s rights [Demonstrating that the Bishop foresaw, quite rightly, that the women’s suffrage movement was not just about giving women “equality” with men in terms of voting, but even putting them in positions of authority over men in the temporal realm by seeing women elected to public office.  Now we stand on the precipice of seeing perhaps the most amoral character in American political history elected to the highest office of the land.  And that character is a woman]


You know, beloved brethren, what some of those discontented women want; they want to shake off the authority of men, they want to turn upside down the order established by a just God, they want to rule over man.

What are we to make of this? Is this just some uncomfortable relic from a bygone, far less enlightened age, or could the bishop perhaps be onto something?  Obviously, his thinking is entirely absent from the public mind of the Church today, at least outside maybe a few isolated individuals (who are treated as crackpots), but we also know the “public mind” of the Church, as expressed by the large majority of bishops, priests, cardinals, and lay people, is at divergence with the perennial belief and practice of the Faith on a vast panoply of subjects.  That is to say, simply because his belief seems very much at odds with the beliefs posited by the vast majority of those who claim the name Catholic today, that does not mean they are necessarily wrong because of it.

One way to look at this subject, perhaps, is to look at the course of history in the many nations that have adopted practically universal suffrage, including women, over the past century or so.  Has that trend not been overwhelmingly towards the left, towards self-seeking, and towards the undermining of the moral and religious order and its replacement with an entirely new and hostile order oriented towards paganism, immorality, totalitarian government, and selfishness?  Polls in this and most every Western country reveal that women are far more likely to vote for the left-wing candidate than men.  They have played a vital part of the left-wing coalition in this and many other countries.  The rise of the Left has been a disaster for the Church and for the moral order, generally.

Interestingly, Bishop Machebeuf predicted that this would happen, that as women diverted attention from the home and rearing of children, towards what they were told would be the greener pastures of political and economic “empowerment,” that the rearing of children would necessarily suffer, and that neglect and the relaxation of familial and societal moral discipline would soon lead to a general, and grave, moral decay.

Bishop Machebeuf does not say in so many words, but what he is arguing in favor of, and what he reveals to be divinely ordained by God through Scripture, is that virtual curse-word today, a patriarchal society.  It is very clear today, and has been for some decades, that the radical feminist movement, which was given birth (apropos turn of phrase, no?) by the women’s suffrage movement (and has continued to use many of the same methods), has developed into a movement oriented towards the destruction of the traditional patriarchal society and its replacement with something different and far more destructive.  Since patriarchy is so clearly endorsed by Scripture, feminists have both waged war, and sought to co-opt, Christian leaders into their movement, even though in so doing, those leaders have helped hasten the destruction of their religion and the entire moral order.  It is little wonder that it was only ten years from the institution of women’s suffrage in the United States, and the approval of contraceptive use by a major non-Catholic ecclesial body (Lambeth Conference, 1930).  The decline  of the moral order has unalterably advanced since then.

Am I calling for the abolishing of women’s suffrage?  Perhaps in theory, though not very strongly even there.  I think the bishop basically right in his assessment, but I do wonder why there are not more texts of this type that have come down to us.  Was Bishop Machebeuf an outlier, even 140 years ago?  Or is his rare “hardness” or orthodoxy in this matter simply an early indication of the grave problems inherent in the American episcopate all along, but which would not reveal themselves en masse until about a century later?

Either way, we are about 500 billion miles from this being even a remotely viable issue or something to push for, publicly.  The vast majority of people, even – or, especially – those who call themselves Christian and/or Catholic, are so totally convinced that women voting is such a natural good, such an inviolable right, that even broaching the subject (outside a specialty audience like those who tend to read this blog) would be, at present, simply to instantly discredit oneself, or have oneself labeled as a member of the lunatic fringe.  Then again, Catholics – true Catholics – have always been perceived as such by the society at large.

Having said that, another thing TT sent me, a link to a post by Mundabor, contains relevant argumentation that is probably better than I could make.  It’s said a bit more strongly than I would phrase things (as you know, I am always so milquetoast and diplomatic), and overlooks one reality – that the female readers of my blog and probably his, too, are far better informed and make far better choices than the vast majority of men out there in the general populace – but he does provide a helpful condensation of the arguments it would take me many hours to frame.  So take this for what you will, and I look forward to the discussion that will follow (emphasis in original):

It fills me with rage at this stupid age to know that, in the most crucial US election in the last decades, there is such a discrepancy between female and male voter orientation. It seems that this wave of Reprobation (make no mistake: voting for Clinton can only be a mortal sin) is mainly fueled by the female sex, who is more prone to swallow hook, line and sinker all the rubbish about the “first female President”, the “objectifying of women” and all that insignificant noise meant to cover the real issues: the fact that Christian heritage and fundamental liberties (besides the Country’s security) may well be at stake.

Women of past ages knew very well that it was better for them that only men could vote, or be a judge. It helped a lot to keep the emotions out, and preserve an ordered society. It prevented the brutal emotional manipulation of serious issues we see today.

In a society in which only males can vote you can’t get very far with the emotional appeal to the “poor pregnant girl”. In a society in which only males can vote you could never attack the Second Amendment. In a society in which only male can vote not only Trump would clean up, but you would probably have a better Democrat opponent in the first place……..[I don’t think this goes nearly far enough.  If there had never been women’s suffrage, I don’t think there would have ever been a Trump, or a nation fallen far enough to give us two such unworthy candidates.]

…….Women suffrage has done great damage to women. It has allowed them to hurt themselves in so many ways: with abortion, with divorce, with a stupid push for an “emancipation” that has become a double burden, with the attempt to dismantle a patriarchal society that served them so much better than making of them the toys of many men…….

………It would be better for everyone, and particularly for women, if they were not allowed to vote. In time, this would cause a reversion to what every Catholic (that is: sensible) woman must wish: a solidly patriarchal society honoring women for their real qualities and helping them to give the best of their feminine nature, whilst stifling the self-destructive tendencies unavoidably generated by their (otherwise so beautifully) emotional nature.

Two thousand words is very long for a blog post, so I’ll end here, but I’ve really only scratched the surface of a very complex, and important, topic. I may err above where I say debating this will confine one to a lunatic fringe; not that I’m wrong about how people would receive such an argument, but as to whether that matters or not.  That is to say, the truth must be revealed no matter how it is received.

So, perhaps we’ll have more on this topic in the future.

How to Amend a Sacrilegious Marriage                  October 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, family, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, reading, Sacraments, Society, Tradition, Virtue.

I’m reading a neat little 90 year old book called Plain Talks on Marriage by Fr. Fulgence Meyer OFM.   Fr. Meyer addresses a point that is often overlooked, given the many problems afflicting marriage in the Church today (and the growing assaults on marriage coming even from the Vatican itself), but which may be even more widespread a phenomenon in this day and age than divorce and remarriage or infidelity.

The problem is reception of the Sacrament of Marriage in an unworthy, sacrilegious manner,  due to circumstances Fr. Meyer outlines below.  He also advises how one can amend for such an unworthy reception of the Sacrament, which is, after all, equal to Baptism, Confirmation, and even the Eucharist in nature.

From pp. 32-4:

You say……..that you have been married in keeping with the requirements of the Church; you were married, perhaps, with considerable ceremony.  Were  you in the state of Grace when you married?  Matrimony is a Sacrament of the living, and the recipient must not be conscious of an unforgiven mortal sin.  There are those who before marriage, in the period of courtship, sin flagrantly with each other by indulging in, or allowing, improprieties, indecent liberties, and shocking intimacies.  When they go to Confession before marriage, they are ashamed or too proud to admit these mortal sins.  They willfully make an invalid Confession, receive Holy Communion unworthily, and are married validly, indeed, yet sacrilegiously.  No wonder that they do not receive the grace of the sacrament, and that their married life is unhappy in consequence.  They started it out altogether wrong, even with the curse of God[One wonders how many failed marriages, subsequent divorces, and then even remarriages, have started out in this failed way as the couples involved were fornicating prior to marriage and never confessed the sin, and even received the Sacrament unworthily and sacrilegiously?  I suspect it is a huge source of the calamity that has befallen Catholic marriage.] What are they to do to set matters right?

All they need to do is to make a good general Confession covering the entire period from their last worthy Confession to the present time.  This Confession is not at all hard for those who have the will to get back to God.  The priests will give you what help you need, supposing you are in this plight.  And do not believe you are the first one to tell this story to the priest. He has heard it often before, and he will hear it again in the future.  Human nature is the same everywhere and at all times.  So take heart and make a clean breast of it in the spirit of true and humble contrition.  Then, when you receive absolution, you will get not only the graces of holy penance, but also those of matrimony.  They have been and are only suspended, waiting for the hindrance of mortal sin to be removed from your soul.  No sooner the hindrance is gone, the suspension will cease, and the graces of marriage will flood, strengthen and rejoice your soul.  [And, almost certainly, dramatically improve the marriage in question as those Graces long denied flood in to work their supernatural effects]

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We live in really messed up times. Practically the entire world – “friends,” peers, media, government, the demons, etc. – scream at us from a very early age to do really bad things unless one is among the very few lucky ones to have been an early homeschooler, or somehow raised by exceptionally pious and attentive parents.  I know I certainly did fall for a lot of lies the world peddles, and they seriously messed me up.

But one of the infinite number of wonderful aspects of our God is that He forgives totally, and is a an infinitely generous giver.  Once we have true contrition and make a good confession, He will flood ourselves with graces and gifts totally unearned by us, and impossible to repay, but He will send them all the same.  They can turn around situations that seem impossible to repair by human means.  I’ve certainly seen that happen more than once.  Don’t give up!

And don’t ever let some false authority figure in the Church tell you that divorce is OK, that’s it’s not that bad, that the Church (re: Franky) is providing a “do-over,”  that God “understands,” and all the similar lies.  Go to Confession, trust in God, and pray!  That is the best way to a happy life, not serial divorce/civil remarriage and the carousel of degrading use of the marital faculties that involves.

May God have mercy on all those experiencing marital pain, and who need the cleansing regeneration of Confession.