Fr. James Martin, LBGTSJ, Continues to Cover Himself in Dung January 9, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, cultural marxism, disaster, General Catholic, horror, religious, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.
A brief final post of the day: many readers will be aware that Fr. James Martin, SJ, is typical for men of the sadly fallen order he represents so fittingly, in being solidly on the progressive, worldly side, frequently (if not constantly) making what should be clear Doctrine into a dog’s breakfast of confusion and uncertainty. He displayed that to excess, recently, in trying to claim that the Holy Family was filled with argument and disunity at times, contrary to the constant belief of the Church dating from Apostolic times, which is that the Holy Family featured three souls for whom sin was totally foreign*, and for whom self-interest was a non-existent commodity, thus making argument an impossibility, even if Mary and Joseph were sometimes confused by aspects of the Savior’s mission on earth:
Perhaps I’m overstating things in claiming that Martin is asserting arguments within the Holy Family, but I think that implication can be plainly drawn. His intent to “humanize” or “de-mythologize” the Holy Family may have good or sinister intent, but it is wholly consistent with the kind of insidious attacks on long-held belief that Jesuits have been infamous for these past several decades.
Our Lady was miraculously preserved from sin from her Immaculate Conception. She was incapable of disagreeing with her Son, of not seeing “eye to eye.” If there were times when she did not understand, fully, the Christ’s actions, she instantly conformed her will to them once their meaning became plain, such as when we read in the Gospel from the Feast of the Holy Family this past Sunday, when Jesus stayed behind in the Temple in obedience to his true Father instead of his earthly one – the completely right priority. Joseph and Mary were naturally worried about their son, but did not chastise Him or argue with Him in any way once He made his reply. The Wedding at Cana is another instance where what may to secular eyes appear as “conflict” is actually the perfect alignment of wills. Our Lady asked Jesus, perhaps prematurely, to address the exhaustion of the wine. She asked this KNOWING that He would accede to her……it wasn’t really even a request, it was more a bald statement of fact, but Jesus, in His perfect generosity, knew what His mother willed……..and that is of course what happened. Any other purported instances of disagreement are simply the natural result of what happens when limited human understanding confronts omnipotence and omniscience – there are bound to be misunderstandings on the human part, but in every case, Our Lady conformed her will to that of her Son as perfectly as a human being can.
This kind of tweet and post are just click-bait, to me. Say something controversial in the hope of attracting hits. It’s as banal as it is predictable – especially for a creature such as Martin. There is no concern over causing scandal or offending the sensibilities of numerous devout souls, the only concern is for the clicks.
But that’s not all, Martin LBGTSJ also feels compelled to jump on the cultural bandwagon whenever something pleasing to progressives comes along, such as Meryl Streep’s breathless hyperventilating at the Golden Globes:
Wow, so deep. You can see how social media so elevates the cultural discourse.
Streep’s comments were offensive, because they equate voting for Trump with holding a foundational disrespect for certain others (whoever the Left wants from one moment to the next). Sure, Trump has said some unfortunate things, but they are off-hand comments made in passing, not points of deliberate policy. Streep, Martin, and their co-religionists of the Left think very little about the “disrespect” shown to the unborn by the outgoing president they so idolize. No, they are fixated on 15 year old off-color comments, not because they really care, but because it serves their political interests to do so. That’s what all this screaming and crying and literal public lunacy on display over the past 2 months has been about, an attempt to de-legitimize the man elected president and prevent his administration from being able to roll back any of Obama’s disastrous policies, policies that have pushed this nation to the brink of destruction.
But politics is what it’s always about with the Left, whether it’s Streep or Martin or Winters or Chittister. They are fervent adherents of an implacably hostile, alien religion, a demonic mishmash of bad science, diabolical philosophy, hatred for sound Doctrine, and unbounded pride – the religion of sexular Leftism.
I’m quite certain you already knew well enough to ignore anything Martin, SJLBGT and his ilk have to say, because you guys is S-M-R-T smart.
The only question I have is, can the Jesuits be reconstituted along something like the lines of their holy founder again through great suffering, reduction in numbers, and eventual replacement by solidly orthodox membership, or will extreme measures like suppression for a century or so be required to snuff out their particularly vile and pernicious set of errors?
*- St. Joseph is regarded – I don’t think it is a doctrine, but it is a strong tradition – to have been sinless from the moment of his betrothal to Mary. For the time Jesus was Incarnate until his death, then, St. Joseph did not sin, even venially.
Some Spiritual Gems from the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer January 9, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Our Lady, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
A few excerpts from recent issues of the awesome Catholic newspaper, published by the Transalpine Redemptorists quarterly. The first is on humility, the second contains statements by various Saints in praise of Our Blessed Mother.
On Humility: These lessons may seem superficial, even credulous, but they are actually very powerful. What we learn below is that all our acts of piety – hours of prayer, great acts of penance, numerous devotions, fasting, etc. – can all be undone of spiritual benefit if we lack humility. In fact, humility is the prerequisite for advance in the interior life. It’s also one of the most difficult to obtain virtues, so contrary to our nature is it. Humility comes from meekness, which comes from willed embrace of suffering – something our natures and the entire world scream at us is unnatural and unacceptable. Enough of me, the quote from Catholic:
The most powerful weapon for overcoming the devil is humility, because as he is a perfect stranger to the employment of it, so he knows not how to defend himself against it – St. Vincent de Paul
One day, as St. Macarius was returning to his cell, he met the devil with a scythe in his hand: the fiend endeavored to wound him, and cut him in two with it; but he was unable to do so, because the moment he came near to him he lost all his strength. Upon which, being filled with rage, he said to him, “I suffer great violence from thee, O Macarius, because though I greatly desire to hurt thee, I am unable to do so. Strange indeed it is! I do all that you do, and even more: you fast sometimes, and I never eat at all; you sleep but little, it is true, but I never close my eyes; you are chaste and so am I; in one respect alone you surpass me.” “And what is that?” replied Macarius. The devil answered, “It is in your great humility.” And having said this, he disappeared without letting the saint behold him another moment.
On a certain occasion the devil appeared to a monk in the form of the Archangel Gabriel, and told him that he was sent to him by God; but the monk feeling himself altogether unworthy of such a visit replied, “See if you were not sent to another,” and forthwith the devil disappeared.
As an aged priest was exorcising a possessed individual, the devil said he would never leave that body until he had told him who were the goats and who the lambs. The good priest immediately replied, “the goats are all those who are like me; who the lambs are is known to God.” At which words the devil cried out aloud, “I am forced by thy humility to go away,” and forthwith he fled.
In Praise of Mary: No introduction needed.
Seek refuge in Mary because she is the city of refuge. We know that Moses set up three cities of refuge for anyone who inadvertently killed his neighbor. Now the Lord has established a refuge of mercy, Mary, even for those who deliberately commit evil. Mary provides shelter and strength for the sinner. – St. Anthony of Padua
Let us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the great praise we lavish on the Mother; for the more she is honored, the greater is the glory of her Son. There can be no doubt that whatever we say in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son. – St. Bernard of Clairvaux [Dang right! Listen to that, protestants!]
Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did. – St. Maximilian Kolbe
We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor His Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor Him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way of leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son. – St. Louis Grignon de Montfort
Let us run to her, and, as little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence. – St. Francis de Sales
With reason did the Most Holy Virgin predict that all generations would call her blessed, for all the Elect obtain eternal salvation through the means of Mary. – St. Ildephonsus [I believe it!]
As in the natural life a child must have a father and a mother, so in the supernatural life of grace a true child of the Church must have God for his Father and Mary for his mother. If he prides himself on having God for his Father but does not give to Mary the tender affection of a true child, he is an impostor and his father is the devil. [ouch] – St. Louis de Montfort
Alright, one more on a different subject, from the Angelic Doctor himself, Thomas Aquinas:
Nothing created has ever been able to satisfy the heart of man. God alone can fill it infinitely.
Lord, do I ever know that. I tried to fill it with everything imaginable, but it remained a vacuum until I at least tried to start filling it with You. It feels much fuller now. I pray it is.
Neo-Catholics, Water Carriers of the Revolution January 9, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, family, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, rank stupidity, Sacraments, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Quite a stinging, but very much timely and on point video from Michael Matt. A couple of people sent this to me over the weekend, but I’d already seen it – you have to get up pretty early to get the jump on ol’ Tantumblogo. Hopefully that doesn’t mean everyone’s already seen it – I hate to be redundant. But if it’s good enough to watch once, it’s good enough to watch again, amiright?
I have to say, I’ve never seen a “gathering rite” as Matt relates. I have, however, seen much abominable behavior prior to, during, and after Mass, including loud, rude conversation, total lack of prayer and devotion, wholly inappropriate attire, and various forms of roughhousing and grabass playing. Sometimes that latter involves kids, sometimes not. This complete lack of reverence, devotion, and seeming understanding of what is about to take place during the Mass is one of the major factors that drove me to seek out more orthodox, pious alternatives; first, a Novus Ordo Latin Mass, and finally, the TLM.
Speaking of, I assisted at a nuptial Mass in the Novus Ordo world over the holidays. The parish was abominable, liturgically. Tabernacle shunted into a literal closet (it sat 8 in cramped fashion!). The church itself was a huge circle with the altar offset far to one side and a large stage for the priest and other “liturgical actors” to prance around on. Felt banners abounded. There was naturally a huge hot tub baptismal font. For a little while, I thought I was in San Antonio, but, no, it was just the Diocese of Fort Worth.
I will never comprehend what weird – one might even be tempted to say diabolical – psychology is at play in weddings (and not just Catholic ones), where it seems like a contest among the young women invited to attend to be the most scantily, inappropriately dressed woman there. It almost seems like a passive-aggressive attempt by young, single women (and some not so young, or single) to upstage the bride by drawing attention to themselves through revealing clothing. The laughable part was, it was quite cold that night by Texas standards, about 33 degrees with a brisk north wind. My wife, always seeking the charitable explanation, opined that these fit-for-Tinder dresses might be the only ones they own. I’m tempted to call BS on that, but, then again, I’ve seen similar at more than a few funerals, so maybe there’s something to it.
Folks at the wedding Mass at least tried to keep the conversation down to a dull roar, but far louder than one might see in, say, a movie theater. That’s the worst part, these people have been deliberately and carefully formed to regard assisting at Mass, being in the Eucharistic Presence of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, to be of LESS significance, and deserving of less decorum, than one might find in a theater or upscale restaurant. It’s not just St. Paul – prior to an ordination Mass here in the Diocese of Dallas, when the Cathedral was jam packed, I got congratulated by a media photographer for being the only one of the thousand odd people there on their knees, praying prior to the Mass. He was Eastern Orthodox and blown away by the lack of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament and the unbelievably powerful transformation about to take place in men given a supernatural Grace beyond human comprehension, and by the boorishness of those in attendance.
I’m sure we all have similar stories. Too many to share. When we wonder how Francis could be doing what he’s doing, and all the long years of abuse, error, and even outright heresy committed by so many in the Church, including every one of his predecessors dating back to Paul VI, at least, all we have to realize is, they radically, cruelly, heartlessly changed the Mass. Heck, they upended it, turned it inside out, turned the sublime into the banal and showed a billion odd Catholics and the entire world that literally nothing at all was sacred in the brave new post-conciliar world.
Given that, nothing should really surprise us. The way from the Church as it was prior to the Council to where it is today, near schism and potential doctrinal collapse, was paved very carefully and deliberately. I think we have to recognize that even some of Francis “conservative” predecessors played a substantial role in that construction project. I am far from certain how we get back to the way things were, or some new reality based on the Church as it must be, but I do know the restoration of the Mass of Ages is absolutely central to that project, and, indeed, it cannot occur without the return of the TLM as the regular, everyday, normative Mass for the entire Church.
A Very Positive Appraisal of Dallas’ New Bishop Edward Burns January 9, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, priests, Society, true leadership.
One reason I’ve been behind the curve with regard to soon-to-be Dallas Bishop Edward Burns is because I was completely offline and out of town in North Carolina when the announcement was made. I missed out on a great deal of coverage, also, because I am not on social media. So, I was very glad to receive an appraisal from a local person who happened to have some interaction with Edward Burns on the day the announcement of his appointment as Dallas’ next bishop was made, essentially the only day he has been in the Dallas Diocese so far.
This individual was very impressed. They indicated Bishop-elect Burns is very prayerful. In fact, in spite of having an extremely busy day of travel, introductions, and press conferences/media interaction, he insisted on having a Holy Hour the night of the announcement. Some folks thought, it’s too late, it’s been a long day, but Bishop-elect Burns was determined to have a Holy Hour of prayer for thanksgiving and for Grace for his upcoming role, and so he had one. The impression my contact gained of Bishop-elect Burns is that he is a prayerful man, something that even I have been well aware was not an exactly overwhelming characteristic of either of his predecessors.
Bishop-elect Burns also showed a welcome pastoral touch. Even though he met hundreds of people on the day of his introduction to the Diocese, at the end of the day he thanked many involved by name. He had involved conversations with many local Catholics, from diocesan staff to lay people who had hurried to the presser to meet him, and all came away very impressed. He seemed to be happy to make time for local Catholics, to hear their views and any concerns they might have, and did not seem to be in a hurry to get away to more pressing engagements. That’s again a bit of a change from what has been the experience of local Catholics in recent years. I know I am far from the only involved local Catholic who found Bishop Farrell a man who was essentially impossible for most laity to reach, even well-connected, involved ones who had serious business to discuss.
It’s too soon to tell where Bishop-elect Burns lands on the matter of the Liturgy and Doctrine, but my contact is very hopeful there, too. I did get further feedback from local pro-life leaders that they are very excited and expect good things from Burns. Their brief introductions apparently gave them substantial hope for even more diocesan support of local pro-life, anti-abortion efforts.
Another hopeful sign is this: a local priest who has longed for years to offer Mass Ad Orientem is again doing so. This priest had introduced Ad Orientem at Mass in 2008, intending the change to be permanent, but he was apparently forced to desist after only a few weeks. You guys are well-informed readers, you can do the math from there. I know this priest very well and dearly love him, and am so glad he is again able to offer Mass facing the tabernacle as has been the default practice in the Church for 15 or 16 centuries.
Well, praise God, it looks like Dallas will have a bishop that is, if not a hero of orthodox doctrine, at least approachable, possessed of a solid prayer life, and seems to bend at least somewhat conservative. I know there are a few indications that have given some folks pause, but for now I will remain hopefully optimistic and give our new Bishop-elect Burns the benefit of the doubt, as he rightfully deserves. Never a Pollyanna, I’ll certainly be watching his actions with interest and will call things as I see them, but until then, I’ll take these positive assessments from people I know and pray they play out into reality over the next few years.
People often tend to want to give the newcomer, especially an authority figure, the benefit of the doubt, until evidence proves out the contrary, but I think there is a reasonable expectation of hope here.
California Legalizes Child Prostitution……. January 5, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, error, family, General Catholic, horror, paganism, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unadulterated evil.
……ostensibly to somehow make kids safe. Leftism = rejection of God’s Law = any moral travesty is possible.
Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right.
SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.
This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government with a two-thirds “supermajority.” To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policymaking: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side. [It also shows the total amorality of the Left. You cannot commit evil that good may come of it. Here, government is deliberately permitting a moral evil in order to obtain a perceived good (and that perception is fatally flawed). This is morally repugnant, and indicates what government divorced from right religion will quickly descend to]
The unintended but predictable consequence of how the real villains — pimps and other traffickers in human misery — will respond to this new law isn’t difficult to foresee. Pimping and pandering will still be against the law whether it involves running adult women or young girls. But legalizing child prostitution will only incentivize the increased exploitation of underage girls. Immunity from arrest means law enforcement can’t interfere with minors engaging in prostitution — which translates into bigger and better cash flow for the pimps. Simply put, more time on the street and less time in jail means more money for pimps, and more victims for them to exploit. [And more misery for the children lost in this nightmare, many of whom are, yes, here illegally, and thus very difficult to track]
As Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, a national leader on human trafficking issues, told the media, “It just opens up the door for traffickers to use these kids to commit crimes and exploit them even worse.” Another prosecutor insightfully observed that if traffickers wrote legislation to protect themselves, it would read like SB 1322…….
……..The common thread running through this avalanche of liberal-left legislation is the total absence of common sense and a stubborn insistence on ignoring human nature. On a certain level, we shouldn’t be surprised. After all, progressives still believe eliminating poverty is a matter of spending enough money on enough government programs. Despite spending $15 trillion on anti-poverty and welfare programs since 1965, our national poverty rate is actually slightly higher today than it was then.
Indeed. Whether they are useful idiots or men of deliberately evil intent, Leftism is ultimately about acquiring power for leftists. If a few million souls have to suffer irreparable injury or even death in the process, well, that’s just the breaks. Can’t make an omelette, and all that. Kids, despite their claims to the contrary, are their absolute lowest priority, if not something the Left generally despises. Why else would the Left hold as its most unassailable point of policy the murder of children and their frustration from ever coming into existence, while also encouraging divorce and other immorality that has the effect of ruining the lives of most of the few children that do manage to be born? Anytime I read a leftist start talking about doing something “for the children,” I cover my wallet and unholster my gun.
Figuratively speaking. Sort of.
Prayer Request and Thanks January 5, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Holy suffering, reading, sadness, Tradition, Virtue.
A couple of “housekeeping” items, if you will – please pray for A, wife of longtime reader “ADG,” who gave birth to their 9th child a couple of months ago and shortly after developed some serious medical conditions. She is still recovering and her health remains under 100%. If you could please add her to your prayers, I know it would be greatly appreciated.
The thanks comes from me, to those who sent me items from my Amazon wishlist and/or a gift certificate. I thank you very much and feel quite humbled by your generosity. I have just come across some really good new sources of Catholic catechesis and have added a number of items to my wishlist. If any feel called to buy something on there for me, all will be greatly appreciated. Pretty much everything on the list is directly blog related, and if you do send me something, you can rest assured any good material I draw from it will show up on this blog at one time or other.
One of those new items of catechesis is The Catechism in Examples, a five volume set produced by Fr. D. Chisholm and published over 100 years ago in Britain. Reader SL sent me a link to this massive tome (over 2000 pages!) and it looks really powerful. Many find the 1990s Catechism painfully dry, and sometimes questionable doctrinally. I tend to imagine the doctrine in this 100 year old set of volumes will be unimpeachable, while its format is easier to read since it gives concrete examples for each point of doctrine discussed, rather than relaying them in a purely theological way. The Catechism in Examples is also available at The Internet Archive for free if you happen to read books online.
A New Miracle at Fatima, and the End of the World January 5, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Domestic Church, error, family, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, sanctity, sickness, Society, The End, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
A sermon in two parts from the priest whose online presence is most warmly welcomed back. He discusses the original Miracle of the Sun in 1917, and a new one that occurred this past year in Fatima, which was witnessed by about 100 pilgrims to that great Marian shrine. The sermons are fairly long – the first, 38 minutes, the second, almost 43. So, you’ll be investing quite a bit of time, in spite of the priest’s fast speech. A huge amount of catechesis is contained herein, though much of the history of the original apparitions and miracles at Fatima may be review for most readers.
Regarding the new miracle that occurred, it happened on May 4, the day the Novena for Our Lady of Fatima typically starts. It happened in the 99th year since the original Miracle of the Sun.
Sadly in these times almost all people, including Catholics, have very little Faith in Our Lady, take very little heed of the warning present in the Miracle of the Sun, and basically dismiss any thought that they will be held strictly accountable for their actions in their lives (Catholics even more strictly so), either at their individual judgment or when this world will cease to exist. I am not as concerned as the priest is that Fatima, Francis, and other things point to an imminent Parousia. But the message he conveys is just as valid whether the world is scheduled by God to end in 10 months, or in 10,000 years.
An absolutely chilling recounting of the horrors of dying in the Flood, and even surviving it in the Ark, closes out the sermon. It’s worth listening to if only for that.
Moving on to part 2. Father leads off this second half of the sermon with a reassurance that, simply because many signs and portents may point to a relatively imminent end of the world, we don’t need to freak out and lose our sense of peace over that. More than likely, every one reading this will face their individual judgment before the Last Judgment occurs, but even should the Last Judgment occurs in our lifetimes, what, precisely, should we be doing differently than what we should already be doing? Be in the state of Grace, remain obedient, practice virtue, perform your vocation in life to the utmost of your ability, try to reach out to souls in charity by giving good example, etc., etc. The point of the warnings is to make sure people know they REALLY REALLY REALLY need to be doing their duty, because the time is probably much shorter than they think, but that applies whether the Parousia is happening this year or not. I could be hit by a bus tomorrow, whereas the Church has always declared that anyone who tries to fix a particular time for the end of the world is in error and cannot be believed.
Having said that, Father goes through the Apocalypse and various writings of Fathers and Doctors to explain how the end times will go down, starting with the Great Apostasy, which will occur within the Church toward the end of days. He notes that most Church Fathers believe the Great Apostasy will start within the clergy and bishops, and from there spread out to the faithful, corrupting the vast majority of souls.
I’ll not steal any more of Father’s thunder and reveal how the sermon ends, but I think you will find it as edifying and helpful as yesterday’s.
Please say at least three Hail Mary’s for the priest. He’s been relocated out of Texas.
Texas Ain’t Perfect……… January 4, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, cultural marxism, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Victory.
……but it’s a heckuva lot better than a lot of places. Two recent bits of evidence to that end, Texas has officially removed Planned Murderhood from its list of approved Medicaid “health care” suppliers, and a Texas judge has declared Obama’s plan to allow full-grown, mentally-ill men to legally use little girl’s restrooms unconstitutional:
Texas officially removed Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program Tuesday, according to a report from the Texas Tribune.
A legal notice obtained by the Tribune said the $3 million in Medicaid reimbursements the organization received in 2015 will be canceled in 30 days. Planned Parenthood could request a hearing with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to delay the cutoff date, but officials told the Tribune they would resolve the matter in court.
“Planned Parenthood continues to serve Medicaid patients and will seek a preliminary injunction in an ongoing lawsuit filed in November 2015, following the state’s original threats to take action against Planned Parenthood’s patients,” Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, told the Tribune. [Everything is inverted, everything is inside out. This is not taking action against Banned Parenthood’s patients, but against Planned Parenthood itself. But PP is deeply politically unpopular, so they erect a virtual shield in the form of whatever patients they’ve had. Unfortunately, since this will go to the courts, it’s a crap shoot as to how it will come out. With Trump in, the odds improve somewhat, but are far from a certainty that the courts will rule rightly. All it takes is one leftist judge and all Texas’ gains in the pro-life area can be undone.]
The state has been looking to completely remove Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program since October of last year, after a series of undercover videos was released that showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the use of fetal tissue for research. [The videos didn’t show Planned Butcherhood “discussing the use of fetal tissue for research,” they showed numerous Planned Barrenhood employees planning the sale of vast volumes of baby parts for profit, in addition to conducting illegal partial-birth abortions in order to save the most profitable bits.]
The anti-abortion group behind the videos claimed Planned Parenthood was improperly collecting fetal tissue from abortions and profiting from tissue donation reimbursements. Planned Parenthood officials have denied these claims and said they haven’t broken any laws. [Sure, and 99% of those on death row claim they’ve never committed a crime]
Now, regarding the do or die issue of 2016 for the outgoing, diabolical Obama Administration, transgender bathrooms. Foiled again, Barry Hussein:
A federal judge in Texas issued another crushing blow to President Obama’s transgender agenda Saturday: The judge granted a temporary injunction halting federal health officials’ efforts to enforce rules that would “likely violate” the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
In a 46-page decision, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sided with the state and ruled that the Obama administration’s attempts to tailor health regulations while bolstering trans individuals’ rights would “likely violate” the RFRA by placing “substantial pressure on Plaintiffs to perform and cover transition and abortion procedures.” The rule, which was geared toward preventing discrimination against trans persons, failed to persuade O’Connor as he weighed its implementation against the possibility of violating doctors’ religious beliefs. [Everything, including the ludicrous “transgender bathoom” issue, comes back to abortion, for the Left. It’s the source and summit of their demonic faith]
……..as O’Connor noted, the rule would have “imposed a substantial burden” on private health care providers’ abilities to honor their religious exercise and expression because the rule contains no suitable exemptions.
“The regulations at issue would force doctors to enforce gender transition procedures even on young children, even when doctors believe the procedure is harmful,” Luke Goodrich, an attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty representing the case’s plaintiff, told the Houston Chronicle……
…..O’Connor’s Saturday decision marked the second time he has actively thwarted the Obama administration’s agenda in 2016. Back in October, the judge blocked the federal government’s move requiring public schools to allow trans persons to use whichever restroom suited their gender identities. [Good for Reed O’Connor. One of the few good things that came out of the Bush ’43 administration]
The article did not even touch on an equally egregious aspect of Obama’s ploy, in addition to his attempt to impose immorality through governmental force, no matter how much it harms beliefs deeply held by millions of Americans, and that is his attempt to legislate by executive fiat. Obama knows transgender bathrooms are deeply unpopular across much of the country and there is absolutely zero chance that Congress, as presently constituted, would pass a law imposing such. Knowing that he is constitutionally thwarted, Obama, as he has often done, has tried an end-run through executive fiat. Sadly, due to the weakness of Republican leadership in Congress (and, more than likely, their private agreement with him on many of these issues), Obama has been permitted to function in this rule by decree manner far too often, and gotten away with it.
I pray Trump examines ALL the areas in which Obama has attempted to force his agenda through like a tin pot dictator, and repeals them all, including these cultural/social issues that are really even more important that economic/political ones. If he did that alone in his first 30 days his administration would be off to a strong start.
So, While I Was Away, Dallas Got a New Bishop January 4, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, history, huh?, priests, secularism, Society.
Edward Burns from, of all places, Juneau, AK, was named to replace departed <giggle> Cardinal <snort> Farrell about three weeks ago, while I was in beautiful but cold North Carolina. This is a real under-the-radar kind of appointment. Burns is not as young as I feared (59, meaning Dallas won’t be saddled with one man, great or disastrous, for thirty years, like Albany and Rochester have been), and he’s led a fairly low profile heretofore. I’m not entirely certain, but there’s a good possibility that his former Diocese, Juneau, is the smallest in the nation. Heck, it’s 6000 Catholics are smaller than probably 2/3 of the parishes in this diocese.
I’ll admit this appointment happened a great deal sooner than I thought. Bishop Cardinal Farrell had said, before departing, that a replacement would be named within 2-3 months. I scoffed at that, since other dioceses have waited 18-24 months to get replacements, but he was obviously better informed than I: the replacement was named just over 3 months after Farrell departed for his new sinecure in Rome.
New Bishop Burns hails originally from Pittsburgh, and got some love from Pope JPII (via Ratzinger) in being appointed one of the co-chairman of the apostolic investigation into the (deliberately engineered) vocations crisis in the US, and later was appointed to the Vatican review of US seminaries. After that, however, he was sent back to Pittsburgh to the post he had held before he had been elevated to the USCCB in 1999, as rector of the diocesan seminary in Pittsburgh. After an additional year in that role was apparently sufficient purgatory and he was then consecrated Bishop of Juneau by Benedict XVI in early 2009. I don’t know if these moves signify a rising or falling star or are simply the vagaries of Church assignments for a man being groomed for the episcopate. Beats me.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh under Bishop David Zubik is generally seen to be somewhat on the conservative side, I think, at least relatively speaking by 201X American standards. What that means for our new Bishop Burns in Dallas is uncertain. This guy does not have much of a paper trail, though he has been fairly reliably pro-life, at least in a few public pronouncements. He doesn’t seem to be a screaming liberal, but I could be fooled.
I’m also uncertain what Burn’s appointment means for the Diocese. It does seem something of a step down, from receiving the consummate insider (and clearly a man on the rise) in Farrell, who had been a protege of the notorious but highly influential Cardinal McCarrick, a big player in the politically important Archdiocese of Washington, DC, and a deeply committed USCCB apparatchik, to this guy, wonderful though he may be (or may not be) from the Diocese of North Pole. Does that say something about how Dallas is perceived within the Church? Under Farrell, Dallas went from being something of a backwater with a scandalous recent past (the boy-rape scandals and decadent seminary situation being Farrell’s two biggest repair priorities in office) to being a destination, from being a place that received bishops from elsewhere to one that exported many into leadership positions in nearby dioceses. Or is it a situation where a diocese in crisis merited an admittedly sharp administrator (if hardly an inspiring, doctrinally strong shepherd), and now that the crisis is supposedly past (though things continue to be buried), someone of a lower profile could be named as replacement? I do not say any of this as a criticism of Burns, it’s simply comparing the very disparate past histories of two different men.
Some local pro-life folks have apparently met with Bishop-elect Burns and came away heartened. So maybe he’ll be awesome. My guess is that very little will change, practically speaking. There isn’t anything in his background, that I have found, that indicates he might have a innate hostility towards Tradition, over and above what most men formed in his time and place have. Of course, it’s difficult to say, most of this is just speculation off of a few thread of evidence. If you have found documentation that indicates reasons for concern or elation, please share them. My research has been limited to an afternoon and an evening during the break. I admit I am mostly just spitballing in this post.
One thing that has changed, and I imagine this was planned under Farrell, is that the local pro-life Mass and march will be split into two days, and the march will be little more than a short stroll from the convention center to an empty parking lot on deserted, weekend downtown streets (the last bit being per usual, unfortunately). This isn’t a major change, formerly held on one day with a Mass and a mile or so long march through downtown Dallas, the local pro-life March has, over the years, degenerated into a self-congratulatory spectacle garnering precious little media coverage and accomplishing mostly mutual back-patting. I don’t criticize those who participate, it’s certainly fine to get some reinforcement for one’s pro-life beliefs, but the March reaches basically no one who is not already converted and I don’t think it accomplishes a great deal in the defense of life in any concrete sense. As such, we’re going to just pray/counsel outside a mill, instead of participating in the March. Unfortunately, in the wake of the court’s overturning of Texas HB2, mills that had closed down due to the bill are re-opening, like the notorious Northpark mill which is nearly complete.
Trump to DHS: Start Preparations to Build Wall January 4, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Immigration, It's all about the $$$, Restoration, scandals, self-serving, Society, Victory.
Wellity wellity wellity – is this one prominent campaign promise that might come true? What might such a wall look like? What kind of overwatch would it have? Guard towers every X meters, or regular patrols, or an abundance of sensors, or all of the above, or? If we can find three camel herding Taliban in 50,000 square kilometers of mountain terrain with airborne drones, can we not find most all the 2-3 million illegals who cross the border every year?
Do you think it will really happen? I imagine the wall would have to be completed within his term(s) of office, because I don’t see many replacements that would finish it. Can it be done? How much will it help? (my guess – if built right and patrolled properly, it will cut illegal immigration 90+%, which is why the business/political elite hates the idea so much):
A memo from the Department of Homeland Security, which was recently reviewed by Reuters, suggest that the Trump administration plans to hit the ground running on the construction of that U.S.-Mexico border wall when they move into the White House later this month. The memo apparently summarized a meeting held between DHS officials and Trump’s transition team on December 5th in which requests were made for an assessment of “all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.” [Back in the 80s, the South Africans had flat bed trucks rigged with gear that could spit out hundreds of feet of triple concertina wire in seconds. The truck just drove along at a fair pace while the wire spat out the back. Great way to isolate a fair sized locality very quickly. A southern border wall could be built incrementally, starting with a quick and dirty version while a more permanent one is built. Even triple concertina will slow people down, a lot.]
In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.
The requests were made in a Dec. 5 meeting between Trump’s transition team and Department of Homeland Security officials, according to an internal agency memo reviewed by Reuters. The document offers a glimpse into the president-elect’s strategy for securing the U.S. borders and reversing polices put in place by the Obama administration. [The Left will try to tie this up in the courts]
The Trump transition team also allegedly took aim at Obama’s executive actions, requesting “copies of every executive order and directive sent to immigration agents since Obama took office in 2009.”
The transition team also asked for copies of every executive order and directive sent to immigration agents since Obama took office in 2009, according to the memo summarizing the meeting.
Trump has said he intends to undo Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including a 2012 order to allow children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents to remain in the country on temporary authorizations that allow them to attend college and work. [the so-called “dreamers.”]
The program, known as DACA, collected information including participants’ addresses that could theoretically be used to locate and deport them if the policy is reversed.
I’m agnostic on what happens to those millions currently in the country illegally once a wall gets built, or the immigration system is otherwise contained and stabilized at much lower, more easily integrated numbers. I would actually prioritize expatriation of muslims, especially those with any even remotely radical or criminal connections, far ahead of deporting Hispanics. Once the immigration rate is stabilized, it may be found that most Hispanics currently here illegally may remain and begin a path to normalized citizenship (save for those with criminal records and with a history of welfare abuse). There are many reasonable avenues to pursue, once the crisis is past and we can calmly and rationally consider what to do with those already here.
But it’s almost impossible to act wisely while in the midst of such a terrific crisis as we are faced with a practically non-existent southern border. It’s also difficult to act wisely when one political party seeks to gain a permanent majority by importing reliable voters to the detriment to much of the existing native population. There are myriad reasons why a wall is necessary and prudent, in spite of any “offense” building such might seem to commit against charity. Charity does have its bounds, especially in the material sense. It is not required to absolutely impoverish oneself for the improvement of another, and that could well be what this nation faces on this current path of essentially unconstrained immigration.
One can only imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth that will emanate from the USCCB (and this diocese?) should one brick get laid on that wall. We rarely hear how those imported Catholics (half of which will be gone from the Church within 10 years or less) are exploited and abused by unscrupulous employers due to their precarious legal status.