Wednesday, January 23, 2019

I HOPE CARDINAL MUELLER ISN'T JUST A SINGLE REED BLOWING IN THE WIND BUT THERE ARE OTHER LIKE-MINDED CARDINALS AND BISHOPS

It is a tragedy for the Church and for this papacy that Cardinal Mueller was so brutally treated by Pope Francis. His Holiness needs to surround himself with good people not the chaff that advice him now.

You can read the entire actual interview at the National Catholic Register by pressing HERE.



 Cardinal Gerhard  Müller outside the Vatican's Synod Hall after a session of the Synod on the Family on Oct. 13, 2014.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller outside the Vatican's Synod Hall after a session of the Synod on the Family on Oct. 13, 2014. (Daniel Ibáñez/CNA)
 
In Person |  Jan. 23, 2019 
 
Cardinal Müller: Clergy Sex Abuse Involves Sexual Misconduct, Not Merely Clericalism
Speaking with the Register, the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says Church leaders must acknowledge the central role homosexuality has played in the abuse crisis.
Those who reduce clergy sex abuse to clericalism and never mention the role that homosexuality has played in the crisis “don’t want to confront the true reasons” for the abuse, Cardinal Gerhard Müller has told the Register.

The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith also said these groups and individuals who publicly hold these views are against priestly celibacy and are exploiting such abuse crimes “for their own agenda.” Cardinal Müller shared these words in a sit-down interview with the Register in Rome recently, during which he shared his hopes for the Feb. 21-24 meeting of bishops on the “protection of minors” and discussed a range of other topics.

The German cardinal, who has been giving many interviews and talks on the crisis in the Church since Pope Francis asked him to step down as prefect in July 2017, also said he believed academic theology is facing “a breakdown” and that “more qualified theologians” are needed, along with “an appreciation for them.”

“Some Church’s leaders don’t realize the deep crisis the Church is in,” he said. “We must learn from the mistakes of history and learn from the great reform movements.”

Read the actual interview HERE.

APART FROM HIS CHATISEMENT OF THE BISHOPS, WELL DESERVED IN IRELAND, ISN'T WHAT IS REQUESTED HERE OF THE LAITY WHAT VAITCAN II TEACHES THE LAITY SHOULD BE DOING?


January 23, 2019

Laity must defend the faith not wait for bishops to 'get their act together', says Dreher

LONDON (ENGLAND)
The Tablet

January 23, 2019

By Sarah MacDonald

Best-selling author and conservative thinker Rod Dreher has urged the Irish laity not to passively wait for their bishops to “get their act together” but to speak out and defend the faith themselves.

In an address at University Church in Dublin, hosted by the Iona Institute and the Notre Dame Newman Centre for Faith and Reason, the author of ‘The Benedict Option’ told a crowd of 350 that Catholics in Ireland that he knew "from bitter experience that the institutions of the Catholic Church cannot be relied on to teach, defend, and evangelise for the faith”.

The popular blogger and editor at ‘The American Conservative’, who is author of several books, told The Tablet that it would be “a fatal mistake to sit back and wait for them [the bishops] to get their acts together”.

“Pray that they do but in the meantime faithful Catholics must catechise themselves and their children. They must act themselves to deepen their experience of faith through prayer, the sacraments, Bible reading, and embracing spiritual disciplines.”

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL CHILDREN (AND THEIR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS!) ACROSS THE WORLD ARE WAITING FOR THE BISHOP OF COVINGTON, KENTUCKY TO SUPPORT HIS HIGH SCHOOL CHILDREN

 UPDATE

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The President has thrown his support to these children.

The governor of Kentucky has thrown his support to these children.

The senator of Kentucky has thrown his support to the children.

In the Name of God and all that is Holy, why hasn’t the diocesan spiritual father of these children embraced them in a public way and met with them?








On my way to the parish office while listening to Gus Lloyd's call-in show on Catholic Radio, a woman from Cincinnati called in and basically questioned what I have questioned above.


But she said this: 

"We Catholics have stood by the Church and the clergy during the most horrible time in Church history as  it concerns the major scandals and we have had to endure taunts from others about staying in an institution that covered-up and/or enabled sexual abuse of minors, vulnerable adults and a homosexual culture of clericalism. 


And now the clergy and bishop have yet to come to the public support and defense of these kids and initially threw them under the bus immediately without all the facts."

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A STUDY GUIDE


SOBER


A statement from the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School 

On Monday afternoon the Covington Police alerted us that they had intelligence concerning a planned protest, Jan. 22, at Covington Catholic High School and a vigil at the Diocesan Curia. Due to threats of violence and the possibility of large crowds the Diocese was advised to close Covington Catholic High School, the Diocesan Curia and neighboring Covington Latin School. We thank law enforcement officers for their protection and will reopen when they say it is safe to do so. 

Concerning the incident in Washington, D.C., between Covington Catholic students, Elder Nathan Phillips and Black Hebrew Israelites the independent, third-party investigation is planned to begin this week. This is a very serious matter that has already permanently altered the lives of many people. It is important for us to gather the facts that will allow us to determine what corrective actions, if any, are appropriate. 

We pray that we may come to the truth and that this unfortunate situation may be resolved peacefully and amicably and ask others to join us in this prayer. 

We will have no further statements until the investigation is complete.

THE LEFT WHIPS UP HATE TOWARDS CHILDREN


A message from the new campaign to tackle hate crime in Scotland (handout/PA)11



Covington Catholic High School notified parents as I write this, that the school is closed today to protect the safety of students and faculty.  One threat against the children was that they should be locked in the school and the school burned down.

The left to include its fake news media sycophants like CNN has whipped up hate towards children so much so that on the various social media these young children and their families have received death threats.

One celebrity printed a graphic cartoon depicting a child wearing a MAGA hat 🎩 being thrown through a wood chipper hat first!

I have not posted some comments by some democratic operatives commenting on my previous post on this because the comments constitute child abuse.

Fortunately CNN has offered authentic news concerning their original fake news reports.

Everyone, though, to include CNN, must offer unequivocal apologies and retractions for the threats of child abuse, violence and death towards these children at Covington Catholic that their fake news and incendiary comments have provoked.

IF MY 1970'S SEMINARY FACULTY HAD SOCIAL MEDIA, THE THINGS THEY TAUGHT US WOULD HAVE BEEM PRAISED BY THE NCR

Interesting commentary at the NCR


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Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit (Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Jameson)
Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit (Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Jameson) 
Editor's note: This is the second part of a series focusing on seminaries in the United States. Every priest, including those accused of sexual abuse or those who disagree with Pope Francis, attended seminary. How are priests being formed? Who is teaching them? How are seminaries adapting to the new wave of abuse crises and condemnation of clericalism from the papacy? NCR will attempt to answer these questions and more. Read the first part here.
DETROIT — Pope Francis is confusing, is weak on enforcing doctrine, and sows discord among believers, according to a cadre of faculty at Sacred Heart Major Seminary here who regularly express their consternation online and in other public forums.

Monday, January 21, 2019

YESTERDAY'S CATHEDRAL EF MASS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY OR IN THE ORDINARY FORM THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD IN ORDINARY TIME



THIS IS GETTING TIRESOME! WE CAN PRESUME THE POPE HAS READ THE LASTEST ASSOCIATED PRESS ARTICLE BY A REPORTER WHO HEARD HIM REQUEST THAT REPORTERS DO THEIR JOB AFTER THE GREAT ACCUSER, VIGANO, MAKE HIS ACCUSATIONS. NOW THE POPE RESPONDS IN TODAY'S DAILY MASS DIATRIBE AT THE CHAPEL OF HIS HUMLE RESIDENCE, THE VATICAN MOTEL 6

The poor pope:

Pope at Mass at Santa Marta, Vatican, January 21, 2019.Pope at Mass at Santa Marta, Vatican, January 21, 2019. 

Pope at Mass: the Beatitudes are the true way of life for the Christian

Celebrating his morning Mass, January 21, Pope Francis said that some people believe themselves to be good Catholics but don’t even act like good Christians as indicated by the Beatitudes. The Christian style is that of the Beatitudes that St. Mark in the day’s Gospel describes as "new wine in new bottles".
By Robin Gomes
The Gospel, the Word of the Lord, is the "new wine" that has been gifted us, but to be good Christians we need a "new behaviour", a "new style" that is truly the "Christian style", and this style is indicated by the Beatitudes.  This is the meaning of the " key word " that concludes today’s reading from the Gospel of Mark: "New wine in new wineskins".  Pope Francis made this the theme of his homily at Mass, Monday morning, at the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta.

Accusing others

According to the Pope, we can learn about the Christian style by first knowing our attitudes that don’t belong to the Christian style.  In this regard, he points to 3 of them: the "accusatory style", the "worldly style" and the "selfish style":
The Pope says that the accusatory style belongs to those who always try and live by accusing others, disqualifying others, acting as absent promoters of justice.  But they don't realize that it's the style of the devil: in the Bible, the devil is called the "great accuser", who is always accusing others.
This was the same in the time of Jesus who in a few cases reproached the accusers: "Instead of looking at the speck in the eyes of others, look at the beam in yours"; or again: "Those who have not sinned can throw the first stone".   Living by accusing others and looking for defects, the Pope says, is not "Christian", not new wineskin.

Worldliness

Speaking about worldliness, Pope Francis calls it an attitude of Catholics who can "recite the Creed", but live on "vanity, pride and attachment to money", believing themselves to be self-sufficient. 
The Pope says that the Lord has offered you the new wine but you did not change the wineskin, you did not change yourself.  This worldliness is what ruins so many who are good but they enter into this spirit of vanity, of pride, of being seen... Humility that is part of the Christian style, like that of Our Lady and St. Joseph, is lacking, the Pope says.

Selfishness, indifference

Commenting on the third un-Christian style, the Pope says it is the selfish spirit, the spirit of indifference that is common in our communities.  One believes oneself to be a good Catholic but doesn’t worry about the problems of others – wars, illnesses and the suffering of our neighbours.   This, the Pope says, is the hypocrisy that Jesus reproached the doctors of the law for. What then is the Christian style?
According to the Pope, the Christian style is that of the Beatitudes: meekness, humility, patience in suffering, love for justice, ability to endure persecution, not judging others... If a Catholic wants to learn the Christian style, so as not to fall into this accusatory style, the worldly style and the selfish style, he/ she must read the Beatitudes. They are the wineskins, the path we must take.  To be a good Christian one must have the ability not only to recite the Creed with the heart but also the Our Father with the heart.

WOW! THIS SUMS UP THE ENABLER, HIS HOLINESS THE POPE AND SEEMS TO CONFIRM HIS HOLINESS' "WHO AM I TO JUDGE" MENTALITY ON ALL THINGS SEXUAL, NOT JUST HOMOSEXUALITY

This is the latest from that great Vaticanista, Sandro Magister. I think it explains very well Pope Francis' initial rehabilitation and reintegration of soon to be laisized McCarrick and His Holiness first appointment of his spiritual son in Argentina. Sexual sins, sins of the flesh, are minor for this pope.

And yet apart from the sins below the belt, this pope is the most judgmental pope in recent history. It is typical of 1970's social activists for the poor. Sexual sins which most people have personal responsibility are given a pass, but social issues like poverty, global warming, war and peace and the like are made into personal sins where guilt is heaped upon those who really have no responsibility for these global issues.

It is a sort of self-righteousness and a club to hit those who are only concerned about the sins below the belt, which by the way, have caused the institutional Church to be at the brink of self-destruction. So perhaps these sins are more serious than the Holy Father thinks. One can only wonder about the psychology of minimizing something that causes so much destruction in the world of families and even ruins people's physical and mental health as well as causes deaths.    



Memo For the Summit On Abuse. For Francis, the Sins “Below the Belt” Are “the Lightest”

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The most surprising news, in the journey that Pope Francis is preparing to go on to Panama for world youth day, is that he has selected for his entourage, among his official companions, the Frenchman Dominique Wolton (in the photo), who is not an ecclesiastic or even a Catholic, but a theoretician of communication, director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the legendary CNRS, and founder of the international magazine “Hermès.”
Above all, however, Wolton is the author of the book-length interview in which Jorge Mario Bergoglio spoke on the spur of the moment, without restraint, to the point of saying for the first time in public that he had entrusted himself for six months, when he was 42, to the care of an agnostic psychoanalyst in Buenos Aires.
The book, translated into multiple languages, was released in 2017, collecting in eight chapters eight conversations that the pope had with the author in 2016. Since then there has arisen in Bergoglio that sentiment of closeness with Wolton which led him to want to bring him along on his next journey. A sentiment akin to the one that ripened between Bergoglio and Eugenio Scalfari, another champion of the godless, whom the pope has often called in for talks with the confidence that Scalfari would then transcribe and publish in his own way that conversation of theirs, for the sake of building up a good image of Francis in the camp of the unbelievers.
This too is part of the communicative model that Bergoglio loves. Because in an interview with a suitable interlocutor he can give to a vast audience more than what appears in the official texts. He can lift the veil on his real thought.
For example, in the book-length interview with Wolton it is explained why Pope Francis sees sexual abuse committed by churchmen not so much a problem of morality and sex, but of power, and of clerical power in particular, which he condenses in the word “clericalism.”
When Wolton asks him why in the world so little attention is paid to the “most radical” message of the Gospel, which is the “condemnation of money madness,” Bergoglio responds:
“It is because some prefer to talk about morality, in their homilies or from the chairs of theology. There is a great danger for preachers, and it is that of condemning only the morality that is - pardon me - ‘below the belt.’ But other sins that are more serious, hatred, envy, pride, vanity, killing another, taking a life… these are rarely mentioned. Get into the mafia, make clandestine deals… ‘Are you a good Catholic? Well then, pay me the bribe.’”
Further on the pope says:
“Sins of the flesh are the lightest sins. Because the flesh is weak. The most dangerous sins are those of the spirit. I am talking about angelism: pride, vanity are sins of angelism. Priests have the temptation - not all, but many - of focusing on the sins of sexuality, what I call morality below the belt. But the more serious sins are elsewhere.”
Wolton objects: “But what you are saying is not understood.”
The pope responds:
“No, but there are good priests… I know a cardinal who is a good example. He confided to me, speaking of these things, that as soon as someone goes to him to talk about those sins below the belt, he immediately says: ‘I understand, let’s move on.’ He stops him, as if to say: ‘I understand, but let’s see if you have something more important. Do you pray? Are you seeking the Lord? Do you read the Gospel? He makes him understand that there are mistakes that are much more important than that. Yes, it is a sin, but… He says to him: ‘I understand’: And he moves on. On the opposite end there are some who when they receive the confession of a sin of this kind, ask: ‘How did you do it, and when did you do it, and how many times?’ And they make a ‘film’ in their head.  But these are in need of a psychiatrist.”
Pope Francis’s journey to Panama is taking place less than a month before the summit at the Vatican of the presidents of the episcopal conferences of the whole world, to agree on shared guidelines in addressing sexual abuse, scheduled for February 21 to 24.
It will be interesting to see, at that summit, how Francis will reconcile his minimization of the seriousness of sins that he calls “below the belt” with the emphasis, on the other hand, of the abuse of power by the clerical caste, which he has repeatedly stigmatized as the main cause of the disaster.
Not only that. Perhaps it will become clear to what extent his minimization of sins of sex - and of the homosexual practices widespread among the clergy - may explain his silences and his tolerance toward concrete cases of abuse, even by high-level churchmen he has esteemed and favored:
Exemplary in this regard is the case of Argentine bishop Gustavo Óscar Zanchetta, for whom Bergoglio even acted as confessor, whom he promoted in 2013 as bishop of Orán and then, in December of 2017, called to Rome for a leading role at the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, in spite of the fact that on two occasions - as documented on January 20 by Associated Press - the Vatican had received accusations from his diocese of his bad behavior "below the belt," with young seminarians, and twice the pope had asked him to respond to the accusations, deciding afterward to remove him from the diocese but also to promote him to an even more prominent position, evidently seeing as irrelevant, "light," that behavior of his:

WHEREIN I AGREE WITH AN EDITORIAL FROM THAT WONDERFUL NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (NCR) AND LET ME TELL YOU, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE AGREED WITH AN EDITIORIAL FROM THAT WONDERFUL NEWSPAPER



When I just read this editorial from that wonderful National Catholic Reporter, I thought to myself, self, I could have written this because what is stated in the editorial is exactly how I felt about the retreat that Pope Francis asked the bishops of the USA to attend.

Keep in mind, it isn't the papal preacher who should be criticized but his boss and the bishops boss, His Holiness, Pope Francis.

I have a great deal of anxiety about the February meeting because the pope who is steering the ship dosen't get it or if His Holiness does get it because His Holiness if from the post-Vatican II, spirit of Vatican II arrogance which has exacerbated the laxity of Catholic Discipline lost after Vatican II and not only that seems to think that this mess is a part of a surprise from God which in fact is a sacrilege.

Editorial: Reality check was missing at US bishops' retreat


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U.S. bishops listen to the homily at Mass Jan. 3 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception during their Jan. 2-8 retreat at Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Illinois, near Chicago. (CNS/Bob Roller) 
It was a highly unusual event when most of the bishops in the United States gathered for a weeklong retreat earlier in January at Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago. The event was driven by a most unusual and debilitating problem, the clergy sex abuse crisis, which has bedeviled the church in the United States for nearly 34 years.
The event itself may have been the primary goal — gathering a group of men publicly divided over a host of issues for prayer and meditation away from daily pressures. Only time will tell if there are long-term benefits.
More immediately, however, the point of the gathering as it relates to the abuse scandal remains quite puzzling, particularly in light of the 11 talks delivered by Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, official preacher of the papal household.
He began by announcing that the charge he received from Pope Francis was that he "lead a week of spiritual exercises for the bishop conference so that the bishops, far from their daily commitments, in a climate of prayer and silence and in a personal encounter with the Lord, may receive the strength and light of the Holy Spirit to find the right solution for the problems that afflict the church of the United States today."
In that regard, he said, "I am not going to talk about pedophilia or give advice about eventual solutions. That is not my task and I would not have the competence to do it."
It is beyond our competence and the space here to deal authoritatively with Cantalamessa's outpouring of erudition, a river of words that took bishops through discourses on the kerygma, Christian asceticism, prayer, spirituality, conversion, the centrality of the person of Jesus, all laced through with biblical scholarship, modern-era theologians, the work of Francis, references to pop culture, and an unremittingly bleak analysis of contemporary culture.Get NCR delivered to your inbox.
But it is not beyond our competence to ask questions. And there are questions aplenty, especially heading into the meeting in February in Rome of presidents of bishops' conferences from around the world.
First, why, if the sex abuse crisis and the bishops' mishandling of it was the impetus for the retreat, was it taken off the agenda as a topic to be dealt with? Why couldn't the spiritual exercises involve leading the bishops corporately to the basic requirements of the tradition — telling the truth, repenting, seeking forgiveness — necessary for reconciliation and rebuilding trust with the community?
It appears to us that most of Cantalamessa's oratory presumes that there is not much wrong with the status quo. He seems oblivious to the depth of the problem or how disruptive it's been to the victims, their families and, by extension, the wider Catholic community.
In fact, at the start of things, the pope's preacher, quoting from The Cloud of Unknowing on contemplation, urges the bishops to put "a cloud of forgetting beneath" them, leaving behind "every problem, project or anxiety we may have at the moment." If only the rest of the church had such luxury available.
Cantalamessa sees the possibility that the scandal has led to a "much more Gospel-like and humble" church "more free from worldly power."
The church certainly has been humbled, but that is mostly the result of outside forces. Whether it can actually embrace the humility called for is yet to be seeEMENT
In one section that we find especially unfortunate, Cantalamessa reflects on Christ's agony in the garden.
"Due to the scandals of pedophilia, many bishops in the Catholic Church, starting with the bishop of Rome, are experiencing right now exactly what Jesus experienced in Gethsemane. As we have seen the ultimate cause of his suffering … consisted in taking upon himself sins that he had not committed himself and in bearing responsibility for them in front of the Father."
We leave it to scholars to tussle with that interpretation, but it doesn't take an expert to know that the comparison is woefully out of whack. It might work better had the preacher placed the victims in the garden. The bishops were driven to making a retreat not because they were taking on the sins of others but because of what they and their brothers either did or failed to do over decades. In this instance, they don't compare very favorably with Jesus.
We hope the February gathering delivers a more bracing reality check on the need for deep reform of church structures and clerical culture.

ARE THE CATHOLIC BOYS FROM COVINGTON, KENTUCKY VICTIMS OF THE LIBERAL PRESS WITH ITS POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS BIASES? IN A WORD, YES!

Critics Push Back Against Media Reports Covington Catholic High School Students Racist Toward Native American Drummer
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Two longer videos have come out that seem to vindicate the Catholic Boys High School kids in Washington DC. Shame on CNN, in particular, and their FAKE NEWS and the fake news of the other politically liberal and religion hating (if conservative) news outlets. SHAME.

Why did CNN make an international story out of this? Because it was a group of Catholic kids at the Washington, DC Right to Life March who were wearing MAGA hats and appeared, falsely to be victimizing Native Americans.

FAKE NEWS hates President Trump. It hates Christianity and its traditional sexual morality and it hates pro-life Christians. FAKE NEWS wants to marginalized, denigrate and neutralize anyone against their political agenda.

SHAME!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

I THINK WE CAN CONSIDER THIS A BOMBSHELL: HERE WE GO WITH MORE INFORMATION ON YET ANOTHER PAPAL MESS


 

Francis had named Zanchetta to Oran, a humble city some 1,650 kilometers (1,025 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires in Salta province, in 2013 in one of his first Argentine bishop appointments as pope. He knew Zanchetta well; Zanchetta had been the executive undersecretary of the Argentine bishops conference, which the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio headed for two successive terms, from 2005-2011.

And by all indications, they were close. Manzano said Bergoglio had been Zanchetta's confessor and treated him as a "spiritual son."

All of which could explain why Francis named him to Oran despite complaints about alleged abuses of power when Zanchetta was in charge of economic affairs in his home diocese of Quilmes, which is in the ecclesial province of Buenos Aires which Bergoglio headed.

AP Exclusive: Vatican knew of Argentine bishop misconduct



ORAN, Argentina (AP) — The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis (Pope Francis appointed him bishop as one of his first appointments bypassing the papal nuncio) had taken naked selfies, exhibited "obscene" behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told The Associated Press, undermining Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse were only made a few months ago.

Francis accepted Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta's resignation in August 2017, after priests in the remote northern Argentine diocese of Oran complained about his authoritarian rule and a former vicar, seminary rector and another prelate provided reports to the Vatican alleging abuses of power, inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment of adult seminarians, said the former vicar, the Rev. Juan Jose Manzano.

The scandal over Zanchetta, 54, is the latest to implicate Francis as he and the Catholic hierarchy as a whole face an unprecedented crisis of confidence over their mishandling of cases of clergy sexual abuse of minors and misconduct with adults. Francis has summoned church leaders to a summit next month to chart the course forward for the universal church, but his own actions in individual cases are increasingly in the spotlight.

Read the rest of the depressing details HERE.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR AND GET IT


OKAY, IT'S GREAT SEEING YOUNG PEOPLE SING THEIR HEARTS OUT AND WITH ENTHUSIASM BUT IN THE LITURGICAL SENSE WHAT IS SO WRONG WITH THIS FOLK SONG SUNG MARVELOUSLY BY THE NOTRE DAME FOLK GROUP, AND THANKS BE TO GOD IN THE CHOIR LOFT AND NOT CONFRONTATIONAL WITH THE CONGREGATION AS IN AN ENTERTAINMENT VENUE

For starters, and let me begin, (redundancy alert) most of these songs are about "we" just listen to how many "we's" there are, especially in the second ditty.

Secondly, the enthusiasm is meant to get an emotional response without any real theology behind it besides the non-vertical or as some prefer, horizontal wonderfulness of we.

Then we might think of post-Vatican II vapid triumphalism in t style of song without any theology to back it up except for the vapid feelings it creates. It makes pre-Vatican II triumphalism blush! Wasn't Vatican II suppose to make the Church less triumphant?

What are you observations?


I PRESUME THIS CATHOLIC ALL BOYS HIGH SCHOOL WAS IN WASHINGTON FOR THE PRO-LIFE MARCH: MY ONLY QUESTION IS, WHERE ARE THEIR TEACHERS AND CHAPPERONES?

Diocese investigates after students mock Native American

Diocese investigates after students mock Native American




Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School responded to the events below and released this statement: 
We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.

The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.

We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

THIS IS ACTUALLY THE MOST ANCIENT FORM OF SANCTUARY SET-UP FOR THE ANCIENT LATIN MASS NOW KNOWN AT THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM

I can't tell who the pope is in this photo, but it is clearly prior to Vatican II's reform of Pontifical Masses and accretions in papal liturgies.

It is clearly the ancient rite of the Church, not the post-Vatican II versions.

But the set up looks very much like the set up for outdoor Masses at St. Peter's today with only minor details changes, diluted or simplified.

But my point is that this is the ancient arrangement for the Ancient Latin Mass and predates the fixed altar against the wall that came into vogue much later in Catholicism's liturgical and architectural history.


Yes, it is Paul VI and this is another view:


DISGRACED CHARLIE ROSE INTERVIEWS HIS GRACE JOHN CARDINAL O'CONNOR

I think this is the "majesty" of which Bishop Lessard referred back in the 1980's that the hierarchy and lowerarchy need to recover. This is a cardinal, a prelate, who exudes dignity:


SO, OKAY, POPE JOHN XII WAS A SINNER, BUT AREN'T WE ALL AND WHO AM I TO JUDGE? I'LL JUST DEFER TO HIS HOLINESS


Thanks to DJR for posting this as a comment. It made me think that maybe the Church is the Whore of Babylon. But it also made me think of Fr. Addison Wright, SS, a liberal Scripture Scholar and teacher at my seminary in the 1970's who said, "The Church may be a whore, but she's still your mother!"

It also made me think that we are living in better papal time than then!

Copied from DJR:

"Papal deference" for Catholics in former times was not an issue, particularly when popes were also secular princes.

Pope John XII comes to mind.

It is for this purpose that Liudprand of Cremona, a partisan of the Holy Roman Emperor Otto I, gives an account of the charges levelled against him at the Synod of Rome in 963:

Then, rising up, the cardinal priest Peter testified that he himself had seen John XII celebrate Mass without taking communion. John, bishop of Narni, and John, a cardinal deacon, professed that they themselves saw that a deacon had been ordained in a horse stable, but were unsure of the time. Benedict, cardinal deacon, with other co-deacons and priests, said they knew that he had been paid for ordaining bishops, specifically that he had ordained a ten-year-old bishop in the city of Todi ... They testified about his adultery, which they did not see with their own eyes, but nonetheless knew with certainty: he had fornicated with the widow of Rainier, with Stephana his father's concubine, with the widow Anna, and with his own niece, and he made the sacred palace into a whorehouse. They said that he had gone hunting publicly; that he had blinded his confessor Benedict, and thereafter Benedict had died; that he had killed John, cardinal subdeacon, after castrating him; and that he had set fires, girded on a sword, and put on a helmet and cuirass. All, clerics as well as laymen, declared that he had toasted to the devil with wine. They said when playing at dice, he invoked Jupiter, Venus and other demons. They even said he did not celebrate Matins at the canonical hours nor did he make the sign of the cross

THAT ANY POPE ISN’T SHOWN DEFERENCE IS CERTAINLY ANATHAMA FOR TRADITIONALISTS, NO?

Pope Francis received in a private audience members of the Episcopal Conference of Chile on Jan. 14.
Pope Francis received in a private audience members of the Episcopal Conference of Chile on Jan. 14. (Vatican Media/National Catholic Register)
Sexual Abuse and the End of Papal Deference
COMMENTARY: The Chilean bishops’ visit to Rome demonstrated the newfound willingness of bishops to push back publicly against objectionable actions.
Fr. Raymond DeSuzza has a good commentary at The National Catholic Register which you can read in full HERE. I print the last part of his commentary below.

From a traditional Catholic’s orthodox point of view is this a good thing or not, meaning just more post Vatican II heterodoxy? DISCUSS:

When the pope was in Chile last year that the age of deference by bishops toward the Holy Father took a decisive turn. After Pope Francis made comments accusing his critics of making false charges, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, directly rebuked the Pope’s statement. For a senior cardinal to publicly dress down the Pope was unprecedented. That the Holy Father found himself compelled to accept the reprimand was the true earthquake; he no longer could insist upon the deference that he was not being given.

This is new territory, and the consequences are only slowly being seen — for good and for ill. At the American bishops’ meeting in November, the decision of the Holy Father to postpone votes on American reform proposals was publicly criticized by the bishops present, including their president, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.

The most astonishing statement came from Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, who argued that when it comes to telling the truth, the “Holy Father should be given the benefit of the doubt.” That’s not deference; it’s damning with faint praise.

The castigation model preferred by the Holy Father — whether speaking to the Roman Curia or writing to the U.S. bishops earlier this month on retreat — depends upon the bishops accepting it without protest. That can no longer be assumed, a new dynamic to be taken into account ahead of the sex-abuse summit in Rome next month.

The age of deference has been winding down for several generations. The days of when officials would kneel during brief meetings with the Holy Father and he would take all his meals alone have long ended. In the early years of St. John Paul II, it was quite common for theological dissenters and religious orders in turmoil to make heated public criticisms of the pope.

But bishops generally held their tongues. Even when bishops were summoned for (private) castigation, such as the Dutch bishops in 1981 or the Australian bishops in 1998, public deference was maintained. That is no longer the case.

IT’S JESUS, NOT BREAD, STUPID!

See the “bread” on this table? It is the type seminarians made for almost every Mass I went to at my 1970’s seminary “consecrated” on a box like “altar-table” covered like the one below. Our “bread” cut into cubes, was dark brown and had honey and other ingredients in it which more than likely invalidated the consecration and thus rendered the sacrificial aspect of the meal invalid. All that the liturgy was, was a meal with what seminarians called “chewy Jesus.”

No, it wasn’t, chewy Jesus, and it wasn’t really chewy bread, it was more like a chewy Honey Bun.

Deacon Fritz has a good article on the actual “Bread” of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at Praytell. You can read it HERE, but please look at the stupid 1970’s comments below the post. These are the corrupt examples of the 1970’s that invalidated so many “Masses” and made them into Honey Bun sharing more important to the corrupt liturgists than receiving “The Bread of Life, Jesus!”

LOTS OF GOOD NEWS FROM THE VATICAN ON PAPAL LITURGIES AND THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS


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CDF assumes duties of Ecclesia Dei Commission

With a new Apostolic Letter issued "motu proprio", Pope Francis has suppressed the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which was established thirty years ago by Pope St. John Paul II.
By Christopher Wells
The Holy See has published the text of an Apostolic Letter, issued motu proprio on 17 January 2019, by which Pope Francis suppresses the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

Established by St John Paul II

The Commission was established by Pope St John Paul II on 2 July 1988, with the “task of collaborating with the bishops, with the Departments of the Roman Curia and with the circles concerned, for the purpose of facilitating full ecclesial communion of priests, seminarians, religious communities or individuals until now linked in various ways to the Fraternity founded by Archbishop Lefebvre [the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, or FSSPX], who may wish to remain united to the Successor of Peter in the Catholic Church.”

Dialogue with FSSPX

In the Letter, Pope Francis notes the “sincere solicitude and praiseworthy care” with which the Commission undertook its work. He explained, however, that “the conditions that led the holy Pontiff John Paul II to the institution” of the Ecclesia Dei Commission have changed since its foundation. Notably, the dialogue with the FSSPX is now focused primarily on questions of a doctrinal nature. For this reason, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith requested, in November of 2017, that the dialogue with the priestly fraternity be conducted directly by the CDF.
The new motu proprio effects that change through the suppression of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

Care for traditional communities and faithful

In addition to the dialogue with the FSSPX, the Pontifical Commission had also exercised the authority of the Holy See “over various institutes and religious communities which it has erected which have as their ‘proper Rite’ the ‘extraordinary form’ of the Roman Rite and observe the previous traditions of the religious life.” It was also tasked with looking after and promoting “the pastoral care of the faithful attached to the antecedent Latin liturgical tradition, present in various parts of the world.”
In the motu proprio suppressing the Ecclesia Dei Commission, Pope Francis notes that “the Institutes and Religious Communities which habitually celebrate in the extraordinary form have today found their own stability of number and life.”

New Section of CDF

With the Apostolic Letter, the Holy Father assigns the duties of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei in their entirety to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “within which a specific Section will be set up in order to continue the work of vigilance, promotion, and protection” of the suppressed Commission.
Finally, Pope Francis disposes that the budget of the Ecclesia Dei Commission fall within the ordinary accounting of the CDF.

Sistine Chapel Choir now part of Liturgical Celebrations

Pope Francis releases a motu proprio making the Sistine Chapel Choir part of the Office for Liturgical Celebrations.
By Devin Watkins
With an Apostolic Letter issued motu proprio on Saturday, Pope Francis decreed that “the Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel should be inserted into the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff”.
He said the Office for Liturgical Celebrations holds “a specific place of service to papal liturgical functions and, at the same time, is a guardian and promoter of the prestigious artistic and musical heritage produced over the centuries by the Choir itself for the solemn liturgies of the Popes.”
The Pope writes that the Sistine Chapel Choir has always had “a direct connection with the major celebrations of the Popes”.
Pope Francis said the decision was taken “bearing in mind the dictates of the Council concerning the Sacred Liturgy”, in particular nn.28-29 of the Sacrosanctum Concilium.

Msgr. Guido Marini

In the motu proprio, Pope Francis also appointed the Master of Papal Ceremonies, Msgr. Guido Marini, as the Head of the Sistine Chapel Choir, “entrusting him with the task of guiding all activities, including the liturgical, pastoral, spiritual, artistic, and educational areas, of the Choir”.
He tasked Msgr. Marini with “making ever more perceptible, in it and its individual components, the primary purpose of sacred music, which ‘is the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful’ (SC 112).”

Archbishop Guido Pozzo

Finally, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Guido Pozzo as the Superintendent of the Economy (or Treasurer) of the Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel.
Archbishop Pozzo previously served as Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which Pope Francis suppressed on Saturday.
The Pope entrusted him “only with the task of caring for the economic administration of the Choir itself, to be carried out under the guidance of the Master of Ceremonies and Head of the Pontifical Musical Chorus.”