Sunday, February 26, 2017


This is a whine line! The season of Septuagesima needs to be restored to the Ordinary Form Latin Rite Missal. The glorious new Divine Worship, the Missal of the Ordinariate has it restored along with other EF options for their Ordinary Form Mass! WHY OR WHY THEM AND NOT US POOR ORDINARY FORM STEP CHILDREN??????

In your Ordinary Form parishes, in the three Sundays leading up to Ash Wednesday which is this Wednesday, were you given any words of warning??????


Saturday, February 25, 2017


On her 110th birthday, Italy’s oldest native-born nun says love is the secret to life

ROME • Italy’s oldest native-born nun, Candida Bellotti, celebrated her 110th birthday with best wishes from Pope Francis and valuable tips for those wanting to live a long life. “Love, love and keep on loving. With joy!” the nun said as she marked the big milestone on Monday at the convent where she lives in the Tuscan town of Lucca. “Have faith in the future, and put in as much work as you can to make your wishes come true.” Sister Candida has survived two world wars, 10 popes and 57 Italian prime ministers. Born in Verona, she became a nun in 1931 with the Ministre degli Infermi di San Camillo order and worked as a nurse in hospitals and care homes across the country. She celebrated her birthday

Friday, February 24, 2017


To see the logic of Catholic moral teaching based upon Sacred Scripture and Tradition for practicing Catholics and in Natural Law for all others, to include atheists, torn asunder by the silliness of 1970's thinking revived in 2010's is heartbreaking and breathtaking! But thus it is in the highest places of the Magisterium.

You can read the full article by pressing:

Cardinal Coccopalmerio: my Communion guidance wouldn’t apply to gay couples

My comments:

As politically incorrect it is, I am happy to see that the befuddled good Cardinal makes the distinction between natural and unnatural sex. Although he and everyone else knows that unnatural sex takes place between heterosexual couples and thus seems to be a more serious mortal sin for those who have recourse to natural sex, even if immoral, compared to those whose inclinations are purely toward the unnatural as in homosexual couples. But let's not split hairs.

But the logic that Cardinal Coccopalmerio uses to justify giving Holy Communion to those in so-called second marriages (civil unions) when the first union is still considered sacramental and thus in force is mind boggling when it comes to discerning what is more serious mortal sin and less serious mortal sin.

He does not make clear that those who feel they have a "good marriage" and have discerned they will return to Holy Communion may not have used the External Forum first to its ambiguous conclusion.

But the good Cardinal seems to be disingenuous. If those who are in adulterous relationships discern they need to go to Confession and Holy Communion, or bypass Confession and go directly to Holy Communion, then logically speaking anyone can go to Holy Communion no matter how less, more, or most their mortal sins are to include unnatural immorality. All you have to do is "feel good" about returning to Holy Communion.

I'm okay! You're Okay!

Holy Mary Mother of God and Mother of the Church pray for us!

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Deaconesses are ordained by an Orthodox Archbishop so reports PRAYTELL.

However if one views the photos of the actual consecration and reads the story one knows these women are not ordained deacons for only men can be that.

Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria performs first consecration of deaconesses

Consecration of deaconesses Patriarch of Alexandria
On the feast of the Saint and Great Martyr Theodore of Tyre, 17 February 2016, the day on which His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa celebrates his name day, a festive Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Holy Church of St Nicholas, within the Missionary Centre of Kolwezi.
Together with the Alexandrian Primate concelebrated Their Eminences Nicephorus, Metropolitan of Kinshasa, Innocent, Metropolitan of Burundi and Rwanda, and the local Metropolitan Meletios of Katanga, accompanied by the Clergy of the Hy Metropolis.
As the official site of the Patriarchate reports, His Beatitude the Patriarch spoke during his homily about the Great Martyr St Theodoros, emphasising the confession of martyrdom before the persecutors of faith and his love for Jesus Christ.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy the Primate of the Alexandrian Throne consecrated the Catechist elder Theano, one of the first members of the Missionary staff in Kolwezi, to “Deaconess of the Missions” of the Holy Metropolis of Katanga and read the prayer for one entering the “ecclesiastic ministry” for three Nuns and two Catechists, in order for them to assist the missionary effort of the Holy Metropolis, particularly in the Sacraments of Baptisms of adults and marriages, as well as in the Catechetical department of the local Church.
Note that it is the first time in the history of Missions in Africa that these consecrations have been done. 
The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria restored the deaconess ministry during its working session held in November 2016.
Several holy women who fulfiled the deaconess ministry are enlisted in the Orthodox Calendar, among whom the most well known are St Tatiana (January 12), St Olympias (July 25), and St Foebe (September 3).

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Make no mistake, the liberal Protestants of the late 1800's came us with modern Scriptural exegisis to compliment the Enlightenment as it concerned modern thought of that period.

It led liberal Protestants to search for the historical Jesus stripping Scripture of any post-resurrection insights, meaning what did Jesus say in actuality without the filters of the resurrection and what did what He say mean in the culture of His day.

Of course this leads to a very low Christology. Jesus is just a poor misguided soul.

By the 1920's, conservative Protestants had had their fill of such nonsense! Their over-reaction led to the Fundamentalist movement within Protestantism to recover a high Christology and to be "fundamentalistic" in interpreting the Scriptures.

Today, liberal Protestantism is almost dead whereas the fundamentalists are going strong.

Many Catholic Scripture scholars began to use a modified form of the liberal Protestant version of interpreting Scripture developed in response to the Enlightenment in 1942 when Pope Pius XII allowed for it.

But by the late 1960's it was almost identical to the misguided Protestant version and having the same negative or deleterious effect on the faith of millions of Catholics, both clergy and laity.

Well, low and behold, in conjunction with the recovery of the 1970's mentality of making the Catholic Church unrecognizable as being Catholic, the new head of the Jesuits has given an interview that highlights everything I was taught in the seminary about interpreting Scripture and Tradition, a failed exegisis.  When will this generation move over for John Paul II and Benedict XVI's generation of priests and laity??????

Sandro Magister writes the following interview that the new superior general of the Society of Jesus, the Venezuelan Arturo Sosa Abascal, very close to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has given to the Swiss vaticanista Giuseppe Rusconi for the blog Rossoporpora and for the "Giornale del Popolo" of Lugano.
Here are the passages most relevant to the case. Any commentary would be superfluous.
Q: Cardinal Gerhard L. Műller, prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, has said with regard to marriage that the words of Jesus are very clear and "no power in heaven and on earth, neither an angel nor the pope, neither a council nor a law of the bishops has the faculty to modify them."
A: So then, there would have to be a lot of reflection on what Jesus really said. At that time, no one had a recorder to take down his words. What is known is that the words of Jesus must be contextualized, they are expressed in a language, in a specific setting, they are addressed to someone in particular.
Q: But if all the worlds of Jesus must be examined and brought back to their historical context, they do not have an absolute value.
A: Over the last century in the Church there has been a great blossoming of studies that seek to understand exactly what Jesus meant to say… That is not relativism, but attests that the word is relative, the Gospel is written by human beings, it is accepted by the Church which is made up of human persons… So it is true that no one can change the word of Jesus, but one must know what it was!
Q: Is it also possible to question the statement in Matthew 19:3-6: “What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder”?
A: I go along with what Pope Francis says. One does not bring into doubt, one brings into discernment. . .
Q: But discernment is evaluation, it is choosing among different options. There is no longer an obligation to follow just one interpretation. . .
A: No, the obligation is still there, but to follow the result of discernment.
Q: However, the final decision is based on a judgment relative to different hypotheses. So it also takes into consideration the hypothesis that the phrase “let man not put asunder…” is not exactly as it appears. In short, it brings the word of Jesus into doubt.
A: Not the word of Jesus, but the word of Jesus as we have interpreted it. Discernment does not select among different hypotheses but listens to the Holy Spirit, who - as Jesus has promised - helps us to understand the signs of God’s presence in human history.
Q: But discern how?
A: Pope Francis does discernment following St. Ignatius, like the whole Society of Jesus: one has to seek and find, St. Ignatius said, the will of God. It is not a frivolous search. Discernment leads to a decision: one must not only evaluate, but decide.
Q: And who must decide?
A: The Church has always reiterated the priority of personal conscience.
Q: So if conscience, after discernment, tells me that I can receive communion even if the norm does not provide for it…
A: The Church has developed over the centuries, it is not a piece of reinforced concrete. It was born, it has learned, it has changed. This is why the ecumenical councils are held, to try to bring developments of doctrine into focus. Doctrine is a word that I don't like very much, it brings with it the image of the hardness of stone. Instead the human reality is much more nuanced, it is never black or white, it is in continual development.
Q: I seem to understand that for you there is a priority for the practice of the discernment of doctrine.
A: Yes, but doctrine is part of discernment. True discernment cannot dispense with doctrine.
Q: But it can reach conclusions different from doctrine.
A: That is so, because doctrine does not replace discernment, nor does it the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


I copy this from WDTPRS:

This was celebrated ad orientem.  The Mass was chanted mostly in German. One of the finest choirs in Europe sang the Ordinary in a Latin setting (Primi toni octo vocum  of Stefano Bernardi).  This goes to show how the Ordinary Form can indeed be celebrated in greater continuity with our tradition than it usually is in most places.  You can see the whole Mass HERE.
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Monday, February 20, 2017


Crux commentary hits the nail on the head. I would also add the problems include arrogance, pride and subterfuge. There is need for true humility in the face of Truth and it has nothing to do with ecclesiastical clothing or living in a motel or palace!


A pastor says the ‘Amoris’ mess on Communion must end

A pastor says the ‘Amoris’ mess on Communion must end
(Credit: Stock image.)
From the in-the-trenches perspective of a pastor, the welter of competing guidelines and interpretations of 'Amoris Laetitia' is a mess. Why can't the pope reaffirm timeless Catholic teaching, and set to work to revise the rules for annulments to reflect contemporary pastoral realities?

The course of true love never does run smooth, and neither does any papal pronouncement about love. The tsunami caused by Humane Vitae- Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical on birth control- still continues to ripple around the world, and the waves of emotion over Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia also don’t look like they’re subsiding anytime soon.
The worst thing about this controversy is that we now have different bishops and cardinals expressing contradictory interpretations of the document.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller says divorced and re-married Catholics can’t come to communion. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio says if they’re well-intentioned, it’s okay. The Archbishop of Malta decides that in certain circumstances those who are remarried after divorce may “participate in the Eucharist,” while the Archbishop of Philadelphia thinks otherwise.
Beneath the battle of words is a clash between objective truth and subjective interpretation. Catholic doctrine and canon law is based first and foremost on the objectivity of truth, but recognizes the subjective aspect in the application of that truth.
A moral action is always objectively right or wrong according to natural law and the law revealed in Sacred Scripture and the church’s magisterium. However, a person’s culpability for a wrong action can be lessened or increased according to the subjective aspects of intention and circumstances.
Let’s say two men are zooming down the highway at ninety miles an hour where the speed limit is sixty-five. There is no argument that both have objectively broken the law. However, one man has been drinking and is racing his buddy in a hot sports car. The other man is frantically trying to get his daughter to the emergency room because she has had a terrible accident.
Both men broke the law. The first man’s guilt is great. The second man’s guilt is so negligible that it doesn’t exist. The circumstances and intent vary the person’s culpability, but they do not change the fact that both men broke the law.
Those who are wrestling with the ambiguities of Amoris Laetitia are really wrestling with the clash between the objectively sinful situation of a divorced and remarried person, and the subjective level of culpability determined by their intentions and circumstances.
Those who favor a kinder, more cuddly approach would like to bend the rules to accommodate difficult subjective circumstances. Those who favor a stricter discipline insist that the objective situation cannot be dispensed with a hug and the wave of a hand.
The fact that this clash exists is exacerbated by what Pope Benedict XVI called “the dictatorship of relativism.” We live in a society where many believe there is no such thing as objective truth, or if there is, one cannot express it in a concrete and binding way.
Situational ethics has swept our society so that most people think anything goes as long as you mean well and do not seem to be hurting anyone else. In an age where every truth is shifting and every opinion is supposed to be as valid as the next, it is difficult for people (including Catholics and Catholic clergy) to accept that people should be bound by their objective condition.
Sentimentalism is another form of relativism that clouds the issue. The sentimentalist makes his judgement according to feelings, not facts.
Sympathy for the divorced and remarried person who means well, is a sincerely spiritual person and apparently a “good Catholic” swamps the situation, and compels a pastor to make a subjective decision. The concept that an individual (even if they are in a subjectively sympathetic situation) should submit themselves to the objective discipline of the church seems unthinkable.
That Pope Francis is ignoring the clear questions he was asked, and continues to sidestep his responsibility as Supreme Pontiff to clarify the true teachings of the Church, is only making matters worse.
His encouragement to embrace “grey areas” in a recent address to religious superiors is worrying. Grey is only possible because there is such a thing as black and white. Pastors can only grapple with the grey areas when they have the black and white guidelines to do so. We can only wrestle with the subjective realities if we have clear, objective teaching as a rule and guide.

As a pastor myself, I am on the front line when it comes to the tragedy of marriage breakdown.  At least once a month I face the marriage mess. I deal with the broken hearts, broken families, broken lives and wounded children, and do the best I can to bring Christ’s reconciliation and healing while wrestling with the strictures of our faith.
What would help me and other pastors enormously is not continued vague, well-meaning documents from bishops that contradict the teaching of other bishops. Instead, I wish for action.
Müller is the doctrinal chief. Why is it impossible for the Holy Father to affirm the timeless teaching of the Church, and then set a team to work to revising and updating the annulment process? The rules for validity of marriage can be re-examined and arguments could be made that in the unprecedented modern age there are new norms and expectations that should apply to marriage.
The marriage tribunals are where we apply the objective rules of the timeless gospel to the ever varied, subjective situations, and that is where we should focus our efforts.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


I am on my weeklong winter vacation in a far off island. Thus I attended the Vigil for Sunday and like the Diocese of Savannah the diocese in which I am vacationing is having their kick-off of their Bishop's Annual Appeal.

Like my diocese, this diocese has a video presentation from the bishop on his requests which is shown during the homily time after a brief introduction by the celebrant.

I always have anxiety attacks that when I show our video, that the dang thing won't work.

But I have never had this anxiety!

After the celebrant gave the brief inroduction to the video, the person in charge of turning it on was having some trouble and it a took a little bit of time for something to appear on the screen.

What appeared on the screen? Law and Order, that is an episode of the NBC crime drama, Law and Order! At first we all thought it was the video but soon we knew that this was a big glitch!

Fortunately, what we were treated to didn't have any racy scenes, but oh what we could have seen given today's amoral standards for television shows.

Now, I will not only have anxieties about if my video equipment will fail when I show the Bishop's appeal but some ungodly video will be in the machine!

There was no explanation from the pulpit how in the name of God and all that is holy that a Law and Order video was in the video player rather than the Bishop's video. Did the diocese make a mistake or did someone try to be funny at this parish and pull a prank? And what is the mentality toward Catholic reverence if someone thought this would be funny at Mass?

And in a church that seats about 1,500 people, few were amused or laughing.  The visiting priest though, did a good job of summing up the Bishop's appeal extemporaneously! God bless him.

Friday, February 17, 2017



My comments on the commentary I link above: The good Father may have a point ☝️! Pope Francis has counseled priests to listen to penitents in confession and to offer compassionate spiritual counsel to their imperfect situation because they are not prepared to change an irregular immoral situation. He has counseled us to offer a blessing in place of the words of absolution.

In terms of being admitted to the Holy Eucharist, this term is much broader than Holy Communion. It refers to the entire Mass not just Holy Communion. Although modern liturgists don't teach this truth about the Holy Eucharist, aka, Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the only person required to receive Holy Communion is the priest in order to complete the Sacrifice! No one else is required to do so although all Catholics in mortal sin or not, are required to be admitted the The Most Holy Eucharist. Catholics, though, who have no impediment must receive Holy Communion worthily at least once a year and during the Easter Season (which presumes a yearly confession).

Those with a censure, or have broken the fast or are conscious of any unforgiven mortal sin should not receive Holy Communion! But they must be admitted to the Eucharist!


Thursday, February 16, 2017


After all it is fiction but do viewers of drama have the good sense to distinguish between fiction and truth. The show is silly but nicely filmed and acted. But here is another critique that is more sinister:

Media Casts 'The Young Pope' As Super-villain For Being Catholic

The Federalist Wed, Feb 15 7:51 AM EST


Wednesday, February 15, 2017


The uk's liberal tablet has had two ARTICLEs of grave concern About pope francis' and the diVision and rancor his holiness has caused in rome and throughout the catholic church. You can Read the first article by pressing hEre. It is unprecedented that a progressiVe Catholic periodical would be so blunt about a progressive/liberal pope.

The second is below:



15 February 2017 | by Christopher Lamb in Rome

Coccopalmerio booklet launched day after Francis' cardinal advisory body pledged 'full support' for Pope

It was a Kafkaesque press conference. Journalists had been invited to the launch of a booklet by top Church lawyer Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio on Pope Francis’ family life document. 
The word in Rome was that this would be the Vatican’s response to the “dubia" - the queries submitted by four cardinals to the Pope demanding clarification on whether remarried divorcees can receive communion. 
But the cardinal was nowhere to be seen when reporters arrived at the launch of the 51-page booklet on “Amoris Laetitia”. The text, reporters were told, was not the Vatican’s response to the dubia nor was it an official document of the Holy See’s legal office. 
It was, however, released by the Vatican’s official publishers and presented in the offices of Vatican Radio by Rome-based professor Father Maurizio Gronchi, and veteran Vaticanista Orazio La Rocca.
Cardinal Coccopalmerio could not attend, we were informed, because of a diary clash and needed to be at a meeting at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. That’s the department that assess candidates for sainthood, which requires poring over evidence over whether miracles have taken place.
Right now the Church needs a miracle to end the in-fighting over the Pope’s text on family life while in Rome tensions are riding high with posters against Francis appearing and a spoof Vatican newspaper page mocking him. 
Cardinals are now stepping in to defend the Pope. The important point of Coccopalmerio’s book is that it supports Francis’ moves to allow those in second marriages to receive communion. But others, including cardinals and bishops, argue such a move undermines Church teaching on marriage because second unions are adulterous. Nevertheless, the cardinal’s booklet states clearly that remarried divorcees can be admitted to the sacraments if they cannot change their situation and have had children with their second spouse. 
His view counts for something given his job in the Vatican is to interpret the laws of the Church. His booklet was launched the day after Francis' nine-member cardinal advisory body pledged their “full support” for the Pope and, importantly, “his magisterium” in other words Francis' teaching authority. 
The fact the Pope’s kitchen cabinet felt the need to issue such a statement says much about the pressure he is coming under at the moment. 
“We didn’t want to make a great drama but it was the time to repeat from our group that we are supporting the Pope,” Cardinal Reinhard Marx, a member of the council of cardinals said today. “We have discussions in the church, it is normal. There are discussions and tensions and it has always been like this.”
He added, however, that at this time it was important for Catholics to show “loyalty” to the Pope. 
Vatican sources say that cardinals are keen to pledge their support for the Pope as some regret leaving Benedict XVI isolated as his papacy came under sustained attack. 
The problem is that bishops cannot agree on the central point of dispute over whether communion can be given to divorcees. On the one hand Argentina, Malta and Germany say “yes”, while in Poland, the United States and in Canada voices are saying “no.” Many are saying nothing and waiting for the dust to settle. 
This week the Pope said there are “cracks” between bishops and priests, something which if left untreated can lead to bigger problems. The genie of Catholic division is now out of the bottle.