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
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??????
HAPPY QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY ANYWAY! BOOHOO!!!!!!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
MORE SERIOUS MORTAL SIN (WHEN UN-NATURAL) AND LESS SERIOUS MORTAL SIN BECAUSE ADULTERY IS NATURAL SEX?????
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.
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Cardinal Coccopalmerio: my Communion guidance wouldn’t apply to gay couples
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.
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
THE ENLIGHTENMENT KNOWN AS MODERNISM IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS CONTINUING TO REAR ITS UGLEY HEAD IN HIGH PLACES AS IT CONCERNS THE HISTORICAL JESUS AND EXEGISIS OF SCRIPTURE
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??????
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
THE FATAL FLAW OF PROGRESSIVE CATHOLICS IS THE DICTATORSHIP OF RELATIVISM, SUBJECTIVITY AND SENTIMENTALITY
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!
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
READ THIS ARTICLE FROM CRUX WHICH SAYS WE ARE BY PRESSING HERE!
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: