Saturday, June 23, 2018

SANTO SUBITO! WILL THE RUSH TO CANONIZE BITE THE CHURCH ON HER BUTT?

While many in the hierarchy are patting themselves on the back for putting Cardinal McCarrick through the same procedure that any accused cleric experiences today, they have thus far not noticed the homosexual in the room who in his position of authority homosexually abused adult seminarians and priests or at least harassed them.

There is documented corroboration from two dioceses where he was bishop and yet he was promoted to Washington, DC and named a Cardinal by Saint Pope John Paul II, who His Holiness himself elevated the person of the pope to the level of the cult of the personality not seen before him but entirely consistent with the ethos of Vatican II which Pope Francis continues.

How many popes in my living memory or in my lifetime are now or will be canonized? ALL OF THEM except these: Popes Pius XII, Benedict and Francis.

What if after canonization, accusations of child abuse come forward now or secret archives reveal what Cardinal McCarrick did to adult seminarians and priests and God knows who else?

STOP SANTI SUBITO NOW! Wait a century and investigate, investigate, investigate!

Friday, June 22, 2018

FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS AND BEE SHOULD TRULY BE HAPPY!

I COPY THIS FROM FR. Z:

Fr. Phillips EXONERATED!

You remember the controversy that surrounded Fr. Frank Phillips of the Canons of St. John Cantius in Chicago?  HERE
The Review Board concluded that Fr. Phillips did not violate any secular criminal, civil or canon law.
From the site Protect Our Priests:
Fr. Phillips Exonerated
We have confirmation that after several weeks the Congregation of the Resurrection has indeed concluded its hearings and investigation of the accusations directed against Father Phillips.
An independent Review Board of three public-spirited leaders from the Chicago area, who are not members of St. John Cantius Church, was constituted. Thereafter, the Review Board interviewed the detractors and several witnesses, persons who personally know the accusers, and other individuals who came forward to testify in defense of Father Phillips’ integrity. In accordance with directives given by Card. Cupich the members of the Canons Regular were not interviewed..
[…]

IS POPE FRANCIS BACKTRACKING ON GIVING CONFERENCES OF BISHOPS MORE AUTHORITY IN A SYNODAL CHURCH??????

An Episcopal nun, Sister Clare Meyer, who received Holy Communion in my Augusta parish with permission of Bishop J. Kevin Boland in the early 2000's, who years later came into the full communion of the Catholic Church but remained an Episcopal nun! This photo was taken on her 100th birthday!
 

There's a couple of things here that are interesting. First, Pope Francis is referring to Canon Law which he seldom does and when he does, he does so in a negative, snarky way condemning people who are "doctors of the law."

Second he seems to be distancing himself from allowing conferences of bishops to have more power to the detriment of the bishop.

Thirdly, he emphasizes that canon law allows Catholic Holy Communion for non Catholics. Canon Law specifies that the non-Catholic believes in the Real Presence of Christ as Catholic do, they do not have access to their own Protestant minister or church and thirdly and most importantly, it is the bishop who gives the permission on a case by case basis, not the priest.

Here is an excerpt of what the pope said in yet again another off-the-cuff interview as reported by the National Catholic Register:

The Pope said that although the German bishops attempted to establish guidelines through their episcopal conference, “the Code [of Canon Law] does not foresee that. It foresees the bishop of the diocese, but not the conference, because a thing approved by an episcopal conference immediately becomes universal.”

“The particular Church, the code permits it; the local Church [episcopal conference] cannot because it would be universal,” Francis elaborated.

“The conference can study and give direction and opinions to help the bishops to manage the particular cases,” the Pope added.

Canon 844 of the Code of Canon Law generally allows for episcopal conferences to establish norms regarding the circumstances in which non-Catholic Christians may be admitted to the Eucharist.

In the danger of death, or “if in the judgment of the diocesan bishop or conference of bishops, some other grave necessity urges it,” Catholic ministers may licitly administer penance, Eucharist and anointing of the sick to Protestants “who cannot approach a minister of their own community and who seek such on their own accord, provided that they manifest Catholic faith in respect to these sacraments and are properly disposed,” the canon says.

The same canon notes that “the diocesan bishop or conference of bishops is not to issue general norms except after consultation at least with the local competent authority of the interested non-Catholic church or community.”


My final comments: In the 1990's I requested then Bishop Kevin Boland permission to offer an Episcopalian nun Holy Communion who attended the Church of the Most Holy Trinity's Saturday Vigil Mass.

She was a very high Episcopalian and had become disenfranchised by the Episcopal Church and its changes, especially the ordination of women. In fact some of the nuns in her convent were priestesses. She refused to receive Holy Communion in her convent.

Bishop Boland granted her my request (and hers too) and she began to receive each Saturday. I catechized the congregation of "her" Mass about this permission.

Some years later, she entered the full communion of the Catholic Church but remained in the Episcopal Convent in Augusta. I did her Requiem Mass when she died and 14 of her "sisters" were present for the Catholic Funeral Rites.

IF JESUS FOUNDED THE CHURCH, WHICH HE DID, WHY LEAVE?


Gus Lloyd of Seize the Day was having a discussion on Mass attendance by Catholics. In 1955 it was about 75% of Catholics each Sunday. Today it is in the 30% range but lower in the northeast.

Why is that?

One caller said that non-denominational sects have strong outreach to include as many people as possible and when they get them in the door it is fun to go to church with a rock band like experience, a hip preacher dressed in a hip way and a great 30 minute motivational talk. When you leave you feel good.

I would say that it is a loss of Catholic identity, spirituality and liturgical universality since Vatican II. And no one cares if Jesus founded the Catholic Church or not in this malaise. So any church or no church will do.

The style of celebration of the pre-Vatican II Mass was set and rigid and did no vary from parish to parish. There was no creativity and the priest didn't matter nor did the homily or sermon. That all changed with Vatican II and the priest now matters, his homily better be good or else and creativity with music and a number of other things causes the Mass to be different from parish to parish and country to country. In other words, your personal tastes are way more important in 2018 than in 1955. In 1955 your personal tastes did not matter except if you preferred a low or high Mass.

For me, the fact that Jesus' founded the Catholic Church was and is the most important and that He said the gates of hell shall not prevail against her. That is the bottom line for me and keeps me a Catholic.

Obviously there are peripheral issues that have hurt us which is also tied into the loss of clergy and laity Catholic identity--the sex abuse scandal and the manner in which the bishops have dealt with it. This is a great turn off and if you are coloring book Catholic, with a coloring book Mass and piety, how can you survive as a Catholic? 

What do you think?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

FROM FATHER MARTIN FOX'S BLOG: BONFIRES OF THE VANITIES

This is an excellent commentary by Fr. Martin Fox:

About the Cardinal McCarrick situation: I am angry

Over the past two days, I’ve been digesting the news about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Archbishop of Washington. What is that news? Well, it’s in two parts:

- The first part was that he has been “credibly” accused of abusing a minor about 50 years ago.
- The second part is that this has occasioned stories about many more allegations of sexual activity on his part with priests and seminarians; meaning that it involved preying on subordinates.

Now, I don’t know if any of this is true. I hope none of it happened; but reading about this has made me sick in my stomach, and angry. Angry at the crimes themselves, if they happened; but even angrier at what seems to have been an “open secret” for many people for so many years.

Given what I’ve been reading, some of which was published at least eight years ago, it seems clear to me that this really was a pretty open “secret.” Which means that all the 
bishops – in Newark, in New York, in Metuchen, New Jersey and in Washington, D.C. – who are now issuing statements of “sadness” and “shock” – surely knew that McCarrick had been accused of misconduct before. We learned yesterday that at least two allegations, involving adults, had resulted in settlements. What else is there?.....

READ THE REST HERE

HOW IN THE NAME OF GOD AND ALL THAT IS HOLY DOES A MAN LIKE THIS GET NAMED THE ARCHBISHOP OF WASHINGTON, DC AND THEN MADE A CARDINAL?


We normally think that there is a strict vetting process for those who are to be named bishops especially to important sees like Washington, DC. And yes, we think that there is a stricter vetting process for those named cardinals.

Obviously, in some cases, the vetting process shows nothing but the exemplary nature of the man promoted. But sometimes there are files, secret files, in chanceries that tell another story.

Who dropped the ball here? Or did they simply did not care?

From the Vatican Insider:

The Archbishop of Newark, Cardinal Joseph William Tobin... informs that his diocese “has never received an accusation that Cardinal McCarrick abused a minor” but adds that “In the past, there have been allegations that he engaged in sexual behavior with adults. This Archdiocese (Newark) and the Diocese of Metuchen received three allegations of sexual misconduct with adults decades ago; two of these allegations resulted in settlements”.  

From Tobin’s words, it emerges... the existence of various accusations against McCarrick for problems of a sexual nature, concluded with financial agreements, but without these regarding the abuse of minors. And documents and testimonies about the fact that the Cardinal Emeritus of Washington harassed the seminarians began to circulate: in one of them there was talk of a trip by the then Archbishop of Newark with two young priests and a seminarian with whom he shared the bedroom. 

My final comments: I think most Catholics and even the liberal press are at the point of Catholic Church scandal fatigue. But how did Cardinal McCarrick get named a cardinal by Pope St. John Paul II when in fact both Newark and Meteuchen had scandalous facts about him? Did anyone share this with the Apostolic Nuncio at the time?????????? And if not, why not and if so, why was he promoted? These are important questions for the Vatican to answer. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

SO ODD HOW THE 1970'S IS REPEATING ITSELF: SOON THE CHURCH WILL TEACH THAT "LOVE IS NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU'RE SORRY!"

Most dioceses in the USA experimented with allowing outdoor any kind of sacrament in the 1960's and 70's and soon discovered what a mistake it was!

Don't these dioceses have a memory of any kind? Evidently not, given our return to the 1970's these past five years:

Catholics Can Now Marry Outdoors in Two U.S. Cities



FOR THE STATE, BE IT THE USA, TO SEPARATE CHILDREN AND PARENTS--IT IS A MORTAL SIN


Pope Francis gives another interview and some interesting responses to questions.

From the Vatican Insider:

The Pope on U.S. Migrants: the separation of children from their parents is “immoral”

Francis interviewed by Reuters takes up the bishops' words in criticizing Trump's policies. On immigration in Italy: no to rejections, but the crisis must be tackled with the whole of Europe. And says he has no plans to resign
andrea tornielli
vatican city
Separating children from parents as is the case with migrants on the Mexican border is "immoral". Pope Francis says it in an interview with the Vatican journalist Phil Pullella of the Reuters agency, saying he is against the decision taken by the Trump administration to separate the families of those seeking to enter the United States. In the summary published by the agency, the Pope showed optimism on the progress of the negotiations that could lead to an agreement on the nomination of bishops in China. Francis also spoke of the scandal of child abuse in Chile and said he may accept more bishops’ resignations.


Under President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy, the US authorities plan to criminally prosecute all immigrants caught crossing the Mexican border illegally: holding adults in jail while their children are sent to government shelters. Bergoglio declared to Reuters that he shared the statements of the US bishops who called the separation of children from their parents "contrary to our values" and "immoral". “I am on the side of the bishops’ conference” the Pope said, adding that the situation “It’s not easy, but populism is not the solution”.


The populists, for the Pontiff, "are creating a psychosis" on the issue of immigration, even as aging societies like Europe are faced with “a great demographic winter” and thus need more immigrants. Without immigration, he added, Europe “will become empty.”


The Pope then spoke about the Aquarius, the ship run by two humanitarian associations forced to disembark in Spain 629 migrants it had rescued from the sea because the Italian government refused access to ports. Bergoglio, answering a question on the decisions taken by the Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini, said: “I believe that you cannot reject people who arrive. You have to receive them, help them, look after them, accompany them and then see where to put them, but throughout all of Europe”. 
  
In the interview, Francis also spoke of the internal conservative opposition, explaining that he prays for those who say "nasty things" about him. The Pope said that the future of the Catholic Church is "on the streets" and assured that he wants to appoint more women to head the offices of the Holy See, because women are more capable of resolving conflicts, although this should not lead to "masculinism in a skirt". But at the same time, as he had already done several times in the last five years, Francis excluded the possibility of the female priesthood: "John Paul II was clear and closed the door and I do not come back to this. It was something serious".  
  
Finally, regarding his health, Bergoglio said to be well despite the pain in his legs related to a back condition. He reiterated that perhaps sooner or later he may resign for health reasons as his predecessor Benedict XVI did in 2013, but added: “Right now, I am not even thinking about it.”

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

YOURS TRULY CELEBRANT FOR THE EF MISSA CANTATA FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST AT SAVANNAH'S CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST: BE THERE OR BE SQUARE, LAYFAYETTE SQUARE THAT IS!


I feel privileged to celebrate the Sung EF Mass for the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist at 1 pm this coming Sunday. How cool is that?

But let me point out the obvious. Vatican II called for the more lavish use of Scripture. Once we got the new lectionary, what happened to the required use of the Propers? These were jettisoned in most parishes in favor of hymns of some kind, biblical or otherwise but usually not the Scriptures prescribed. 

The Propers are Scripture and were lavishly and slavishly used in the EF and still are. Would you substitute a Scripture reading in the Liturgy of the Word for a hymn of some kind or a poem. Yes, some would but they are illicit in doing so.

Don't omit the Propers!!!!!!!!!!!


INTROIT Isa. 49:1, 2
 
The Lord has called me by name from my mother's womb, and He has made my mouth as a sharp sword. Under the shadow of His hand He has protected me, and has made me a chosen arrow.
Ps. 91:2. It is good to praise the Lord, and sing to Your name, O Most High!
V. Glory be . . .

COLLECT
 
O God, the birth of blessed John made this day one of honor to us. Grant the grace of spiritual happiness to Your people everywhere, and lead Your people in the path of eternal salvation. Through our Lord . . .


LESSON Isa. 49:1-3, 5, 6, 7
Give ear, ye islands, and hearken, ye people from afar. The Lord hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother he hath been mindful of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword: in the shadow of his hand he hath protected me, and hath made me as a chosen arrow: in his quiver he hath hidden me. And he said to me: Thou art my servant Israel, for in thee will I glory. And now the Lord, who formed me from the womb to be his servant, says, "Behold, I have given thee to be the light of the Gentiles, that thou mayst be my salvation even to the farthest part of the earth. Kings shall see, and princes shall rise up, and adore for the Lord's sake, because he is faithful, and for the Holy One of Israel, who hath chosen thee."

GRADUAL Jer. 1:5, 9
 
Before I formed you in the body of your mother, I knew you; and before you came forth from the womb, I sanctified you.
V. The Lord stretched forth His hand and touched my mouth, and said to me:

Alleluia, alleluiaV. Luke 1:76
"Thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Most High, for thou shall go before the Lord to prepare His ways." Alleluia!

GOSPEL Luke 1:57-68
 
At that time, Elizabeth's full time of being delivered was come: and she brought forth a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolks heard that the Lord had shewed his great mercy towards her: and they congratulated with her. And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child: and they called him by his father's name Zachary. And his mother answering, said: "Not so. But he shall be called John." And they said to her: "There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name." And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And demanding a writing table, he wrote, saying: "John is his name." And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed: and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came upon all their neighbours: and all these things were noised abroad over all the hill country of Judea. And all they that had heard them laid them up in their heart, saying: "What an one, think ye, shall this child be?" For the hand of the Lord was with him. And Zachary his father was filled with the Holy Ghost. And he prophesied, saying: "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people."

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 91:13
 
The just man shall flourish like the palm tree; he shall grow like a cedar of Lebanon.

SECRET
 
We place our gifts upon Your altar, O Lord, in solemn celebration of the birthday of John. John was the herald of the coming of the Saviour of the world, and pointed Him out when He arrived as Jesus Christ, Your Son our Lord; who lives and rules with You.


COMMUNION ANTIPHON Luke 1:76
 
Thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Most High, for thou shalt go before the Lord to prepare His ways.

POSTCOMMUNION
 
O God, let Your Church rejoice over the birth of blessed John the Baptist, for through him she came to know the author of her own birth, Jesus Christ, Your Son our Lord; who lives and rules with You . . .

MORE ON CARDINAL SARAH'S "ADJUSTMENT" OF THE EF'S SOLEMN SUNG PONTIFICAL MASS


We know that the Pontifical Mass in the Ancient usage celebrated by Cardinal Robert Sarah allowed some things that EF purists simply can't digest.

However, I think that Cardinal Sarah knows that more people will be engaged in the EF Mass if some minor changes are allowed.

Thus, "Jake" on the post on Cardinal Sarah's liberties tells us that there were other liberties taken too.

I think these liberties would open the door to more bishops celebrating this Mass as it is a form of "noble simplicity" that Vatican II actually endorsed.

Here is Jake's comment:

 It appears that Cardinal Sarah followed the 1968 Instruction 'Pontificales ritus', i.e. he pontificated sans gloves, buskins and sandals, gremial, and restricted himself to the use of a single mitre.

Moreover, the Cardinal encircled the (rubrically correct) freestanding altar (without gradines or faux tabernacle!) during the incensations. In doing so, the Cardinal, intentionally or not, highlighted that the concept of a freestanding altar (rubrically correct according to the Tridentine books) and the position of the priest vis-à-vis the altar and congregation are two separate issues, which are often conflated. 


My final comment: If we want the EF Mass to have more parishes celebrating it, some common sense adjustments should be allowed and Cardinal Sarah is preparing the way!

TIS THE SEASON OF ORDINATIONS AND SAINT ANNE CHURCH, RICHMOND HILL TO GET NEWLY ORDAINED PAROCHIAL VICAR


I've been at Saint Anne's now exactly two years on June 22nd and all by my lonesome as a priest.

That will change on July 1st when newly ordained Father Drew Larkin is assigned as St. Anne's first parochial vicar.

Fr. Drew is from Macon, Georgia's St. Peter Claver Church, thus I have known him for years.

He will be ordained at our Cathedral on June 30th at 10 AM. He won't begin in the parish until July 6th.

He studied at the North American College in Rome where he was ordained a deacon in the photo above.

WHEN WILL THE NEWS MEDIA RETURN TO UNBIASED REPORTING AND STOP BEING MANIPULATORS OF MORLAITY AND POLITICS? NEVER?

Yes, I was wondering the same thing that this CNS story alleges and it tells you how the news  media is controlled by architects of the new world order that leaves authentic, orthodox Christianity out of it:


Pope Francis Says Gay Couples Are Not a Family

CNS News



Sunday, June 17, 2018

EUCHARISTIC PROCESSIONS IN TEXAS

This is a great, short video. There are two "Benedictions." The one in the Texas State House is great. I wonder how they got permission?

But the rigid doctor of the law in me has to complain about the young priest carrying the Monstrance in Procession in front of the Austin Cathedral. I do believe it is not appropriate for the priest to wear his biretta while in procession and certainly not in giving the Benediction. In fact a bishop would not wear his zucchetta either and certainly not his miter! But apart from that, it is splendid.


YES TO MEN ONLY IN HOLY ORDERS; YES TO CATHOLICS ONLY RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION; YES TO THE PROLIFE WAY OF CATHOLICISM; YES TO NATURAL HETEROSEXUAL MARRIAGE!

The Holy Father is hitting the ball out of the park and this one will hit progressives in the world square in the forehead and make them scream against the Holy Father, which means, the Holy Father is speaking the Truth, with a capital "T"!

And we all know how politically incorrect it is to equate abortion to the Holocaust and the Nazi mentality. When will the progressives start howling over this one!

First here is a google translation of what the Pope say off-the-cuff as recounted by Sandro Magister:

 

Given that "it takes courage" to "talk about the family today", Francis expressed himself with politically very incorrect words in at least two moments:
Against the so-called "gay marriages":
"The greatest gift God gave to humanity is the family, because after the story of the creation of man, God shows us that he created man and woman in his image and likeness, and Jesus himself, when he speaks of marriage, he says: 'Man will leave his father and mother and his wife will become one flesh.' Because they are the image and likeness of God. You are an icon of God: the family is an icon of God. the woman: it is precisely the image of God. He has said it, I do not say it, and this is great, it is sacred.
"Today - it hurts to say - we are talking about 'diversified' families: different types of families Yes, it is true that the word 'family' is an analogical word, because we talk about the 'family' of the stars, the 'families' of the trees, of the 'families' of animals ... It is an analogical word, but the human family as an image of God, man and woman, is only one.
And even harder against selective abortions:
"Children are the greatest gift: children who welcome themselves as they come, as God sends them, as God permits - even if sometimes they are sick.I heard that it is fashionable - or at least it is habitual - in the first months of pregnancy make certain examinations, to see if the child is not well, or comes with some problem ... The first proposal in that case is: 'We send him away?' The murder of children. out an innocent.
"When I was a boy, the teacher taught us history and told us what the Spartans were doing when a child was born with malformations: they took him to the mountain and threw him down, to treat 'the purity of the race.' And we remained stunned: 'But how , how can you do this, poor children! "It was an atrocity.Today we do the same.You wondered why you do not see so many dwarves on the street? Because the protocol of so many doctors - many, not all - is to do the question: 'Is it bad?' I say this with grief: in the last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to treat the purity of the race, but today we do the same, but with white gloves ".


And this is the associated press account:

Pope: Abortion is 'white glove' equivalent to Nazi crimes

NICOLE WINFIELD

WHAT THE CATHOLIC LITURGY NEEDS IS A RECOVERY OF BEAUTY AND PEACE AND THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS IS THE ANSWER

Commonweal is a progressive Catholic periodical. Thus it is heartening to read this article from it. The author gets it.

The other thing that ad orientem gets extremely right to the question, "who is the priest celebrating the Mass in the photo below?," is the answer "it doesn't matter!"

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Silent Grace

Finding Peace in the Latin Mass