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Monday, November 18, 2019

KANYE WEST AND JOEL OSTEEN AND THE MEGA “CHURCH” CRAZE



I am not sure but I think Joel Osteen’s Church is the Church of the Prosperity Gospel. I understand that he and his wife are worth mega millions each in their own right apart from the assets of the Church which is Osteen’s family business. Joel, not even a theology student, inherited his father’s business when he died suddenly.

Kanye West was a crude rapper but seems to have had a conversion to the Church of the Prosperity Gospel. He got a gig at Osteen’s Church and hopes to sell mega millions of dollars of Gospel music which he is now recording in a rap sort of fashion.

I wonder if Joel, in helping his new found prosperity buddy, Kanye is getting a cut of the goodies by promoting him at his entertainment complex in Houston?

Are Joel and Kanye the modern version of Peter and Paul who are the almond joys of the Church of the Prosperity Gospel?

Can the Catholic Church learn from the P & K Church?

VERY INTERESTING!


The country that knows Pope Francis the best seems to be the most confused and polarized over His Holiness—Argentina! Welcome to the club.

Whose fault/sin is this, Argentina and the world or His Holiness?

This is from the pope’s successor in Argentina by way of Crux. Very interesting, no?

Though Francis rarely refers in public to Argentina, on Saturday Archbishop Manuel Fernandez of La Plata, often considered one of his ghostwriters, published a post on Facebook asking for the pope to “be left alone” by Argentines, who continue to misinterpret much of what he says, taking it as a direct commentary on his former home.
The prelate’s words came after Argentina’s media spun a papal address to the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law in Rome Nov. 13-16, in which he spoke against the arbitrary use of “preventive prison.”
The pope’s words, planned at least several weeks in advance, happened to come just hours after Argentina’s Congress set limits to preventive prison requests that could benefit former government officials. (The country’s former president and newly elected vice president, Cristina Kirchner, faces close to a dozen preventive prison requests, but she’s been able to avoid jail by holding office.)
According to Fernandez, “it catches my attention” that everything the pope said is spun as something directed to Argentina, completely disregarding the fact that Francis is a “world leader heard everywhere.”
The archbishop wrote that, despite the fact he’s preparing to go to Japan and Thailand, Argentines believe the pope “spends his time reading Argentine newspapers and thinking about us in everything he says.”
According to Fernandez, local media has found a “crutch” by calling Francis a “populist,” without even knowing what the word means. Populism, he wrote in a Facebook post, is what Matteo Salvini is doing in Italy, taking advantage of society’s xenophobic instincts to gain popularity, but “found a strong stumbling block in the pope’s speech,” who speaks about welcoming migrants.
“It turns out that Trump’s populist wall also found in Francis his strongest opponent,” the archbishop wrote. “But the populist is the pope? They say Francis encourages laziness, when few like him insist on the fact that a fundamental objective of policy is to guarantee that there’s work for everyone so that subsidies aren’t needed.”
Given the manipulation of the pope’s speech and image, the archbishop asks, why would Francis want to go home, “to expose himself and tire needlessly? At his age, he will surely think that he wants to invest the few years he has left. Would it make sense for him to come to surrender to a butcher shop?”
The prelate also said it’s a “paradox” that ultraconservatives, the most fanatical neo-liberals and the “Trotsky-ite left” all attack the pope in Argentina, to later fight among themselves over who keeps the remains.
“I don’t know what he intends to do [about a possible trip] but it seems to me that reality clearly shows what he should not do,” Fernandez said.


Sunday, November 17, 2019

GOSH! IF A PRIEST CAN BE SUED FOR NOT BEING PASTORAL WHILE EXERCISING HIS RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH AND SPEAKING THE TRUTH WHAT OTHER HOMILIES CAN BE CHALLENGED IN A COURT OF LAW

“No parent, no sibling, no family member should ever, ever have to sit through what we sat through.” You may remember this story from last year, about a family being upset at the homily preached at the funeral of a man who committed suicide. Now, an update, with this press release from a law firm: On November 14, 2019, the law firm of Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC announced that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Linda… Read more

IT'S ABOUT SEX STUPID! OR MAYBE OTHER STUFF TOO




Sometimes my readers simply focus on the dismal state of the liturgical life of the Church and they comment that if only the EF Mass would supplant the OF Mass and that the OF Mass should be suppressed like the EF Mass was in 1970, that all our dones and nones would return to the Church. But would they?

Apart from the fact that Catholics are all over the place concerning what constitutes "good" liturgy, there are all kinds of reasons why we have dones and nones.

Of course the hypocrisy of the clergy unveiled these past fifty years has something to do with it and not just hypocrisy, but corruption.

Of course for the past 50 years a loss of Catholic identity and trying to reinvent Catholicism over and over again with little or no positive results may have something to do with it.

BUT LETS FACE IT; IT IS ALL ABOUT SEX.

1. First, Catholics wanted the ban on artificial birth control lifted. When it wasn't those who wanted it were done.

2. Then there are Catholics who want abortion without guilt. When the institutional church didn't comply, they were done.

3. Then there are Catholics who want to divorce and get married and be in good standing with the Church without the hassle of intrusive annulment procedures that might succeed or not. They are done.

4. Then there are Catholics who want same sex marriage and of course they are done too.

I suspect with young Catholics today, the Church's teaching homosexuality is seen as discrimatory and against their beliefs. It is equated with institutionalized racism.

This attitude of younger Catholics and today's culture in general, that the Church is the cause of anti-homosexual bigotry is going to cause the Church to continue to make dones and nones.

How can we maintain orthodox Catholic teaching and yet be pastoral with those who are homosexual and actively so? 

ONCE AGAIN THE POPE LEAVES ME SCRATCHING MY HEAD AND SQUINTING MY EYES

UPDATED!!!!!!!UPDATED!!!!!!!


I was taught that with most things in Catholicism, it isn’t either/or but both/and. Can’t a permanent deacon serve the altar and also the ministries assigned to him and work a secular job and be a husband, father and political figure? One of our p. Deacons is a Judge.


Deacon Kendra updates his post with what Pope St. John Paul II said about clericalzing the laity. Please note that there is no need here to scratch your head and squint your eyes 👀:

And he’s hardly the first pope to complain about “clericalizing the laity.” John Paul dealt with the topic, as well, discussing the issue of the priesthood in 2002: 
The Holy Father clarified the Church´s position on this matter when he met with the bishops of the Antilles at the end of their quinquennial “ad limina” visit to the Holy See.
In his farewell address to the bishops, the Pope reminded them that “first and foremost, you are priests.”
“[You are] not corporate executives, business managers, finance officers or bureaucrats, but priests,” he said.
“This means above all that you have been set apart to offer sacrifice, since this is the essence of priesthood, and the core of the Christian priesthood is the offering of the sacrifice of Christ,” the Holy Father added.
The Holy Father reminded the bishops that the Second Vatican Council resulted in “the awakening of the lay faithful in the Church,” but that this does not signal an alteration in the laity´s irreplaceable role.
Specifically, the Pope said, some “persons, we know, affirm that the decrease in the number of priests is the work of the Holy Spirit, and that God himself will lead the Church, making it so that the government of the lay faithful will take the place of the government of priests.”
“Such a statement certainly does not take account of what the Council Fathers said when they sought to promote a greater involvement of the lay faithful in the Church,” the Pontiff stressed.
“In their teachings, the Council Fathers simply underscored the deep complementarity between priests and the laity that the symphonic nature of the Church implies,” the Pope explained.
“A poor understanding of this complementarity has sometimes led to a crisis of identity and confidence among priests, and also to forms of commitment by the laity that are too clerical or too politicized,” the Holy Father continued.
John Paul II warned that the involvement “by the laity becomes a form of clericalism when the sacramental or liturgical roles that belong to the priest are assumed by the lay faithful, or when the latter set out to accomplish tasks of pastoral governing that properly belong to the priest.”
“It is the priest who, as an ordained minister and in the name of Christ, presides over the Christian community on liturgical and pastoral levels,” the Pope pointed out. “The laity can assist him in this in many ways.”
However, “the premier place of the exercise of the lay vocation is in the world of economic, social, political and cultural realities. It is in this world that lay people are called to live their baptismal vocation,” the Holy Father stressed.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

EXTRAORDINARY! 10 AM THIS MORNING

Can’t say I miss the Cappa Magna! Say what you want, but the ordinary form compared to this, is just silly. There is no comparison in terms of seriousness, solemnity, reverence and mysticism of the EF. The OF is an inversion of the EF.

WHEN THE POPE INSERTS ECOLOGICAL SINS INTO THE CATECHISM, WHAT WILL THESE SINS BE?




I was taught in pre-Vatican II times that it was a sin to waste food, harm the environment for no purpose other than harming it, like chopping down a young tree just for the fun of doing it or tearing off a budding branch in the spring for no reason whatsoever. It was under the category of vandalism.

Thus I hate cooking shows that make cooking into a contest where there is a great deal of waste for the viewer's entertainment. I hate when brides and groom smash the cake into the face of their spouse at the wedding reception. I hate when someone doesn't eat all the food on their plate and throws it away. I hate when leftovers are not creatively used at another meal.

But I was also taught by Bishop Lessard when we had a discussion in the 1980's about social sin. I was taught more about social sins and sinful structures in my liberal 1970's seminary than I was taught about personal sins.

He said to me there was no such thing as social sin or sinful structures as sin as the Church teaches is always personal to the person committing it. It isn't collective.

He said anything collective pertaining to social issues and structures has to be classified as "evil" not as sinful. The evil must be addressed by the Church collectively to call for change so that society or the Church herself changes course to prevent social evil and evil structures.

If I can vote for a candidate who supports the evil structures of government and its executive, legislative and judicial branches which support and encourage abortion because that candidate also supports the good things that the Church upholds like avoiding ecological evils, why can't I also support a candidate who is against the evil structures that support abortion but could care less about legislation eleiminating the evil of ecological disasters?

Just what would be ecological sins in the collective sense? Shouldn't it be more accurately described as evil structures and the evil of destroying the universe?

DOES YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER HAVE A RELIGION SECTION?


Both the Augusta Chronicle and the Macon Telegraph have Saturday Religion sections.

Where is the section placed? The very last section in these two papers and for decades.

At least they have a religion section.

Does your newspaper?

READ SOME OF THE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR TO THE NATIONAL CHISMATIC REPORTER (NCR) ON THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM ARTICLES THEY PRINTED


Press the title for all the letters, many are quite good! I print an excellent one.

Your thoughts on traditional Latin Mass


I feel compelled to write in response to an article I read this morning through your website. I have heard through many people that NCR is fair and thoughtful in the way that it discusses topics surrounding the faith and events in the world, but this article completely altered that well-earned view.
As a lifelong Catholic, I found the Latin Mass as a single woman at the age of 28 (four years ago) and it had a profound effect on my faith, deepening and strengthening it. I found in all of the communities that celebrate Mass in the extraordinary form the reverence and devotion to living the faith that I had found so lacking in my mainstream Catholic churches. I chose to veil out of love for our lord in the eucharist after years of prayerfully considering it and was not forced by a "chauvinistic" man to do so as this article so vehemently implies. 
I honestly thought this article was a parody with how intensely angry and condemning it was toward a group of Catholics that take their faith seriously and from whom enormous amounts of vocations are flowing.
SARAH FITZPATRICK
Portland, Oregon

Friday, November 15, 2019

HOW DO WE KEEP YOUNG PEOPLE FROM BECOMING NONES OR DONE WITH THE CHURCH?

Of course since I don’t have a brain, I don’t know! But somehow I can’t help but thinking this might help!   —Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz





There are many reasons why people, young, middle age or old, are leaving the Church. The Church's credibility is shot because of the sex abuse scandal, a scandal that is like the energizer bunny, it keeps on going!

Thus who wants to be a part of a Church whose leaders are so corrupt to have tolerated the kind of mercy shown to abusers while neglecting the abused and thus perpetuating the abuse? I don't. It's disgusting.

But let's keep in mind what brought about this sad state of affairs, mercy, unbridled mercy and the thought that the Church could stop abuse through therapy and reintegration, accompanying the abuser and giving him as many chances as possible to get his act together. It is kind of like Pope Francis' view of mercy and what the Church can do, like stopping climate change through human initiative.

Be that as it may, how can we keep people from leaving the Church even though so many of her leaders are clueless and corrupt?

This is my opinion:

1. Shift faith away from bishops and priests and their charisma to Jesus Christ and His Splendor of Truth that calls sin, sin and to go and sin no more.

2. Teach that the Catholic Church is the True Church founded by Jesus Christ and the gates of hell shall not prevail against her.

3. Recover Pope Benedict's vision for the liturgy and give young people an energetic experience of the Mass and the Church's popular devotions but in a traditional way.

4. Recover the mystical experience of the EF Mass in the OF Mass through well done Chants, energetic music that is NOT secular sounding or sounds like Broadway ditties with religious words.

5. Allow each and every Mass no matter how boring or poorly celebrated, to have uniform practices such as ad orientem for the LIturgy of the Eucharist and Kneeling for Holy Communion.

My final opinion:

If nothing else is done at least, pray God, that bishops will have some common sense and insist on ad orientem and kneeling for Holy Communion received on the tongue with a paten below the communicant's chin to assist in the recovery of the mystical aspect of Mass and the focus on Jesus Christ who alone is all Holy and not sinful or corrupt let alone compromised.

If a Catholic believes that the Catholic Church is the True Church founded by God Himself and that Jesus Alone is Holy and we are simply called to perfection in heaven which begins in this life, and that each Catholic has some kind of mystical experience at Holy Mass and in our popular devotions, how can anyone then become a none or done with the Church?????????

SPEAKING OF GOSSIP, THIS IS PRETTY JUICY!


The young upstart, Francis’ golden boy, Cardinal Cupich, got the slap down treatment! At least that’s what the gossip says kind of:

Who Speaks for the US Bishops?
COMMENTARY: Baltimore provided a new USCCB executive. But who speaks for bishops is not determined by official office.
 In discussion of a letter accompanying the bishops’ “Faithful Citizenship” guide for elections, Cardinal Cupich wanted the drafting committee, led by Archbishop Gomez, to include an entire paragraph from the Holy Father’s exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world, Gaudete et Exsultate.

Cardinal Cupich argued that the entire quotation put abortion into its proper context, as one priority among many, and not the “preeminent” priority. The drafting committee included an excerpt, but not the entire paragraph. Cardinal Cupich went to the floor to persuade the bishops as a whole to adopt his amendment.

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego — another recipient of papal favor, recently having been appointed to the Pan-Amazon synod — vigorously supported Cardinal Cupich, flatly objecting that abortion should be described as “preeminent.” When Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, following Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, rose to disagree with Bishop McElroy, the assembled bishops broke protocol to applaud his intervention.

Cardinal Cupich’s amendment failed badly. It was clear that even on the issue about how best to present the teaching of Pope Francis, Cardinal Cupich does not speak for his brother bishops.

Read the rest at the National Catholic Register.

SPEAKING OF LAST BREATHS, OF THE TWO, WHICH WILL RISE IN GLORY?

Francis' biggest reform is to shift church from Eurocentric to universal


The National Chismatic Reporter (NCR) has a fascinating gossipy article, a kind of “insiders” tell all.

Too bad the tell all artist and the sister who writes what he says with her own gossipy take, don’t heed Pope Francis’ demand that everyone  stop chatting too much or being way too gossipy.


Here’s the money byte:

An unabashed Pope Francis fan, Mickens is a well-positioned insider and shrewd interpreter of Vatican politics. He suggested Francis' decision to live at Casa Santa Marta was one of the most important reforms of his papacy. It allowed him to avoid being controlled by churchmen who wished to preserve Pope Benedict XVI's legacy, which, for Mickens, constituted "the last breath, the last gasp of upholding this unseen regime, Eurocentric Catholicism."

Read all about the juicy gossip there.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

ARE CATHOLICS OF A PARTICULAR KIND OVERREACTING TO THE WORSHIP OF PACHAMAMA BY SOME AT THE VATICAN?



Does this Pachamama thing really, really, really matter. Can’t we all just get along?

Exorcists call for day of reparation after Pachamama rituals

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In a joint statement, four exorcists called on Catholics to join a day of reparation to drive out “any diabolic influence within the Church” that occurred as a result of the Pachamama ritual that Pope Francis attended at the Vatican at the onset of the Amazon Synod.
According to the National Catholic Registerwhere the statement first appeared, the exorcists requested anonymity. They said that Catholics are in the midst of “spiritual warfare” that is “happening with the Church itself” as evidenced by the events witnessed during the Amazon Synod.
And this:
In the statement that was released today, the 100 international signatories called upon the Pope to “repent publicly and unambiguously of these objectively grave sins” and asked bishops around the world to “offer fraternal correction to Pope Francis for these scandals.” 


DOES THE ALTAR ARRANGEMENT REALLY, REALLY, REALLY MATTER?

The destruction of the Benedictine altar arrangement occurred for the first time in Pope Francis’ Papal Mass at His Holiness’ Cathedral of St. John Lateran last week. Does it portend the same for St. Peter’s and does it matter?


Before:

St. Peter’s over the years after Vatican II:








Wednesday, November 13, 2019

PROOF THAT A FRAIL POPE NEED NOT RESIGN

Benedict XVI meeting recipients of this year’s Ratzinger Prize on Sunday. They were able “to engage in an intense and deep conversation with the Pope Emeritus” the Ratzinger Foundation said @NCRegister

The question is and remains, why did His Holiness abdicate? Can’t a frail pope just stay at home in the Vatican and be pope? Yessss!

This photos taken this past Sunday:





JUST WHAT IS CLERICALISM?



I don't know for sure.

Priests are given special authority and are ontologically changed during and after ordination. On the diocesan or parish level if proper canonical authority itsn't given or respected there would be chaos because someone will fill the void of authority whether that person has the authority or not.

Clericalism to me is when a bishop does not intervene in the case of the abuse of authority by a priest to either reprimand him, transfer him, suspend him or laicize him. But in all of this there must be due process. And if a bishop isn't faithful to his canonical authority, the Vatican needs to have structures in place to intervene and do the same.

It seems to me that the greatest clericalism of our age is "make it up as you go" Catholicism or the ideology that pastoral theology can be dogmatized. Thus a priest who makes himself the superstar of the parish, manipulates the liturgical rites of the Church to make himself  the center, ad libs the words of the liturgical rites to suit his own fancies, this is clericalism and the clericalism of the bishop is that he doesn't intervene to correct or reprimand this sort of clericalism.

All one has to do is experience a Mass in the Ordinary Form and one in the Extraordinary Form to know what liturgical clericalism is and it isn't the fact that in the EF Mass the priest does it all; it is because in the OF Mass that Mass can be as different as different as the many priests who celebrate it are.

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF CLERICALISM?

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

NATIONAL CHISMATIC REPORTER GIVES ACCOLADES TO THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM MASS

A truer article on the EF Mass there was never written:

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The Latin Mass is celebrated in Rome on Sept. 7, 2017. (Dreamstime/Ensens)
The Latin Mass is celebrated in Rome on Sept. 7, 2017. (Dreamstime/Ensens) 
William Shakespeare's exquisite Sonnet 23, about the difficulty of expressing profound love, begins, "As an unperfect actor on the stage ..." One of the lines in this brilliantly complex poem seems to sum up everything that is most powerful about the traditional Latin Mass: "the perfect ceremony of love's rite."
What does that line conjure up for you? For me, there's a hushed sense of participation in something important, something mysterious, profound and beautiful. There's the swish of silk and the stiffness of brocade, the glow of candlelight, the warmth of hardwood, perhaps the sheen of marble columns — unusual and decorative externals prepared, like a beautiful banquet hall, to honor some event of great magnitude. The attendants, intent and concentrated, clothed in ceremonial dress, have forgotten themselves in the careful accomplishment of grave and formal movements, each one an actor with a particular role in the intense drama unfolding.
An actor, you say? Is the traditional Mass like a play, amusing perhaps for those who like dressing up and processing around, but only make-believe in the end? Or an empty and pompous façade?
On the contrary. At its heart is the most real, the most powerful and the most magnificent thing this earth has ever witnessed: the sacrifice of Christ, the perfect Victim, offering himself for us to his Father, re-enacted in an unbloody manner. Its glorious aesthetics "brighten minds, so that they may travel through the lights to the True Light, where Christ is the true door."

Sunday, November 10, 2019

ON THE USE OF IDOLS IN CATHOLIC WORSHIP, EXCUSE ME CARDINAL CUPICH?





I am puzzled over this statement from Cardinal Cupich as reporterd by Lifesite news:

Archbishop Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago defended the use of the “Pachamama” statues during the Amazon Synod, saying the church has “always adopted pagan elements in its traditions and especially its liturgical rites” while quoting from a Vatican document about “inculturation.”

Cardinal Cupich don't embarrass yourself with half truths. Yes we have "baptized" and Catholicized some pagan elements, but not idols. Seasons of the year, Christmas trees, the asperges (formerly fertility rites) were Christianized but were never used as pagans would have used them and I can't think of any idol (like the golden calf) that the Church ever used in the way pagans use their idols, meaning in a liturgical or worshipful way.

For example, the abomination of what happened in the Vatican Gardens where pachamama was used in a pagan way, not a Christian way, with people dancing about it and prostrating themselves before it was in no way Christianized by those doing it. Pachamama was pachamama, not a baptized reinventing of the idol into the Blessed Virgin Mary as some contended at the time and falsely.

To christianize this idol, the Church, meaning the pope, would have to declare the idol to be a representation of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Child. More than likely the Christianized version would need to be clothed and perhaps crowned. And the worship of it eliminated and made veneration.

As I see it, what happened in the Vatican Gardens was idol worship with no Christian element.

Correct me if I am wrong. 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

HMM, AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO SEES THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THESE TWO MORTAL SINS?


Posted on the same day by Deacon Kandra. Aren’t both stories about the mortal sin of sexual misconduct but the second post really sees the mortal sin of sexual immorality as a virtue. It is kind of like decrying the destruction of the ecology of the planet but approving of the ecological destruction of the salvation of the soul. No?



POPE PRETTY CLEAR HERE ON HOW TO MAKE CONVERTS AND REVERTS OR IS HIS HOLINESS?



Pope at Audience: Always build bridges, never aggression

Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience invites the faithful to ask the Holy Spirit, “for the capacity to delicately inculturate the message of faith, placing a contemplative gaze on those who are ignorant of Christ”.
Build bridges with those who do not believe or with those who have a different creed from ours. “Always build bridges, always reach out, no aggression.” That was the Pope’s invitation during his weekly General Audience on Wednesday as he continued his Catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles.
The Pope took his cue from St. Paul as he described this great Saint’s preaching before the Areopagus in Athens, the cultural capital of the pagan world.  In a city filled with idols, said Pope Francis, Paul proclaims the Gospel by appealing to the religiosity of his hearers and their desire to know the truth.

A call to conversion

The Pontiff explained, that when St Paul sees an altar dedicated to an “unknown god”, he states that God, the transcendent Creator of the world, has indeed made himself known, and sent his Son to call all people to conversion and the fullness of truth. 
Yet, the Pope notes, that when Paul speaks of Christ’s death and resurrection, his listeners lose interest and his words arouse mockery and derision in the eyes of the Greeks. 
But as Pope Francis points out, St Paul’s preaching bears fruit in the conversion of some Athenians, including Dionysius the Areopagite and Damaris, who open themselves up to the faith. 

Inculturate the message of faith

Concluding his catechesis, the Pope invited the faithful to  ask the Holy Spirit, “for the capacity to delicately inculturate the message of faith, placing a contemplative gaze on those who are ignorant of Christ, moved by a love that warms even the most hardened hearts.”

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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