Saturday, December 31, 2016
As many have acknowledged, there probably isn't much angst about the current crisis in the papacy in most rank and file laity. Only the internet geeks know that there is a tempest going on in Rome with a whole lot of Italian and South American intrigue (the combination of both a deadly brew to say the least!).
Crux has a good article with major flaws on what the papal dissenters have not taken into account. You can read the article here.
The article I link above gives pastoral situations where the internal forum might be applied after discernment with a priest. But this is the rub: I was taught that this pastoral discernment must include an attempt at the "external forum" that is the annulment procedure that ends because no decision can be rendered one way or the other as there is not enough evidence provided in the documentation. This can be the case because people refuse to participate (one of the spouses or witnesses) or witnesses cannot be found including a former spouse or witnesses are dead.
If the external forum, i.e. Annulment procedure, definitely states that no annulment can be granted because the marriage on trial is in reality a sacrament, the internal forum is not allowed. It is only when no decision one way or the other can be rendered that the pastoral discernment can move to an internal forum decision.
This is a major flaw of AL as it doesn't discuss the "internal forum" as such and when it can be used after the external forum is exhausted.
Then Giuseppe Narid has an article that overstates the situation with the four cardinals and the pope. While his case is overstated, it is obvious that we are dealing with a situation that could be defused if only the Holy Father has answered the private Dubia before the cardinals made it public. While I have criticized making it public, the fact that it has should be further impetus for the Holy Father to defuse the situation by a clear answer and directly not indirectly in homilies, statements and tweets by underlings.
You can read the article here.
Let's face it, long before Pope Francis and during the time of Popes Paul, John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict, the internal forum has been used licitly or illicitly and there wasn't much news on it if any.
My own bishop, without addressing the internal forum, told us a few years ago that if any priest in our diocese illicitly "blessed" an illicit marriage, meaning "convalidated" it illicitly, that we ourselves could be removed from our parish and suspended.
It seems to me, though, that the footnote in AL which other than that footnote, is a marvelous document, opens the door to illicit convalidations. And if you extend its logic, it opens the door to supposed celibate priests to remain as priest even if they are in illicit marriages or sexual relationships as long as someone conducted pastoral discernment with them, whatever that means in reality.
This little footnote opens the door to th logic of the footnote to undermine everything that traditional Catholic morality teaches and believes to be revealed by God.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The Cardinal also acknowledged "the existence of a fierce and organized opposition to Pope France, carried out in certain. Catholics circles. And he’s warned that it is fomenting considerable polarization within the Church." (I would say that the style/words/actions of Pope Francis are at the root of this and in various circles of the Church. Being the one who has caused it, His Holiness is the one and only one that can end it in a amicable way.)
He goes on to say, “We are currently witnessing intensive inner-church debates – not so much in Austria, but internationally – as there is quite evidently very strong, significant opposition to Pope Francis.”
I do not know how many rank and file laity are aware of this historic moment in the Catholic Church where there is going to be a "fraternal correction" of the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church by four cardinals and their hidden supporters.
My own anxiety is that this is uncharted and unprecedented in the modern history of the Catholic Church and by modern I mean during and since the Counter-Reformation and the Council of Trent.
Will Cardinal Burke and the other three lose their red hats? Will they be excommunicated, like Archbishop Marcel Lefebrev if they continue on their chosen path while having been reprimanded by the Supreme Pontiff.
Worse yet, is how so many rank and file Catholics, geeks of the blogosphere, are reacting to the Holy Father in very uncharitable ways, which of course is a mortal sin requiring absolution by a priest after having acknowledge the sin, repented and seeking to amend their lives. I wonder how many of these people present themselves for Holy Communion each Sunday but castigate others with different types of mortal sins, to include adultery, who present themselves as well for Holy Communion. Birds of a feather i would speculate.
What rank and file clergy and laity should be doing in the most charitable way possible is praying to almighty God for the Holy Father and the Magisterium of the Church.
Here are three prayers for the Supreme Pontiff that I would recommend:
O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all Your faithful people, mercifully look upon Your servant [name of Pope], whom You have chosen as the chief Shepherd to preside over Your Church. We beg You to help him edify, both by word and example, those over whom he has charge, that he may reach everlasting life together with the flock entrusted to him. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty and Everlasting God, have mercy on Your servant [name of Pope], our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him, according to Your loving kindness, in the way of eternal salvation, that with Your help he may ever desire that which is pleasing to You and accomplish it with all his strength. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord Jesus, shelter our Holy Father the Pope under the protection of Your Sacred Heart. Be his light, his strength and his consolation.
Or this one written by Pope Leo XII:
O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at Thy feet and begging Thee to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he is praying for us also, and is offering unto Thee with holy fervor the sacred Victim of love and peace.
Wherefore, O Lord, turn Thyself toward us with eyes of pity; for we are now, as it were, forgetful of ourselves, and are praying above all for him. Do Thou unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of Thine infinite mercy, as a sweet savor of active and fruitful charity, whereby the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of Thee this day, we too ask it of Thee in unison with him.
Whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; nay more, we desire that the cry of our hearts should be made one with his. Of Thy great mercy grant, O Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour that he prays and offers unto Thee the Sacrifice of Thy blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in His hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction these words: "The peace of the Lord be with you always," grant, O Lord, that Thy sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power. Amen.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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This one hits the mark:
This one hits the mark:
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HANUKKAH OR HANUKKIAH OR CHANUKAH: CAN CATHOLICS COPY THIS AS A HOME DEVOTION FOR THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS OR XMAS OR THE NATIVITY?
|Kwanzaa which is not a religious celebration but rather a cultural celebration seems to have borrowed from the Chanukah religious celebration the Hanukkah menorah.|
|Why in the name of God and all that is holy, should not the Catholic Church borrow the Hanukkiah/Kwanzaa menorah for the Octave of Christmas?|
|As you may or may not know, depending on what type of coloring book Catholicism you have had, the Octave of Christmas or Easter or Pentecost takes one day's solemnity and stretches it out for eight days. In effect the eight days are one single day of celebration.|
|I know that as I child I would love to have extended the hours of Christmas day to eight days which is what the Church does.|
|But we have no way of symbolizing these eight days, this octave except by going to Mass or praying the Liturgy of the Hours.|
|Why not have a home devotion,similar to the Chanukah menorah or the Kwanzaa or better yet, the Advent Wreathe and light a candle for each of the 8 days of the Octave of Christmas.|
|Am I the only one who has come up with this?|
|Here is one possibility for the Octave of Christmas Menorah:|
In the 1960's my favorite comedians were Jackie Gleason, Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Johnny Carson.
Here Gleason steps out of character to wish his audience Merry Christmas!🎄
Here Gleason steps out of character to wish his audience Merry Christmas!🎄
I admit it, I live in a liturgical bubble. I have always tried to make sure that the Mass is celebrated solemnly and reverently in my parishes. I appreciate both forms of the Mass and recognize that the reverence of the EF Mass is built into it whereas one must really work hard to make sure the OF Mass is reverent.
What works against reverence in the OF are built into it. The following must be critiqued and one day officially changed even if nothing else changes in the current OF Roman Missal:
1. Communion in the hand while standing and on the move
2. Interruption of the flow of prayer and spirituality during the Introductory Rite with banal greetings, banter and mini or Maxie homilies
3. Priests acting as actors not as PRIESTS, in the Old Testament sense of the word as well as what is described in the Letter to the Hebrews
4. Priests imposing their own words and actions onto the Roman Missal
I think the art of celebrating the Mass can be witnessed by Masses from St. Peter's in Rome such as the Christmas Mass below this Post. Pope Francis is sober, reverent, does not ad lib and prays the Mass while facing the assembly in an "ad orientem" sort of way.
Also the Propers are Chanted.
When it comes to the Mass I am probably more progressive than many of my readers. I am not opposed to homilies geared to children in so-called children Masses at Christmas. I am also open to a diverse forms of sacred music as long as it is doctrinely sound and in the realm of Catholic liturgical spirituality.
The OF Mass Roman Missal is here to stay and as is for the foreseeable future. Is there a desire by most bishops, priests and laity to pray the black and do the red or is the Staus quo of sloppiness and banality going to remain indefinitely?
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Just too 😎!
Pope Francis offers the Pope Emeritus his Christmas greetings
Given the hysterically uncharitable commentary against Pope Francis in the Blogosphere, this bishop offers a different way to support the Holy Father and to distinguish between opinions outside His Holiness competency and the areas of competence within the framework and service of Divine Truth which no pope or ecumenical council, let alone a synod of bishops, can challenge or change.
The song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is an English Christmas carol. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the Church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember. To fit the number scheme, when you reach number 9, representing the Fruits of the Holy Ghost, the originator combined 6 to make 3, taking the 6 fruits that were similar: the fruit in each parenthesis is the that was not named separately. There are actually Twelve Fruits of the Holy Ghost.
The "True Love" one hears in the song is not a smitten boy or girlfriend but Jesus Christ, because truly Love was born on Christmas Day. The partridge in the pear tree also represents Him because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators.
According to Ann Ball in her book, HANDBOOK OF CATHOLIC SACRAMENTALS:
The two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments
The three French hens stood for faith, hope, and love.
The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The five golden rings rerepresented the first five books of the Old Testament, which describe man's fall into sin and the great love of God in sending a Savior.
The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit-----Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-----Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience [Forbearance], Goodness [Kindness], Mildness, Fidelity, Modesty, Continency [Chastity].
The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.
The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful Apostles.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles' Creed.
Original Source: Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP, Nebraska
Printed with permission from Catholic Tradition.
Friday, December 23, 2016
JUST WHAT IS TRUMP THINK PICKING THIS GUY? IT IS OBVIOUS BY LOOKING AT HIM HE'S A SINNER WHO NEEDS A FIELD HOSPITAL WHICH IS THE CHURCH WHO DISPENSES THE SACRAMENTS, THE MEDICINE OF CHRIST!
- See more at: http://aleteia.org/blogs/deacon-greg-kandra/trump-names-a-catholic-who-was-mocked-on-ash-wednesday-to-be-his-press-secretary/#sthash.K0t5Jlyg.dpuf
Most who work in the Vatican do so for low pay, no fanfare and at considerable personal sacrifice, and once in a while, they’d like to hear something encouraging from the boss about the value of their labor.
Of course, Francis was elected on a reform mandate, and he’s carrying out a project that enjoys the strong support of many of his cardinals and other bishops from around the world. On the other hand, he also faces the challenge of ensuring that when the reform is finally over, the people left standing have the confidence and enthusiasm to carry it out.--John Allen of Crux
John Allen knows that the good people in the Curia are demoralized by Pope Francis crass style of reform which uses vinegar and insults rather than sugar and spice and everything nice 👍!
YOU CAN READ ALLEN'S ARTICLE HERE.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
This is long and doesn't need my commentary: