Friday, February 23, 2018

SAINT ANNE CATHOLIC CHURCH, RICHMOND HILL, GEORGIA WILL HAVE OUR FIRST ANNUAL LENTEN MISSION BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND WITH TWO DOMINICAN FRIARS OF THE NEW YORK PROVINCE, FATHERS BENEDICT AND JOSEPH

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YOURS TRULY CELEBRATING THE EF MASS AT SAVANNAH'S CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST AT 1:00 PM THIS SUNDAY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT: BE THERE OR BE SQUARE, LAYFAYETTE SQUARE THAT IS

Traditional Propers for the Second Sunday of Lent
 
Vestments:  Violet
 
INTROIT
Psalm 24: 6, 3, 22

Remember, O Lord, Thy bowels of compassion, and Thy mercies that are from the beginning of the world, lest at any time our enemies rule over us: deliver us, O God of Israel, from all our tribulations. -- (Ps. 24. 1, 2). To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me be not ashamed. V.: Glory to the Father . . . -- Remember, O Lord . . .
 
COLLECT - O God, who seest that we are wholly destitute of strength, keep us within and without: that we may be defended in body from all adversity: and cleansed in mind from evil thoughts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth . . .
 
EPISTLE
I Thessalonians 4: 1 - 17

Brethren, We pray and beseech you in the Lord Jesus that, as you have received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, so also you would walk, that you may abound the more. For you know what precepts I have given to you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from fornication, that every one of you should know how to possess his vesel in sanctification and honor; not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles that know not God: and that no man overreach nor circumvent his brother in business: because the Lord is the Avenger of all these things, as we have told you before and have all testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification: in Christ Jesus our Lord.
GRADUAL
Psalm 24: 17, 18

The troubles of my heart are multiplied: deliver me from my necessities, O Lord. V.: See my abjection and my labor; and forgive me all my sins.
TRACT
Psalm 105: 1 - 4

Give glory to the Lord, for He is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. V.: Who shall declare the powers of the Lord: who shall set forth all His praises? V.: Blessed are they that keep judgment and do justice at all times. V.: Remember us, O Lord, in the favor of Thy people: visit us with Thy salvation.


GOSPEL
Matthew 17: 1 - 9
At that time Jesus took Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and He was transfigured before them. And His face did shine as the sun, and His garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with Him. Then Peter answering said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him. And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said to them: Arise, and fear not. And they, lifting up their eyes, saw no one, but only Jesus. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man till the Son of Man be risen from the dead.
 
OFFERTORY
Psalm 118: 47, 48

I will meditate on Thy commandments, which I have loved exceedingly: and I will lift up my hands to Thy commandments which I have loved.
 
SECRET - Look favorably upon these present Sacrifices, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that they may profit us both unto devotion and salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth . . .
 
PREFACE (Preface for Lent) - It it truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who by this bodily fast, dost curb our vices, dost lift up our minds and bestow on us strength and rewards; through Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise:
 
COMMUNION
Psalm 5: 2 - 4
Understand my cry: hearken to the voice of my prayer, O my King and my God: for to Thee will I pray, O Lord.
 
POST COMMUNION - We humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, that we whom Thou dost refresh by Thy Sacraments may worthily serve Thee by lives well pleasing to thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth . . .

THIS IS RATHERING STUNNING AS IT COMES FROM A LIBERAL SOURCE AND PRINTED IN THE TABLET, THE UK'S EQUIVALENT NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER

23 February 2018 | by James Roberts

LEADING VATICAN OBSERVER CLAIMS ‘FRANCIS REVOLUTION ALMOST OVER’

Reforming the Vatican is like 'cleaning the Sphinx with a toothbrush' remark is an indication of Francis’ powerlessness said Franco
Massimo Franco, the political editor of Corriere della Sera and widely respected commentator on the Vatican, said this week (Wednesday) that he believes the “revolutionary appeal of Pope Francis is almost over”.
Speaking without reporting restrictions at London’s Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs independent think tank, he contrasted the expectations of reform that followed Jorge Bergoglio’s election in 2013 with the actual results five years on. Referring to Francis’ remark in his annual Christmas speech to the curia on 21 December last year, that reforming the Vatican is like “cleaning the Sphinx with a toothbrush”, he said that this comment was an indication of Francis’ powerlessness.
In that address Francis said some in the Vatican bureaucracy were part of “cliques and plots” and spoke of those “traitors of trust” who had been entrusted with carrying out reforms but “let themselves be corrupted by ambition and vainglory”.
This expression of frustration, Franco argued, showed that the “rosy” picture of Francis in the world outside veils huge problems in the Church that Francis has not been able to solve.
The case of Libero Milone spoke volumes as regards the difficulty of reforming Vatican finances, Franco said. The Vatican’s first auditor general resigned without explanation in June last year, then broke his silence in September saying he was forced to step down with trumped-up accusations, after discovering evidence of possible illegal activity. Milone believed that some in the Vatican wanted “to slow down Pope Francis’s efforts at financial reform”.
Last week’s resignation from the Vatican Bank’s Board of Superintendence of the former US ambassador to the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon, was another indication, Franco felt, that this suspicion may be well founded.
The sources of the Pope’s advice and information had also become problematic, Franco suggested. The concept of the Council of Cardinals (C9), set up to discuss with Francis the major issues facing the Church, was a good one. But these days, the C9 met less frequently than envisaged, and suffered from a lack of transparency that might well indicate a lack of coherence in its deliberations, Franco thought. Meanwhile the Pope’s decision to install himself in the Casa Santa Marta guesthouse rather than the Apostolic Palace had proved in Franco’s view to have serious hidden costs. Cliques and coteries had developed that were fluid in nature, he observed, but none of which was necessarily reliable in the quality of information that was being whispered in the Pope’s ear.
Moreover, in Franco’s view, the voice that Francis listens to most attentively is that of Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires, whose thinking is incorporated into the controversial apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. Fernandez has referred to critics of this document, that is generally understood as charting a path to receiving communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, as deploying a kind of “death trap” in their logic, and risking a “betrayal of the heart of the Gospel”. He is also an advocate of shifting the centre of gravity of the Church away from Rome – an idea that Franco said simply “doesn’t work”.
The controversies over Amoris Laetitia have been encapsulated in recent remarks by two cardinals. Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago in a lecture in Cambridge this month argued that the document represented a programme for revolutionary change in the Church. He said its emphasis on mercy and conscience meant the Church in its ministry should regard the family in its contemporary reality as a source of doctrinal development. This, Cupich said, marked a “paradigm shift” in the Church’s self-understanding. Cardinal Gerhard Muller, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who explicitly saw his role as a theological and doctrinal guide to the pontiff and whose tenure Francis did not renew when Muller came to the end of his term in July last year, argued in an article in First Things this month that there can be no such thing as a “paradigm shift” for the Church. Some developments are valid and some are corrupting, he said, but there can be no overturning of established and valid tradition in ways that have been mooted.
It is on this basis that Muller has warned of a schism in the Church. In his talk at Chatham House, Franco said he thought that Muller was overstating the depth of the crisis, but it was still true that “we don’t know what will happen next”.
Franco said that – to borrow one of Francis’ best-known phrases - if the Church was a field hospital in 2013, then it is a field hospital with even more confusion today.
There was, Franco said, growing resentment over the contrast between Francis’ easy and direct contact with ordinary people and his less happy and often fractious relationship with his “ecclesiastical army”.
In terms of international diplomacy, in Franco’s view Francis was seen as giving some countries an easy “pass” – for example Russia after its annexation of Crimea – while his pragmatic approach to communism as seen in his overtures to China, was also seen by many as suspect, in allowing Beijing too much of a say in episcopal appointments.   
Francis was trying to build the next conclave into one with a decisive presence from the “peripheries”, which he hoped would continue his attempted reforms, Franco observed – but time was not on his side. Franco hoped that conclave would “not be soon” but the question of the moment, he felt, was: will Francis be cancelled from the memory of the Church, or will his successor continue his work?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

WILL CARDINAL SARAH BE SWATTED DOWN BECAUSE OF THE SPIRITUAL WARFARE HIS EMINENCE BELIEVES IS GOING ON BETWEEN MICHAEL AND LUCIFER AS IT CONCERNS HOW THE MOST HOLY EUCHARISTIC HOST IS HANDLED AND RECEIVED TODAY, STANDING AND IN THE HAND?

Cardinal Sarah: Receive Communion Kneeling and on the Tongue to be on the Side of the Archangel Michael rather than Lucifer

 Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Savannah, Georgia:
 


Praytell's Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB  hopes Pope Francis will swat and kill like a nasty fly the Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith because Cardinal Sarah is sober and believes that things Fr. Ruff says that Vatican II mandated  were not in fact mandated, such as standing to receive Holy Communion and in the hand and a return to kneeling and receiving the Sacred Host on the tongue isn't the end of the world, but a victory of sorts for Christ and His Church.

It continues to amaze me that the 1970's ugliness of the left in the Catholic Church continues to this day, but I predict, as clairvoyant as I am, that victory will be Christ's not  liberal Catholicism which will end up in the dung heap of history as liberal Protestantism has.

Here's a portion of Cardinal Sarah's desire printed in a preface of a book:

W]e can understand how the most insidious diabolical attack consists in trying to extinguish faith in the Eucharist, sowing errors and favoring an unsuitable manner of receiving it. Truly the war between Michael and his Angels on one side, and Lucifer on the other, continues in the heart of the faithful: Satan’s target is the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Real Presence of Jesus in the consecrated host.
Why do we insist on communicating standing in the hand? Why this attitude of lack of submission to the signs of God?

[Receiving kneeling and on the tongue] is much more suited to the sacrament itself. I hope there can be a rediscovery and promotion of the beauty and pastoral value of this manner. In my opinion and judgment, this is an important question on which the church today must reflect. This is a further act of adoration and love that each of us can offer to Jesus Christ.
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READ THE NASTINESS AND OUTRIGHT UNCHARITABLENESS OF PRAYTELL, ESPECIALLY ITS COMMENTS HERE.

APPROPRIATE LITURGICAL UNDERGARMENTS--SHOULD THESE ALWAYS BE USED?

Normally, one should wear a cassock under the alb. If it is too hot, as is the case in the south, many priests do not wear the cassock under the alb. But shouldn't a long sleeve clerical shirt be worn instead, either in black or white?

I think this photo shows why a long sleeve shirt or the cassock should be worn under the alb.
What do you think?




HE'S BACK (WITH BOMBSHELLS GALORE) THE AMERICAN THEOLOGIAN WHO CORRECTED POPE FRANCIS; HE'S DOUBLING DOWN WITH MORE OF THE SAME!!!!!!!!

 From Sandro Magister blog, February 22, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter 

BOMBSHELL ASSERTION:  

Granted the post-Vatican II Church was rife with divisions – disputes over doctrine, morals and the liturgy.  These disagreements continue still.  However, at no time during the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI was there ever any doubt as to what the Church teaches concerning her doctrine, morals, and liturgical practice.  Both recognized that what truly made the Church one is her unalterable apostolic and universal faith, and her sacraments, especially the Eucharist, as fount and means of her holiness.  They, therefore, faithfully taught, clearly developed, and ardently promoted the Church’s doctrinal and moral teaching, and her authentic sacramental practice – all for the sake of guaranteeing and fostering her ecclesial communion.  Such is not the case, in many significant ways, within the present pontificate of Pope Francis.

The Four Marks of the Church: The Contemporary Crisis in Ecclesiology

Weinandy
by Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM., Cap. *
Sydney, Notre Dame University (Australia), February 22, 2018
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The Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed (381 AD) professes that we believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.  Each mark, in its fullness, must be properly conceived and articulated, and yet only together, in their perichoretic relationship, do they form the theological foundation of the Church’s authentic self-understanding.  Without them the Church’s own self-identity would become opaque, possessing no discernable defining character, and so would be exposed to any and every imposed guise – either by herself or from without.  Moreover, these four ecclesial marks are most fully expressed and most abundantly nurtured within the Eucharist liturgy.

In this talk I will argue for the above in the following way.  First, I will examine, at some length, St. Ignatius of Antioch’s seven letters. Second, I will examine, more briefly, Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium.  Each text perceives the Church’s revealed identity within these four defining marks.  Lastly, with the aid of St. John Paul II’s encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, I will contend that these four defining ecclesial marks are presently at risk.  This threat comes not only from within the Catholic theological community, but even and regrettably from within Church leadership.  Because of this danger I will conclude by advocating the need to mount a robust defense and clear advocacy of the Church’s four marks.  Without such an apology, the Church’s identity – what she truly is – will become disordered, and so will enfeeble her ability to live and to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This enfeeblement, then, will also be most visibly enacted within the Eucharistic liturgy which will not only cause scandal but also, and more importantly, demean the Eucharistic liturgy as the supreme enactment of the Church being One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. (My comment: what I have highlighted in red, red underlined and dark blue is the bombshell! It is a long article read it by pressing below:)

READ THE REST AT SANDRO MAGISTER'S BLOG HERE

TRUE HUMILITY FOR POPE FRANCIS


Let me preface this by saying that it is the press, both Catholic and secular, who tout Pope Francis' various gestures as acts of humility, such as not living in the papal palace but rather choosing the Vatican's Motel 6, not taking on the trappings of the papacy that Pope Benedict used or resurrected, driving cheap cars, less security and the like.

However, Pope Francis on day one when asked about living in the Motel Six rather than the papal palace did not say it was because of his humility but because of his concern for his mental health--he needs to live around people and not be isolated; he wants to be like other bishops and priests and not stand out as much, all for his own mental health.

There is a good article by Sandro Magister about Pope Francis' concern for his mental health and not placing him in situations that would compromise his mental health which you can read HERE.

At its root, the best description of being humble is being humiliated by that which one does not choose and would not choose that would appear to make the person less than humble, thus for Pope Francis to choose be carried aloft like Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul I not to mention all the previous pre-Vatican II popes would make him appear to be haughty and not humble.

But in fact, when the Church gives you its dress code for various functions once you are ordained a deacon, priest or bishop, not to mention a bishop's coronation as the Pope and Bishop of Rome, one doesn't choose what one is to wear but in humility takes it on.

Thus, this triumphal look would be very humiliating for the personal tastes of the person of Jorge Bergolio, but for him to accept it and wear it truly would be a sign of authentic humility. But neither Jorge Bergolio or the press would understand it as such.

But could you imagine Pope Francis wearing this? No , not at this point in his papacy, no not at all, it would be so out of place for him and his needs and mental health:


THIS WILL BE HARD FOR CELEBRATION OF LIFE, COLORING BOOK CATHOLICS, BUT WHICH ONE OF THESE PHOTOS BEST CAPTURE'S FEBRUARY 22ND'S FEAST OF THE CHAIR?

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 D

IT HAS ONLY BEEN A WEEK AND THE FULL MAGNITUDE OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED HAS NOT SUNK DEEP DOWN IN ACTUAL GRIEF, SO HOW HEALTHY IS IT FOR THOSE GRIEVING TO BE EXPLOITED FOR RATINGS ANS POLITICAL PURPOSES BY POLITICIANS AND MEDIA ELITE WHO TURN EVERY THING INTO A REALITY SHOW?

Learn more about the stages of grief here. (Credit: Faces & Voices of Recovery)

Sudden, tragic death leads first to shock and numbness as well as a certain sense that the person dead is simply away.

Grief is inexplicable and not what most of us think it will be and it takes a couple of years of riding emotional tides to begin to heal all the while experiencing depression. It has to happen naturally and for many privately, contemplatively.
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I wonder what impact the media's exploitation of those deeply wounded by tragedy but still in shock so soon after the deaths of so many will have on these young people who need space not exploitation?

JUST WONDERING AND ANOTHER FUNERAL MASS RANT



With so many modern popes being canonized for Vatican II reasons, so much so, Pope Francis joked that he and Pope Benedict can't wait, should the first Protestant pope, Dr. Billy Graham be canonized?

And in a far off city I saw these words in an obituary again: A funeral Mass celebrating the life of John Doe will be held....

What the?

React.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A GOOD BRIEF ARTICLE ON THE HISTORY OF FASTING IN MOSAIC LAW AND CHRISTIAN TRADITION


Yes, a good article from Praytell on fasting which you can read in full HERE.

A money quote:

In 1966, immediately after the Second Vatican Council, Paul VI placed the emphasis on the interior and religious character of penitence, which is done by prayer, fasting, and charity. The U.S. bishops provided for abstinence from meat on the Fridays of Lent the same year. The 1983 Code of Canon Law minimally requires fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, with conferences of bishops determining further regulations.

This review shows that historically, the rhythm of the liturgical year was experienced directly and intensely by the faithful, with fasting and abstinence being a striking way to mark seasons and fast days. Our contemporary era, with its rather minimal fasting and abstinence, is somewhat of an exception to most of church history.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THESE PHOTOS?

All ad orientem, so what could go wrong?

I think the lifting of the chasuble should be discreet and not post-Vatican II big sign and too high. This is a right thing gone wrong:
But this is pre-Vatican II discreet and sober. This is a right thing done right:
If ad orientem is so right, what could go so horribly wrong? It is afterall a Solemn High Mass with deacon and subdeacon:


KYRIE ELISON! YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!

Vatican Sex Abuse Investigator Hospitalized in Chile

SANTIAGO (CHILE)
Associated Press via New York Times




SANTIAGO, Chile — The special envoy sent by Pope Francis to investigate allegations that a bishop had covered up sex abuse was undergoing gallbladder surgery Wednesday in Chile, church officials said.
The curia for Charles Scicluna's archdiocese in Malta announced the surgery in a brief statement.
The spokesman for the Chilean Catholic bishop's conference, Jaime Coiro, said Scicluna was stable and conscious and said he wasn't expected to remain hospitalized more than two days.
The bishop's conference said Scicluna had been suffering pain since last week.
The Maltese archbishop entered the hospital Tuesday after starting his interviews with victims and others opposed to the appointment of a bishop accused of covering up for the country's most notorious pedophile priest.
Coiro said the pope has asked that interviews with witnesses continue Wednesday through Friday as planned. They are to be handled by Jordi Bertomeu, a Spanish priest who has been serving as Scicluna's translator and notary.
Scicluna came to Chile to investigate complaints about Bishop Juan Barros, who has been strongly defended until now by the pope.

I HAVE GIVEN UP PLASTIC FOR LENT


Not really, although neighboring Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is going to outlaw plastic bags very soon.  The fly in the poop, though is the plastic bags they have in handy reach all around for their dogs to place their poop into--they have smart dogs and phones so they don't know what to provide the dogs to place their poop into. What a conundrum for the poor beasts!

I could give up the other plastic, charge cards, but alas.

But shouldn't giving up something refer to food and drink as these have their basis in the Catholic Church's age old tradition of fasting as it is properly meant, not eating or drinking?  There is symbolism in being hungry and thirsty as it relates to God and Jesus' fast of 40 days and 40 nights in the desert.

I have no problem with helping preserve our environment from trash and preventing plastic bags from going into the ocean and creating havoc for marine life, but do we have to make it a Lenten observance? NO! NO! NO! but that's just my humble opinion.

The Church of England's Lent challenge: give up plastic

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THE PROTESTANT POPE, DR. BILLY GRAHAM HAS DIED. ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO HIM O LORD

I first became aware of Dr. Billy Graham when I moved to Augusta as a small child. He was on television all the time (we only had two channels!) and I couldn't believe that the shows I wanted to watch were preempted by the local station for Billy Graham.

In those less than ecumenical days between Protestants and Catholics, Catholics looked at Billy Graham with disdain. But I was always fascinated by him.

Later in his ministry, he became more ecumenical as the Catholic Church did and I think he was less prone to be anti-Catholic but early on I think he was. But we Catholics were very anti-Protestant too.

At any rate, what a long and well-served life he had for his personal Lord and Savior!

Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' And Noted Evangelist, Dead At 99

Jade Walker,HuffPost 1 hour 39 minutes ago
Billy Graham, the famed evangelist who became known as “America’s Pastor,”has died at the age of 99, The Associated Press reported.
Graham died at his home Wednesday morning from natural causes, a family spokesman told  ABC News.
Born in 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina, William Franklin Graham Jr. was the oldest of the four children of William and Morrow Graham. He was raised on a dairy farm, and little in his childhood suggested he would become a world-renowned preacher.
Then at 16, Graham attended a series of revival meetings run by outspoken evangelist Mordecai Ham. The two months he spent listening to Ham’s sermons on sin sparked a spiritual awakening in Graham and prompted him to enroll at Bob Jones College. When the conservative Christian school’s strict doctrine didn’t align with his personal beliefs, he transferred to the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College of Florida) and joined a Southern Baptist Convention church. He was ordained in 1939.
Billy Graham, seen in 2010, has died at the age of 99. (CHRIS KEANE / Reuters) Graham received additional training at Illinois’ Wheaton College, where he met his future wife, Ruth McCue Bell. They were married for 64 years, until her death in 2007, and had five children.
After serving briefly as the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois, Graham launched his first radio program, “Songs in the Night,” in 1943. Although he left a year later, Graham liked the idea of sharing his message with a wide audience. As noted on his website, Graham took Jesus Christ literally when he said in Mark 16:15: “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”
Graham was still in his early 30s when entered the public spotlight by giving a series of well-attended “sin-smashing” revival meetings that were held under a circus tent in a Los Angeles parking lot. The press took interest in the charismatic young preacher and began writing articles about him. To get his message to even more people, Graham founded his own ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Graham mat his wife, Ruth McCue Bell, at Illinois’ Wheaton College. They were married for 64 years and had five children. (Bettmann via Getty Images) Graham viewed the Bible as the infallible word of God. He believed that Jesus led a sinless life and that all men were lost and would face God’s judgment. Most importantly, he was convinced he must use “every modern means of communication available” to spread the Gospel throughout the world, and did so in print, on radio and television, online and in person.
Graham’s sermons promoted evangelism and railed against “godless communism,” drugs, sex and violence. And for the next five decades, his electric personality connected with audiences in more than 185 countries.
Graham was the first evangelist of note to speak behind the Iron Curtain, and during the Apartheid era he refused to visit South Africa until the government allowed integrated seating at his events. He published dozens of best-selling books, including Angels: God’s Secret Agents and The Jesus Generation, and wrote a weekly column that was syndicated in hundreds of newspapers.
After serving briefly as the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois, Graham launched his first radio program in 1943. (Toronto Star Archives via Getty Images) Graham received numerous honors, including the Horatio Alger Award, the George Washington Honor Medal, the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award and the Congressional Gold Medal. A highway in Charlotte bears his name, as does part of Interstate 240 near his home in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1989, he became the first clergyman to be granted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work as a minister.
Graham also had a major effect on the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s. His early crusades were segregated, but once the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954, which found public school segregation unconstitutional, Graham integrated the seatings at his revival meetings.
Graham befriended the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as well, and together they preached to more than 2 million people in New York City. When questioned about his views on faith and race, Graham argued there was no scriptural basis for segregation.
Graham became the first clergyman to be granted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work as a minister. He's seen attending that ceremony in 1989 in Hollywood, California. (Ron Galella, Ltd. via Getty Images) As his message spread, Graham was granted personal audiences with royalty, dignitaries and many sitting presidents, from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama. Three presidents were even on hand in 2007 for the dedication of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. Despite being a registered Democrat, Graham opposed the candidacy of John F. Kennedy, and actively encouraged other religious leaders to speak out about the dangers of having a Roman Catholic in the White House.
Though beloved by millions, Graham was not without his detractors. Some fundamentalist Christians took issue with his ecumenical approach to evangelism, and after his 1957 crusade in New York, opponents of Graham’s more liberal theology began calling him “the Antichrist.” According to the biography Billy: A Personal Look at Bill Graham, the World’s Best-Loved Evangelist by Sherwood Eliot Wirt, one Christian educator even said that Graham was “the worst thing to happen to the Christian church in two thousand years.” More recently, detractors blasted Graham’s continued belief that homosexual behavior was a “sinister form of perversion,” and his intolerance against the very presence of gay and lesbian couples within Christianity.
As his health began to fail, Graham decided to announce his retirement in 2005. His final sermon, “The Cross ― Billy Graham’s Message To America,” called for a national spiritual awakening.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

IT IS SIMPLY INCREDIBLE




Cardinal Mahoney probably was more irresponsible/responsible than Cardinal Law in how he mismanaged perverted priests and enabled the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors in his archdiocese of Los Angeles. But the Los Angeles Times did not go after Mahoney as effectively as The New York Times owned Boston Globe went after Cardinal Law.

Thus one wonders how in the name of God and all that is Holy, Pope Francis could invite Cardinal Mahoney to be his representative for the anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Scranton which along with most dioceses in Pennsylvania and throughout the northeast have been reeling from this scandal in an apocalyptic way.

Is it the pope or his advisers who are incredibly out of touch?

Given the apocalyptic papal debacle in Chile concerning Bishop Baros who Pope Francis appointed, the Holy Father is slowly showing some humility and backtracking on some of his more arrogant, insensitive statements and appointments.

Cardinal Mahoney after major protests in Scranton from the laity has decided not to go to Scranton. Do you think Pope Francis nervously asked Mahoney not to go and was this at the insistence of Cardinal O'Malley who has courageously corrected Pope Francis on this apocalyptic scandal?

Monday, February 19, 2018

INTERESTING TIMES

I wonder if this was staged for Pete's humble sake?:


Pope backs down, OKs resignation of divisive Nigerian bishop

ABC News 

MUSINGS ON ASH WEDNESDAY AND THE NEED FOR THE RETURN OF THE SHORT LOW MASS ON SUNDAYS


Let me start with the short Low Mass. I had a parishioner who is a snowbird and lives in Richmond Hill for about 6 months during the colder time up north where his primary residence is. He told me while saying, hint, hint, that the Sunday Mass he attends up north at his home parish lasts about  35 minutes--which means that the priest races through the prayers and there is no singing.

Is this a good idea to keep Catholics in our pews by giving them a short Low Mass each Sunday? I can remember loving the Low Mass as a child, especially in the heat of Augusta's red hot summers when our pastor would mercifully tell us that he would dispense with the homily because it was too hot in the church and the loud humongous fans we had drowned him out anyway. Who needs the homily anyway, it's not really a part of the Mass or is it?

And now for Ash Wednesday. My new church seats about 1,200 people and if it were only standing room only, about 1,500 people could get in there if not more. The church was built with future growth in mind as Richmond Hill is about to explode as the up and coming premier suburban bedroom community of Savannah.

We have a Saturday Vigil Mass and two on Sunday with the 11 AM Mass what I would call our principle Mass or the most heavily attended. However, we seldom have more than half the church full, but that is about 500 or 600 people which would have been a packed church in my Macon parish church that only could seat 550.

But on Ash Wednesday, our 7 PM Mass was packed, absolutely packed. Many there I did not recognize so I suspect they were Christmas, Easter and Ash Wednesday Mass attendees only.

What is it about Ash Wednesday that we get so many inactive Catholics attending Mass?

And how can we get the nearly 70 to 80 % of Catholics who don't attend Mass, but still consider themselves Catholics, not "nones" to come to Mass more frequently--where did the reforms of Vatican II go wrong?  Does the fact that in many places in the world almost 90% of Catholics no longer attend Mass indicate that Vatican II must see the advent of Vatican III, especially on the nature of the Church and her liturgical style to reform Vatican II? Is it Vatican II that needs reform and not the Church?

Let me say this. Today inactive Catholics aren't looking for Latin and their moral lives could better be described as amoral not even immoral. And there is so much more for them to do on the weekend than in years past.

So is it the poor liturgies we have which are uninspiring? Or is a Low Mass that is short,  more appealing to the 80% or more Catholics who don't attend? Would they be more likely to attend a 15 minute Mass with no homily even an EF Mass?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

WHY SOME CATHOLICS COME LATE AND LEAVE EARLY AND WHY PRAYTELL'S TAKE ON IT AND POST VATICAN II IDEOLOGY LEADS TO A LESS THAN INCLUSIVE "EUCHARISTIC" COMMUNITY!


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It is my contention that pre-Vatican II parishes were much, much more inclusive of a wider variety of Catholics than rigid post-Vatican II parishes are. So what I am about to write is to preface what Fr. Anthony Ruff writes about why Catholics come late and leave early,  but my thoughts on pre-Vatican II inclusivity first:

In the old days, traditional Catholic practice allowed for people to arrive before the Gospel and to leave after Holy Communion or during its distribution of Holy Communion and still fulfill their Sunday obligation. This was touted as an exception but allowed nonetheless even though I was taught prior to Vatican II that good Catholics arrived at Mass about 15 minutes early for prayer and adoration and remained until the priest departed the sanctuary (usually by the side sacristy door).

Thus the pre-Vatican II Catholic Church allowed for "bad" Catholics to fulfill their Sunday obligation with a shorter Mass by coming late and leaving early; it was codified!

Because of the lengthy fast in order to receive Holy Communion, most Catholics did not go to Holy Communion on Sunday, not so much because they were in mortal sin, but chose, without sin, to break the fast and not receive Holy Communion. "Bad" Catholics could fulfill their Sunday obligation by coming late and leaving early, were not stimatized as mortal sinners since even the holy, good and pious Catholic seldom went to Holy Communion either and all that was required was the Easter duty, meaning a Catholic must go to Confession at least once a year and receive Holy Communion during the Lenten/Easter season.

Thus pre-Vatican II Roman Catholicism was way more tolerant of "bad" Catholics allowing for minimum requirements for them which encouraged Sunday Mass attendance in a very inclusive way for these less than disciplined Catholics.

Thus prior to Vatican II, bad and good Catholics went to Mass (if only partially for the bad) which meant that up until the silly liturgical theologians tried to purify the Church of these less than perfect Catholics and their allowed for bad practices were told they had to come at the start of Mass and remain until the end because Vatican II did away with fulfilling one's obligation by arriving right before the Gospel and leaving at Communion time.

In the pre-Vatican II days, nearly 95% of Catholics, good and bad, went to Mass, but once perfection was touted after Vatican II, the majority of  these bad and good Catholics gave up altogether and today we have only 12% to 25% more or less attending each Sunday of the good and bad Catholics since liturgical reformers ran off all the other good and bad Catholics with banal and irreverent  liturgies that all had to experience in its miserable totality!

Today, with fewer and fewer Catholics attending Mass in the 50 years following the reform of the Mass and the reform of Catholics, we have a priest quoting the pope who said that it takes 100 years to implement reforms of an ecumenical council. Fr. Anthony thinks and evidently Pope Francis thinks that all we need to do is 50 years more of what was tried for the last 50 and its dismal results and somehow by magic we will get good results!!

So, in 50 year, be prepared to see about 1% of Catholics attending Mass with about a third of those still leaving Mass early and coming late!

Mental illness involves doing the same thing over and over again and getting bad results  but thinking good results will eventually happen. (Think of liberal orders who reformed themselves out of business and continue with their same stale reforms  thinking that eventually people will join them.)  It is time to be more inclusive of lax Catholics and less rigid toward them or we will lose everyone!

READ FR. ANTHONY'S TAKE HERE 

Below is a money quote from him. What do you think? :

Be it noted: leaving after Communion is entirely compatible with a deeply “traditional” Catholic piety and understanding of priesthood, sacrifice, and real presence. Leaving Communion fits quite well with a “sacred” and “reverent” liturgy conducted in Latin. Centuries of history suggests that there is even a sort of inevitability about the liturgical culture and the resulting lay practice. There is a reason why the liturgical reform happened, and there is a reason why the magisterium (Pope Francis) considers it “irreversible.”
And a half century of liturgical renewal since Vatican II shows that thingism, quantityism, dispenserism, and obligationism have amazing and distressing staying power, even as the form of the liturgy is now more communal, scriptural, and imbued with the paschal mystery.

THE GREATEST ASPECT OF POPE FRANCIS' PONTIFICATE IS THAT HE HAS REVIVED THE POPULAR THEOLOGY OF THE DEVIL AND THAT CATHOLICS MUST BE ENLISTED INTO SPIRITUAL WARFARE


While it is easy to be hyper critical/negative about some of the 1970's aspects of the current papacy, one thing that is truly outstanding is Pope Francis' emphasis on the devil, his influence in the world and our personal lives and the means by which we are to do spiritual combat.

It is a part of Pope Francis' overall emphasis on the "world, the flesh and the devil" although His Holiness doesn't seem to mention the "flesh" too often from what I can read or hear. But two out of three ain't bad.

This is a great Angelus address this Sunday morning:

Angelus for 18 February 2018 - Full text

Full text of Pope Francis' prepared remarks at the Angelus for 18 February 2018. Translation by Vatican News.

Angelus 

Dear brothers and sisters, good day!

In this first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel recalls the themes of temptation, of conversion, and of the Good News. Three themes: temptation, conversion, and Good News.

The Evangelist Mark writes, “The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and He remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.” Jesus goes into the desert to prepare Himself for His mission in the world. He has no need of conversion, but, insofar as He is man, He must pass through this trial, both for Himself, to obey the will of the Father, and for us, to give us the grace to overcome temptation. This preparation consists in fighting against the spirit of evil, that is, against the devil. For us, too, Lent is a time of spiritual "training" [It: agonismo], of spiritual combat: we are called to face the Evil one through prayer, to be able, with God’s help, to overcome him in our daily life. We know, unfortunately, that evil is at work in our existence and all around us, wherever violence, rejection of the other, being closed, wars, or injustices occur. All these things are works of wickedness, of evil.

Immediately after the temptations in the desert, Jesus begins to preach the Gospel, that is, the Good News, the second word. The first was "temptation,", the second, "Good News." And this Good News requires of human beings conversion — the third word — and faith. He proclaims, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel!” — believe, that is, in this Good News that the kingdom of God is at hand. In our life we always have need of conversion — every day! — and the Church has us pray for this. In fact, we are never sufficiently oriented toward God, and we must continually direct our mind and our heart to Him. To do this we need to have the courage to reject all that leads us astray, the false values that mislead us, by attracting, in a deceitful way, our selfishness. Instead we must entrust ourselves to the Lord, to His goodness, and to His project of love for each one of us. Lent is a time of repentance, yes, but it is not a sad time! We must be attentive to this: it is a time of repentance, but it is not a sad time, a time of mourning. It is a joyful and serious duty to strip ourselves of our selfishness, of our ‘old man,’ and to renew ourselves according to the grace of our Baptism.

Only God can give us true happiness: it is useless for us to waste our time seeking it elsewhere, in riches, in pleasures, in power, in careers… the kingdom of God is the realization of all our aspirations, because it is, at the same time, the salvation of man and the glory of God. In this first Sunday of Advent, [I am glad to see that even Vatican Radio can have a lapse in the editing unless the Holy Father actual said Advent and not Lent!!!! So don't blame me for mine since I am in good company!] we are invited to listen attentively and to take up this appeal of Christ to be converted and to believe in the Gospel. We are called to begin the journey towards Easter with commitment, to welcome more and more the grace of God, who desires to transform the world into a kingdom of justice, of peace, of fraternity.

May Mary Most Holy help us to live this Lent with fidelity to the Word of God and with incessant prayer, as Jesus did in the desert. It is not impossible! It means living the days with the desire to welcome the love that comes from God, and that desires to transform our life, and the whole world.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

THIS YEAR, POPE FRANCIS WILL CANONIZE AS A SAINT BLESSED POPE PAUL VI BECAUSE OF HIS PRE-VATICAN II FLARE AND STYLE

Pope Francis also jokes with the Roman clergy that he and Pope Emeritus Benedict are on the waiting list for canonization.







PRE-VATICAN II CHURCH WAS WAY MORE INCLUSIVE THAN ANY PROGRESSIVE OR CONSERVATIVE CONGREGATION-EMPHASIZED PARISH TODAY




It seems to me when the emphasis is on the congregation as is the case in many Ordinary Form parishes, factions do develop both on the left and the right. By this I mean that those on the left encourage those who do not conform to Church teaching to be flamboyant about it by making it known they are gay, or bi or trans or lgbtq and to look the part if they so desire. In allowing this the parish is  being  very inclusive not only of the person(s) but also the sin(s) of the person.

On the right in these kinds of parishes, with the focus on the congregation, one only wants those who are like them and don't want to be associated with those who flaunt their sins in a public way. In this scenario where even conservative Catholics in ordinary form parishes focus on who belongs to the parish, there is an exclusivity of sorts.

Whereas prior to Vatican II, Catholics and their visitors knew to go to Church in their Sunday best to please the Lord and not offend the sensitivities of reverence and awe before God or scandalize others.

A homosexual Catholic in the 50's who might have been living a secret life but going to confession regularly about it, no one would have known his sex life business or try to "out" the person or peer into the person's personal life. And no one would have cared to know about anyone's sex life in or out of marriage. Voyeurism was frowned upon. And certainly voyeurs would have kept it a secret from the congregation if they were one.

Thus, I would say the inclusiveness of the pre-Vatican II Church was expected. All Catholics, be they sinners, even public sinners, were required to attend Mass by way of fear of mortal sin and eternal punishment if one freely chose not to attend Sunday Mass.

But there was respect and prudence for the Church, her teachings and expectations about proper attire and not impinging on other people's space by hand holding, kissing, touching, and revealing the details of one's life be it holy or not. 

In other words, pre-Vatican II inclusiveness was and is more inclusive than the faux inclusiveness of today's Church.