Monday, June 17, 2019

IF IT IS MONDAY AND MY DAY OFF IT MUST BE ALLIGATOR 🐊!


JUST HOW ENGAGED AND ENRAGED ARE THE MAJORITY OF RANK AND FILE CATHOLICS


My two seminarians and I had dinner at our parishioner's home Saturday. They are homeschoolers with several children and one on the way.

The discussion turned to the scandals. I mentioned that "we" meaning the parents and us were very aware of things because we are social media and blog/news nerds. I wondered aloud about Most rank and file Catholics though.

It is hard for me to know how enraged my laity are. They are busy with family and making ends meet and the army families worry about a lot more than Church politics and institutional  ineptness.

I can't really tell if my Mass attendance is down because in the last several years it always fluctuates and in the last three years our Offertory is up, not dramactically but up none the less.

No one has come to me enraged or told me they are done with the Church. No nasty letters either.

I have counseled some parishioners over the years abused by priests and that certainly gives me a perspective that every priest should have!

But I know too that so many laity have experienced sexual abuse from mild to unspeakable from family members and acquaintances.

Just how engaged and enraged are rank and file Catholics?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

AHHHHH ORIENTEM IN THE RUINS


Our Lady, Notre Dame in French, likes this way of Mass, although the hard hats are a bit much. WHAT SHOULD BE ABUNDANTLY CLEAR IN THE VIDEO IS THIS ODDITY THAT EXPLICITLY SHOWS HOW FACING THE CONGREGATION TURNS PRAYER, BE IT CHANTED OR SPOKEN, INTO A PERFORMANCE:

For some stupid ideological reason, the Archbishop faces the congregation for the Prayer over the Offerings, with his back to the offerings, completely absurd! Then he performs the Preface still facing the congregation! Really dumb.

But note how Liturgy actually becomes so, meaning Sacrifice/Worship/Prayer, when the Archbishop turns to the altar, lays aside his clericalism and humbly prays facing the same direction as those behind him.

And a nice touch to remove the hard hat for the consecration!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

YES I AM CONFLICTED BY THIS BUT ALSO INTRIGUED

I copy a portion of a post from Father Jerabek’s blog on hearing confessions during Mass. I must admit I am somewhat adverse to doing so but also intrigued by doing it.

I think part of my problem with it is that I am personally distracted by people in the pews getting up during any portion of the Mass where I can see them doing so, especially at the consecration! And usually it is to go to the restroom.

But then again, if they are getting up to go to confession and not to go to the potty, then maybe I should cut them some slack?

Of course Mass ad orientem would completely solve distractions I experience by people coming and going during Mass! But the poor laity still have to see it!

So what do you think?

https://fatherjerabek.com/

Confession during Mass?

May confessions be heard during Mass?
There is still rather a lot of confusion about this question — both among priests and laity. It is not unusual to hear of a priest who, with a great sense of certitude, declares that confessions may not be heard during Mass — we don’t do that anymore! (Such priests are wrong.)
And then among laypeople, there is the concern whether one could go to confession during Mass and have that Mass still “count” toward their obligation — for example, when confessions are offered during a Mass on a day of precept like Sunday or a Holy Day. (The answer is yes.)
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments helpfully clarified these matters back in 2001. You can read the complete text of their official response HERE. But I will summarize:
  1. Confessions may be heard during Mass, as long as it is not the main celebrant of the Mass who is hearing them (in other words, Mass and confession cannot be combined by the same priest — it needs to be a different priest hearing confessions).
  2. The faithful are encouraged to form the habit of going to confession at other times. This favors better participation in the Mass (i.e., by not interrupting hearing Mass to go to confession) and having a better sense of tranquility in going to confession.
  3. However, it is acknowledged that having confession offered during Mass often has a real advantage. Therefore, this decree does not discourage that possibility at all.
  4. It is suggested that one or more priests who might otherwise concelebrate that Mass hear confessions instead.
  5. The decree doesn’t specifically say it, but it is certainly implied that one can go to confession during Mass AND fulfill any obligation one has to attend that Mass simultaneously. This is the traditional understanding and I do not consider it in doubt.

SHOULD THE CHURCH CONDEMN THIS AS ANTI-LIFE?



DOES ANYONE REALLY THINK THIS IS A GOOD IDEA?????????????

Driverless big rigs could be hitting Florida highways next year


STARSKY ROBOTICS TNS
Starsky Robotics, a San Francisco-based technology startup, is seeking to hire 100 truck drivers so it will have enough qualified to drive trucks remotely when it begins removing humans from its trucks in 2020.
Driverless semi-trucks could be sharing Florida highways as early as next year, and there will be no requirement that surrounding motorists know it.
Nor will autonomous driving systems need to be tested, inspected, or certified before being deployed under a new state law that takes effect July

Thursday, June 13, 2019

IS LIBERAL CATHOLICISM THE CAUSE OF THE SCANDAL AMONG BISHOPS AND THEIR 1970’S LEADERSHIP?


Let’s face it, sexual abuse of minors and infidelity to one’s promises to chastity be we married or celibate have always been a part of the sinful condition of mankind. It happened in the pre-Vatican II Church and it happens in heterodox and orthodox Catholic parishes/priests/laity.

But something insidious, arrogant and mind boggling happened with progressive/heterodox Catholicism beginning in the 1960’s. Vatican II’s spirit set into motion this ideology that we could make heaven on earth by unbridled mercy detached from penance and/or severe sentences.

Thus by the 1970’s bishops all around the world viewed sexual abuse and sexual misconduct simply as a sin that could be forgiven. This mercy was seen as the in-breaking of God’s kingdom. If scandal arose, that had to be hidden as scandal isn’t a part of the kingdom.  So priests were moved about in the diocese from diocese to diocese and around the world.

The focus always seemed to be on the perpetrator not the victim or potential victims, much like prison ministry and opposition to life sentences and even the death penalty justly used. The perpetrator deserves no ultimate justice nor do the victims. The victims suffer!

Bishops thought psychiatry and spiritual counseling could save a priest and he needed to be given chance after chance to be saved, like an alcoholic in recovery who falls again and again.

Pope Francis exhibits this mentality in terms of his ideology of mercy. That is why he cuts such slack to bishops he has appointed who are miscreants He blames others for pointing out their faults uniting this defense can no longer hold water.

The same is true with ways being made to allow active adulterers to receive Holy Communion or any type of serial sin—mercy and accompaniment seem to rein not common sense and Christ-like teaching which calls for conversion and a firm purpose of amendment.

Earth and the world aren’t heaven. We are on a pilgrimage to heaven and the Second Coming. Until then may common sense and orthodox Catholicism find a new place in our broken-down Church!

YES, I MAKE GRAMMATICAL AND SPELLING MISTAKES ON MY BLOG, OF WHICH I AM LIBERATED, BUT I AM IN GOOD COMPANY WITH A LOCAL NEWSPAPER!

PLEASE NOTE THE HEADLINE:


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

HOLY SMOKES, BATMAN! SOCIAL JUSTICE RUN AMUCK OR SHOULD CATHOLICS SUPPORT SO-CALLED CIVIL RIGHTS IN SECULAR SOCIETY?????



Below is a post from The Deacon’s Bench. As I child of the 60’s who has always seen the injustices to African American citizens especially in the south, as particularly insidious, I feel strongly, because of my Catholic Faith and what I saw as a child, that we must not treat people in a prejudicial way because of race, creed or beliefs or social/psychological differences in secular society.

I guess I am a dualist and believe in separation of Church and State, but not the annihilation of the Church’s role in the public square.

There is no way within Catholicism to see any good in racism, abortion or prejudice that leads to harming people, socially, physically or otherwise.

But the question for me from the pastoral point of view is how do you call people, gay, straight or whatever to conversion to Christ where there is an ability to name sin for what it is and how destructive it is to our salvation.

What to do, what to do, Oh what are we to do????????

This news caught my eye this morning: More than six in ten (62%) Americans say they have become more supportive toward transgender rights compared to their views five years ago. By contrast, about one-quarter (25%) say their views are more opposed compared to five years ago. About three-quarters (76%) of Democrats report they have become more supportive of transgender rights in the last five years, compared to 64% of independents and only 47% of Republicans. Notably, increased support crosses ideological… Read more

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A BLAST FROM THE PAST, NOT ME THE RUNNERS

These photos were posed after Pentecost Sunday Mass. See those gold runners on the altar?  I purchased those for the cathedral in the late 1980's when I was the associate rector and master of ceremonies there. We've both held up well only getting better with age!



Sunday, June 9, 2019

PREACHING THE EF MASS IN AN AMBO THAT GIVES ME A NOSEBLEED!


THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS SCHOLA AT SAVANNAH'S CATHEDRAL

I just celebrated a magnificent EF Mass for Pentecost, beautifully chanted by this schola. Do you notice anything interesting about them?


I ALMOST FORGOT! I AM THE CELEBRANT FOR THE CATHEDRAL'S EF PENTECOSTAL GLORY MASS AT 1:00 PM TODAY! BE THERE OR BE SQUARE, LAFAYETTE SQUARE THAT IS!


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English: Derivative work. Original image was taken by bobsh_t Flickr user. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


PENTECOST SUNDAY


 

DOUBLE, FIRST CLASS WITH OCTAVE / RED

On Pentecost, Jesus crowned His life and teaching by sending the Holy Spirit into the hearts of Mary and the Apostles and three thousand converts. In them and through them, began a new generation of men, a new supernatural family, a new Mystical Christ embracing members of every race. Jesus gave His own Holy Spirit to be the soul of His new Mystical Body. That body, the Church, which rested with Him in germ beneath Mary's Heart and was born of His pierced side upon the Cross, came into its full, active maturity on Pentecost. The Holy Spirit came in visible form to begin His invisible activity.

INTROIT Sap. 1:7

The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world, alleluia! and that which contains all things has knowledge of His voice, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Ps. 67:2. Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered, and let those who hate Him flee before Him.

V. Glory be . . .

COLLECT

O God, who this day instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that through the same Holy Spirit we may always be truly wise and rejoice in His consolation. Through our Lord . . .

LESSON Acts 2:1-11

When the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming: and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues, as it were of fire: and it sat upon every one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost: and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: "Behold, are not all these that speak Galilean? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God."

Alleluia, alleluia! V. Ps. 103:30.

Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth. Alleluia! (Here all kneel.)

V. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your love.

SEQUENCE
Holy Spirit, come and shine
On our souls with beams divine
Issuing from your radiance bright.
Come, O Father of the poor,
Ever bounteous of your store,
Come, our heart's unfailing light.

Come, Consoler, kindest, best,
Come our bosom's dearest guest,
Sweet refreshment, sweet repose.
Rest in labor, coolness sweet,
Tempering the burning heat,
Truest comfort of our woes.

O divinest light, impart
Unto every faithful heart
Plenteous streams from love's bright flood.
But for your blest Deity,
Nothing pure in man could be;
Nothing harmless, nothing good.

Wash away each sinful stain;
Gently shed your gracious rain
On the dry and fruitless soul.
Heal each wound and bend each will,
Warm our hearts benumbed and chill,
All our wayward steps control.

Unto all your faithful just,
Who in you confide and trust,
Deign the sevenfold gift to send.
Grant us virtue's blest increase,
Grant a death of hope and peace,
Grant the joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia!

GOSPEL John 14:23-31
At that time, Jesus answered and said to him:
"If any one love me, he will keep my word. And my Father will love him and we will come to him and will make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my words. And the word which you have heard is not mine; but the Father's who sent me. "These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you. But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you. Peace I leave with you: my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled: nor let it be afraid. You have heard that I said to you: 'I go away, and I come unto you.' If you loved me you would indeed be glad, because I go to the Father: for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe. I will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of this world: cometh: and in me he hath not any thing. But that the world may know that I love the Father: and as the Father hath given me commandments, so do I. Arise, let us go hence."

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 67:29-30
Make lasting what You have wrought in us, O God; in Your temple in Jerusalem let the kings offer presents to You, alleluia!

SECRET
Bless our offering, O Lord, and cleanse our hearts by the light of the Holy Spirit. Through our Lord . . .

COMMUNION ANTIPHON Acts 2:2, 4
Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting, alleluia! And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began speaking of the wondrous deeds of God, alleluia, alleluia!

POSTCOMMUNION
May the coming of the Holy Spirit cleanse our hearts, and, as a heavenly dew, water them to bring forth good fruit. Through our Lord . . .



PENTECOSTAL SPLENDOR IN SAINT PETER'S SQUARE AND A GREAT HOMILY FOR OUR TIMES FROM THE SUCESSOR OF SAINT PETER




Pope at Mass: the Holy Spirit brings harmony within us and among us

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass on the feast of Pentecost lamenting divisions and urging believers to open their hearts to the Holy Spirit who brings harmony and unity.

By Linda Bordoni

Celebrating Mass on the solemnity of Pentecost in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis urged the faithful to implore the gift of the Spirit that makes us artisans of concord, sowers of goodness, apostles of hope.

Reflecting on the liturgy of the day, the Pope explained that thanks to the Holy Spirit, the disciples’ worries disappeared.

Rejuvenated by the Spirit, he said, their lives were changed, and he pointed out that “far from being an abstract reality: he is the Person who is most concrete and close, the one who changes our lives”.
 
“How does he do this?” the Pope asked: “The Holy Spirit did not make things easier for them,” he said, “he didn’t work spectacular miracles, he didn’t take away their difficulties and their opponents.  The Spirit brought into the lives of the disciples a harmony that had been lacking, his own harmony, for he is harmony”.

Harmony

The Pope said that “seeing the Risen Lord is not enough, unless we welcome him into our hearts.”
He explained that it is the Spirit who makes Jesus live within us, raising us up from within.
“That is why when Jesus appears to his disciples, he repeats the words, ‘Peace be with you!’, and bestows the Spirit,” he said.
Peace, Pope Francis explained, is not a matter of resolving outward problems, it’s about receiving the Holy Spirit.

Only filled with the Spirit, he said, our hearts can be peaceful and we can achieve a harmony so profound that it can “even turn persecutions into blessings”.

“Resolving momentary problems will not bring peace.  What makes a difference is the peace of Jesus, the harmony of the Spirit,” he said.

Spirit of peace

Pope Francis said that at today’s frenzied pace of life, harmony seems swept aside and often we look for quick fixes.
But more than anything else, he said, we need the Spirit.

“The Spirit is peace in the midst of restlessness, confidence in the midst of discouragement, joy in sadness, youth in aging, courage in the hour of trial,” he said.
Without the Spirit, the Pope continued, our Christian life unravels, lacking the love that brings everything together.

“Without the Spirit, Jesus remains a personage from the past; with the Spirit, he is a person alive in our own time.  Without the Spirit, Scripture is a dead letter; with the Spirit it is a word of life.  A Christianity without the Spirit is joyless moralism; with the Spirit, it is life,” he said.
The Pope noted that the Holy Spirit does not bring only harmony within us but also among us, distributing the great variety of the Church’s qualities and gifts creatively.

And on the basis of this variety, he continued, the Spirit builds unity: “From the beginning of creation, he has done this.  Because he is a specialist in changing chaos into cosmos, in creating harmony.”

Spirit of unity

Underscoring the fact that lack of harmony in today’s world has led to stark divisions, the Pope said “There are those who have too much and those who have nothing, those who want to live to a hundred and those who cannot even be born”.

He said that in “the age of the computer, distances are increasing: the more we use the social media, the less social we are becoming”.

We need the Spirit of unity, Pope Francis said, to regenerate us as Church, as God’s People and as a human family.

He decried the temptation to “cling to our little group”, to resist all contamination.
“The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, brings together those who were distant, unites those far off, brings home those who were scattered.  He blends different tonalities in a single harmony, because before all else he sees goodness,” he said.

The Pope continued saying “He looks at individuals before looking at their mistakes, at persons before their actions” and explained that the Spirit shapes the Church and the world as a place of sons and daughters, brothers and sisters.

Those who live by the Spirit, he said, “bring peace where there is discord, concord where there is conflict.  Those who are spiritual repay evil with good.  They respond to arrogance with meekness, to malice with goodness, to shouting with silence, to gossip with prayer, to defeatism with encouragement”.

Pope Francis concluded his homily with the invitation to adopt the Spirit’s way of seeing things: “Then everything changes: with the Spirit, the Church is the holy People of God, mission is the spread of joy, as others become our brothers and sisters, all loved by the same Father”.

Without the Spirit the Church is an organization

Without the Spirit, he warned,  “the Church becomes an organization, her mission becomes propaganda, her communion an exertion”.

“Let us daily implore the gift of the Spirit,” he said: “Holy Spirit, harmony of God, you who turn fear into trust and self-centredness into self-gift, come to us. (…)  Make us artisans of concord, sowers of goodness, apostles of hope.”

Saturday, June 8, 2019

WHEREAS BEANS MAKES SOME GOOD POINTS IN A TOO LONG ARTICLE


Press the title below for the complete article. While the Catholic Church has always had disruption in a harmonious way, it usually did not affect the manner in which the Sacraments were celebrated, especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The harmonious disruption was in the devotional life of the  Church that experienced inculturation from the many cultures of the Church. The devotional life of Mexicans or Filipinos, for example, is and was quite different from Anglo Catholics and that was a good thing.

But today, there is a kind of Eastern Orthodoxy Nationalism entering the Latin Rite all due to the loss of uniformity of ritual and language (Latin) in the liturgies of the Church especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This Catholic Nationalism due to the loss of a common liturgical language, Latin and the Balkanization of the sacramental culture of the Church feeds political nationalism and exacerbates it.

Hierarchy and theology alike are caught up in Catholic disruption


ROME (ITALY)
National Catholic Reporter
June 7, 2019
By Massimo Faggioli

Editor's note: Following is the transcript of a June 7 talk given by Massimo Faggioli at the annual conference of the Catholic Theological Society of America held in Pittsburgh.
Institutional Church and Academic Theology in a Time of Catholic Disruption
1. The church in a time of disruption

Once, Catholicism was a synonym for status quo; now, it could be disruption. The institutional church is not exempt from the crisis that is affecting all institutions today: a social and political crisis, in part a response to growing inequality, which in many countries has brought to power parties and political leaders harboring xenophobic if not racist sentiments; a crisis of globalization in terms of a redefinition of international political alliances and alignments; a cultural and intellectual disruption where the emergence of a social-media-driven public discourse shapes a redefinition of the role of knowledge and scholarship, together with the crisis of authority of cultural institutions and education.

THIS IS THE BEST EVERRRRR!

Thanks to RCG:

And what about offensive print on shirts and t-shirts that look like this???????



Friday, June 7, 2019

THE MOST IMPORTANT CHURCH DOCUMENT ANY CATHOLIC HAS


HIGH CHRISTOLOGY AND LOW CHRISTOLOGY; DOES IT HAVE TO BE EITHER/OR? WHY CAN'T IT BE BOTH/AND


Gus Lloyd's call in show on the Catholic Channel this morning is/was about appropriate dress at Church! Maybe he reads my blog?

A caller called in about her dislike of women wearing leggings to Mass. I have know idea what these are and I can't say I have seen them in my parish which does have a coastal vibe when it comes to Sunday dress.

Most callers said that when we attend Church/go to Mass, we are going to see the King. And thus we should dress in a manner similar to how we would dress if invited to visit Queen Elizabeth or the President of the USA, no matter who that President is.

Others disagree.They feel that Jesus is one of them, like a Brother and He creates the comfort of family life even at Mass. They feel comfortable with Jesus no matter how they are dressed even if extremely casual.

And thus you have it in a nutshell. The King approach to Jesus demands appropriate dress in His presence. I tend to agree with that belief. It is High Christology. The buddy approach to Jesus is Low Christology.

Can't there be a blend of both without being offensive to either??????????????????????

Yet I have to cut some slack to those who dress casually but with good taste. Men wear shorts to my parish but they are nice looking and what I would call dress shorts. And they wear a nice pull over.

Then there are the frumpy ones who care less about their appearance.

So what to do, what to do, Oh what are we to do!

WITH ALL OF US, THE MISSION GOD GIVES US IN THE CHURCH BEGINS WITH OUR BAPTISM, OUR HIGH CALLING


On this day, 40 years ago, Pope John Paul II visited during his first pilgrimage to Poland: "I come today with deep emotion to the city where I was born - to the parish where I was baptized".

Do you appreciate your high calling initiated by God through your Baptism as a Catholic?

Thursday, June 6, 2019

MARC WHO COMMENTS HERE SENDS ME A PHOTO OF A SIGN IN THE VESTIBULE OF HIS SSPX PARISH—WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS CHURCH DRESSCODE?


SENSELESS! ARSON AT DIOCESE OF PENSACOLA-TALLAHASSEE CO-CATHEDRAL IN TALLAHASSEE

Prayers for Bishop Wach, his diocese and the parishioners of the co-cathedral. Was this act of vandalism done by a liturgical terrorist concerning the Bishop’s throne being dead center and the tabernacle shunted to the side (please note tabernacle is not targeted) or is this a sign of hatred for the Catholic Church’s bishops and priests, a hate crime? Time will tell:






Wednesday, June 5, 2019

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES? MORE MIRACLES FROM THE WILD LOW COUNTRY OF SOUTH CAROLINA!

‘Miracle’ started with a koozie: Bluffton teen survives bizarre encounter with stingray


DREW MARTIN dmartin@islandpacket.com
Bluffton resident Levi Dixon, 18, sits Tuesday afternoon on a trampoline he won’t be able to use for several months because of his injuries after a stingray sprang from Skull Creek and knocked him off a Jet Ski over the weekend. Dixon said he doesn’t have any memory of the incident.
The expression “timing is everything” couldn’t be more true for Levi Dixon, a Bluffton 18-year-old who had an unusual – and nearly fatal – encounter with a stingray last weekend.

Dixon, who works for Sea Monkeys Watersports on Hilton Head Island, was riding a Jet Ski in Skull Creek on Saturday afternoon when a large ray leaped out of the water, hitting him in the face and knocking him unconscious.

Thomas McDaniel of Okatie and his girlfriend, Joanna Whipple of Bluffton, were in a boat nearby and saw the accident happen. 
Just before the accident, McDaniel said a koozie flew out of the back of their boat, so they turned around to pick it up. That put them in just the right place to help Dixon, who might have drowned otherwise.

McDaniel said the ray was big. He estimated it was about 4 feet wide and at least 30 pounds.

McDaniel jumped into the water and held Dixon upright while Whipple called 911. When another boater came by, they were able to get Dixon onboard and delivered him to EMTs waiting at a nearby dock.

“If that koozie wouldn’t have flown out,” McDaniel said. “… It’s a miracle he’s alive.”

Dixon said he doesn’t have any memory of the accident.

“I just remember going out on one of the skis to help with some customers that were falling behind,” he said. “ … and that was the last thing I remember, and I woke up in Hilton Head Hospital.”

Dixon’s encounter with the ray left him with two broken ribs, bruised lungs and swelling of his brain. 

He was transferred to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah and was discharged Monday.

David Lucas, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, confirmed that the agency responded to the scene of the accident Saturday.

Lucas said one of the responding officers, 1st Sgt. Adam Henderson, told him he had not seen an accident like this one in 13 years of water patrols.

However, Henderson told him there are more rays in near-shore waters off Hilton Head during the spring and summer, and they frequently jump out of the water.

“I guess it’s just very long odds that one would jump at the exact right time to impact a boater,” Lucas said.

Dixon, who is part of a competitive tumbling and cheerleading squad, said he hopes his recovery won’t take more than a few weeks. Doctors told him he should be able to ease back into his normal activities once he’s pain-free.

The fact that he survived a nearly fatal experience isn’t lost on him. “It was definitely a miracle,” he said.

A STINGRAY ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 4 FEET WIDE AND AT LEAST 30 POUNDS LEAPED OUT OF THE WATER, HITTING THE TEEN IN THE FACE AND KNOCKING HIM UNCONSCIOUS.

IS MODESTY A FOUR LETTER WORD

English Translation of Italian signs in front of churches in Italy: the body also has its own language. dress with dignity and respect the sacred place. (Not allowed) a sleeveless dress, in a miniskirt, in shorts.




I see where Twitter is getting bishops and priests in hot water with our pagan society which unfortunately now includes so many Catholics.

One priest is being criticized for asking women to dress modestly for Mass. In a tweet he said that immodest dress on women can be an occasion of sin for some men.

Is dressing provocatively for Mass, be it a man or a woman, an occasion of sin for either?

Does being modest equal being a prude?

Those who disagree with this priest's request more than likely would disagree with what most churches in Rome require of tourists. Shoulders are to be covered and appropriate dress is to be worn when visiting churches let alone attending Mass.

What do you think?

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

THE CHURCH OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY IN AUGUSTA HAS PRODUCED MORE PRIESTS FOR OUR DIOCESE THAN ANY OTHER PARISH IN OUR DIOCESE BAR NONE!

This is a blast from the past. The photo below was taken in Vienna, Austria around 1999. I was pastor of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta. Our parish has a sister-parish relationship with the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Tbilisi the Repbulic of Georgia. I had traveled there with parishioner Mark Van Alstine and when we returned, we had a layover for a full day and night in Veinna.

We hooked up with two other Most Holy Trinity parishioners attending Franciscan University and were doing a semester in Europe. They are Daniel Firmin and Aaron Pidell. Today all three are priests. Fr. Firmin is the Vicar General of our Diocese of Savannah, Fr. Mark Van Alstine is pastor of my childhood parish of St. Joseph in Augusta and Fr. Aaron Pidel is a Jesuit priest but we won't hold that against him! He's a great Jesuit!

Clockwise are Fathers Firmin, Van Alstine, Pidell and Me but in photo Me is the only priest!




FOLLOWUP ON MY NEW FRAT HOUSE, SPORTS GRILLE RECTORY

On Saturday, June first, the four of us in the photo below celebrated the ordination of a new priest for our diocese, Fr. Patrick May of Augusta. Fr. Patrick and his family were members of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity when I was pastor there from 1991to 2004. He served as an altar boy and his mother reminded me that I also gave him his First Holy Communion.

That night after St. Anne's Saturday "Vigil" Mass, Fr. Drew Larkin, our newly former parochial vicar joined us for the baptism of our new outdoor grille. The next morning he left for Little Flower Church in Washington, DC where he will live while he attends Catholic University for a Canon Law degree. I have been quite distressed by his departure, btw.

Pictured on our screened-in porch are Fr. Drew, Seminarian Will Cook, new Deacon Nate Swann and the old guy I don't recognize. I acquired from Publix some of the best T-bone steaks I have ever acquired. Microwaved bake potatoes and grilled asparagus, simply delicious!


Monday, June 3, 2019



There has to be a middle approach to these two ways of "leadership":

Catholic Leaders Clash over Gay Pride Month


Bishop Tobin of Providence is being vilified and crucified for upholding Church teaching in what appears to be a "mean" way. Catholics are polarized and a schism is on the way as it regards sexuality in the Church and that schism will produce another Protestant denomination which will look like the Anglican Communion as it regards post-Christian sexual morality and sacramental life.

But with that said, only someone living in a cave would not know that how the world views those with same sex attractions or other sexual disorders has changed dramatically.

Gay couples now civilly married live in our neighborhoods, are invited into our homes, and work next to us. There has to be a Christian way to deal with people who don't agree with or live by what the Church teaches.

Most Catholics, like in the 1950's, accepted that divorce and worse yet, remarriage outside of the Church was morally wrong. But most Catholics would not hesitate to invite these kinds of people into their homes and families and reach out to them in their need.

The Church and her leaders must uphold Catholic moral teachings as it regards sexuality and marriage. But we must do so in a way that does not polarize the Church or offend Catholics who otherwise are good Catholics. 

But then again, martrys aren't made or killed by people who agree with what the Church believes. Remember that St. John the Baptist was beheaded at the request of Herod's wife to her daughter and asked for his head on a platter because he had offended her about her illicit, immoral marriage. 


WHEREIN I AGREE WITH THE HOLY FATHER'S OPINION, BUT THEN AGAIN OPINION IS NOT WHAT MAKES A PAPACY ESPECIALLY AFTER UPON REFLECTION ONE SCRATCHES ONE'S HEADy

Holy Father I think most traditionalists believe that the first picture, the root of tradition, is what produced the second that follows, but root rot, not ashes, causes the third:





On yet another opinion filled high altitude "presser" the Holy Father opines. And I get his point, believe me, but also I scratch my head.

This is the money quote:

 Pope Francis has criticized traditionalist Catholics who seek to "safeguard the ashes" of the past, saying the global church's centuries of tradition are not akin to a container for preserved objects but instead like roots to be drawn on for future growIn a press conference aboard the papal flight back to Rome after his three-day visit to Romania, he singled out Catholic "fundamentalists," who he said have a nostalgia for "returning to the ashes."
"Tradition is the guarantee of the future and not the container of the ashes," said Francis.
"Tradition is like roots [of a tree], which give us nutrition to grow," he explained. "You will not become like the roots. You will flower, grow, give fruit. And the seeds become roots for other people."
"The tradition of the church is always in movement," he said. "The tradition does not safeguard the ashes."
My comments:  I think I know what the Holy Father is saying. Those who are too tenacious about a particular point in history and become ossified in a sort of time warp cannot grow. Yes, there are developments, legitimate developments in liturgy, ecumenical relations and understanding and interacting with the world. 
But the analogy,  Holy Father,  is not useful and it can be misunderstood and quite polarizing. To call traditionalists as those "safeguarding the ashes of the past" is an insult to say the least. Can't he just say that they are very concerned about the "roots" as any good gardener or farmer should be, but they are not always happy with what it produces, especially if one allows for root rot? Yes, you will know a tree by its roots, but if its roots are useless, then there is no fruit or worse yet rotten fruit. 
Isn't the problem, Holy Father, not traditionalists who think the root is ashes but progressives who have disregarded both the roots and the ashes of the Church altogether and produced something that is not at all what the roots are meant to produce? Just wondering. 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

JUST WHEN IS A CHURCH OVERDONE OR UNDONE?

Catholics are eclectic in their architectural and decorative tastes when it comes to our churches and cathedrals. But when is too much, too much and when is simplicity too simple?






Thursday, May 30, 2019

WHO SAYS RECTORY LIFE MUST BE DRAB?

My parochial vicar, Fr.Drew Larkin departed Monday for a canon law degree at Catholic University. The diocese saw fit to send me Seminarian Will Cook, an ex Marine, and newly ordained Deacon Nate Swann, a convert of mine from St. Joseph in Macon for a good part of the summer.

They’ve turned my rectory into a sports grille and frat house and corrupted me in the process.

These guys are the hope of the Church going forward!




WHAT IS THIS AND CAN’T WE DO BETTER HOLY FATHER?

I think this is an exhibit and not an actual church. I hear television newsrooms and studios love the design and wish to purchase the theme for their broadcast studios.

Altar used by Pope Francis to celebrate Mass in Dublin's Phoenix ParkAltar used by Pope Francis to celebrate Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park 

Pope Francis sends message to Bose Liturgical Conference

Pope Francis sends a message to participants attending the 17th International Liturgical Conference which is taking place at the Monastery of Bose.
The 17th International Liturgical Conference "ALTAR - Recent acquisitions, new problems", opens Thursday at the Monastery of Bose in Northern Italy.
The Conference is being organized by the Monastery along with the National Office for Ecclesiastical Cultural Heritage of the Italian Episcopal Conference, in collaboration with the National Council of Architects.
The altar was the theme of the International Liturgical Conference in Bose in 2003 and the symposium is returning to this subject to present the latest results of historical studies in the past fifteen years and to discuss new questions that have arisen.
Particular attention will be given to New Testament foundations of the Christian altar and to its image today.
Marking the opening of the event Pope Francis sent a message Thursday signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
In it, the Pope sends his greetings to the participants and expresses the hope that reflections during this symposium will lead to a more mature understanding of “the liturgy as the source and culmination of an ecclesial and personal life full of fraternity.”

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

CBS INTERVIEW WITH MSGR. ANTHONY FIGUEIREDO

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY REDICULOUS AND DISGRACEFUL

They must take us for a bunch of idiots!

Vatican corrects omission in pope's quote about McCarrick

NICOLE WINFIELD,Associated Press 3 hours ago

KUDOS!


Monsignor  Anthony Figueiredo, if you read my blog, thank you, thank you, thank you, not just for getting me a nice room at NAC’s sabbatical program but for your courage in coming forward! Hang in there! Don’t let the wolves devour you!

THINGS ARE RAMPING UP AND IT IS VERY UGLY—GOD SAVE US


Good grief! Is there any precedence for this? Is Pope Francis a victim or protagonist of all of this? Who would have thought when Benedict resigned we would be back in the 1970’s but on steroids!

Cardinal Mueller once again calls Pope Francis out:

Cardinal Müller: Francis should engage with populists after election landslide


And Archbishop Viganò calls Pope Francis a liar:

EXCLUSIVE: Abp Viganò says Pope is lying in latest denial about McCarrick