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 



Tuesday, May 28, 2019

AND THIS IS EVEN MORE CURIOUS COMING OUT THE SAME DAY AS MONSIGNOR ANTHONY FIGUEIREDO'S MANIFESTO



Press title for article!

In new interview, Pope Francis says he ‘knew nothing’ about McCarrick

Excerpt:

Pope Francis said that “about McCarrick I knew nothing, obviously, nothing, nothing.”
“I said it many times, I knew nothing, no idea,” Francis said in an interview with Mexican journalist VNEW YORK - In his first direct comments about the case of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, alentina Alazraki.

Speaking about the allegation made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who claimed last August that he had told the pope about Vatican-imposed restrictions against the former Archbishop of Washington, Francis said that “I don’t remember if he told me about this. If it’s true or not. No idea! But you know that about McCarrick, I knew nothing. If not, I wouldn’t have remained quiet, right?”

 

FOLKS, THIS IS INDEED A MAJOR BOMBSHELL! WILL IT EVER END? THE HOLY SPIRIT MAY BE LEADING US IN THAT DIRECTION


I personally know Father  Anthony Figueiredo as he was the head of the North American College's sabbatical program. Because of a number of factors in his own personal life, I truly believe, like Archbishop Vigano, the Holy Spirit is directing these men to come clean and help the Church Militant purify the Church of this post-Vatican II age of corruption. And purification will happen by the power of the Holy Spirit has we approach the celebration of Pentecost.

Press title for complete 10 page manifesto:

Report on Key Findings in Correspondence Concerning Theodore E. McCarrick1Follow the Path of Truth Wherever it May Lead 

 A brief excerpt from Fr. Anthony Figueiredo's  10 page manifesto:

May 28, 2019 The former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick ordained me to the priesthood 25 years ago today. I served as his personal secretary in the Archdiocese of Newark (September 1994 June 1995) and also assisted him in a secretarial capacity during his many visits to Rome in my 19 years of ministry there.  

After long consideration, I have made the decision to place in the public domain some of the correspondence and other information related to McCarrick that I possess in my many years of service to him. I have spent time in prayer and discernment about the moral basis for revealing these.  

My decision follows attempts since September 2018 to share and discuss these with the Holy See and other Church leaders.Realizing full well that the debate about McCarrick has become highly politicized, I wish only to present facts that will help the Church to know the truth. From the outset of this report, I pledge my unswerving affection, loyalty and support for Pope Francis and his Magisterium in his tireless ministry as the Successor of Peter, as I manifested also to Pope Benedict XVI, grateful for their paternal solicitude and efforts to address the scourge of abuse.  

Indeed, my actions in releasing this report at this time are encouraged by the Holy Father’s motu proprio Vos EstisLux Mundi(“You are the light of the world

 A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”Mt 5:14),based on the overriding principle that it is imperative to place in the public domain,at the right time and prudently,information that has yet to come to light and impacts directly on allegations of criminal activity, the restrictions imposed on my now laicized former Archbishop,and w

BOMBSHELL: BUT WE ALREADY KNEW THAT ARCHBISHOP VIGANO WAS TELLING THE TRUTH, THE OTHERS? NOT SO MUCH!


Press title for Crux bombshell article:

ROME - Correspondence obtained by Crux from an ex-aide to Theodore McCarrick, the former cardinal laicized over charges of sexual misconduct and abuse, confirms that restrictions on McCarrick were imposed by the Vatican in 2008. McCarrick also claims that Cardinal Donald Wuerl, then the Archbishop of Washington, was aware of them and involved in conversations about their implementation.

McCarrick correspondence confirms restrictions, speaks to Wuerl and China

Saturday, May 25, 2019

STRONGEST WORDS YET FROM THE HOLY FATHER CONCERNING ABORTION


NEVER, NEVER ELIMINATE A HUMAN LIFE OR RENT A HIT MAN TO SOLVE A PROBLEM!"


In giving an audience, today, Saturday 25 May, participants in a conference on the theme "Yes to life! - The care of the precious gift of life in situations of fragility ", Pope Francis departed in several places from the written text, adding very strong and partly never said before by him on the subject of abortion.

Here are three textual additions:

(1) “Many times, those few hours when a mother can lull her baby leave a trace in the heart of that woman, who never forgets it. And she feels - let me say the word - realized. She feels like a mother ”.

(2) "Sometimes we hear:" You Catholics do not accept abortion, it is the problem of your faith. " No: it is a pre-religious problem. Faith does not enter. It comes later, but it does not enter: it is a human problem. It is a pre-religious problem. We do not load on faith something that does not belong to it from the beginning. It's a human problem. Only two sentences will help us understand this: two questions. First question: is it legitimate to eliminate a human life to solve a problem? Second question: is it permissible to rent a hit man to solve a problem? The answer is yours. This is the point. Don't go to the religious on something that concerns the human. It is not lawful. Never, never eliminate a human life or rent a hit man to solve a problem ".

(3) "I am reminded of a story of a person that I met in my other diocese. There was a 15-year-old girl who became pregnant and her parents went to the judge to ask for permission to abort. The judge, a truly upright man, studied it and said: "I want to interrogate the child." "But she's down syndrome, she doesn't understand ...". 'No no, let her come. The 15-year-old girl went, she sat there, started talking to the judge and he said to her: "But you know what happens to you?" "Yes, I am sick ...". "Ah, how is your illness?" "They told me I have an animal inside that eats my stomach, and for this they have to do an intervention." "No ... you don't have a worm that eats your stomach. Do you know what you have there? A child!'. And the girl with down syndrome said: "Oh, how nice!" With this, the judge did not authorize the abortion. Mom wants it. The years have passed. A baby girl was born. She studied, grew up, became a lawyer. That little girl, since she understood her story because they told her, every birthday they called the judge to thank him for the gift of birth. The things of life. The judge is dead and now she has become a promoter of justice. But look what a beautiful thing! Abortion is never the answer that women and families seek ”.

My comment: Pope Francis is correct. Being pro-life isn't a Catholic or religious thing. It is a human rights issue that even atheists should support. NEVER, NEVER ELIMINATE A HUMAN LIFE OR RENT A HIT MAN TO SOLVE A PROBLEM!"

IS ALL RELIGION LOCAL, CONGREGATIONAL?


Bishop Lessard use to rail against Catholic parishes that were too congregational. I used to agree with him, but in fact, my deepest instincts says that it is the best way to go.

We criticize Protestant Congregationalism but isn’t that unecumenical? Yes, in a word.

The only thing that is probably bad about congregationalism is competition, that is competing for
members by stealing from others or trying to convince people to join your congregation because your congregation offers a better product. This kind of congregationalism is consumerism and should be condemned.

But when congregationalism means that a parish is trying to do its very best to know, love and serve Jesus Christ but its various ministries, the focus shifts from the politics of the larger Church, which at our current time is on steroids and way too much attention payed to it rather than where most Catholics are actually touched, in their parishes!

While I have sympathy for recovering many of our lost traditions in the Church, what I don’t want to recover parishioners being treated like children but rather is helping Catholic laity find ownership in their parish/congregation and a sense of responsibility to make the parish the best it can be. First, with proper worship that is reverent, vertical and gives glory to God. The horizontal comes afterward with community building events and the various ministries of the Church, to the sick, home bound, poor and the education, religious or secular of both children and adults.

The laity must be equipped to do ministry first in their domestic Church, their own family and in the larger Church and not just for their own family, their own congregation but outreach beyond their boarders.

The expansion of liturgical ministries should be no threat as these are symbolic of the nature of the Church in everyday life.

While we might enjoy or be distressed by the diocese or the Vatican, most Catholics are untouched by what happens there. They are fed or starved in their local parish. Let’s feed not starve and lets focus on serving Christ and not bickering about Church politics or other events we have no control to change. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

IT'S JUST TOO MUCH! OVER THE TOP ORDINARY FORM PASTORAL MUSIC TRIUMPHALISM


I only watched a small part of Archbishop Wilton Gregory's Installation Mass as the new Archbishop of Washington, DC.

The National Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is known for its liturgical music. It is a professional choir and does high brow stuff.

I had hoped the Installation Mass would have been a sober, humble experience in the Ordinary Form, but no, over the top with the music.

The Processional Hymn was with blaring organ, brass, tympani,  and other triumphal instruments. The crowd cheered the newly arrived Archbishop as he processed to the altar--what sheer and utter stupidity and nonsense given what the Church is going through!

Could you have imagined the proper Introit with polyphony or Gregorian Chant and the parts of the Mass the same. But no, that's too humble, sober and simple for such an august occasion.

The Responsorial Psalm was over the top and I simply stopped watching my stomach churning.

HAS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ENTERED THE ERA OF PURITANICAL PARANOIA? IN A WORD, YES!

A priest or nun older than me needs to refresh us on the pre-Vatican II customs and laws concerning priests and laity.

I know in the seminary and I think in religious life, personal friendships, meaning one on one, were discouraged. All had to be in a group setting.

However, when sisters went out, they couldn't go alone, they needed to go in pairs.

One never looked directly at people, eyes cast down, especially in chapel and/or church.

This is codified, to a certain extent, in the EF Mass, the priest when facing the congregation is to have eyes cast down not looking at the congregation.

I think too, if a priest was transporting a woman, be it a nun or laywoman, that female passengers had to be in the backseat. I'm not sure if that is folklore or true.

After Vatican II and almost immediately, all of these rules governing personal relationships and appropriate eye contact were tossed and well, you know the rest of the story.

Thus we come to this little ditty in a Catholic High School in California:

The kid with the pro-choice sign should be expelled from this Catholic High School, no?


Catholic teens protest high school skirt ban, demand their old uniforms back: 'This is absolutely sexist'

Teens usually fight against their school dress codes — but Catholic school girls in California want their old uniforms back.

Students at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego are protesting a new anti-skirt policy that is supposed to encourage “modesty” and prevent male teachers from feeling “uncomfortable” while addressing violations.


Kevin Calkin, the principal at Cathedral Catholic High School, sent Yahoo Lifestyle a copy of the new policy, created as a last resort for students who don’t adhere to the knee-length minimum: “… 

The most significant change is that skirts will no longer be an option for girls. Dress code is a perennial challenge. The dress code exists for at least three good reasons: to foster unity, to encourage modesty, and to minimize pressure to conform to particular styles or clothing brands. Basically we hope to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learning and not on outward appearances.”

Calkin continued: “The main challenge with dress code has been the length of girls’ skirts. The school has made many attempts to rectify this challenge. The administration has worked with the Parent Association, has issued thousands of hours of detention, has made school-wide announcements (e.g., CCTV, orientations), and has worked with students one-on-one. None of this has had the desired effect of maintaining an overall modest skirt length in compliance with the dress code.”

READ THE REST THERE!

Monday, May 20, 2019

SIGNIFICANT OR JUST MORE SPITTING IN THE WIND?

Cardinal Sarah Endorses the “Notes” of Pope Benedict, “Martyr For the Truth”

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Cardinal Robert Sarah took everyone by surprise on the evening of May 14 in Rome, in the auditorium of the cultural center of the church of St. Louis of the French, when everyone was expecting him to present his latest book, entitled “Le soir approche et déjà le jour baisse,” on the Church’s crisis of faith and the decline of the West.
Because instead, the cardinal said right away, “this evening I will not talk about this book at all.” And the reason - he explained - is that “the fundamental ideas that I develop in it were illustrated, presented, and demonstrated brilliantly last April by Pope Benedict XVI in the ‘notes’ that he had composed in view of the summit of the presidents of the episcopal conferences on sexual abuse convened in Rome by Pope Francis from February 21 to 24.”
Cardinal Sarah continued:
“His reflection has revealed itself to be a true source of light in the night of faith that touches the whole Church. It has prompted reactions that at times have bordered on intellectual hysteria. I have felt personally struck by the wretchedness and coarseness of several comments. We must be convinced that once again the theologian Ratzinger, whose stature is that of a true father and doctor of the Church, has seen correctly and has touched the deepest heart of the Church’s crisis.
“I would therefore like us this evening to allow ourselves to be enlightened by this demanding and luminous thought of his. How could we summarize the thesis of Benedict XVI? Allow me to simply cite him: ‘Why has pedophilia reached such proportions? In the final analysis, the reason is the absence of God.’ This is the architectonic principle of the entire reflection of the pope emeritus. This is the conclusion of his long argumentation. This must be the starting point of every investigation of the scandal of sexual abuse committed by priests, in order to propose an effective solution.
“The crisis of pedophilia in the Church, the scandalous and distressing multiplication of abuse has one and only one ultimate cause: the absence of God. Benedict XVI summarizes it in another formula that is also clear. I quote: ‘It is only where faith no longer determines the actions of man that such crimes are possible.’
“The theological genius of Joseph Ratzinger here touches not only upon his experience as pastor of souls and as bishop, as father of his priests, but also upon his personal, spiritual, and mystical experience. He goes back to the fundamental cause, he allows us to understand what the only way can be for getting out of the frightening and humiliating scandal of pedophilia. The crisis of sexual abuse is the symptom of a deeper crisis: the crisis of faith, the crisis of the sense of God.”
The entire conference by Cardinal Sarah is reproduced, in French, on this other page of Settimo Cielo:
In it Sarah goes over Joseph Ratinger’s analysis step by step, agreeing with it completely. He refutes in biting terms the criticisms that have been brought against it. He emphasizes the effects of the crisis of faith in the lives of priests and in the formation of seminarians. He stigmatizes the false “guarantism” that, in tolerating doctrines contrary to the integrity of the faith, also encourages practices contrary to chastity. He invokes that profound respect for the “Eucharistic body of the Lord” without which there is no longer any respect for “the pure and innocent bodies of children.”
And this is the finale, more than ever in unison with Ratzinger:
“To conclude, I say to you again with Pope Benedict: yes, the Church is full of sinners. But it is not in crisis, we are the ones who are in crisis. The devil wants to make us doubt. He wants to make us believe that God abandons his Church. But no, this is always ‘the field of God. There are not only the weeds but also the good wheat of God. To proclaim these two aspects with insistence does not stem at all from a false apologetics: it is a service that it is necessary to render to the truth,’ says Benedict XVI. He proves it, his prayerful and teaching presence in our midst, in the heart of the Church, in Rome, he confirms it for us. Yes, in our midst is the good wheat of God.
“Thank you, dear Pope Benedict, for being according to your motto a cooperator with the truth, a servant of the truth. Your word encourages and reassures us. You are a witness, a ‘martyr’ for the truth. Thank you.”
No need to say that this impassioned apologia for Ratzinger’s analysis made by Cardinal Sarah is the polar opposite of the gelid welcome reserved for it by Pope Francis:

EDITORIAL CARTOON SPEAKS TRUTH TO CORRUPTION


Sunday, May 19, 2019

SOBRIETY IS THY NAME O DIVINE WORSHIP, THE MISSAL

Please note there is not a hint of triumphalism in the opening hymn of this Ordinariate's Diaconate Ordination. Why is that, you ask? Because the Introit is chanted in Latin (could have been in English) and in the EF's tradition. No tympani, horns, strings and overpowering organ to greet the royalty of those to be ordained!!!!!!!

Please note how obscure the bishop is for the Introductory Rite. They use the  Anglican Options for this prior to the magnificent Kyrie and their English version of the Gloria which is very nice.

It is worth watching and could easily be done in our Ordinary Form with our current Roman Missal. It is a no-brainer, no?


Saturday, May 18, 2019

WHEREIN FATHER JAMES MARTIN, SJ HITS THE BALL OUT OF THE PARK



In the Dec. 11, 2000, issue of The New Yorker, the magazine’s revered literary critic James Wood began his review of the writings of J. F. Powers with a blunt question, “Does anyone, really, like priests?” I read that article a few months after my ordination to the priesthood. I found it hard to understand not only how an intelligent person could write a sentence like that, but how a prestigious magazine could print it.
It does not take too much creativity to imagine what the reaction might have been had The New Yorker’s literary critic written, “Does anyone, really, like imams?” Or “Does anyone, really, like rabbis?” Firestorms of denunciations would likely have followed. In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, we saw a flurry of thoughtful articles distinguishing Islam from the terrorists who committed the atrocities (and the clerics who encouraged them), with commentators correctly making judicious distinctions between the actions of a few and the morality of the many.
But when it comes to priests, it is O.K. to hate them. Or at least wonder if anyone, really, likes them.
I thought of that article when I saw the cover of the latest edition of The Atlantic, which features a darkened photo of St. Patrick’s Cathedral above the headline, “Abolish the Priesthood.”
The cover was bad enough; the accompanying article, by James Carroll, was even more disappointing. If this is The Atlantic’s “deep dive” into the clergy abuse crisis, it represents something of a disservice to readers and the general public. Essentially, Mr. Carroll’s lengthy (and, admittedly, in some places careful) examination of the clergy abuse crisis can be boiled down to: It’s priests. He states his thesis with admirable concision at one point: “The very notion of priesthood is toxic.” Using the old dictum that what is easily asserted is easily denied, I would respond: “No, it is not.”

Mr. Carroll, an astute social critic and often brilliant writer, should know better. The problem is not the priesthood; the problem is clericalism, that malign brand of theology and spirituality that says that priests are more important than laypeople, that a priest’s or bishop’s word is more trustworthy than that of victims (or victims’ parents) and that the very selves of priests are more valuable than those of laypeople. Catholic theology is sometimes used to support this kind of supremacism. At his ordination a priest is said to undergo an “ontological” change, a change in his very being. The belief that this change makes him “better” than the layperson lies at the heart of clericalism and much of the abuse crisis.
On this, then, I would agree completely with Mr. Carroll, who knows his theology. And I certainly understand his anger and anguish over the abuse crisis, which I share. The problem, however, is that his article consistently conflates the priesthood with clericalism. Basically, he is engaging in a stereotype. In short, not all priests are “clerical.” Not even most of them.
Let’s step back and look at other places where sexual abuse happens, as a way of understanding the flawed logic that mars The Atlantic piece. Most abuse happens, say experts, within the context of families: fathers (and stepfathers) preying on children and adolescents, to take one example. The reasons for abuse by fathers (and stepfathers), as with priest abusers, are complex.
But few people ever suggest that either marriage or the family are bankrupt institutions or that we should “abolish fatherhood.” Why not? Because most people understand that abusive fathers (and mothers for that matter) are in the minority. Most people know many good and caring parents (and stepparents) who have never and will never abuse anyone. And so we avoid lazy stereotyping.
The same is true with schools. Sexual abuse in the public-school system (as well as in private schools) has been well documented. Some cases are as appalling as those that happened within the church. Yet despite many incidents of sexual abuse perpetrated by teachers, counselors and coaches, few people say “abolish public schools” (that is, the “system” that gave rise to the cases of abuse). Or “abolish the teaching profession.” Again, this is because we avoid stereotyping.
Except when it comes to Catholic priests.
Mr. Carroll also takes aim, as he often does in his articles and books, at celibacy. But this is another red herring. If celibacy were the underlying issue, and if celibacy leads to abuse, then we should suspect every unmarried aunt and uncle, every single brother and sister, and every widow and widower of being an abuser. Does a person instantly become a child molester if he or she begins living a celibate lifestyle?
At the heart of many of Mr. Carroll’s articles on the Catholic Church, especially those written as a columnist for The Boston Globe at the height of the sex abuse crisis, is his own history as a priest. In The Atlantic, he writes, “If I had stayed a priest, I see now, my faith, such as it was, would have been corrupted.”
Would it have? I can’t answer for Mr. Carroll and want to give him the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps it would have. I have no idea. But this does not mean that staying in the priesthood corrupts all priests. Or most. Or even many. His article nods to “good priests” here and there, speaking of the church as the “largest non-governmental organization on the planet, through which selfless men and women care for the poor, teach the unlettered, heal the sick and work to preserve minimal standards for the common good.”
Including priests. Bluntly put, if 5 percent of Catholic priests are abusers, then 95 percent are not. (The numbers, by the way, are actually lower for priests than for men in general.) In the midst of this hateful, corrupt, misogynistic system, as this article describes it, how do we account for the good priests? For Father Mychal Judge, Father Henri Nouwen, Father Greg Boyle, Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Farther back, for Father Ignatius Loyola, Father Francis de Sales, Father Vincent de Paul. One of Mr. Carroll’s heroes is St. John XXIII. Also known as Father Angelo Roncalli.
Need I go on? Maybe I should. Maybe I should list a few hundred good and holy priests, or a few thousand, or a few hundred thousand. But I wonder if even a long list would do any good these days. Because, basically, it’s okay to blame all priests, and the priesthood in general, for the abuse crisis. Instead, let’s ask a question I have long wanted to pose to Mr. Wood and now to Mr. Carroll: Does stirring up contempt against priests do much good? Does that,help us confront the sex abuse crisis?
Or does it, really, just make people hate more?

WHEREIN I HAVE TO AGREE WITH JOHN NOLAN CONCERNING CATHOLICS KEEPING HOLY THE LORD’S DAY


This is a very insightful comment from John Nolan. I grew up in Georgia, historically the middle of the Bible Belt. Most Catholics in our diocese were less than 3 % of the population. And yes even in pre-Vatican II times there was some syncretism with our Catholicism and evangelical Protestantism. With Vatican II’s unbridled ecumenism this syncretism went on steroids especially with charismatic Catholics.

Btw, John, Chick-fil-a is a Georgia founded fast food restaurant with drive throughs, and sells only boneless chicken sandwiches, strips and nuggets with sides and delicious peach milkshakes. The founders are staunch southern Baptists. The company is now going international and you will love it when it comes to the UK!

With that preface discuss John’s insights:

John Nolan has left a new comment on your post "THIS IS LONG OVER DUE, BUT BETTER LATE THAN NEVER": 

Isn't Chick-fil-A a restaurant? Surely no-one is suggesting that restaurants close on Sundays? Strict and dour sabbatarianism is a Protestant trait; in the ultra-Presbyterian parts of N.Ireland children's playgrounds are locked on Sundays, and the neighbours will object to your washing the car.

Real Catholics know that the Lord's day is a feast day. They attend Mass in the morning, not in the evening and certainly not on the previous day. Evening Masses were not universally permitted until 1957 and the Saturday anticipated Mass (it isn't a vigil Mass) was first introduced in Italy after Vatican II and gradually spread.

The rest of Sunday is a time for celebration. Our medieval ancestors knew how to eat, drink and be merry. There is a a neo-Puritanism infecting the Church. Dull liturgies focused almost entirely on the spoken word which must be immediately and literally understood, coupled with a visceral dislike of beauty in art, music and architecture, are symptomatic of this trend.

It needs to be resisted, and strongly

CAN VATICAN II’S CULTURE OF RUPTURE, LOSS OF CATHOLIC IDENTITY, DISCIPLINE AND CORRECT ORIENTATION TO GOD ACCOUNT FOR THE EXACERBATION OF CORRUPT PRIESTS AND CULTURE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THAT HAS LED TO THE MELTDOWN WE ARE NOW EXPERIENCING? COMMON SENSE, WHICH IS QUITE LACKING IN TODAY’S PROGRESSIVE HIERARCHY WOULD SEEM TO SAY YES, YES AND YES!


Church in Chile ‘shocked,’ ‘perplexed’ over abuse crisis, locals say


Let us focus on this one statement in the article above:

Silva believes that the crisis can be partially understood as an “absence of God” in the life of the Church: “We’ve lost our center, that must be Jesus and the Gospel. When that’s gone, what moves us?”

My comments: Just think about the liturgical chaos and resulting loss of Catholic spirituality, devotion and reverence of the post-Vatican II Church. Inculturation which is a big, big word of Vatican II places people and their cultures above Jesus Christ and His Gospel. The liturgy becomes horizontal, overly creative and about the congregation and worse yet, about the priest, his acting abilities, charismatic personality and ability to orchestrate the various horizontal ministries of the liturgy and the parish. Today’s liturgical ideologies places way too much emphasis on the congregation, one inclusivity without the call to conversion, accompaniment in a secular sense and other devastating novelties. 

This creates a playground for clergy who have lost their way to manipulate all these horizontal attributes of the post-Vatican II Church for their own corrupt and narcissistic desires some benign others quite malignant. 

I can compare my role in the Liturgy in comparison to the two forms that good Pope Benedict allowed. In the older form, I am nothing but a servant to God and the Liturgy the Church gives me—it isn’t about me whatsoever and it isn’t about the people behind me. It is about the Gospel and Jesus Christ! 

In the new liturgy, it is the opposite. I am facing the people and it is about how well I perform, how well the other actors perform, the myriad of ministries for the laity in the new liturgy, and how well the congregation performs and I can watch it all unfold before my very eyes either to my delight or anguish especially if I see a person not performing in the way that Vatican II ideologist think they should during the liturgy.

And related to the liturgical chaos and horizontal approach is the idea that the priest, rather than acting in the truest sense of what a priest is to do, becomes a social worker, a political activist and a power monger not only in the politics of the Church, which is in and of itself corrupting and always been an issue in the Church, think Judas, but becomes a secularist politician masquerading as a priest and under its cover—where does that lead? We see it in the current meltdown. Pre-Vatican II priests, even if internally corrupt, were not give license to do what post-Vatican II priests did which has led to our current meltdown. Yes, pre-Vatican II priests who embraced the liberties of the post Vatican II priesthood are among the most notorious abusers but prior to Vatican II were kept in check by the rigorous discipline of the Church for the most part. 

Isn’t this the root of the quote I use from this article about Chile above?