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Friday, May 7, 2021

HOLY BAPTISM, MARRIAGE AND FIRST COMMUNION, ROBIN! A TRIPLE HITTER!

 Last weekend I celebrated the baptism of the nephew of the bride prior to the bride and groom's wedding rehearsal. The bride and groom to be were the godparents:

Then the bride and groom had their wedding on Saturday. It was actually a convalidation of a civil ceremony a few years back which produced two beautiful children, the oldest pictured, to make his First Holy Communion the next day!

Then the next day, First Holy Comunion:


 





BEAUTY LIKE THIS FOR THE ORDIINARY FORM CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED AND MUST BE RECOVERED

From the Liturgical Arts Journal blog. This altar arrangement even with the priest facing the nave of the church is nonetheless ad orientem and reminiscent of the major basilicas in Rome including St. Peter's which have always faced the nave. Yes, yes, I know the celebrant is also facing the geographical east, but not so at St. Paul Basilica outside the Walls, the celebrant faces westward toward St. Peter's. But don't miss the point, symbolically, it is the crucifix facing the celebrant that gives the orientation toward Jerusalem and Golgotha in particular. Also, I like the throne for the tabernacle in that it is not another altar behind the actual consecrated altar:


 Check out more pictures and the story:

Dedication of the Abbey Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, St Michael's Abbey

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Last Tuesday, May 4th, I had the great joy of attending the dedication of the new St Michaels’ Abbey Church, dedicated to our Lady of the Assumption in Silverado, California. The ceremony was presided over by Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, who was accompanied by Cardinal Burk…

 

WHEREIN I AGREE WITH BOTH CARDINAL CZERNY, NAMED CARDINAL BY POPE FRANCIS AND THE ONE CANON LAWYER


 Vatican prelate says individual bishops have final say on Communion

‘It’s not up to bishops in general to make these decisions. It’s the bishop of the person,’ said Cardinal Michael Czerny. But at least one canon lawyer argues that when it comes to Communion for heads of state, it should really be up to the pope himself.

I think the National Conference of Catholic Bishops should stay out of it!

Follow Canon Law, please, individual bishops of the USA

Archbishop Cordilione, don’t allow Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to receive Holy Communion in your archdiocese.

Cardinal Gregory, don’t let President Biden of S of H Nancy Pelosi receive Holy Communion in your diocese. 

Thus I agree with Micheal Cardinal Czerny. But I also agree with the canon lawyer who argues that when it comes to heads of state, like President Biden, the Pope should make that decision. 

Ultimately though, bishops should follow canon law and not hide behind national conferences of bishops. I don’t give a flip about what the national conferences of bishops say collectively after having taken a politicized vote.

I do care about what my bishop has to say and what the Pope has to say. And I agree with the college of bishops when they are faithful to the Deposit of Faith, Canon Law, and the perennial magisterium of the Church when handing on the faith and morals of the Church based upon Scripture and Tradition. 

Anything else that I can’t find in that Deposit of Faith, which is out in the open and for all to find, clergy or laity, I consider Gnosticism and I reject it. 

(Cardinal) Czerny pointed to the “confusion” surrounding debates on giving Communion to Catholic politicians who hold positions contrary to Catholic teaching, adding that individual bishops have the final say in cases where there is “a clear scandal.”

In cases “where the government is claiming that it has the church’s support for some measure that we really can’t accept at all, that would be an example where the bishop would have to stand up,” the cardinal said, “but it’s up to the bishop.”

Apart from the common sense of the good Cardinal and unnamed canon lawyer, you have the divisiveness of a bishop who makes it up as he goes:

Other bishops have described a Communion ban as “the wrong step.” In an article published in America Magazine on Wednesday, Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego warned of the “destructive consequences” that such a decision might entail for the unity of the United States and Catholics’ understanding of their own worthiness to receive the sacrament.

Bishop McElroy, please follow canon law and Cardinal Czerny! That’s my most humble opinion. 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

I STILL CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT SYNODALITY IS AND CARDINAL TOBIN IS NO HELP AND IN FACT CONFIRMS MY WORST FEARS ABOUT IT

 

You can read Cardinal Tobin's take on synodality. In saying a lot, he says absolutely nothing. You can read by pressing the title:

Cardinal Tobin: Synodality is Pope Francis' vehicle for changing the church

1. It's about change, making the Church more welcoming, going out to the peripheries, and bringing the Gospel. Has not the Church done this for 2000 years? I have always felt welcome in a Catholic Church no matter where I was. I also felt the call to seek forgiveness of my sins with clear teaching which showed me what sin was and where it was in my life. Is this wrong now?

2. It is a call to conversion. But Tobin doesn't say conversion to what or who. Is it conversion to synodality? Idolatry hogwash. 

Bottom line is the erroneous thinking of Cardinal Tobin. He denigrates those who teach the faith and upholds those who live the faith. Teachers who have all the answers can tell us about Mary, but the Faithful show us how to love Mary. 

I have no gripe about that other than to say, as with so much in Catholicism, it isn't either/or but both/and. Why not embrace the fullness of expressions in the Church along with its intellectual pursuits and desire for precision and law and order?

3. By changing the Church, it appears that a rather lack luster direct and authoritative rebuke of the German Church is precisely what Pope Francis wants. The Germans are leading the way to change and conversion to the idolatrous synodal system they envision. Thus this conversion is not to Christ and the Splendor of Truth but to apostasy.

O MY! FROM THE “JUST WHAT WAS THE LITURGICAL CONSULTANT AND THIS PARISH’S LEADERSHIP TAKING” FILE TO DO THIS TO A TRADITIONALLY DESIGNED CHURCH?

Why?????? O Why???????

Sacred Heart Church, Dearborn, Michigan:




COOL MASS WITH SWISS GUARDS

 Cardinal Parolin celebrated Mass for the Swiss Guard today at St. Peter's. The good Cardinal has a nice way of celebrating Mass. He chants nicely and the Third Eucharistic Prayer was in Latin! 

It was great seeing the Swiss guard participate in the Mass, act as lectors and some were in the schola!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

THE ONLY WAY TO CELEBRATE THE 5TH OF MAY!

 Oggi è il cinque di maggio e per festeggiare mangio cibo italiano.

English translation of my Italian: Today is the fifth of May and to celebrate I will eat Italian food. What else do you do on Cinque di Maggio if you are Italian born?



RANDOM FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS AT SAINT ANNE CHURCH, RICHMOND HILL, GEORGIA, MAY 2, 2021

 






Tuesday, May 4, 2021

WHAT TO DO? WHAT TO DO? OH, WHAT ARE WE TO DO ABOUT HOSTS DISCARDED!

 



I have really, really, really tried hard to instill in my parishioners over the years that one must receive Holy Communion in the most reverent way possible according to the norms of the Church. And for the most part, my parishioners who receive either on the tongue or in the hand do so.

Recently, though, for the umpteen time in my 41 years as a priest, strange occurrences have happened with the Host and on the same Sunday morning. 

The first was a parishioner coming up to me in the narthex after Mass and handing me a Host he found on the floor near a pew. Was it a child who dropped it as they departed the Communion line with Host still in hand, or a careless adult or was it a visiting non-believer or non-Catholic? Who the hell knows! But I can’t tell you the number of times we have found Hosts on the floor in hymnals/missalettes or the like in every parish I have been stationed.

Then at the second Mass of the day that I celebrated, the deacon distributing with me discovered from the altar boy who was holding the paten for him that someone walked off with the Host and as she did so placed it in her purse! Thus, after I had consolidated the Hosts and placed them in the tabernacle he and the altar boy went looking for this person, whom the altar boy recognized. The deacon asked for the Host back.The person fumbled through the purse to find it, only to have it fall out onto the floor! 

What the??????

She was not a Catholic. But for what purpose would she do this? Anything nefarious? Or was it for a scrapbook or a souvenir from her sojourn to a Catholic Mass? 

I have written about this before and I will write it again. Prior to Communion lines and Holy Communion in the hand and receiving on the run, this never happened. No one ever found Hosts on the floor, in hymnals or the like and no one walked off with the Host in their hand. 

Catholics knelt at the railing, received on the tongue and then departed the railing after a brief meditation. 

Could a person take the Host out of their mouth after receiving on the tongue. Perhaps, but unlikely.

The key is to get people to receive at the railing, kneeling and either on the tongue or in the hand and not leaving the railing until the Host is in the communicant’s mouth. If a non-Catholic of any variety receives, not knowing they shouldn’t, at least the one distributing Holy Communion can make sure the Host is placed in the person’s mouth. 

Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix has written a very good, but perhaps too long, treatise on the Most Holy Eucharist for his people. It is excellent, but the one glaring omission is the proper reception of Holy Communion and ways to prevent the pilfering of the Host or finding Host discarded. 

You can read Vernereri Cernui HERE.  

But given the anecdotal reported evidence, the abuse of the Sacred Host either intentionally or unintentionally has multiplied in the most unsatisfactory way possible since Communion lines and receiving in the hand.

Does any bishop have the humility to say that this novelty in the Catholic Church has none absolutely nothing to maintain or increase reverence for the Real Presence of Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, but in fact has had a horrible deleterious effect on this Faith leading to absolutely bizarre sacrilege for which their should be a corporate lamentation? 

Monday, May 3, 2021

NOW FOR SOMEONE NOT INTO IDOLATRY: CARDINAL PELL

 Great interview and timely:


THANK YOU DR. FAGGIOLI FOR MAKING MY POINT: MUCH OF POST VATICAN II IDEOLOGY IS IDOLATRY

 


Dr. Massimo Faggioli  has a commentary on synodality. What is abundantly clear in this article/commentary is that there is no mention of Jesus Christ, or the Most Holy Trinity for that matter. There is no mention of the Blessed Mother or the Saints. There is no mention of the 10 Commandments or the two Greatest Commandments which sum them up.

Synodality becomes the false God that is praised and worship. IT IS IDOLATRY!

In a commentary on Catholicism or synodality not a word on Jesus Christ and His personal relationship to us or the Paschal Mystery by which our personal God saves us. NOTHING!

And the Catholic Church continues to bleed membership. Synodality will exacerbate it if Jesus is not at the center, if the Deposit of Faith is not at the center and if Scripture and Tradition are not at the center and the perennial Magisterium of the Catholic Church is not at the center.

COMMENTARY

Synodality and papal primacy: Questions regarding the Catholic Church today and the next pope

Sunday, May 2, 2021

A MODEST LITTLE BEACH PLACE

 I go to the beach at Hilton Head Island on my day off each Monday, if I can. It is a quick one hour drive from Richmond Hill.  This little beach house is about a half mile up from my beach area in what is called Seapines. If you are familiar with Hilton Head, this is the secondary entrance to Seapines. Seapines is an exclusive area on Hilton Head where Harbor Town is and the iconic Hilton Head Light House. You have to pay to go into Seapines!

If you like looking at houses with the ocean in your backyard, this is quite entertaining and amazing:

A FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY TRIPLE HITTER

Prior to the wedding rehearsal on Friday, I baptized the bride's nephew and she and her groom were the godparents. Then we had the wedding rehearsal. On Saturday they were married (an existing civil marriage blessed/convalidated or "sacramentalized") with a Nuptial Mass. And today (Sunday) their oldest son in the photo makes his First Holy Communion with about 40 other second graders. Cool! And both mom and dad are active duty army at Fort Stewart not far from Richmond Hill.



Saturday, May 1, 2021

PRAISE GOD, SANITY AND LEADERSHIP BEING RAISED UP BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

 


Pelosi's archbishop calls for denying Eucharist to public figures who support abortion

YES!!!BUT????


 Today the Holy Father said what His Holiness has said time and time again:

There is still a widespread temptation to think that the promotion of the laity — in front of so many ecclesial needs — passes through a greater involvement of the laity in the ‘things of priests,’ in clericalization,” he said.

Lay men and women, the pope added, do not need to be “anything different from what they are through Baptism because the laity are “a richness for the catholicity of the church.”

But, His Holiness does not connect the dots and say what these clerical things are? For example is opening the once minor orders of Holy Orders to men and women laity the clericlalization of them? Help me out on this.

Then tied to the clericalization of the laity, His Holiness says this about “synodality”:

A true synodal path comes from making concrete choices that give way to the action of the Holy Spirit, not from following spur-of-the-moment concepts that adhere to the latest trends, Pope Francis said.

“These choices, in order to be feasible, must start from reality, not from the three or four ideas that are fashionable or that have come up in conversation.”

I am not sure how I would interpret these two paragraphs. Shouldn’t all “synodality” start with the Deposit of Faith? Should it not start with the handing down and handing on of Scripture and Tradition as the Church has developed in an organic way through the centuries under the guidance of the Holy Spirit?

And involving not ordained in making Magisterial Teachings into doctrine, shouldn’t that remain the domain of the Pope and the Bishops in union with him or even the pope alone?

Isn’t it the clericalization of the laity to make them into a consultative legislative body?

Don’t get me wrong. The only reason that popes were able to infallibly declare that Our Blessed Mother was Immaculately Conceived and that she was assumed body and soul into heaven is because the Church, both clergy and laity believed these two doctrines since the early Church Fathers. There was no consultation or vote taken from the laity to dogmatize these two doctrines. And the Holy Fathers who infallibly defined these two doctrines into dogmas did not make anything up out of whole cloth!

Let’s start with the REALITY of the Deposit of Faith and we would have the confusion we have now with synodality in Germany and even the synod on the Amazon highjacked by the Germans that made the Holy Father so mad. 

Read the rest: 

Pope: Synodality must be based on reality, not fashionable ideas

  • Apr 30

DUH? DO YA THINK?

 The new bishop of the Second Catholic President of the USA:



This is actually quite edifying and hopeful.

 The now retired bishop of the Second Catholic President when asked about my part time domicile brother priest in the Diocese of Charleston, SC, who refused to give the then presidential candidate former Vice President Biden, Holy Communion, said he, as Biden’s bishop, would not use Holy Communion as a weapon but rather would dialogue with Mr. Biden.

Since that time, the now Second Catholic President of the USA has become even more strident in his disobedience to the laws of God, which, by the way, is disobedience to his Creator, when it comes to infanticide and gender ideology.  

Thus the new cowboy in the cathedra of Wilmington, Delaware said something you would hope that every pope, bishop, priest, religious and laity would say:

At Wilmington Cathedral intro upon his appointment to POTUS’ home-diocese, +Koenig says he’s “open to having a conversation” with Biden, “but as a bishop, I’m called to teach the beauty and the fullness of the Catholic faith.” 

Bishop-elect Koenig presser: https://youtu.be/9wQi95a4xPs 

Friday, April 30, 2021

JOHNNY CRAWFORD CHILD STAR OF THE RIFFLEMAN DIED ON APRIL 29TH

 My favorite western of the early 1960's was The Rifleman. It was a half hour show and its two stars, Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford were great and made it believable. Johnny Crawford was a great child actor and had great acting skills. He died yesterday at age 75 from complications of Alzheimer's. 

It is interesting that there were two shows of this same era whose main star was a widower with a young son, The Rifleman, a western and The Andy Griffith Show, a comedy, with another great child actor, Ronny Howard. 

Ronny Howard is exactly my age and I can say that I grew up with him watching him grow up like me season after season of the Andy Griffith Show

Both TV shows were great morality plays.

 Here's the first episode of The Rifleman. I loved the intro to this show with Chuck Connors shooting his riffle and then starring into the camera! That was great!

TIS THE SEASON

 When and where did you make your First Holy Communion? Mine was at St. Joseph Church, Augusta, Georgia on Mother’s Day, 1961 in the Ordinary Form of the Low Mass, the Tridentine Low Mass, at the parish’s 8 AM Mass. I made my First Confession the day before.


Back home after my First Holy Communion:


Thursday, April 29, 2021

RCG RECOMMENDS THIS SURVEY ON THE USE OF LATIN IN THE CATHOLIC MASS

 FIND YOU WINGS AND YOUR LATIN! TAKE THEIR LATIN MASS SURVEY!!!



This is from Kennesaw State University In Kennesaw, Georgia:

Title of Research Study: The Use of the Latin Language at Catholic Masses

Introduction

My name is David Johnson and I am a Professor of English and Linguistics at Kennesaw State University (USA). You are being invited to take part in a research study that I am conducting on opinions concerning the use of the Latin language at Catholic Masses. Before you participate, you should read this form and ask questions about anything you do not understand.

Description of Project
The purpose of the study is to understand the opinions of clergy and lay persons on the use of Latin at Catholic Masses.

Explanation of Procedures
The survey consists of demographic questions and opinion questions (both multiple-choice and short-answer). The survey should take approximately ten minutes to complete.

Read the rest there and take the survey!!!!! 

THE SECOND CATHOLIC PRESIDENT FINDS SUPPORT FROM CATHOLICS, BUT WHY? IS IT SOMETHING SYSTEMIC IN THE POST-VATICAN II CHURCH?

 


The National Catholic Register has this article which you can read:

Joe Biden’s First 100 Days: Scandalous Actions on Abortion from Our Second Catholic President

President Biden cannot claim to be both a faithful Catholic and an abortion champion. He cannot have it both ways.


My comments: 

Many Catholics, no matter political affiliation, place their political party above the Church. That is a mortal sin of course. 

But is there something systemically wrong (not systemic racism, but like it) that enables Catholics to be pro-choice even though it is an excommunicable offense to have an abortion or assist in one as President Biden’s does with his executive orders on abortion as well as his complete support for it?

I think this grave corruption in Catholics be they clergy or laity, is linked to how bishops responded to heinous cases of child abuse. They thought, as well as many lay Catholics, okay, so and so abused a child but look at all the good things he did and does. Get him back to work.

Abortion is right up their with child sexual abuse in its heinous characteristics. 

Why is there systemic support of Joe Biden, the second Catholic president, who enables abortion like bishops enabled some of their corrupt priest to abuse children over and over again.

Is there no Boston Globe to put a spotlight on this systemic corruption in the post Vatican II Church as it concerns clergy and laity’s support of the second Catholic president who supports and legally enables abortion to the point of even the most heinous and morally corrupt partial birth abortion. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

THIS INTERVIEW WITH SISTER LEFT ME FEELING LIKE WE WORSHIP THE CHURCH AND HER STRUCTURES AND NOT CHRIST

 


Call me old, cynical and fed up. Do you want to know why so few people are attending Mass and could care less about synodality, pastoral councils, parish committees and lay men and women involved in the Church’s structures? Because they don’t want their faith to be about one more adventure into human sociology but they want their faith to enable a personal relationship with God who is personal. 

This is just more of the same crap we’ve have for the past 50 years that has done nothing to improve the Church in terms of retaining Catholics, evangelizing a non-believing world and making truly committed disciple of the Lord in the world, not just in churchy things. 

In addition to that, it is all so worldly. Apart from my cynical critique, what strikes you about the interview?

You can read the full interview at the link below this “sound byte”:

What is the difference between collegiality and synodality?

In a technical sense, collegiality is for the bishops. The First Vatican Council emphasized the primacy of the pope, with the view that the bishops received their authority from the pope and have to approve what the pontiff decided. The church was conceived very hierarchical. The Second Vatican Council debated a lot this question of collegiality and concluded that the pope was not separate from the college of apostles and that power could be exercised together by the pope and the bishops.

Synodality, in today's sense as emphasized by Pope Francis, who is calling for a synodal church, means that the whole people of God, who, by their baptism, are called to be actors, are to participate in discernment.

Yes, the challenge is now to see pastors not separated from their people. Vatican II has made things move, has rediscovered the vision of Christians from the first centuries, when the governance of the church was synodal and collegial.

Synodality is a fruit of the Second Vatican Council, a kind of rediscovery of a way of seeing the church first as people of God, people journeying together as pilgrims. What is complicated in the present situation is that we are in a transition phase, with two ecclesiologies that are colliding.

On one hand, we inherit from more than 1,500 years a hierarchical, clerical church where the clerics are separated from the laity. On the other hand, we can imagine a synodal church as described by the Second Vatican Council but which has not yet been received and implemented.

The situation of the church in the world is very varied, very contrasted. It is necessary to look beyond one's own parish. Several currents and sensitivities coexist within the Catholic Church. A majority of laypeople, including women, aspire to see a synodal church, but there is also some resistance from others.

Synodality means that the whole people of God, who, by their baptism, are called to be actors, are to participate in discernment.

READ THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW HERE

ANOTHER EASTERTIDE MIRACLE! WHEREIN I AGREE WITH AN ARTICLE IN THE NATIONAL cATHOLIC REPORTER!

 Will miracles never cease?

Villanova conference elevates calls for Biden to be denied Communion

by Christopher White
 
People
Politics

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Clockwise from top left: Fr. Gerald Murray, Patrick Brennan, Stephen White, Helen Alvaré, Joe Capizzi and John McGreevy discuss President Joe Biden's Catholicism during "Taking Measure of the 'Biden Effect': American Catholics and the President"
Clockwise from top left: Fr. Gerald Murray, Patrick Brennan, Stephen White, Helen Alvaré, Joe Capizzi and John McGreevy discuss President Joe Biden's Catholicism during "Taking Measure of the 'Biden Effect': American Catholics and the President," a virtual conference hosted by Villanova University's law school April 23. (NCR screenshot) 

What do President Joe Biden and ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick share in common? According to the organizer of a recent conference on Biden's Catholicism, the two men have been "abandoned" by the church's pastors for not having been barred from Communion.

The Vatican's McCarrick report, which chronicled his decades of abuse of minors and seminarians and was released last fall, illustrates "what happens when the church fails to be church by preferring instead to be, as a practical matter, to be a bureaucracy," said Villanova University professor of law Patrick McKinley Brennan on April 23.

"What McCarrick needed was callously denied," he said, going on to argue by comparison that Biden's support for legal abortion demands that "the church's pastors ... show the truth" and deny the president Communion.

READ THE REST AT THE NCR

Monday, April 26, 2021

WESTSIDE STORY REMAKE BY STEVEN SPIELBERG LOOKS LIKE A WINNER WITH CATHOLICISM FEATURING PROMINENTLY

 

A SPAGHETTI WESTERN

 This photo was taken on our terrace in Naples around the summer of 1955.

I have always been a bit of an Italian cowboy! But the woman with the binoculars in the background has always fascinated me. Is she a member of the liturgical mafia?



A GOOD EXAMPLE OF INCULTURATION IN ART WORK

 Main Altar of the Gereja Hati Kudus Yesus  

(Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus), Bantul, Indonesia

The church also houses an image of Jesus depicted as a Javanese king