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Thursday, May 13, 2021

HOW DID I MISS THIS? AND LET'S CONNECT THE DOTS BETWEEN THE ORGANIZED CRIME SYNDICATES, LIKE THE MAFIA, AND ORGANIZED GOVERNMENT ENABLEMENT OF ABORTION AND INFANTICIDE AS IT CONCERNS CATHOLICS AND THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHURCH

This was a May 10th news story from Catholic News Service:

This is an excerpt of that above longer news article: 

Pope Francis, during a 2014 visit to Calabria, said members of the Mafia “are not in communion with God; they are excommunicated.”

Vittorio V. Alberti, who is coordinating the working group on behalf of the dicastery, said that while the pope has said mafiosi are excommunicated and many bishops in Italy and other countries have denied public funerals to notorious members of organized crime syndicates, “we became aware that in the social teaching of church, in canon law and in the catechism there is no mention of the excommunication of mafiosi,” so the dicastery wanted to establish a group to help bishops around the world apply the teaching of the popes.

The group also will promote initiatives to help all Catholics understand that there can never be “any possible compromise” between the church and organized crime, Alberti told Vatican News.

My Comments: The last sentence above applies, I would suggest, to Catholic elected governmental official who promote crimes against humanity in the form of abortion and infanticide. 

Thus, at least a censure and ideally an excommunication against Catholic governmental leaders who promote civil and religious crimes  should take place and all of this codified in canon law so there is no question how individual bishops should proceed!

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

I LIKE CARDINAL LADRIA AND HE MAKES A GREAT DEAL OF SENSE WITHOUT BE A SHOWMAN--IS HE A POSSIBLE PAPAL CANDIDATE? HMM?


Vatican News has a straightforward news report on the CDF's intervention with the USCCB and that Conference coming up with a national policy about worthiness to receive Holy Communion of President Biden.

Your can read the entire article HERE

 I would like to make some comments of the last part of the article. My comments in red.

[Cardinal Ladaria] stressed that “If it then decided to formulate a national policy on worthiness for communion, such a statement would need to express a true consensus of the bishops on the matter, while observing the prerequisite that any provisions of the Conference in this area would respect the rights of individual Ordinaries in their dioceses and the prerogatives of the Holy See.”

The above paragraph is very traditional and sounds like Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict and his emphasis on individual bishops in relationship to the pope rather than a collective of bishops centralized in a Conference of Bishops. The individual bishop is the "pope" of his diocese and has all at his disposal in terms of Canon Law and what is require of him in terms of his vow of obedience to the Pope and his relationship to the worldwide college of bishops. In other words, it seems Cardinal Ladaria is on the same page as Pope Benedict in this regard.

He added that “any statement of the conference regarding Catholic political leaders would best be framed within the broad context of worthiness for the reception of Holy Communion on the part of all the faithful, rather than only one category of Catholics, reflecting their obligation to conform their lives to the entire Gospel of Jesus Christ as they prepare to receive the sacrament.”

Yes, thank you Cardinal Ladaria. You hit the nail on the head. Each Sunday scores of Catholics present themselves for Holy Communion. Those in illicit unions that mock the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, regularly receive Holy Communion when they attend Mass, although infrequently and without the benefit of Sacramental Confession or even a "perfect Act of Contrition."  Each bishop and his priests have a grave responsibility to teach who should present themselves for Holy Communion.

In the case of public sin, meaning it is known that such and such is a mafia leader, loan shark, rips off the poor, works in an abortion clinic, is illicitly living with someone in a mock  marriage, the pastor needs to speak to such person and remind them not to receive Holy Communion until they are reconciled to the Church. Most of the time, though, it pertains to parishioners in illicit marital like unions.

Public persons, such as politicians and those in high government positions, need to be told by their bishop after dialogue.  

Furthermore, he pointed out that ““it would be misleading if such a statement were to give the impression that abortion and euthanasia alone constitute the only grave matters of Catholic moral and social teaching that demand the fullest level of accountability on the part of Catholics.”

Thank you Cardinal Ladaria, yes, there are other areas that should be called out and not just pro-abortion politics. And that applies to public and private persons. 

Cardinal Ladaria, therefore, urged that “every effort” be made to dialogue with other episcopal conferences so as to “preserve unity” in the universal Church.

The good cardinal has said the same thing about the divisive synodal path Germany is on and their desire to negate the foundation of the moral teachings of the Church which are: Scripture and Tradition; the Deposit of Faith; the perennial Magisterium of the Church;natural law; their union with the pope and the college of bishops in union with the pope.

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT REAL NON-CLERICALIZED LAY MINISTRY

 


I have asked the question before and I’ll ask it again. Are we returning to the false mentality of the 1970’s and a superficial reading of Vatican II’s documents which seem to blur the role between the clergy and laity and in fact laicized the clergy and clericalized the laity?

Today, it seems we are once again instilling into lay Catholics that in order to actually participate in the Church they have to be involved in churchy ministries. That is a lie.

Don’t get me wrong. I respect the differences in the EF and OF Mass and thus in the OF Mass, I am in favor of lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (especially so the homebound can receive Holy Communion more frequently) cantors, choirs, ushers/greeters and altar servers. I have no problem with women in any of these ministries. 

Let me say this too, in the EF Mass at the our Cathedral Basilica and my parish, we have a lay lector read in English  the Epistle and Gospel simultaneously as the priest at the altar read these. The priest introduces each and says or chants the first few words. 

I am open to an lay installed lector simply to chant or read the Epistle and a permanent deacon to chant or read the Gospel at the Tridentine Mass. Perhaps a new category of Mass could be made that is called semi-low that allows lectors and deacons to have a role with a hybrid of what might be chanted or spoken and the deacon having a role similar in the OF Mass. 

However, let’s talk about well-known Catholic laity who are failing the Church big time in terms of what Vatican II actually taught the laity to do and that is to evangelize their secular lives and bring a Catholic perspective and ethos to it. That means being counter-cultural at times and radically opposed to some aspects of one’s participation in the public square. That is called evangelization even to the point of a white martyrdom if need be or even a red martyrdom. 

What if President Biden fully embraced his Vatican II Catholicism, not only by being an usher at his local parishes, maybe the Chairperson of the Pastoral Council and maybe even offering Holy Communion at Mass and in hospitals. Let’s say he’s in charge of the Social Ministry outreach of his parishes. 

But then in his public office as President, he embraces publicly and without apology the anti-Christ aspects of the Democrat Party’s platform on abortion, infanticide, gender ideology and opposition to the Church’s role in the world to stand up to and exorcise anti-Christ elements in the public square, being faithful to Christ not necessarily successful in this endeavor. 

Would not that be the best lay ministry of the current President? Would he be more effective at leading Catholics to the truth and inviting those who are seeking the truth to find it in the Catholic Church so that their lives too may help form the public square and sanctify the secular?

If you wish, in order not to be sexist, insert Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi’s name for President Biden. 

I LOVE IT AND IT WORKS HERE: ORNATE SIMPLCITY!

 This is not overdone. Holy Family, Columbus, Ohio:





Tuesday, May 11, 2021

I NEED HELP! WHAT HAS CHANGED SINCE THE POPE OPENED UP THE “MINOR ORDER” MINISTRIES OF LECTOR AND ACOLYTE TO BOTH MEN AND WOMEN AND NOW WITH THE “NEW” MINISTRY OF “CATECHIST”?

 






Can someone who knows please explain to me what has changed since Pope Francis opened up the former “minor orders” of lector and acolyte to both lay men and women?  Since the late 70’s and certainly by the 80’s most parishes in the USA have had female lectors and altar servers and some serving as adult “acolytes.” 

Now that these lay men and women can be installed “officially” into these ministries, are there any dioceses doing so and how do the “installed” versions of the uninstalled versions of these two ministries inter-relate? 

PLEASE HELP ME OUT IN THIS!

And the same with the brand new ministry of “CATECHIST” which Pope Francis has formerly established. 

Francis' motu proprio "Antiquum Ministerium", instituting the "ministry of Catechist"

APOSTOLIC LETTER

ISSUED "MOTU PROPRIO"
BY THE SUPREME PONTIFF

FRANCIS

"ANTIQUUM MINISTERIUM"

INSTITUTING
THE MINISTRY OF CATECHIST


How would the officially recognized CATECHIST relate to those who we already have teaching in religious education programs, both for children and adults?

Already, most dioceses have ways to certify who will be called a Director of Religious Education, DRE, and those who have lesser degrees called “Coordinators of Religious Education” or CRE’s. 

We have CCD teachers, some of whom are certified by diocesan programs and guidelines and others that aren’t.

DEAR GOD, WHAT HAS CHANGED IF ANYTHING IN ALL THESE NEW DECISIONS????????

WHAT ABOUT CATHOLICS IN ILLICT MARRIAGES, POLITICIANS OR NOT, ARE THEY ALLOWED TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION IN VARIOUS DIOCESES BY VARIOUS BISHOPS?

 


This post is tied to the one below it. But I find this interesting:

(Cardinal Ladaria) questioned the USCCB policy identifying abortion as “the preeminent” moral issue, saying it would be misleading if any new document “were to give the impression that abortion and euthanasia alone constitute the only grave matters of Catholic moral and social teaching that demand the fullest accountability on the part of Catholics.”

My astute questions and what that paragraph implies as least in this most humble blogger’s opinion:

Is Cardinal Ladaria saying that Catholics, especially politicians, should be denied Holy Communion if they don’t follow other Catholic moral teachings on social justice? In other words, if politicians are denied Holy Communion because of being pro-choice, should they also be denied for promoting other political policies opposed to Catholic Social Teaching????? HMM!

What about a potential third, forth and so on, Catholic president, Speaker of the House, etc who may be in an illicit marriage? President Trump’s marriage to his wife is not recognized by the Catholic Church. Melania was/is a Catholic. Did she ever present herself for Holy Communion. What if President Biden’s marriage is illicit (I don’t think it is) but would that qualify him to be disqualified from Holy Communion? 

BEFORE PEOPLE OF A PARTICULAR POLITICAL IDEOLOGY GO BALLISTIC, THE GOOD THING IS THAT THE VATICAN IS REIGNING IN SYNODALITY MISUNDERSTOOD


 Here is a straightforward report on Cardinal Ladaria’s intervention with the USCCB on denying Holy Communion to pro-choice politicians:

Cardinal Ladaria cautions US bishops on politicians and Communion

Here is the NCR’s leftist commentator’s perversion of this letter:

My Comments: Recently I highlighted that Cardinal Czerny stated that denying any Catholic, politician or not, Holy Communion is the sole responsibility of the bishop of that person. 

In most cases, denying a Catholic Holy Communion is based on canon law and usually revolves around illicit marriages. Most of the time, this does not go to the bishop, but the local pastor is responsible for speaking to a Catholic who is in an illicit marriage and communicating to them that they are not to receive. If that person persists in receiving Holy Communion, the pastor has recourse to the local bishop, NOT THE CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS!

For public person, such as celebrities and politicians, the local bishop should do the dialoging with the person. Each bishop, then, would have his own perspective. Of course the Vatican could assist the bishop and local conferences of bishops could do so also. 

An unnamed canon lawyer also stated that with heads of states, such as the president of the USA, that it should be the pope who makes the decision given the fact that the Catholic Church in the situation of the Vatican which is a State and the pope the head of state, has diplomatic relations with heads of states of other countries and even embassies. 

Thus, if Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi or even President Biden, attended Mass at Saint Anne’s (and don’t laugh, I have had extremely high individual in one of the branches of the USA government attend Mass at St. Anne’s, I would not deny them Holy Communion, especially if I was unaware of them attending my Mass. If I knew ahead of time, though, I would contact my bishop and follow his order or recommendation. Fortunately, in my situation the person attending was in good standing. 

But, Cardinal Ladaria’s missive to the USCCB should be seen in a very positive way and also within the context of his warnings to Germany about their synodal process and plans to break with the Universal Church’s mission to teach morality based on Scripture, Tradition, the Deposit of Faith, the perennial magisterium of the Church, not to mention Natural Law. 

He says to Archbishop Gomez the following: “Every effort should be made to dialogue with other episcopal conferences as this policy is formulated in order both to learn from one another and to preserve the unity of the universal church.”

The Germans certainly have been warned about this too. And now it is the American bishops being warned. 

Monday, May 10, 2021

ONE OF THESE FIVE BROTHERS MUST HAVE A VOCATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD, BUT WHICH ONE?

 Time will tell!



CAN YOU FIGURE THE ODDS?

 What are the odds? I am of Italian ancestry, born on December 21 and made my First Holy Communion in the Tridentine Mass 60 years ago on Mother’s Day and offered a parishioner his First Holy Communion of Italian ancestry on Mother’s Day 2021 also born on December 21? But what are the odds that this young man becomes a priest and 60 years from now offers a parishioner his First Holy Communion at the Tridentine Mass on Mother’s Day to a boy of Italian ancestry born on December 21? That would be Mother’s Day 2081!!!





FROM THE JUST TOO COOL FILE

Yesterday, Mother’s Day, I celebrated the Traditional Latin Mass at our Cathedral Basilica in Downtown Savannah. One of my Saint Anne families desired that their son receive his First Holy Communion at this Mass. The Cathedral and I were happy to oblige. (“Cathedral and I” sounds like a great book title for me to write).

The First Communicant’s four brothers served the Mass (and they serve St. Anne’s Low Mass on Tuesday evening). There is also one daughter who is the baby of the family. 

The reception followed Holy Mass and it was outside the Cathedral in Lafayette Square. Of course, those attending the TLM were not square.

It was a spectacular spring Sunday!

A bit of trivia, the First Communicant’s father made his First Holy Communion on Mother’s Day when Mother’s Day was also May 9th. His oldest brother was confirmed on May 9th (the tallest altar boy) and I, your most humble blogger, made my First Holy Communion on Mother’s Day 60 years ago. But in 1961, Mother’s Day was the latest it could be, May 14th. And in 1961 the Latin Mass was not called traditional, as there was no “untraditional Mass” at that time.

And the First Communicant and I share the same birthday, December 21 and his family has invited me over to their home to celebrate our birthdays for the last two years! How cool is that?





Four of the altar servers are the First Communicant’s brothers. Can you pick them out? They also have a sister who is the youngest:







Saturday, May 8, 2021

WHEN WHAT THE BREAD AND WINE LOOKED LIKE, WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT THE BREAD AND WINE BECAME: THE BODY, BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY OF THE CRUCIFIED AND RISEN LORD

 This is the type of bread we had in my seminary in the late 1970’s. It looks like the exact same recipe, whole wheat, honey, salt and other unknown ingredients. Many of the seminarians called it “chewy Jesus!” That moniker did nothing  for the former sublime reverence in which one might describe the reception of the Most Holy Eucharist.

I have often wondered how valid this substance was and how many valid or invalid Masses did I attend. 

And speaking about crumbs! But back then, a pious young Catholic seminarian would be mocked and canceled for his Crumb theology. 

When I think back on that era, it really was crummy!

As I write this, though, at 7:30 AM, I do recall how good it tasted and how great it would be with a cup of coffee, not consecrated of course. 



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

on ,

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 รจ 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.