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Saturday, June 19, 2021

PLEASE USE A CONSISTENT HANDLE OF SOME KIND WHICH WOULD HELP WITH THE COMMENT SECTION

 


 Blogger which is the platform I use for my blog does not have, as far as I can tell, a method of forbidding anonymous comments by requiring a handle of some kind. I thought it did and when I switched, I realized no one could make comments. 

Thus, please use a handle of some kind and stick with it or use your own name. Anonymous 2 type handles is fine with me.

I do think it is unethical to use multiple handles to disguise a person even further and it is a LOL moment since those who do it write in a way which easily allows detection. Also, I get multiple comments to post from the same person who uses multiple handles at the same time, so I can tell. 

Finally, as my disclaimer indicates, please respond to comments and not people. IT IS EXTREMELY TIRESOME THE CONSISTENT MEME FROM ONE OR TWO ABOUT FRMJK AND THE ABORTION PARTY AND CONSTANTLY RESPONDING TO HIM AND HIS PERCEIVED IDEOLOGIES. DON'T DO IT. I HAVE BEGUN DELETING MOST OF THOSE RATHER THAN POSTING SO TIRESOME IT IS.

THE PERSECUTION, I MEAN, PROSECUTION IS ON, BUT SHOULD IT BE? IF A PRIEST USES THE “F” WORD IN A HOMILY, SHOULD HE BE SENT TO PRISON BY THE STATE OR CENSURED BY HIS BISHOP OR TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT ARE BOTH WARRENTED?



A POWERFUL MAJORITY OF BISHOPS VOTED FOR EUCHARISTIC COHERENCE, BUT WHY IN THE NAME OF GOD AND ALL THAT IS HOLY DO THE BISHOPS NEED A VOTE ON THIS AND WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE ONES WHO VOTED AGAINST IT OR ABSTAINED?

 Taking votes on this kind of thing puzzles me. But thank God, a vast, vast, vast majority of bishops voted in favor of it and a small minority voted against it and six insignificant abstained. What’s up for a vote next, Holy Orders Coherence?

The lead story on the front page of a local paper:




Apart from the pope, who can deny a Catholic national president (of any country) Holy Communion?

Don’t we have to follow canon law on this? It seems to me that it has to be the national leader’s own bishop in the domicile in which he is living. In the case of President Biden, it has to be Cardinal Gregory when the president is in Washington, DC and the new bishop of Wilmington, Delaware when the President is in Wilmington.

And when the President goes to Mass in another city, it has to be the bishop of that city, no?

Thus, I scratch my head, wondering why any bishop would oppose a document on Eucharistic Coherence which I presume will highlight for every bishop and everyone else what canon law requires of bishops with a Catholic who is in serious schism with a significant moral teaching of the Church.

What if President Biden was divorced and remarried and his first marriage is the valid sacramental marriage. How would his bishop proceed? Of course, the problem with President Biden is his rabid support of the genocide of unborn babies even to the most horrid partial birth abortion and allowing a baby to die after a “botched” abortion. That seems more serious to me, a humble priest, than living an adulterous life with a person who isn’t your spouse, while your spouse is still your spouse, no?

Thus, who in the Name of God and all that is Holy would vote against Eucharistic Coherence?

My thoughts:

Those who also want the Church to ordain women and any variety of LBGTQ++++ non binary forms of gender as well as any variety of any form and number of spouses of marriage and, well do I need to go further?

HYPERBOLE IS THY NAME

 


I am sure the NcR would applaud the German bishops, priests, religious and laity who, in defiance of the Vatican, are spiraling deep into apostasy and schism, but the US Bishops receive the NcR’s ire. 

In defiance of Vatican, US bishops vote to advance Communion document

And then on the Right there is this hyperbole:

Thursday, June 17, 2021

THIS IS AN AD IN A MORNING PAPER IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS

 “We respect the dignity of every human being.” Oh really? What about the unborn? When the sin of pride in the form of an ideology singles out some for respecting their human dignity but denies it to the most innocent. 



WHEN BEAUTY AND EXTRAVAGANCE COLLIDE AND THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL SEE THE EXTRAVAGANT BEAUTY WILL BE THE CELEBRANT HIMSELF AND OTHERS CLOSEST TO THE ALTAR

 I am not opposed to beauty in our liturgies and churches. But in some cases the beauty can be accomplished in other ways and not in an expensive, extravagant way. I think this chalice pall is absolutely beautiful, but how much did it cost? Was the cost commensurate with the benefit of the beauty and could a similar beautiful pall have been manufactured for a fraction of the cost?

Just wondering.

Chalice pall for the installation of His Eminence Jose Fuerte Cardinal Advincula, 33rd Archbishop of Manila. Spanish gold and silver thread embroidery with hammered silver details and semi-precious stones set in gold-plated silver :






I LIKE OUR PAPAL NUNCIO, HE BEGINS WITH CHRIST NOT WITH FAKE-CHRIST’S LIKE THE IDEOLOGIES OF IDOLATRY WHEN ONE WORSHIPS SOCIAL WORK, VATICAN II, SYNODALITY, ECCLESIOLOGY AND LITURGY

 


I am not sure how this relates to the most powerful person in the world, no matter who he or she might be, but I like what the papal nuncio says to the USCCB:

Archbishop Pierre highlighted the need for the Church after the pandemic to center its evangelical efforts on the saving work of Christ, pointing out that “Christianity offers more than an NGO or a social service organization.”

“The Church offers salvation in the person of Jesus Christ,” he said.

“What is often lacking in the process of evangelization, and we certainly need to evangelize and catechize now more than ever, is ‘beginning again from Jesus Christ,’’’ said Archbishop Pierre. ’

“The starting point, therefore, cannot be to shame the weak, but to propose the One who can strengthen us to overcome our weaknesses, especially through the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist,” he said.

“With respect to the latter, Holy Communion is not merely a ‘thing’ to be received but Christ Himself, a Person to be encountered.”


My astute comments:


When it comes to the seven sacraments of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, two of them are for the dead, meaning they are dead due to sin, and five of them are for the living, alive in Christ due to their sins having been forgiven. 


A “dead” person (one condemned to the fires of hell due to unforgiven sin) cannot worthily receive the Sacraments meant for the living (alive in Christ due to their sins having been forgiven by Him). 


The Sacraments of the dead (dead due to unforgiven sin) are Holy Baptism and the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation. In other words, you don’t need to be forgiven (although in Christ forgiveness is present) to receive Baptism or Confession. These are for people in a state of original sin as it concerns the necessity of Baptism for salvation or in a state of unforgiven mortal or even venial sins as it concerns baptism and Penance. 


To receive the other Sacraments worthily, one needs to be in a state of grace, meaning they are forgiven of their mortal sins. These Sacraments are Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders. The Sacrament of Holy Unction, I suppose, is a cusp sacrament for both the living and the dead as it entails forgiveness in and of itself or through the Sacrament of Penance associated with some celebrations of it. 


Thus, the most powerful person in the world is the President. If he or she is a Catholic and publicly promotes mortal sins such as genocide of pre-born babies and infanticide of those to be born through abortion, even the most heinous crime against the unborn, partial birth abortion or allowing a botched aborted baby still living not to be saved by medical intervention, or even the promotion of the heinous mortal sins of gender ideologies that cry to heaven for vengeance, that most powerful Catholic in the world who knows what he or she is doing is anti-Christ not only opposed to His Church but to Christ Himself, that most powerful person in the world should have a censure placed against him or her by her or his local Archbishop when in Washington and local archbishop or bishop when in their own place of domicile. 


This should apply to other super-visible and public person who are far from weak but intentionally use their power to corrupt their Catholic witness. 


Do I hear an Amen? Bishops????

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Monday, June 14, 2021

WOW! IT SEEMS THAT VATICAN NEWS AND POPE FRANCIS HAVE EXPERIENCED CONVERSION TO OUR LORD AND ARE WILLING TO FOLLOW POPE BENEDICT’S LEAD IN CALLING FOR COVERSION TO OUR PERSONAL GOD!


 Has the pope and the Vatican finally acknowledged that to worship synodality, inculturation, Vatican II, ecclesiology is IDOLATRY and a DEADEND?

Read this Vatican New editorial and tell me what you think!

The scandal of abuse and the reform of the Church

The valuable indications contained in the letter in which Pope Francis rejected the resignation offered by Cardinal Marx.

By Andrea Tornielli

“The reform in the Church has been carried out by men and women who were not afraid to enter into the crisis and allow themselves to be reformed by the Lord. It is the only way, otherwise we will be nothing more than ‘ideologues of reform’ who do not put their own flesh on the line.” This is a passage from the letter with which the Pope rejected Cardinal Reinhard Marx's offer to resign from the leadership of the diocese of Munich and Freising. It is a papal text full of valuable indications, which go well beyond the particular case to focus once again on the essential, indicating a Christian outlook and attitude towards reality. This view and attitude are often forgotten when — even in the ecclesial community — there is a risk of attributing salvific value to structures, to the power of the institution, to the necessary and increasingly detailed and stringent legislative norms, to corporate “best practices,” to the logic of political representation transplanted into synodal paths, to marketing strategies applied to the mission, to the communicative narcissism of special effects.

To affirm, as the Bishop of Rome does, that in the face of the scandal of abuse, “we will not be saved by inquiries nor by the power of institutions. We will not be saved by the prestige of our Church, which tends to conceal its sins: nor will we be saved by the power of money or the opinion of the media (we are often too dependent on them)” means once again pointing out the only Christian way. Because, as the Pope wrote to Cardinal Marx, “We will be saved by the door of the only One who can do it, and by confessing our nakedness: ‘I have sinned,’ ‘we have sinned’… It is in this way of weakness that the Church finds strength, when it does not have trust in itself and does not feel like the protagonist, but asks for forgiveness and invokes salvation from the only One who can give it.”

What Pope Francis wrote in the letter to the Cardinal of Munich and Freising might appear to some as a “non-answer.” Because it does not remove us from the grill, it doesn’t close the wound, it doesn’t allow us to accuse others by pointing our fingers. Instead, it calls for each of us “to enter into the crisis,” and to confess our own impotence, our own weakness, our own littleness in the face of evil and sin, whether it be the satanic abuse of minors or thinking we can save the Church thanks to our own ideas, our own strategies, our own human constructions.

The Pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, in notes prepared for the February 2019 summit on the protection of minors (and later published), wondering what the right answers to the scourge of abuse might be, wrote, “The antidote to the evil that threatens us and the whole world, ultimately can only consist in abandoning ourselves” to the love of God. “If we reflect on what must be done, it is clear that we have no need of another Church invented by ourselves.” Today, “the Church is widely regarded as just some kind of political apparatus,” and the crisis caused by the many cases of abuse at the hands of priests, presses us to consider the Church as something that has failed, which we must now take decisively into our own hands and re-form in a new way. But a self-made Church cannot constitute hope.”

IN 2010, in the midst of the storm caused by the abuse scandal in Ireland, Pope Benedict XVI pointed out the penitential way as the only viable path, saying he was convinced that the greatest attack on the Church came, not from external enemies, but from within. Today, his successor, Pope Francis, with a consistent gaze and emphasis, reminds us that reform, in Ecclesia semper reformanda, is not accomplished by political strategies, but by men and women who allow themselves to be “reformed by the Lord.”

EVEN A HORRIBLE CHURCH ARCHITECTURE LOOKS BETTER WITH THE PRE-VATICAN II SANCTUARY!

 I wonder if this building was built before Vatican II. I don’t know the name of the church or where. But the old high altar (which now has an odd free-standing altar in front of it but not centered) makes the place look oddly attractive, don’t you think? There’s an odd complementarity, no?



FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE LITURGY, EITHER FORM OR BOTH FORMS: IDOLATRY IS THE DANGER WHEN THE LITURGY BECOMES MORE IMPORTANT THAT WHAT THE “END” OF THE LITURGY IS MEANT, THE WORSHIP OF GOD NOT THE WORSHIP OF THE LITURGY

No! I did not find these in our Cathedral’s sacristy and the photo is not of me, in case you were wondering!


 There is an editorial piece in Catholic World Report on the concern that the Holy Father might curtail in some way the liberal and progressive use of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass as envisioned by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

You can press the title below for the full editorial but the money byte I print below the title captures its essence. The editorial writer must read my blog as I have been on a rant about idolatry coming from high places in the Church when God and worship of God are supplanted by Vatican II, synodality, ecclesiology, the form of the Mass and I could go on:

Opinion: On liturgical wars and rumors of wars

We are in a peculiar age when these are seen as concerns. But for some, who are ideologically committed to “the changes,” the rites and ecclesiastical reforms put in place following the most recent ecumenical Council of the Church as means to bring about a new Springtime in the life of the Church have become ends in themselves. For such persons, these means must be adhered to even if it has long since become clear that their ends – the profound renewal they were meant to usher in some decades ago – have simply not been achieved. They can become idols, occluding anything but their own worship.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

YOURS TRULY CELEBRATED THE EXTERNAL FEAST OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS AT OUR CATHEDRAL BASILICA’S TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS

 






I FOUND THIS IN THE CATHEDRAL’S SACRISTY PRIOR TO SUNDAY’S EF EXTERNAL FEAST OF THE MOST SACRED HEART!

 I have not seen the late Bishop Lessard’s original miter since about 1989 or so, He wore it in 1980 for my priestly ordination:





DUH!

 


Father Z, although somewhat ideological about it, is right. The Latin Mass, and in my opinion, in either form, unifies Catholics as does the common ritual in both. Divisions begin to occur when diversity in language and ritual are allowed to reign as is encouraged in the ideology of inculturation and the rubrical allowance in the Ordinary Form of “In these or similar words.”  Also, in the Ordinary Form the personality or lack thereof of the priest plays an ultra negative part in its celebration.

Let’s talk about the unity of the Church prior to Vatican II in diverse cultures from the USA to China, to Burma to the North Pole and Antarctica, the Church was united in language and liturgy. Devotions both private and communal were the inculturation aspects of the Church’s spirituality and these devotions, most of which do not need an ordained man to celebrate, flourished. Inculturation was splendid. 

But as it concerns the Mass, any priest throughout the world could celebrate the Mass for any congregation no matter where in the world and as remote as Siberia. The only difficulty for the priest would be the homily if he could not speak the vernacular. But that could be solved by having an interpreter and if no interpreter was available, the Mass stood on its own without a homily. 

Yes, the Latin Mass is a great source for the Church’s unity.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

IF THE PROGRESSIVE WALTER CARDINAL KASPER, THE SOMETIMES FRIENDLY SPIRIT, IS SAYING THIS, THEN PERHAPS THE HOLY FATHER ALSO SHARES THIS GHOSTLY SENTIMENT

 


This is copied from the Pillar, the not s bitter one:

This week, the German Cardinal Walter Kasper, the former head of the Vatican’s department for Christian unity (and absolutely no one’s idea of a traditionalist or conservative), said he is “very worried” about the damage being done to the Church by the “shrill voices” coming out of the synodal way.

“It is neither a synod nor a mere dialogue process,” said the cardinal widely credited with inspiring the more controversial parts of Amoris Laetitia. “It goes beyond my imagination that demands such as the abolition of celibacy and the ordination of women to the priesthood could end up with a two-thirds majority in the bishops' conference or that they could reach a consensus in the universal Church.” 

Kasper went on to warn that the German bishops’ attempts to force radical reform on the global Church would not be well received. On the contrary, Kasper said, looking at parishes in the United States, parts of Rome, and in Africa, it is Germany which is the "catechetical emergency area" in need of outside help.

"Wherever it is done well, you will find young people in Sunday services, young families with children, those in Germany can often be counted on the fingers of one hand — the current state of the Catholic Church in Germany is not particularly attractive and there is little desire to imitate us,” said the cardinal.

If Walter Kasper is telling you to look to America and Africa for inspiration, you really have to ask yourself: how far from the herd have you strayed?

I WANT TO LIKE THIS AND NORMALLY I WOULD,

 BUT SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE:




Friday, June 11, 2021

NOW THAT’S THE BENEDICTINE ALTAR ARRANGEMENT, BUT IT WILL MAKE YOU SEE RED, WAY TOO MUCH RED!

Whoa!  Check out those candles! Church of the Annunciation in Malta. Do you think they copied St. Peter’s Basilica?





Thursday, June 10, 2021

ALL OF THESE CHURCHES ARE RELATED: DESIGNED BY THE SAME JESUIT RELIGIOUS BROTHER

 Saint Joseph Church, Macon:

Sacred Heart Church, Tampa:

 

Sacred Heart Church, (now cultural center) Augusta:

exterior of Sacred Heart, Augusta:

exterior of Sacred Heart in Galveston after a hurricane destroyed it in the early 20th century. It certainly looks like Augusta's Sacred Heart!

Bishop Lessard considered tearing down Augusta's Sacred Heart once it was closed in 1970. The outcry from everyone in Augusta, not just Catholics, was so loud, he simply sold it. The Knox Foundation, run by a Methodist family, purchased it, restored it and it is now a cultural center. But this would have been Augusta's Sacred Heart fate not by a hurricane but by a wrecking ball!






DR. FAGGIOLI AND CARDINAL TOBIN MISS THE MARK BY A BILLION MILES AS THEY WRITE ABOUT SYNODALITY

 


I've already accused those who worship synodality, Vatican II, ecclesiology, the form of the liturgy and I can go on, as idolaters. But the deepest place in hell is for those who worship synodality.

Cardinal Tobin has a long, long, long article on syndolaity. Dr. Faggioli did too. Neither of them in the repition of too many words mentions any thing about a personal loving God, salvation from the fires of hell for each person that Jesus' redeems and that person, by the grace of God, receives or what the communion of Saints is like, union with our Blessed Mother, all the saints and angels in heaven will be like.

Dr. Faggioli never mentions personal faith, God, Jesus, Mary, salvation or anything else approaching soteriology.  The good Cardinal mentions God once, but not in a personal way and a few references to the Body of Christ in a horizontal self-referential way, as though disconnected from her Savior who is the HEAD!!!!

At least Pope Francis in rejecting Cardinal Marx' resignation says that only Jesus will save us and the faith necessary for that to happen along with good works. I don't think he said a damn thing about synodality in the context of Dr. Faggioli or Cardinal Tobin.

Both Cardinal Tobin and Dr. Faggioli spew, and let me say this as delicately as I can, damnable bullsh*t!

Let's name idolatry coming from Catholics no matter who it is!

This is what Pope Francis wrote to Cardinal Marx in not accepting his resignation:

 The Church, the pope insists, will not be saved by its own prestige, “which tends to conceal its sins,” nor by the power of money and the opinion of the media – noting that often “we are too dependent on them.”

“It is urgent to ‘ventilate’ this reality of abuses and of how the Church proceeded, and let the Spirit lead us to the desert of desolation, to the cross and to the resurrection,” Francis wrote. “It is the path of the Spirit that we must follow, and the starting point is humble confession: We have made a mistake, we have sinned. Neither the polls nor the power of institutions [nor synodality*]will save us.”

[nor synodality*]--my insertion.

 

BOMBSHELL!

 

Pope Francis with Cardinal Reinhard Marx - archive photoPope Francis with Cardinal Reinhard Marx - archive photo 

Pope Francis rejects Cardinal Marx' resignation: 'Continue as Archbishop of Munich'

Pope Francis rejects the resignation of Cardinal Reinhard Marx as Archbishop of Munich. “Thank you for your Christian courage, which does not fear to be humbled before the reality of sin,” the Pope writes to the Cardinal. “Taking up the crisis, personally and communally, is the only fruitful path.”

A LOT OF CATHOLICS LIKE THIS; WHAT IS A PRIEST TO SAY?

 


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

HOME SCHOOLING FAMILIES AT SAINT ANNE'S FROM THE SAVANNAH DEANERY AND BROADER DIOCESE

 Bishop Stephen Parkes visited Saint Anne on Tuesday morning to celebrate Mass with home schooling families and their kids and kids galore have they!

Afterward there was a luncheon in our "Holy Family Social Hall." 

These intentional communities, be they Home schooling, EF, charismatic or the myriad of other old and new movements are the ones with kids galore, a deep commitment to a personal Catholic faith and willingness to encourage vocations to the priesthood and religious life. 



O MY! NEED I SAY MORE???

Newman Hall - Holy Spirit Parish in Berkeley, CA


 

ANONYMOUS COMMENT TOO GOOD NOT TO MAKE A POST

 This is a comment from “5” for the post below this. It is good!

5 has left a new comment on your post "INTERESTING OBSERVATIONS": 

If nothing else, this article reinforces what history teaches us about "reformers" who instigate sweeping changes: They often resort to tactics that would appear to contradict their very goals.

If we take the word "reformer" and attempt to neutralize it from any stigma, just making changes often means confronting structures that are so firmly in place that the reformer is forced into a confrontational stance, often with institutions or cultural norms that require a "wrecking ball" to so much as move. Peter the Great could only liberalize Russia by executing thousands of non-cooperatives and using dictatorial power. Martin Luther King Jr. could only get white Americans to care about civil rights by suffering the abuse of a corrupted justice system and eloquently proclaiming his case to anyone who would listen. Napoleon attempted to impose Enlightenment values on Europe by becoming the very thing the French Revolution purported to denounce: A despotical monarch. Reformers are not necessarily bad men or good men, but we seldom meet any who are great men, human nature being what it is. Most often they find themselves trapped by forces that resist any good they desire to bring or seduced by the power they sought to cleanse for us.

So what of Francis? I still say he is a symptom. Pope John wanted to "open the windows" of the Church to let in some "fresh air", but as time moves forward it increasingly appears that he unlocked the gates of the fortress of faith and let the enemy forces come in and do as they pleased. The "reformers" of Vatican II were disobedient bishops who discarded John's schemata for his council and "crashed the gates" of the institutional process with their impatience and demands. We've had over 50 years now of a Church struggling to find her identity and Francis seems to be just one more pontiff determined that he is going to shape it.  

The problem is, the Church's identity has already been shaped and determined by nearly 2 millennia of pontiffs and saints and the sheer arrogance of one or two generations believing they have a mandate to upend what Christ established and others paid to preserve with their blood is reflected in the utter failure and tailspin nature of the post conciliar Catholics who cannot make peace.

I think they are, for the most part, looking in the wrong direction for the answers. Satan has a great talent for confusion, distraction and misdirection. We have a great talent for forgetting how vulnerable we are. 


INTERESTING OBSERVATIONS

 As I have written before, I will write again, Vatican II and it’s spirit we’re implemented in the most pre-Vatican II way possible. And John Allen thinks Pope Francis is the most centralizing dictatorial pope ever while using the spirit of Vatican II’s decentralizing collegiality language more than any other pope ever:

A reforming pope’s dilemma: Using the center to deliver decentralizatio

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

INTERESTNG VATICAN NEWS EDITORIAL, BUT NOT SURE WHAT TO MAKE OF IT

 Cardinal Marx submits his resignation. Were there more reasons than what was made public? Is the German synod off the rails and is this the reason for this editorial. Who knows. I just want to scratch my head.


 

Wonder, adoration, and the Synod

Pope Francis' words at the Mass for the feast of Corpus Domini indicate the source of every authentic ecclesial journey.

By Andrea Tornielli

“If wonder and adoration are lacking, there is no road that leads to the Lord. Nor will there be the synod, nothing…” A phrase added off-the-cuff in the homily of the Mass for the feast of Corpus Domini says a lot about how the Pope sees the “process” to be launched for the next synod and for the synodal journeys already underway. And it says everything about the source of any authentic ecclesial journey. Because, as Pope Francis said in the same homily, “We need to break out of our tiny self-enclosed space and enter the large room, the vast expanse of wonder and adoration. That is what we really need! It is what is missing in the many movements we create to meet and reflect together on our pastoral outreach.”

In a personal note published in Civiltà Cattolica last September, Pope Francis made clear the judgment he had come to concerning a certain way of dealing with the long-standing question of the so-called “viri probati” and the proposal to ordain married men that emerged at the Synod on the Amazon. ““There was a discussion… a rich discussion… a well-founded discussion, but no discernment, which is something different from arriving at a good and justified consensus or relative majority. We must understand that the Synod is more than a   parliament; and in this specific case it could not escape this dynamic. On this subject it has been a rich, productive and even necessary parliament; but no more than that.”

Without wonder (which happens by grace and certainly not by imposition), and without adoration (which is also a consequence that cannot be taken for granted), the Church becomes worldly and ends up taking on political and ideological categories. And thus, the protagonist is no longer the One without whom we can do nothing, but instead the strategies, the tactics, the fireworks of communication marketing, the pressure groups and parties with their respective agendas, which may be opposed to one another but are united by the absence of communion. This concerns a distortion that is in some ways more serious than many other “wounds” and sins, because it empties and dries up from within the dynamics of ecclesial life, so that it is not listening to the Spirit, but our own plans, the efficiency of our structures and our plans for reform that come to the fore. This is a risk the Successor of Peter has long warned against, as he did again recently in his homily for Pentecost, when he recalled that, “The Paraclete affirms the primacy of the whole. There, in the whole, in the community, the Spirit prefers to work and to bring newness. … Today, if we listen to the Spirit, we will not be concerned with conservatives and progressives, traditionalists and innovators, right and left. When those become our criteria, then the Church has forgotten the Spirit. The Paraclete impels us to unity, to concord, to the harmony of diversity. He makes us see ourselves as parts of the same body, brothers and sisters of one another. Let us look to the whole! The enemy wants diversity to become opposition and so he makes them become ideologies.”

If wonder and adoration are lacking; if listening to the Spirit and the primacy of the whole are lacking; there will be no synod, the Bishop of Rome said on Sunday. At best, there will be a good Parliament.

Monday, June 7, 2021

WHAT HAS BEEN A BLINK OF THE EYE, I WAS ORDAINED A PRIEST 41 YEARS AGO TODAY, JUNE 7, 1980

 41 years ago, June 7, 1980, Fathers John Lyons, Tom Campbell and I were ordained priests at our Cathedral by Bishop Raymond Lessard . The choir was from the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta where I would become pastor 11 years later. The gold vestments the bishop and deacons are wearing were from St. Joseph Church in Macon where I would become pastor 24 years later! Those vestments are still there, 41 years later!