Thursday, September 23, 2021
GOOD GRIEF! IF EVEN CARDINAL THE FRIENDLY PROGRESSIVE KASPER IS CONCERNED ABOUT GERMANY--HIS COUNTRY--WHY ISN'T THE POPE MORE FORCEFUL IN STOPPING THEM LIKE HE IS STOPPING TRADITIONAL MASSES?
As though there isn't enough anger and polarization in the Church, everyone knows the synodal process is a process of politics with some winning and others losing. It's a sham! It's divisive and it is unnecessary!
EVEN THE NATIONAL CHISMATIC REPORTER (NCR) IS CYNICAL ABOUT THE SYNOD ON THE SYNOD ALTHOUGH IT TRIES TO PUT A POSITIVE SPIN ON THIS WASTE OF TIME AND ENERGY
My question is this, how many rank and file Catholics, be they poor clergy or the laity are interested in the synodal process and the synod on synod? Only those who have nothing better to do. It’s like the one half percent of Catholic laity who are professional Catholics either working for the Church or in some form of organized ministry who might be interested especially those on pastoral councils. The 99 and 1/2 percent of Catholics who simply attend Mass and then go home and live their dreary lives, aren’t interested and could care less!
Those Catholics taught the coloring book Catholicism of the 1970’s, the Catholicism of Kumbaya and let’s model ourselves after what the world is promoting, especially political parties and those heroes of our society, celebrities, these Catholics want folk Masses (or worship and praise to be hip about it) they want female ordination, same sex marriage and abortion on demand not to mention free contraception and the Church to provide it through her social services.
But what the heck. Let’s have a synod on synods instead and let non-Catholics and the world dictate to us what we should do and they haven’t even had coloring book Catholicism!
Here’s the NCR’s editorial on synods on synods, which actually isn’t that bad:
I WONDER WHO HAS CAUSED ALL THIS POLARIZATION IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND IT SEEMS TO ME TO BE SINCE 03/03/13 IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN
This is the secular press’s take on Pope Francis’ complaining about the polarization His Holiness has created even with His Holiness’ cardinals and other bishops. With all the scandals in the Church and the loss of Catholic full, active and actual participation in the Mass and the Church in general, the Holy Father creates even more fodder for the world to show how inane the Church as become:
Pope jokes he’s ‘still alive’ against bishops’ wishes
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Photo credits: Matthew Layton
Most right thinking Catholics have alternative names for the National “C”atholic Reporter (NcR). Mine is the National Chismatic Reporter (NCR).
Now that Pope Francis has indelicately referred to the Eternal Word Television Network as the “devil,” I guess I will now have to refer to it as “EDTN” or Eternal Devil Television Network.
Of course I do this to honor Pope Francis who doesn’t even know that the National Chismatic Reporter exists, so no praise of them!
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
In the article I link above, these are the money bytes. Discuss:
OF COURSE, THE NATIONAL CHISMATIC REPORTER (NCR) IS SCHISMATIC, BUT THIS NEGATIVE ARTICLE ON EXTRAORDINARY FORM PARISHES HAS SOME NUGGETS OF NON-SCHISMATIC TRUTHS
Every parish and many priests can be idiosyncratic. Certainly in every parish there are individuals who are contrary and ideologically motivated. They are more political than religious. That’s especially true of progressive parishes.
But this article from the NCR has some truths in it, but why pick on traditionalist parishes when progressive parishes have similar problems but in a different ideological direction.
I think an antidote to much of this is that if Summorum Pontificum had been followed to the letter, that every parish would have at least one EF Mass and integrated into the normal parish community that celebrates both forms, everyone would be in this together not segregated.
Liberals might be nice warm and fuzzy people, nice to be around, but they embrace schismatic moral principles; conservatives can be mean-spirited at times and self righteous but they embrace the teachings of the Church although they may not live the most important two Greatest Commandments, love of God and love of neighbor.
Here’s the NCR article, press title:
Sunday, September 19, 2021
HOLY BISHOPS! DON’T YOU THINK IT IS TIME TO REPAIR THIS FLAWED ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE LAST SENTENCE FOR THE GOSPEL OF THE 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B?
Am I the only one scandalized by this English translation of the 25TH Sunday in Ordinary Time, year B, Gospel reading for Mass where a child is referred to as an “it” not once but twice?
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”
Do you think the translator was following the translation ideology of gender inclusivity?
Throughout school, our English teachers always told us to use the masculine pronoun even if the intent was inclusive of male and female. The word “it” for a human being, male or female would be considered a dehumanizing insult, no?
And throughout the English speaking Catholic world, those parishes using this translation of the Gospel are hearing a child dehumanized by calling him “it” and thus contributing to the culture of death.
Friday, September 17, 2021
WHEREAS CARDINAL CUPICH NAILS IT AND THEN PULLS THE NAIL OUT—IT’S A GOOD ARTICLE BUT NOT QUITE AS GOOD AS IT COULD BE AND THERE IS A BLIND SPOT
In these two photos of Mass in the more recent form, Cardinal Cupich celebrates Mass with concelebrants at Chicago’s Saint John Cantius Church facing the congregation. The other photo is of the more recent Mass celebrated by Cardinal Cupich’s now deceased predecessor Cardinal Francis George along with concelebrants. Which of these two photos emphasizes clericalism more than the other? Which one makes the priest too important and distracts from the High Priest they are to “image” at the consecration?
Cardinal Cupich has an article on the Most Holy Eucharist which you can read here at Commonweal (although he doesn’t use that superlative) which is basically a good article but with some blind spots and irrelevant commentary on private and communal piety as it concerns Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist, although he doesn’t use these superlatives.
Here he nails it:
Some sixty years after the promulgation of SC, many Catholics neither know their call to active participation in the eucharistic mysteries nor have they made an intentional commitment to it. At best, active participation seems to mean having a particular role to play in the liturgy (greeter, server, lector, Communion minister). The full and conscious participation that means internally joining ourselves to the death and resurrection of the Lord celebrated in the Eucharist seems to have eluded many Catholics.
What His Eminence doesn’t acknowledge and perhaps he doesn’t realize it, is that most Catholics of the progressive ilk don’t worship God although they attend Mass regularly. They worship Vatican II; they worship ecclesiology, they worship synodality. But Cardinal Cupich does get it right in what he does write, they worship activity during Mass, those who are greeters, servers, ushers, lectors, cantors, choir members, Eucharistic ministers and on and on. What they miss is that actual participation as the good Cardinal describes it is “internally joining ourselves to the death and resurrection of the Lord celebrated in the Eucharistic Liturgy” which has eluded these progressives who worship Vatican II and ecclesiology.
At the Ancient Usage Latin Mass there is no such worship of Vatican II, ecclesiology or the various activities of the laity apart from their actual participation in the pews. Not even the human priest is exalted or worshipped, it is the High Priest that is exalted and through Him our worship is directed. The priest joining in facing the same direction as the laity when praying at the altar does more to crush clericalism and the worship of the cult of the look and personality of the human priest more than anything else.
What the good cardinal does not also include and he certainly should have is that today in so many parishes it is the priest and the community that is worshipped, meaning the affective traits or characteristics of both towards expressing warmth, welcome and kumbaya moments.
The good cardinal goes off the rails a bit with criticizing people who participate in Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament calling this engagement too personal and private.
CARDINAL CUPICH JUST BE GLAD THEY ARE THERE AND NOT A PART OF THE NONES OR THOSE WHO DON’T MAKE TIME FOR ADORATION BECAUSE EVERYTHING ELSE IS CONSIDERED MORE IMPORTANT! SHEECH!
But overall the good Cardinal’s article is good. I give it a B-.
Yes, the Emeritus pope speaks again! And clear His Emeritus Holiness is:
Thursday, September 16, 2021
WHAT OR WHO IS CAUSING SUCH EXTREMISM IN THE CHURCH? ONE THING IS CLEAR, PRIOR TO VATICAN II MEL GIBSON, AKA, MAD MAX, WOULD BE IN THE MAINSTREAM AND APPLAUDED FOR HIS WITNESS TO WHAT HE CONSIDERS THE TRUE FAITH AND THINGS GONE OFF THE RAILS
I have always liked Mel Gibson, especially as Australia’s Mad Max! This video of Mel is kind of like Mad Max.
Mel Gibson is a believing Catholic, although I believe he belongs to a schismatic sect of the Church, not the SSPX, but something more radical.
To quote Pope Francis, we can’t condemn Mad Max, we must walk with him and listen to his concerns.
There is a nugget of truth in all that he says and he says it from a strong, personal commitment to the Church as he would like it to be. Is he wrong? Is he right? Or is his perspective somewhere in the middle?
His he a prophet? Is he false teacher? Is he worse than pro-choice President Biden who doesn’t believe in science as it concerns human life beginning at conception and believes a child can be murdered by hitmen in the mother’s womb? If Biden should not be condemned by bishops, should Mel Gibson?
I show; you tell:
John Allen has a commentary on the pope's remarks in his always ambiguous press conferences after returning from a grueling trip, and at high altitude, especially this one after having had surgery on his colon and a few feet of it removed.
You can read the commentary here:
ROME – Pope Francis delivered another of his impromptu airborne news conferences Wednesday on his return flight from Slovakia, and, as ever, it was fascinating. In part, it confirmed the pontiff’s reputation for answering questions in a style that’s both carefully nuanced and practically imprecise, so that no one party to a debate ever is quite able to claim vindication.
Francis began by saying he’s never refused communion to anyone, adding a story about a visit to an old folks’ home as a young priest in which he asked if everyone wanted to receive communion. They all said yes, as Francis told the story, and later one woman came up to him and said (apparently in earnest), “Thanks, Father, I’m Jewish.”
The thrust appeared to be Francis distancing himself from turning anyone away.
Yet Francis immediately cut in a different direction, stating flatly that abortion is “murder” because a fetus’s organs are fully formed at three weeks and it’s a human life. Anyone who’s excommunicated, he said, by implication for participation in the crime of abortion, is outside the community of Jesus and thus cannot have communion.
On its own, that might sound like a green light for communion bans on Biden and other Catholic Democrats who uphold abortion rights.
Then Francis zigged again, first with a distinction between people who are “excommunicated,” apparently intending to mean definitively, and those who are “temporarily outside of the community” but still “children of God and need our pastoral action.”
He then introduced yet another distinction, this one between the pastoral and the political.
In a nutshell, he said that bishops must model the tenderness and compassion of God even in their dealings with people who are excommunicated, and that if a bishop abandons that path, he “becomes a politician.”
Weaving those points together, it’s reasonable to conclude the pope’s position is this: Abortion is murder, those who participate in abortion are at least temporarily excommunicated, and, as such, generally should not receive communion. However, a priest or bishop should not be the one to turn such a person away, because it risks turning what should be a compassionate pastoral response to failure into a political statement.
In other words, “no” to abortion and “no” to communion bans.
MY COMMENTS ON JOHN ALLEN'S LAST SENTENCE:
I don't agree. A public excommunication implies that a bishop has shown pastoral solicitude to the one who is excommunicated because the pastoral solicitude did not produce the results needed in the person's conversion to the truth. But once the person is excommunicated, the bishop must continue to bring the person back and then lift the public excommunication in a public way. Those publicly excommunicated should not be forgotten. Thus, I don't agree that the pope is saying "no" to communion bans. It seems to me that through the ambiguities and confused off-the-cuff thinking, he said yes, but be pastoral afterwards.
The greater problem with this pope is His Holiness' antipathy to Church/canon law. Obviously he degrades it and those who want to follow it by calling them "doctors of the law." Of course a doctor of the law isn't a negative epitaph but the manner in which the popes uses it, it is a slam, likes his words rigidity and the like.
Canon Law legislates the purpose of excommunication and how it is done, executed and lifted. FOLLOW THE LAW HOLY BISHOPS! Enough with opinions about this, that and the other.
As it concerns His Holiness' endorsement of civil unions, called marriage in the USA by the Supreme Court, he enables mortal sin and the giving of scandal.
There is no way that we can get that overturned and it would cause more acrimony than needed, but Catholics need to be told the truth about marriage and natural law!
His concern should be the souls of Catholics and their salvation. There, too, should be concern for the souls of others, but Catholics need to know that sexual relations in any kind of union that is not the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony or the Holy Bond of Matrimony for those where one or both are not baptized but the Church blesses that marriage, is a mortal sin. And to seek the state's public means to cement that mortal sin is particularly repugnant to God and Holy Mother Church. It is also a mockery of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony instituted by Christ It is not kosher to mock Christ and His sacraments.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
The Holy Father is pretty clear on who is to receive Holy Communion and who isn’t to receive. Only those in the community can receive but those outside the community may not, but it is a local pastoral decision. But and this is a big but, pro-choice politicians are outside the community which in my mind implies excommunication!
Abortion is homicide and the Pope says look at the science to determine when life begins. Perhaps the Holy Father saw Fr. Fox’s comment on my blog about that? That was great!
The Sacrament of marriage is for one man and one woman. The Sacrament are instituted by Christ and the Church can’t change them. Schismatic Germans will be disappointed.
If homosexuals want a legal life together, that’s up to the state and thus they can get legal benefits. The pope seems again to endorse civil unions for anyone and I guess that could be multiple people in multiple mock type marriages—no calling this a sin, though.
Oh, there’s much more.
But more interesting to me is Crux’s report which seems to just report the facts and the National Chismatic Reporter’s report that is highly ideological! I think the schismatic NCR is really fretting over this interview but there is enough to please them too.
What I observe in these two reports is no hint of the Church mission to call people to conversion and thus eternal salvation in Christ through the gifts of grace that lead to right Faith and right good works. Nothing!
The pope seems to elevate pastoral theology to an doctrine, which of course it can’t be. It is very 1970’s. Take it from one who knows as my seminary pioneered in pastoral theology. Pastoral theology is good and much of what the pope says about it is good, but it can also be an enablement of sin that lead the poor soul to damnation. Will the Holy Father be liable to judgement here?
Crux’s straight forward news story:
And the National Chismatic Reporter’s (NCR) ideological/political reporting:
In the Low Country of South Carolina which is contiguous with Savannah, there has been an on-going crime drama that no writer of fiction could have created.
It all began with the son of a very successful and well-connected lawyer in South Carolina out with a bunch of friends and his girl friend for an evening of drinking and partying near Hilton Head (Paris Island). The drunken driver of the boat that the young people were in, hit a bridge abutment throwing all of the passenger into the water and killing the lawyer son's girlfriend whose body took days to find.
That story in and of itself was tragic and fascinating itself, given the fact that the son seem to be given preferential treatment in the courts and by law enforcement with behind the scenes maneuvering. This inflamed the passions of the young girl's parents and friends.
The young man was sailing the boat drunk and should have been charged with manslaughter. He was not and in the ensuing months, nothing was happening to bring him to some kind of justice.
Then the boy and his mother were murdered at a family compound in South Carolina. No one has been charged in their murders.
But, there is another killing of a teenager associated with this family and the suspicion is that someone in the family may have killed the teenager.
Then on top of all of that, the father said that someone tried to murder him as he changed a flat tire on the side of a South Carolina road. In fact he was shot in the head. Reports are that the gunshot wound was either superficial or entered and existed his skull--no one knows for sure to what extent his injuries are although there appears to be a quick recovery.
As though that was not enough, shortly after the so-called "attempted murder" the father's law firm fired him for embezzling over $5 million! It turns out he is a drug addict on opioids and needed the money to support his habit.
But there's more. Initially it was thought he had attempted a suicide but failed. But no gun was found.
But there's more, on Tuesday, a man was arrested who was hired by the lawyer to assist him in the suicide by shooting him in the head and then getting rid of the gun--but he failed! The lawyer said that he was asking for assisted suicide so his only living son could receive $10 million from an insurance policy.
That man who shot the lawyer is now arrested!
Many are wondering now if the lawyer did not hire the same man to kill his son and wife for insurance money!
Here's NBC's Today Show interview with the lawyer.
You can't get more southern than this!
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
After our Ancient Usage Mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, parishioners were blessed with our first class relic of the Holy Cross.
POPE FRANCIS IMPLICITLY CONDEMNS PRESIDENT JOSEPH BIDEN FOR USING RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES
My comments first:
Ms. Inez Martin in the article below uses examples to support Pope Francis’ condemnation of the political use of religious symbols. She mentions some Slovakian and Italian politicians and their ultranationalist political interests. She also uses President Trump holding up a Bible in front of a premier Washington, DC Episcopal Church.
She does not use, but should have used, President Biden who attends Mass every Sunday and receives Holy Communion each time he does attend although he is pro-choice to the point of human genocide and the gruesome and cruel, inhuman partial birth abortion.
But certainly he too is implied in Pope Francis’ condemnation!
President Biden is to be included with the other politicians Ms. Martin mentions who use religion and religious symbols for political purposes and to gain votes of Christians.
My only other comment is about Pope Francis’ fundamentalism. He always speaks about a crucified Christ and Christianity and condemns a triumphant Christianity to include all Catholics seeing themselves a winning.
Pope Francis must be reminded of the Risen Christ, His ultimate triumph and that the Tridentine Liturgy as well as its fraternal twin the Eastern Rites point to our only hope to get out of a crucified existence!
That’s called HOPE, Holy Father! We are an EASTER PEOPLE who never forget Good Friday. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a triumphant and glorified experience of the Crucifixion because of the resurrection!
PRESS TITLE FOR ARTICLE:
BOMBSHELL! POPE FRANCIS PRESIDES AT 6 TH CENTURY COMPLETELY CHANTED AD ORIENTEM LITURGY WITH ULTRA TRADITIONAL VESTMENTS OF EXQUISITE BEAUTY AND JEWELED CROWNS
Of course it is the Tridentine Mass’s Fraternal Twin, the Byzantine Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom: