18 October 2014

At the Oratory Sunday: Archbishop Carlson Leads Procession with Relic of St. Louis IX

From The St. Louis Review

Archbishop Carlson to lead procession with relic of King St. Louis IX

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will lead a procession with a relic of King St. Louis IX, patron and namesake of the City of St. Louis, on Sunday, October 19. The solemn event will begin at St. Francis de Sales Oratory (2653 Ohio Ave.) at 5 p.m. Archbishop Carlson will give a homily about King St. Louis IX after the procession. A reception will follow in the church basement.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been an active participant in the STL250 celebrations commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Louis. Additionally, the year 2014 marks the 800th anniversary of King St. Louis IX's birth. The procession this Sunday follows a weekend of celebrations in August that were attended by Prince Louis de Bourbon, a direct descendant of St. Louis, as well as numerous bishops and archbishops from around the country. Collectively these events are affectionately referred to as "CatholicSTL250." :

17 October 2014

Prayer Request

Please, of your charity, could you say a prayer for a special intention of mine, that it be granted if it is God's will?  Thank you.

Psalm 67 Unto the end, a psalm of a canticle for David himself.
Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: and let them that hate him flee from before his face.
As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
And let the just feast, and rejoice before God: and be delighted with gladness.
Sing ye to God, sing a psalm to his name, make a way for him who ascendeth upon the west: the Lord is his name. Rejoice ye before him: but the wicked shall be troubled at his presence,
Who is the father of orphans, and the judge of widows. God in his holy place:
God who maketh men of one manner to dwell in a house: Who bringeth out them that were bound in strength; in like manner them that provoke, that dwell in sepulchres.
O God, when thou didst go forth in the sight of thy people, when thou didst pass through the desert:
The earth was moved, and the heavens dropped at the presence of the God of Sina, at the presence of the God of Israel.
10 Thou shalt set aside for thy inheritance a free rain, O God: and it was weakened, but thou hast made it perfect.
11 In it shall thy animals dwell; in thy sweetness, O God, thou hast provided for the poor.
12 The Lord shall give the word to them that preach good tidings with great power.
13 The king of powers is of the beloved, of the beloved; and the beauty of the house shall divide spoils.
14 If you sleep among the midst of lots, you shall be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and the hinder parts of her back with the paleness of gold.
15 When he that is in heaven appointeth kings over her, they shall be whited with snow in Selmon.
16 The mountain of God is a fat mountain. A curdled mountain, a fat mountain.
17 Why suspect, ye curdled mountains? A mountain in which God is well pleased to dwell: for there the Lord shall dwell unto the end.
18 The chariot of God is attended by ten thousands; thousands of them that rejoice: the Lord is among them in Sina, in the holy place.
19 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive; thou hast received gifts in men. Yea for those also that do not believe, the dwelling of the Lord God.
20 Blessed be the Lord day by day: the God of our salvation will make our journey prosperous to us.
21 Our God is the God of salvation: and of the Lord, of the Lord are the issues from death.
22 But God shall break the heads of his enemies: the hairy crown of them that walk on in their sins.
23 The Lord said: I will turn them from Basan, I will turn them into the depth of the sea:
24 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thy enemies; the tongue of thy dogs be red with the same.
25 They have seen thy goings, O God, the goings of my God: of my king who is in his sanctuary.
26 Princes went before joined with singers, in the midst of young damsels playing on timbrels.
27 In the churches bless ye God the Lord, from the fountains of Israel.
28 There is Benjamin a youth, in ecstasy of mind. The princes of Juda are their leaders: the princes of Zabulon, the princes of Nephthali.
29 Command thy strength, O God: confirm, O God, what thou hast wrought in us.
30 From thy temple in Jerusalem, kings shall offer presents to thee.
31 Rebuke the wild beasts of the reeds, the congregation of bulls with the kine of the people; who seek to exclude them who are tried with silver. Scatter thou the nations that delight in wars:
32 Ambassadors shall come out of Egypt: Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God.
33 Sing to God, ye kingdoms of the earth: sing ye to the Lord: Sing ye to God,
34 Who mounteth above the heaven of heavens, to the east. Behold he will give to his voice the voice of power:
35 Give ye glory to God for Israel, his magnificence, and his power is in the clouds.
36 God is wonderful in his saints: the God of Israel is he who will give power and strength to his people. Blessed be God.

Sad News at NLM; Prayer Request

New Liturgical Movement posted this yesterday:

RIP Jacques and Simone Wach, Parents of the Prior General of the ICK


Via the blogs Notions Romaines and Sancta Trinitas Unus Deus, I learned today that the parents of Msgr. Gilles Wach, Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King, both passed away very recently, Mrs Simone Wach on September 7th, and Mr Jacques Wach on Monday. Please be so good as to pray for the repose of their souls, and for the peace and consolation of their family members and friends.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


I knew of the death of Monsignor Wach's mother, but the death of his father so close in time must be so difficult for him. Please pray for Monsignor Wach, the founder and Prior General of the Institute, who has done so much good for the Church.

16 October 2014

Cardinal Burke to Those Who Do Not Link the Morals Crisis with the Liturgical Crisis

Cardinal Burke, in the interview in Il Foglio I linked in my previous post, has this to say about the link between liturgy and morals.  When we understand this truth, restoration is possible. 

Q:  Do you not think that the crisis in morals is deeply involved with the crisis in liturgy?
A:  Certainly.  In the post-conciliar period a collapse of the life of faith and of ecclesiastical discipline has taken place, seen especially in the liturgical crisis.  The liturgy has become an anthropocentric activity. It has ended up by being a reflection of the idea of man instead of the right of God to be adored as He himself asks.  From here, in the moral sphere attention is focused almost exclusively on the needs and wants of men, instead of on what the Creator has written in the hearts of his creatures.  The lex orandi is always bound to the lex credendi.  If someone does not pray well, then he does not believe well and therefore he does not behave well.  When I go to celebrate the Traditional Mass, for example, I see so many beautiful young families with so many children.  I do not believe that these families do not have problems, but it is evident that they have more strength to confront them.  This has to say something.  The liturgy is the most perfect and most complete expression of our life in Christ, and when all of this is lessened or is betrayed every aspect of the life of the faithful is harmed.

Everyone Else Can Post It So Why Not Me?

No, not the newest Cranberries release, but the in-depth interview of the great Cardinal Burke at Il Foglio, thanks to Rorate as usual. Must read stuff.

15 October 2014

An Excellent Prayer for a Most Appropriate Time

“O God, who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the eternal High Priest for the glory of Thy Majesty and the salvation of mankind; grant that they whom He hath chosen to be His ministers and the stewards of His mysteries, may be found faithful in the fulfillment of the ministry which they have received. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.”
And here's why, as stated by Roberto de Mattei (translated at Rorate Caeli):
The bishops and cardinals, even more than the ordinary faithful, find themselves faced with a terrible drama of conscience, very much graver than the one the English martyrs had to face in the XVI century. Then, in fact it was about disobeying the highest civil authority, King Henry VIII, who, because of his divorce, opened a schism with the Roman Church. Today however, the resistance goes against the highest religious authority should they deviate from the perennial teaching of the Church.  And the ones who are called to resist are not disobedient Catholics or dissenters, but actually those that most profoundly venerate the Papal institution. At the time of Henry VIII, the ones who resisted were consigned to the secular arm, which destined them for decapitation or dismemberment. The modern secular arm applies moral lynching, through psychological pressure from the mass-media on public opinion.  The outcome is often the psychological and physical collapse  of the victims, a crisis of identity, the loss of a vocation and the faith - unless one is able to exercise the heroic virtue of fortitude with the help of grace. 

14 October 2014

Archbishop Carlson to Celebrate Anniversary of St. Louis at St. Francis de Sales Oratory on October 19

October 19, 2014

800 Years King St. Louis IX-----250 years city of St. Louis

Visit of Archbishop Carlson

On Sunday, October 19, Archbishop Carlson will come to the Oratory as we add our contribution to the city-wide celebration of the 800th birth anniversary of King St. Louis (Louis IX of France) and the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Louis that bears the holy saint’s name.

The program will begin at 5:00 PM, starting with honoring King Saint Louis with his holy relic in a solemn procession. The entire program, including a sermon pronounced by the guest of honor, His Grace, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, is as follows:

Procession of Relic of St. Louis
Sermonpronounced by His Grace, Archbishop Carlson
Solemn Vespers
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Reception in the Oratory Hall

Throughout this year, many civic as well as Catholic events have been organized in St. Louis to highlight the history, development, and accomplishments of our great city. Please join us as the Oratory marks this special anniversary year with the Church’s joyful and solemn liturgy.

The Church Has at Least One Champion

Of course there are others, we can only pray that there are many others.  But I just have to write in gratitude for the leading stalwart of the faith, operating under attack by those within and without the highest levels of the hierarchy, and whose defense of the faith never waivers. 

Of course, the man is His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect (for now) of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.  From what I know of the man, even from the small acquaintance I have with him, it wouldn't matter if he were head of the Holy Office or the Holy Office Janitor, he would stand firm for the faith.  Otherwise, I might opine that the impending demotion from the Signatura, already made public before the fact, has liberated him even more to stand up to those modernists who would destroy the Church if they could.

Catholic World Report has an article today covering His Eminence's response to the Synod's midterm Relatio, about which you will have read already.  His Eminence states it well, and plainly (my emphases):

CWR: In what way is information about what is happening in the Synod being either manipulated or only partially reported and made public?

Cardinal Burke: The interventions of the individual Synod Fathers are not made available to the public, as has been the case in the past. All of the information regarding the Synod is controlled by the General Secretariat of the Synod which clearly has favored from the beginning the positions expressed in the Relatio post disceptationem of yesterday morning.

While the individual interventions of the Synod Fathers are not published, yesterday’s Relatio, which is merely a discussion document, was published immediately and, I am told, even broadcast live.
You do not have to be a rocket scientist to see the approach at work, which is certainly not of the Church. 
CWR: How is that reflected in the Synod's midterm document, released yesterday, which is being criticised by many for its appeal to a so-called "law of graduality”?

Cardinal Burke: While the document in question (Relatio post disceptationem) purports to report only the discussion which took place among the Synod Fathers, it, in fact,
advances positions which many Synod Fathers do not accept and, I would say, as faithful shepherds of the flock cannot accept. Clearly, the response to the document in the discussion which immediately followed its presentation manifested that a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable.
The document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium. In a matter on which the Church has a very rich and clear teaching, it gives the impression of inventing a totally new, what one Synod Father called “revolutionary”, teaching on marriage and the family. It invokes repeatedly and in a confused manner principles which are not defined, for example, the law of graduality.
CWR: How important is it, do you think, that Pope Francis make a statement soon in order to address the growing sense—among many in the media and in the pews—that the Church is on the cusp of changing her teaching on various essential points regarding marriage, “remarriage,” reception of Communion, and even the place of “unions” among homosexuals?

Cardinal Burke: In my judgment, such a statement is long overdue. The debate on these questions has been going forward now for almost nine months, especially in the secular media but also through the speeches and interviews of Cardinal Walter Kasper and others who support his position.

The faithful and their good shepherds are looking to the Vicar of Christ for the confirmation of the Catholic faith and practice regarding marriage which is the first cell of the life of the Church.

God bless Cardinal Burke!  I hope that his guardian angel looks out for him.  And I pray he looks both ways before crossing the street these days.  We need him, and will need him more in the future.

13 October 2014

Words Are Not Adequate, but Here They Are

You will read many takes by Catholic bloggers on the relatio post disceptationem issued today by the Synod against on the Family.  No doubt others will have better points of view, and will write their positions more effectively.  But since this is my blog, this is my take.  I feel compelled in conscience to write it, though I wish I didn’t.

First, the good news can be stated in its entirety as follows: the document is not binding upon the faithful.  That is it.  That is all of the good news in it, read it as often as you will.

The bad news is very bad.  This document encourages the enemies of the Church; it tends to confirm persons in objectively gravely immoral relationships to continue in them.  It notes positive aspects of sodomites, adulterers and fornicators living gravely immoral relationships.  This problem is of the very text itself.

Of course, the "tone" of the thing is far worse than that.  Ladies and gentlemen, says the Synod, "anything goes".  Keep sinning, Jesus is merciful.  If you can just try, maybe, to commit sodomy or adultery a little less often, maybe you can quit in 10 or 20 years.  Don't be so hard on yourself.

I say this.  IF this document were issued in such a way as to call for religious submission on the part of the faithful in any normative way, we are faced with an ontological and eschatological choice:  Am I Catholic or not?  Is the Church the Church Christ founded or not?  Can any Pope or those behind whom he hides say that Christ didn't mean what he said?

Fear not the Chastisement.  It is already upon us. 

The modernist heresy within the Church is so close to triumphing that were it not for the promise of Our Lord that the gates of hell would not prevail against her, that triumph would be all but certain.  Dear readers, these cowards and heretics within the bosom of the Church don't fear reprisal.  The Chastisement is here. 

That doesn't mean it can't get any worse.  Short of Divine intervention, it certainly will.

You already know the paid shills for the status quo will publish their reassurances that this is no big deal-- it's great, actually!-- and anyone who is upset by this Synod is just a Pharisee who thinks he is better than everyone else.  But beyond that obviousness, look to your family and friends.  Catholic family and friends.  There is a sorting going on, and if you are brave enough, or stupid enough, take your pick, to proclaim your disagreement with the new watered-down gospel of Low Expectations, you can expect a new level of ostracization you never before have experienced.

I would like to take on certain sections of this document-- a document that I have a hard time describing in any way other than putrid-- a document that the USCCB could not have dreamt possible even when they published the "Always Our Children" farce back in the 1990s.  And though your favorite neo-Catholic blogger might have criticized that document, don't look for that treatment here.

I apologize if this goes long, but certain sections beg for comment, and I would like to draw a couple of analogies to make sense of the disaster.

In the first part of the document giving its statement of the problem the Synod is trying to address, the relatio discusses the "relevance of emotional life", and says this: 

Faced with the social framework outlined above, a greater need is encountered among individuals to take care of themselves, to know their inner being, and to live in greater harmony with their emotions and sentiments, seeking a relational quality in emotional life. (paragraph 9)

Just imagine St. Pius X ever saying anything like that!  People just need to get in touch with their inner child!  Excuse me, but "to live in greater harmony with their emotions and sentiments" is just a really poor way of saying that people should just do whatever they want because they want to, morality be damned.  And if you can stomach it, this type of psychobabble is to be found throughout.

Then, after paying some lip service to the teachings from Christ's own words and an unbroken two millennia of Church teaching on marriage and procreation, the Synod gets down to the business of destroying it all.

In so doing, the Synod has done the Church one favor, a favor so huge that it may be the key to truly restoring the Church in all her beauty and indefectibility:

The Synod explicitly ties this notion of abandoning the faith to the "hermeneutic key" of the Second Vatican Council.  It makes the link explicit, and acknowledges it in a way that no SSPXer, crazy trad or progressive nut job has yet been able to do.  And this link, I believe, if we are spared to see the day, will cause the Council's documents to receive the weight that the Council itself gave them.

The key paragraph:

17.  In considering the principle of gradualness in the divine salvific plan, one asks what possibilities are given to married couples who experience the failure of their marriage, or rather how it is possible to offer them Christ’s help through the ministry of the Church. In this respect, a significant hermeneutic key comes from the teaching of Vatican Council II, which, while it affirms that “although many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure ... these elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward Catholic unity” (Lumen Gentium, 8).

Let me extend this analogy.  Just as the fullness of the Faith “subsists” in the Catholic Church, so must the fullness of marriage “subsist” in sacramental (i.e., real) marriage.  But just as we value those truths found in false religions, so we should value the truths in immoral relationships.  You’re gay, great!  Bravo!  Good on you.  You like to sleep around, but manage to make serial monogamy a priority?  Fantastic.  You are not far from the kingdom, my friend.

Remember when Christ told the woman caught in adultery to try to limit herself to just a few trysts per month?  Me neither.

The Synod then gives a catalogue of the problems rampant in the world, due to the failure of the Church’s pastors and laymen to teach and live the faith for the last half-century.  Following that, the document sets up what is going to follow, once the initial shock has passed.  The tent is lifted up, and the camel’s nose is placed:

47.        As regards the possibility of partaking of the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist, some argued in favor of the present regulations because of their theological foundation, others were in favor of a greater opening on very precise conditions when dealing with situations that cannot be resolved without creating new injustices and suffering. For some, partaking of the sacraments might occur were it preceded by a penitential path – under the responsibility of the diocesan bishop –, and with a clear undertaking in favor of the children. This would not be a general possibility, but the fruit of a discernment applied on a case-by-case basis, according to a law of gradualness, that takes into consideration the distinction between state of sin, state of grace and the attenuating circumstances.

I highlight the phrases above that are designed to soothe your conscience. The necessity of denying Holy Communion to those living in adultery is labelled “present regulations”, as though you change them like you change your socks.  The abuse of Holy Communion will not be “general”, but “case-by-case”, as though that makes it better.  And of course, it is a lie, as the “case-by-case” abuse of Communion in the hand shows us.

Regarding those inclined to the sin of sodomy, the Synod throws off all pretenses to Catholicism:

50.        Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?

     52.        Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners. Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority.

These two paragraphs make me wonder why we have not been obliterated by lightning falling from the sky.  Obviously, God is merciful, but are we not begging for destruction?  Valuing a sin that cries to heaven for vengeance?  God forbid!

Do you remember the Pope “excommunicating” members of the mafia some months back?  Well, let me apply the regime of fake mercy instead:

Truly, organized crime families are not the same as the natural family, but we must acknowledge the many good elements in them.  Loyalty, code of conduct, industry, mental and physical toughness, and a place of welcoming that walks with gangsters where they are.  It is important not to judge mafiosos, but to walk with them, experiencing the smell of the sheep, as it were.  Will we welcome these criminals into the Church, accepting and valuing their inclination to violent crime, or will we, Pharisee-like, condemn the murders, bribery and racketeering that may sometimes occur?

I’ll stop there.  It is bad enough, and this post long enough, already.  We need to pray and prepare.  Mary, come to our aid!

11 October 2014

Franciscan Glasnost Only Goes so Far

It appears that the Synod fathers don't favor the Kasper destruction; among others, they elected (in a secret ballot) Cardinals Burke, Robles Ortega, Leonard, Sarah and Bagnasco to draft the Synodial recommendations.

Pope Francis humbly added six known Kasperites of his own choosing to the committee.

Collegiality only goes so far when ideology is impacted.

You can laugh or cry, but the rig is in. Rorate Caeli has the post, as usual.