29 September 2007

Tailgating-- And a Quiz

One of my many faults is the tendency to run afoul of the Vatican's new safe and sinless driving guidelines. But sometimes tailgating can have its benefits.

Yesterday, for instance, when I was driving home from my paying job, I had the singular good fortune to follow, closely ( I'm nearsighted, too, so watch out) and for some time, a late-model Chevy Metro. You know the car: slightly larger and slightly less ugly than a Yugo. Great gas mileage.


This particular Metro was covered with bumper stickers of the "progressive" variety. And I mean it when I say covered. Three tiers of wonderfully hippie, feminist and [deleted due to pending hate crimes bill] bumper stickers. Ah, the glories of the Sixties were not lost on my commuter friend!

I will list the bumper stickers here, from left to right, top to bottom. Get the mental pictures ready, as some of these stickers are often seen First row:


You know, Never surrender, dude!














This one was just the equal sign, without the red line-- this was the closest image I could find.

This was followed by a bumper sticker for a local Democrat candidate (sorry, no image).

Second row:




My personal favorite. I never knew!!







The second row middle was one of these rainbow flag designs, but instead of just this flag, it was a Jesus fish with the rainbow inside it. (Insert involuntary shudder here).

This was followed by a sticker that proclaimed "Priestly Vocations Come in Both Sexes/ Ordain Women" (sorry, no image)

The third row began with the gem "Love Makes Families: Support Gay Adoption" (again, no image). Then:



Coexist, man. Tolerance rules! No hate!

Finally, the bottom right corner of the vehicle was emblazoned with simple, one word sticker:


JESUS.

I asked Him to have mercy on us both.

Now for the quiz. I know I shouldn't have, but I just had to pass the Metro and peek at the driver. First person to guess approximate age and gender gets valueless prize.

Happy Michaelmas!


Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in praelio, contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque Princeps militiae coelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in infernum detrude. Amen.

28 September 2007

Archbishop Burke on the Importance of an Archdiocesan Seminary


This is taken from the Archbishop's column in today's St. Louis Review. Please link to the full text, but I thought I would post a section here about the current make-up of our seminary:

The seminarians at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

There are 113 seminarians receiving priestly formation at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary; 83 are enrolled in Kenrick School of Theology, and 30 are enrolled in Cardinal Glennon College Seminary. As I noted last week, 33 of the men in the School of Theology and 25 of the men in the College Seminary are studying for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Who are the other seminarians?

They are from the archdioceses of Kansas City, Kan.; Oklahoma City; and Omaha, Neb.; and the dioceses of Belize City-Belmopan, Belize; Bismarck, S.D.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Des Moines, Iowa; Jefferson City, Kansas City-St. Joseph and Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Memphis, Tenn.; Belleville, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield, Ill.; and Wichita, Kan. Some dioceses have only one seminarian studying at our seminary; others have from three to five. The dioceses of Kansas City-St. Joseph and Wichita, and the Archdiocese of Omaha each have seven seminarians at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

Please keep our seminarians and all priests and seminarians in your prayers. Give thanks that the men described above are learning the traditional Mass as part of their training. And pray, too, for our beloved Archbishop!

Traditional Mass and Seminar by Fr. Carr and Fr. Keller


I would have posted this earlier, but it was sent to me when I had email problems. Rome of the West has all the details.

27 September 2007

Convergence

In what must be the perfect storm of ironic legislation, the Democrats in the senate have attached the free-speech-killing, religion-infringing, so-called "hate crimes" bill to the military funding legislation that President Bush wants to continue the funding of the troops in Iraq. The real aim of the "hate crimes" bill is to criminalize any criticism of sodomy, even on religious or other moral grounds. It is designed to chill opposition to the homosexual agenda; all who oppose it will be sued or jailed.

This way, the President may be forced to further eviscerate the Constitution in order to get his way in foreign policy. If he rejects the bill, the Democrats can crow that they did all they could to fund the military, but that the President's bigotry and sexism were more important to him than providing for our troops.

The political pressure to acquiesce will be huge. I doubt that any mainstream media pundit will note the irony of the fact that our society's growing support for sodomy, pornography and other forms of decadence might be one of the reasons we face a determined, agitated Muslim enemy at all.

The House passed its version of the bill in May; the President has said before he will veto it. Pray for him. Pray for us all.

It is interesting to note that if he signs this bill, this post itself could be problematic. To prevent any difficulties, I suppose I should issue the disclaimer that I do not mean to belittle, intimidate or incite violence against anyone, regardless of their "sexual preference".

If Business is Slow, Just Smear the Catholic Church


It works every time. Now, the local Philistines need to gin up an audience for their new family musical, "Sex, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll", so the local media is called in to cover the mean old Archbishop who wants to spoil everyone's fun. What did he do now? The Archdiocese obtained a temporary injunction against the Ivory Theater (located in the former St. Boniface Church) in order to enforce the restrictive covenant the theater agreed to when it purchased the Church.


Restrictive covenants aren't as common as they used to be, but they are generally enforceable under the law. In this case, specifically, the buyers of a Catholic Church agreed not to put on performances that are geared to adults instead of a general audience. The problem with language like this, you see, is that we live in the United States of America in the early 21st Century, when the theater owner can look straight in the cameras and without any shame or any hint of irony declare that this is indeed an unobjectionable, family show.


I saw this story first on Channel 4 News tonight, where, following the prepackaged video story, reporter John Mills stated a point-blank falsehood that the Archbishop had "called for a boycott" of the Cardinal Glennon fundraiser earlier this year. Totally false, and oh-so-easy for a reporter to fact check. But why let facts get in the way?


The following article appears on STLToday, and this excerpt gives you the flavor of it. AMDG and retrocatholic also have coverage.


Archdiocese blocks performance at Ivory Theatre


By Robert Kelly and Matthew Hathaway
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
09/28/2007


ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Archdiocese today blocked the opening night of "Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll" at the Ivory Theatre after telling a judge the musical revue violated an agreement prohibiting adult entertainment in the former Catholic church.


St. Louis Circuit Judge Philip D. Heagney issued a temporary restraining order today and scheduled a hearing Friday to consider a permanent order. Carondelet theater was previously the St. Boniface Catholic Church before it was closed in 2005 and sold to developers.


"This is just about a sales agreement that was made," said Anne Steffens, an archdiocesan spokeswoman. "We believe this is a violation of the agreement."


Developer Pete Rothschild, one of the theater’s owners, said he and his lawyer didn’t learn of the hearing until late this afternoon and got to the courthouse too late to attend. Despite its title, Rothschild described the play as "an innocuous show" and hopes to show the judge a videotape of the revue at Friday’s hearing.


New Line Theatre said the play includes songs from musicals that deal with sex, drugs and rock music. Although some of the songs contain strong language, Rothschild said there is no nudity. He doesn’t believe the play violates the deed restriction.


"Before we bought the church, we discussed it with the church’s real estate guy," he said. "We thought they didn’t want strippers or that kind of business. I can understand their wish to prevent something truly objectionable from happening in formerly consecrated space but this isn’t offensive."Rothschild and his partner, Mike Allen, purchased the church complex for roughly $1.1 million and spent over $800,000 fashioning it into a theater.

A special warranty deed signed by Allen, Rothschild and a representative of the St. Louis City Catholic Church Real Estate Corporation restricted the new owners from using the St. Boniface name. It also bars use of the former church for a wide range of activities, including "live performances directed to an adult audience rather than the general public."


[...]


I would be remiss at this point if I did not state that this incident is exemplary of the danger of selling Catholic Church properties to secular interests. Even restrictive covenants cannot guarantee that scandalous uses will not be made of the sold Churches. The problem here is that the question of what is or is not a general audience production is one of subjective judgment by a judicial system that is not usually friendly to the Church. And the ACLU will no doubt swoop down on the local court with its highly edited version of the First Amendment and they will stop at nothing until this execrable show goes on.


And, no doubt, it will open to packed houses of gleeful idiots who can't wait to be interviewed for TV and the papers about how glad they are to stick it to the Archbishop.


But, do yourselves a favor before you react to this. Don't use logic. Don't seriously consider why a buyer won't comply with the agreement it voluntarily made before buying the property. Don't let your Catholic faith inform your opinions about this matter. Just repeat after the media: the Church is baaaaaaad.


And one more thing: can the Archdiocese possibly settle this out of court by giving the theater what they want in terms of "artistic direction" in exchange for it taking one of the ugly, gymnasium style Churches of which we have so many instead of St. Boniface?


St. Boniface, ora pro nobis.

Praise dance at St. Alphonsus Liguori "Rock" Church in St. Louis

I give credit (or blame) to Spirit Daily for bringing this to my attention. It is three minutes long and insufferably hard to watch.

I hope the rebuilding of this Church does not include a stage to facilitate this sort of thing.

Based on the video, it is not absolutely certain in my mind that this is taking place during Mass, but it sure does look like it.

Hey, didn't this place get hit by lightning recently?

26 September 2007

Housekeeping

Blogger is evidencing some weirdness and delay today, so I apologise that your comments took awhile to moderate. It is also affecting my posting some, so thanks for your patience.

In the meantime, why not check out this oldie but goodie...

Feast of St. Isaac Jogues and St. Jean de Brebeuf


Today is a good day to pray for the intercession of these holy martyrs, and to spiritually accompany the Annual Pilgrimage for Restoration to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs.


From Wikipedia:


Saint Isaac Jogues (January 10, 1607 – October 18, 1646) was a Jesuit missionary who traveled and worked among the Native Americans in North America. He gave the original European name to Lake George, calling it Lac du Saint Sacrement, Lake of the Holy Sacrament. He is regarded as a martyr by the Roman Catholic Church. In 1930 Jogues, St. Jean de Brébeuf and six other martyred missionaries, all Jesuits or laymen associated with them, were canonized as "The North American Martyrs," or "St. Isaac Jogues and Companions." Their feast day is October 19 in the U.S., September 26 in Canada (note: Sept. 26 is their feast day in the traditional calendar, even in the U.S.).


Born in Orléans, France, Jogues entered the Society of Jesus in 1624. In 1642, he was sent to New France as a missionary to the Huron and Algonquin allies of the French. While on his way by canoe to the country of the Hurons, Jogues was captured by a war party of Mohawk Iroquois, in the company of Guillaume Couture, René Goupil, and several Huron Christians. Taken back to the Mohawk village, they were tortured in various gruesome ways, Jogues himself having several of his fingers bitten or burned off.


Jogues survived this torment and went on to live as a slave among the Mohawks for some time, even attempting to teach his captors the rudiments of Christianity. He was finally able to escape thanks to the pity of some Dutch merchants who smuggled him back to Manhattan. From there, he managed to sail back to France, where he was greeted with surprise and joy. As a "living martyr," Jogues was given a special permission by Pope Urban VIII to say the Holy Mass with his mutilated hands, as the Eucharist could not be touched with any fingers but the thumb and forefinger.


Yet his ill-treatment by the Mohawks did not dim the missionary zeal of Jogues. Within a few months, he was on his way back to Canada to continue his work. In 1645, a tentative peace was forged between the Iroquois and the Hurons, Algonquins and French. In the spring of 1646, Jogues was sent back to the Mohawk country along with Jean de Lalande to act as ambassador among them.


However, some among the Mohawks regarded Jogues as a sorcerer, and when the double-calamity of sickness and crop failure hit the Mohawks, Jogues was a convenient scapegoat. On October 18, 1646, Jogues was clubbed to death and beheaded by his Mohawk hosts near Auriesville, New York, along with Goupil and LaLande.


Today, the Shrine of the North American Martyrs, maintained by the Jesuits, stands on or near the site (ten years after Jogues' death, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was born in approximately the same place). Brebeuf and five of his companions were killed in Canada in 1648 and 1649.

It's Not Miller Time

From LifesiteNews:

Miller Brewery Funds Gay Sadomasochistic Orgy on San Francisco Streets

By John-Henry Westen

SAN FRANCISCO, September 25, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Folsom Street Fair, a gay parade which has for years included full nudity and sex acts on public streets is set to take place again this year on September 30 with city approval, partial public funding and sponsorship by Miller Brewing Company. This year several Christian and pro-family groups have called for public scrutiny into the event as the ad for the event is a mockery of Christ's Last Supper.

[The article details horrific acts of blasphemy at this point that I am not comfortable posting here].

"The most unimaginable and vile acts of debauchery are commonplace during the fair," said Matt Barber, Policy Director for Cultural Issues with Concerned Women for America (CWA). "Senator Larry Craig was arrested and driven out of the Senate for allegedly soliciting public 'gay' sex, yet during this event the city of San Francisco suspends the law and allows 'gay' men and women to parade the streets fully nude, many having sex - even group orgies - in broad daylight, while taxpayer funded police officers look on and do absolutely nothing."

Catholic League president Bill Donohue focused his attention on getting Miller to act on the anti-Christian ad. "There are several sponsors to this street fair, but most are local and represent niche markets; Miller is the only national household sponsor," said Donohue. "Furthermore, Miller has a record of acceding to requests from various segments of the population that have objected to certain ads: it has bowed to the wishes of Muslims, African-American clergy, lawyers and feminists by pulling ads deemed offensive. Surely it will do the same in this instance: the ad, like the event, is morally depraved. Indeed, it is the kind of ad that only the enemies of Christians would entertain."

To express concerns to Miller contact: Miller spokesman Julian Green at green.julian@mbco.com

24 September 2007

Kansas City Star Sounds the Alarm on Archbishop Burke

Wolftracker at Kansas City Catholic has a good post on a recent article in the Kansas City Star about our beloved Archbishop Burke requiring that so-called "Eucharistic Ministers" become "Communion Cops". My favorite part is where Fr. Reese says the Archbishop's recent piece in the Periodica de re Canonica is ambiguous in some areas. Oh, sweet irony...

21 September 2007

Training Sessions on Anti-Cloning Campaign in Missouri


Thanks to the Review:

Several sessions are planned in the coming week to train volunteers to collect signatures for the Cures Without Cloning campaign to prohibit human cloning in Missouri.

Upcoming locations and dates include:

Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m., St. Louis Public Library, Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave. in the Central West End (enter on the Euclid side);

Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Sacred Heart Parish, 751 N. Jefferson St. in Florissant (enter through door number 2 on campus);

Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Hope Lutheran Church, 5218 Neosho St. in South St. Louis;

Monday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Missourians Against Human Cloning office, 229 Chesterfield Business Parkway in Chesterfield;

Monday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Corporate Parkway Library, 1200 Corporate Parkway in Wentzville;

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., St. Peter Parish, 243 W. Argonne Drive in Kirkwood (in library under the rectory);

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, Highway M and Main Street in Warrenton;

Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. 1228 Blackstone Ave. in North St. Louis.

To attend a session, call Kathy at (636) 536-9877 or e-mail kathy@nocloning.org. Catholics seeking more information on the ballot initiative should also contact their parish pro-life coordinator or pastor.

Good News Regarding the Implementation of Summorum Pontificum


From the St. Louis Review today:


Archdiocesan priests attend meeting on Latin Mass rules


by Jennifer Brinker, Review Staff Writer
photo above by Jeff Geerling


Priests of the archdiocese interested in celebrating the traditional Latin Mass attended a meeting last week to learn more about what is needed to offer it in their parishes.

Archbishop Raymond L. Burke and Father Karl W. Lenhardt, rector of St. Francis de Sales Oratory in South St. Louis, met with some 30 priests to discuss the papal norms of Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter, "Summorum Pontificum," which went into effect Sept. 14.

Last month the archbishop appointed Father Lenhardt as his delegate for implementing the apostolic letter in the archdiocese.

Issued July 7, "Summorum Pontificum" eases restrictions on the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass and gives priests the ability to freely celebrate the Latin Mass using the 1962 missal. Previously, priests were required to request permission from their bishop to celebrate the older form.

The letter also instructs priests to honor requests from the faithful for access to the traditional Latin Mass. The letter designates the traditional Latin Mass as the extraordinary form and the current Mass as the ordinary form. The pontiff noted that one form should not be favored over the other.

"I wanted to offer to the priests of the archdiocese an opportunity to become more acquainted with what the Holy Father has set forth for us," Archbishop Burke told priests at last week’s meeting, held at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

He said that the implementation of "Summorum Pontificum" likely isn’t coming as a surprise to the archdiocese, which already has a history of offering the traditional Latin Mass.

"I’m certainly grateful for the letter and new discipline, and I’ve tried to express that both to the priests and to the faithful," said the archbishop. "I anticipate that this will happen in a way that will be very enriching for us. I just don’t find that it’s going to be something terribly shocking in the archdiocese."

The archbishop thanked Father Lenhardt for overseeing the implementation of "Summorum Pontificum" here. The priest is a member of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, a society of apostolic life best known for its celebration of the 1962 Latin Mass.

"He is a very approachable person and will be very kind to assist you in whichever way you wish," Archbishop Burke said of Father Lenhardt.

Father Lenhardt told the group that the institute is offering to priests of the archdiocese classes and other resources to prepare those interested in celebrating the older Mass form in their parishes. Priests also are invited to assist at Masses at St. Francis de Sales, he said.

Father William Avis, ordained in St. Louis in June for the institute, will be helping Father Lenhardt to provide resources to priests. Father Avis, a native of Wisconsin, was appointed a vicar, or assistant priest, at St. Francis de Sales shortly after his ordination.

In a speech to priests at the meeting, Father Lenhardt noted that the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Mass cannot be opposed to one another, "because they are united in the person and in the inner dynamic of Christ’s prayer to the heavenly Father."

"The liturgical prayer of the Church is not the expression of the self-esteem of the celebrating congregation, but it is the prayer of Christ to his Father that is so much more than we could express on our own," he said.

In 2005, the archbishop invited the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest to the archdiocese. That same year, he designated St. Francis de Sales as an oratory with a focus on the celebration of the 1962 Mass. He also placed the oratory under the pastoral care of the institute.

Before that designation, St. Agatha Parish in South St. Louis had been offering the traditional Latin Mass in the archdiocese for many years.

The archdiocese also had another group, the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem, dedicated to celebrating the traditional Latin Mass in the West St. Louis County area. The archbishop reported at last week’s meeting with priests that the group left the archdiocese this summer.

Because of a need to continue offering that form of the Mass to the faithful in that area, the archbishop said he has asked the Benedictine monks of St. Louis Abbey in Creve Coeur to offer one traditional Latin Mass each day of the week, including Sunday.

Abbot Thomas Frerking, abbot of St. Louis Abbey, told the Review that his community will celebrate the Masses in the chapel of St. Anselm’s parish center.

Masses are expected to begin by the first Sunday of Advent, Abbot Frerking said.

The traditional Latin Mass is celebrated daily at St. Francis de Sales Oratory, 2653 Ohio Ave. Mass times are 8 a.m. weekdays and Saturdays; 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 and 10 a.m. Sundays.
Review staff writer Barbara Watkins contributed information to this story.
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Great news all around. I love the Archbishop's generous attitude about the faithful implementation of the Motu Proprio-- he wants his priests to know he is supportive of their desire to say this Mass, and that his Archdiocese will give them the necessary help and resources to do so. And the Archbishop is certainly correct that Fr. Lenhardt is accessible and very kind. I couldn't imagine two better priests to work on this matter, although it makes their full plates fuller, so to speak.

Also, very good news about the West county situation. Abbot Frerking has been at several Masses and events at St. Francis de Sales in the past two years. We wish them every success in their new charge.


And, thirty priests for the initial meeting is a very good sign.

20 September 2007

From an Important Reader

Actually, from Mrs. thetimman. Yes, there is a poor soul out there who decided to marry me. Pray for her.

She emailed me today:

Hi, Honey!

I don't know if you would be able to use this info for your blog, but the Journal did a story on the formerly Catholic woman who was ordained a "priest" for the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. She met her Protestant husband at Marquette University in Milwaukee (Jesuits!). She had been considering a vocation as a nun, but he "opened my eyes to the world of women in ministry..." He claims he "was concerned for a long time that she would be shut out from serving as a minister in the Catholic tradition."

They have a photo of her with Bishop Peter Hickman (the leader of the ECC) and the Reverend Frank Krebs, her pastor. Krebs, who is [the story says] gay and in a 'committed relationship', is a former Catholic priest who was pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Soulard. He claims he had been a priest until 1990 when he left because he would have been unable to be celibate in having a partner. He joined ECC about 14 years later because he "was experiencing a call to get back into the priesthood and fell in love with the message of ECC" and its policy of inclusion. The photo shows Mrs. Rowley in front of an "altar" with a ceramic pitcher and chalice-like cup and a glass decanter holding a dark-colored liquid.

Doesn't that just make you sad?! These people are just so confused!

Um, yes, honey, they sure are. What really struck me was this woman's impressions when she decided to to to this ECC church-- "I missed the liturgy and sacraments of Catholicism." An unintentionally insightful comment, that.

I think Mrs. Rowley needs to get a copy of Pascendi and read it from start to finish.

Let us offer up a prayer to Our Lady for this poor soul.

Sancta Dei Genitrix, Ora pro nobis.

The Inconvenient Truth About Organ Donations


Further in our series of posts on organ donation, this from LifesiteNews:


The Inconvenient Truth About Organ Donations


Physician sounds alarm about unethical or at least highly questionable practices of organ transplant industry
By Steve Jalsevac


September 19, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - There has been growing concern over the past several years about increasingly aggressive measures undertaken to harvest human organs from dying patients. Dr. John, Shea, a Toronto physician who has specialized in researching the issue, has just completed a report, Organ donation: The inconvenient truth, that sounds an alarm about the unethical or at least highly questionable practices of the organ transplant industry. The article is published in the September issue of Catholic Insight magazine.


The magazine editor states the article is offered to inform the public about "the moral principles and scientific facts pertaining to both the donation and harvesting of human organs for transplantation purposes. Many physicians have serious and well-considered concerns about the morality of human organ transplantation and about the fact that the general public has not been properly informed about what really happens when organs are retrieved."


Dr. Shea reports on the modern and still very unsettled definition of "brain death" used by many organ transplant physicians to justify declaring organ donors dead and therefore fair game for immediate organ harvesting.


Shea points out, "There is no consensus on diagnostic criteria for brain death. They are the subject of intense international debate. Various sets of neurological criteria for the diagnosis of brain death are used. A person could be diagnosed as brain dead if one set is used and not be diagnosed as brain dead if another is used." It depends on what hospital or which doctor is involved in a particular case.


In fact, says Shea, "A diagnosis of death by neurological criteria is theory, not scientific fact. Also, irreversibility of neurological function is a prognosis, not a medically observable fact."


The coldly utilitarian goal of promoting the acceptance of brain death, says Shea, "is to move to a society where people see organ donation as a social responsibility and where donating organs would be accepted as a normal part of dying." In fact, he says, the specific wishes of a donor opposed to having his organs removed would be bypassed by putting skilled pressure on surviving family members to approve the organ removal.


The apnea test, or removal of a ventilator, that is often used to determine brain death, says Dr. Shea, is the thing that often ends up killing the patient. "The test", he reports, "significantly impairs the possibility of recovery and can lead to the death of the patient through a heart attack or irreversible brain damage."


Shea reveals there are some preventive measures taken by organ removal teams that bring in to serious question whether their donor body, kept functioning through artificial means to preserve the organs, is really, fully dead.


"Some form of anesthesia is needed to prevent the donor from moving during removal of the organs. The donor's blood pressure may rise during surgical removal. Similar changes take place during ordinary surgical procedures only if the depth of anesthesia is inadequate. Body movement and a rise in blood pressure are due to the skin incision and surgical procedure if the donor is not anesthetized. Is it not reasonable to consider that the donor may feel pain? In some cases, drugs to paralyze muscle contraction are given to prevent the donor from moving during removal of the organs. Yet, sometimes no anesthesia is administered to the donor. Movement by the donor is distressing to doctors and nurses. Perhaps this is another reason why anesthesia and drugs to paralyze the muscles are usually given."


Since the definition of brain death was invented in the late 1960s "as a means for the moral validation of the retrieval of human organs for transplant", says Shea, the demand for organs has increasingly exceeded supply and so a new definitions of death had to be created to help meet the demand. The concept of "cardiac death" was developed but this also has serious ethical challenges and test measures that also kill a possibly still alive patient.


Another "ominous and disturbing development" is the recent recruitment of palliative caregivers by the organ harvesting industry. "Those care givers" says Shea, "In effect… are to be the agents of a soft-sell program to make the family 'feel comfortable and supported during this extremely difficult time.'"


Shea covers the changing Vatican debate on these end of life issues and the need for more definitive and better informed direction from the Church on the issues. An Italian researcher is quoted stating, "The concern of many is that the Vatican has not taken the appropriate position when doubts exist about the end of human life."


Organ donation: The inconvenient truth contains many references to support its statements and is a timely paper on the human transplant trend that is fast becoming ethically out-of-control. Many political jurisdictions are considering radical legislative measures, such as presumed consent, without being fully aware of the major ethical dilemmas related to organ transplants. Most are not aware, for instance, that organs are often taken from persons who are likely, in many ways, still alive.


To view the complete article, Organ donation: The inconvenient truth: http://catholicinsight.com/online/bioethics/article_747.shtm...; HTML versionhttp://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007_docs/Organdonationincon...; pdf version

19 September 2007

Catholic Radio Pledge Drive

Sorry I am posting this late, but following Rome of the West's lead, you should know that Covenant Network, the owner of WRYT 1080 AM and KHOJ 1460 AM, is having its annual pledge drive. To donate, call (314) 752-7000, or toll free (877) 305-1234.

Newsflash: Pro-Abortion and Pro-Cloning Politician Wastes $0.41

Remember Chris "Profiles in Courage" Koster, who decided to become a Democrat and thus change his stated political views on abortion and cloning when-- in an absolute coincidence!-- the Democratic nomination for state Attorney General was ripe for the picking?

Well, in what I am sure will be a crushing blow to his campaign, he wasted the postage on a letter asking me to attend a fundraising reception.

If he had only enclosed a postage pre-paid response envelope, I could have dinged him for another 20 cents and maybe caused the whole campaign to fold. It pays to be cheap, I guess.

St. Januarius' Blood Liquefies Again

The annual miracle occurred as usual today in Naples. Story here.

U.S. Sovereignty Threatened by U.N. Treaty, Critics Charge




Approval of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), a 25-year-old international treaty regulating use of the world’s oceans, is steaming full speed ahead in the Senate, where committee hearings are set to begin Sept. 27.


The full Senate is likely to ratify the treaty -- which would link U.S. naval actions to those of 155 other member nations -- by year's end.


For decades, critics have derided the 182-page Law of the Sea pact as a threat to U.S. sovereignty and naval independence.


They add that it would create a massive new U.N. bureaucracy (the International Seabed Authority); would give environmentalists a back door to greater regulation; and would hinder the U.S. military's efforts to capture terrorists on the high seas.


[...]

18 September 2007

If You Needed Another Reason to Vacation in Florence

The Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, has been entrusted with celebrating the Traditional Mass at the Oratory of San Girolamo e San Francesco Poverino in Florence, Italy.

The letter from the Cardinal Archbishop of Florence to Msgr. Wach is above.

17 September 2007

Excellent Post at AMDG...

...about Barat Academy, the new Catholic high school in St. Charles County. AMDG takes a look at its theology program and wonders if it is good for students. I'll let you answer that question for yourself.

But for me, the biggest question is not why do self-identified Catholic high schools teach about the enneagram, or assign books like "Living Buddha/Living Christ", or any such one of a number of outrages that occur all too frequently.

No, my biggest question is why a parent would pay someone $11,000 a year to steal their child's Catholic faith? I mean, we live in a dangerous world with many threats to our children's faith, but come on, should I really have to pay through the nose for the privilege?

News from the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest


Two upcoming events featuring the good priests of the ICRSP:


On Wednesday, September 26th, at 8:00 pm ET (1:00 am GMT, September 27th)
Msgr. R. Michael Schmitz and architect William Heyer will be on
EWTN Live discussing the restoration of the Institute's
Shrine of Christ the King
Sovereign Priest, in Chicago. Live streaming video at www.ewtn.com.


and, in this year of the triumph of traditionalism, a special reason to go on the annual


Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of the North American Martyrs


Auriesville, New York
September 26 - 29, 2007
Walk seventy-two miles from Lake George, NY
to the Martyr's Shrine in Auriesville, NY
for Holy Mother Church and souls


Accompanied by Father Andreas Hellmann


For more information contact organizers:
National Coalition of Clergy & Laity
tel 610-435-2634, fax 610-435-2734
coalition@fast.net
www.national-coalition.org/pilgrim


To reach Father Hellmann: 773-363-7409

Declaration of CDF re: Excommunication of Army of Mary


Thanks to a reader who provided this, the text of the declaration from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on last week's excommunication of the Army of Mary:



CONGREGATIO PRO DOCTRINA FIDEI
DECLARATION
REGARDING THE MOVEMENT,
“THE COMMUNITY OF THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS,”
AND OF ITS WORKS: “THE ARMY OF MARY”,
“THE FAMILY AND COMMUNITIES OF THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF MARY”, “LES OBLATS-PATRIOTES”, “L’INSTITUT MARIALYS

On 26 March 2007 the Archbishop of Quebec, His Eminence, Marc Cardinal Ouellet, addressed a declaration to all the faithful of his diocese regarding the statutes and activities of the movement known as “The Community of the Lady of all Nations”, better known as “The Army of Mary”, and the works connected with this movement.

The Ordinary has declared that “those responsible for the “The Army of Mary” have excluded themselves from the communion of the Catholic Church… The Army of Mary has clearly and publicly become a schismatic community and, as such, a non-Catholic association. Its particular teachings are false and its activities are not able to be frequented nor supported by Catholics”.

With a letter dated 25 March 2007, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Pontifical Commissioner, established 31 May 2007 as the date within which the priest-members of this Association were required to make known their intentions by recanting errors and schismatic acts, and promising obedience to the Holy See, or face appropriate canonical sanctions.

The above-mentioned priests have not followed the directives of the Pontifical Commissioner. Instead on 3 June 2007 many of them participated at the invalid priestly ordination of six members, performed by Father Jean-Pierre Mastropietro, a priest of the same Association.

Considering the very grave situation, without any hope of another solution, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in fulfilment of its obligations, declares the following:

a) The so-called “diaconal and presbyteral ordinations” performed by Father Jean-Pierre Mastropietro are invalid.

b) Father Jean-Pierre Mastropietro has incurred an excommunication latae sententiae for the delict of schism (can. 1364 CIC). Moreover he has incurred an irregularity for the reception and for the exercise of Sacred Orders by having attempted to perform an act of Sacred Orders reserved to Bishops (cann. 1384; 1401, n.6; 1044,§1. n.3 CIC).

c) The persons who have claimed to be ordained deacons and priests with the imposition of hands of Father Jean-Pierre Mastropietro have incurred an excommunication latae sententiae for the delict of schism (can. 1364 CIC.)

d) All the members of the above-mentioned Movement and of the works associated with it, who, despite the warning of the Cardinal Archbishop of Quebec on 26 March 2007, have participated in these schismatic acts and have determined to continue to associate with said Movement, are in schism and, therefore, they have incurred an excommunication latae sententiae.

e) The negative doctrinal judgement expressed by the Catholic Bishops of Canada 29 June 2001, after consultation with this Congregation and with the approval of the same, is upheld. It confirms with clarity and firmness that the doctrine promoted by the Movement, “Community of the Lady of all Nations”, better known as “The Army of Mary”, is heretical. Whoever knowingly and deliberately embraces this doctrine incurs an excommunication latae sententiae due to heresy (can. 1364 CIC).

Given at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 11 July 2007
This document is to be notified to all persons concerned.

William Cardinal LEVADA
Prefect
�� Angelo AMATO
Titular Archbishop of Sila
Secretary

16 September 2007

Back from Kansas City

Where I attended the Pontifical Low Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated by Bishop Finn and ably assisted by priests of the Institute of Christ the King. The place was packed, and I am sure the KC bloggers will cover the event fully.

It was a nice occasion to meet some fellow bloggers, Rae at Quo Vadis, Delena at Traditional Catholic Mom, Wolftracker at KCC, and I saw (I think) Christopher at Lost Lambs, but couldn't find him after Mass.

Everyone else seems more normal than me.

Par for the course, I guess.

14 September 2007

St. Francis de Sales Oratory Featured in the St. Louis Review



An in-depth and well done article on St. Francis de Sales Oratory, the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest apostolate in St. Louis. The photo at right was taken by Mark Kempf. The full story from the Review is below:

St. Francis Oratory goals: Save souls, straighten tower

by Barbara Watkins, Review Staff Writer

Since its beginning in 1867, St. Francis de Sales Parish has provided a spiritual home for thousands of St. Louis Catholics who attended its schools and prayed in the striking Gothic church known as the "Cathedral of South St. Louis."

Now that almost-100-year-old church — a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and highlight of this year’s St. Louis Landmarks Association Preservation Week — is badly in need of repairs that will exceed $1 million.

"We have to repair the steeple. It has structural problems and must be fixed," said Father Karl W. Lenhardt, rector of St. Francis de Sales Oratory, since 2005 the center for celebration of the Tridentine Latin Mass. The oratory is administered by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the society of apostolic life to which Father Lenhardt belongs.

To stabilize the steeple — which is pulling away from the church building because of inadequate foundation support — will cost between $1 million and $1.5 million. Help is being sought from the entire Catholic community, especially the many people with ties — past and present — to St. Francis de Sales.

"Our first goal is saving souls, but we must repair the building," said Father Lenhardt.

About 800 people a week attend the Latin Masses at St. Francis de Sales, Father Lenhardt said. "St. Francis de Sales has not just a past, but a future," he said. But first the building must be repaired.

"We call the steeple the ‘Leaning Tower of St. Louis,’" Father Lenhardt said.

He explained that St. Francis de Sales Parish built its second church despite many difficulties, including the 1896 tornado that killed more than 300 people.

"That tornado destroyed the original church. They had already started the new church when the tornado hit, and they used the new basement as a church for 12 years, until the new church was ready," Father Lenhardt said.

"They didn’t have enough money for the 350-foot steeple originally planned, so they built the 300-foot steeple. The foundation of the steeple is not deeper than the foundation of the church. It’s not connected to bedrock. And that’s the problem. That’s why the tower is twisting now."

There is no immediate danger that the tower will collapse, Father Lenhardt said.

"But it affects the rest of the building. It allows water to get inside. The longer we wait, the worse the damage gets. The worse water damage, the worse every kind of damage."

He called his parishioners very generous to St. Francis de Sales. "We get very good weekly collections. But we must meet the ordinary expenses. The utilities are very high, heating the church is very expense. We have insurance costs for the whole property," which includes the rectory, convent, high school, elementary school and the gym.

Some of the buildings are currently being used by other groups. "We have to heat the buildings anyway, so we’re happy to have people in them," Father Lenhardt said.

The oratory has already spent more than $100,000 on preliminary studies by architects and engineers under the supervision of the archdiocesan Office of Building and Real Estate.

"We were able to fund that by donations," Father Lenhardt said.

In addition to the steeple repairs, which could cost as much as $1.5 million, the oratory needs many other, less immediate repairs, Father Lenhardt said. "It will cost $60,000 to restore the four bells and the clock in the bell tower."

The many stained-glass windows — the work of the renowned Emil Frei — have not been cleaned in 40 years. Some windows also need repairs on their terra cotta frames. The organ has not been restored since 1964 and is being used at about "half its potential."

This month repairs are being made from storm damage done last summer to the roof tiles.

The ornate style of the church includes statues and frescoes, arches and stained glass, intricate patterns and gold-leaf accents — virtually all in need of at least a cleaning. The rector pointed to the walls of the historic church, painted gray in the 1960s, that he would like some day to see restored to their original bright colors.

The floor needs repair, the electric system needs upgrading and, he added, "that’s not even talking about heating and cooling."

But the structural repairs to the steeple remain the most urgent need. "We are trying to get the word out about the oratory," Father Lenhardt said.

The oratory is conducting a fund-raising initiative called "Save the Cathedral of South St. Louis." Father Lenhardt said he hopes former parishioners and alumni of St. Francis de Sales respond to help restore the historic church building.

The oratory’s parishioners have been raising money for the repairs. The Knights of Columbus raised $6,000 (before expenses) through a recent barbecue. And the parish children have been busy as well. The Restoration Children’s Theater, a group of primarily home-school children belonging to St. Francis de Sales families, put on two performances of "The Hobbit" last month, raising more than $2,000 for the building restoration fund.

In his May 11 talk at the St. Louis Landmarks Association Preservation Week opening event at St. Francis de Sales, Father Lenhardt said, "It is evident that for this most urgent project we need all the help we can get."

The Gothic beauty of St. Francis de Sales Church was created to house the celebration of the traditional Tridentine Latin Mass, Father Lenhardt told the Review.

"We are here to keep something alive that is an integral part of our Catholic heritage, the Latin Liturgy. The idea of the oratory is that it has no geographic boundaries. We are not in competition with parishes.

We are here to provide something additional and help strengthen the diocese," he said.

St. Francis de Sales, as the setting for the "precious gem" that is the Latin Liturgy, should reflect its beauty and holiness, Father Lenhardt said.

To donate to the "Save the Cathedral of South St. Louis" initiative or for more information on St. Francis de Sales Oratory, call (314) 771-3100 or access www.institute-christ-king.org/stlouis2. Contributions can be mailed to St. Francis de Sales Oratory, 2653 Ohio Ave., St. Louis, MO 63118.

Good Week for the St. Louis Review


Keeping tabs on the St. Louis Review is part and parcel of running a blog with the title Saint Louis Catholic. From time to time there are articles or editorials that are problematic and need to be analyzed. But one should always give credit where credit is due.


This week's edition of the paper has several good items. The first is the editorial, which reminds area Catholics that the main reason for one to be involved in a parish is to worship God, and that the social aspects of the parish are secondary-- indeed, such things flow organically from a spiritual life grounded in the Mass and Sacraments of the Church. This editorial is in response to the trend of parishes to become social work centers or to imitate protestant mega-"churches":


"...The parish indeed is supposed to always be a community of believers, coming together to worship God and carry out his other great commandment by loving one another. Most parishes offer numerous opportunities to do just that.


However, the primary reason for involvement in our parishes should be to worship God. The social and entertainment aspects of parish life are important and can provide needed support for that effort; but those social pursuits should always be secondary to the development of our spiritual life with God — through the Eucharist and the strengthening of our prayer life.


Too often it’s easy to get sidetracked from our spiritual goals by concentrating more on the social returns of parish life..."


Amen to that.


Also, there is an article about how the Archdiocesan seminary is experiencing healthy growth to the point where space is at a premium. What better testimony to the pastoral care of His Grace, whose leadership both inspires those who would sacrifice so much to become priests, and whose practical decision-making has placed quality persons at the seminary itself to provide the training for these men. From the full story:


"A noticeable growth spurt at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary has caused administrators there to devise some creative ways of accommodating its seminarians and guests.


This year, the seminary is housing 112 seminarians who are enrolled in the Kenrick School of Theology and pre-theology program and Cardinal Glennon College, according to president-rector Msgr. Ted L. Wojcicki.


"That’s an increase of 50 percent over the the 75 seminarians enrolled last spring," he said.


Because of the tight living arrangements, several modifications have been made to areas in the seminary used for living, eating and studying, he noted.


Seminarians "have had no complaints about the situation," said Father Timothy P. Cronin, rector of Cardinal Glennon College. "There’s such a positive spirit, knowing that the number of seminarians and anticipated applicants for the future are growing."


[...]


The seminary has been making the adjustment for another good reason, too. Father Butler noted that 18 men already have received applications for next year. That’s an increase from this past year’s 12 applications.


"I need to reiterate that an application isn’t a seminarian, and a seminarian isn’t a priest," he said. "But it’s a positive thing.""


Next, the Review ran a notice about Archbishop Burke's appearance tonight at 7pm on EWTN's "The World Over Live" with Raymond Arroyo. His Grace will be interviewed concerning the Holy Father's Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, which became effective today. Unless you have been hit on the head with a rock you will recall that this Motu Proprio confirms that any priest may celebrate the traditional Mass and Sacraments. If you don't have cable or satellite, you may watch this program on the internet. Go to http://www.ewtn.com/ for information:



"Archbishop Burke was one of two American bishops personally invited to Rome by Pope Benedict XVI for a briefing on the papal statement before its release. He will share his thoughts on that meeting and take questions from EWTN viewers."


We should all be very grateful for His Grace's constant support and encouragement for all his flock who love the traditional Mass.


Finally, the Review also ran a nice article on the ongoing need for funds to restore and repair St. Francis de Sales Oratory, which article will be the subject of my next post.



In Gratitude for Summorum Pontificum



Te Deum laudamus!





I thank God almighty for this day. I was fortunate enough to attend today Solemn High Mass at the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. Apparently, I should not have been allowed in (see the last two comments at this post), but was blessed with ignorance. But, no one kicked me out, so I was able to witness this beautiful Mass and give thanks to God for Summorum Pontificum.





Pray for the Holy Father and his intentions.





The Gospel today for the Mass of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross was striking in the context of the motu proprio:






In illo tempore: Dixit Iesus turbis Iudaeorum: Nunc iudicium est mundi nunc princeps huius mundi eicietur foras.



Et ego si exaltatus fuero a terra omnia traham ad me ipsum.



(Hoc autem dicebat significans qua morte esset moriturus.)



Respondit ei turba nos audivimus ex lege quia Christus manet in aeternum et quomodo tu dicis: Oportet exaltari Filium hominis quis est iste Filius hominis?



Dixit ergo eis Iesus: Adhuc modicum lumen in vobis est. Ambulate dum lucem habetis ut non tenebrae vos conprehendant; et qui ambulat in tenebris nescit quo vadat.



Dum lucem habetis credite in lucem ut filii lucis sitis.






At that time: Jesus said to the multitudes of the Jews: Now is the judgment of the world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.



And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself.



(Now this he said, signifying what death he should die.)



The multitude answered him: We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever. And how sayest thou: The Son of man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of man?



Jesus therefore said to them: Yet a little while, the light is among you. Walk whilst you have the light, and the darkness overtake you not. And he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither be goeth.



Whilst you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light.

UPDATE: A reminder that the 40 Hours Devotion at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago in thanksgiving for the mp is going on this weekend.

13 September 2007

How Can I Nurture a Religious Vocation in My Children?

Here is one way, culled from the Benedictines of Mary Blog:

We are counting our blessings this week in the form of 31 girls, ages 10-15, who volunteered to help us with our fall cleaning on Monday. The girls, most of whom are home-schooled, belong to parishes in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese ... Some of them drove over an hour to join us for morning Mass.

[...]

The scene of nearly fifty women and girls at meal together provided us with a foretaste of that bright day in the future when our monastery, which will house 58 sisters, is full, and bounding with girls at our finishing school besides. The girls also helped us to prepare for the future in a more concrete way: they generously donated to a fund for the orchard that will be planted on our property. Perhaps next year they will be able to volunteer to pick apples!


Do such activities really help foster vocations? Time will tell, of course, but consider this:


One of the sisters asked a girl if she had any questions concerning our life. She did: "May we come back tomorrow?"


Army of Mary Incurs Excommunications

From the Journal Chretien, via a reader:

Following earlier consultations with the Bishops of Canada and also with the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued a declaration of excommunication that applies to various members of the Army of Mary. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the office of the Holy See responsible for questions regarding faith and morals. Its declaration was made with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI.

Why? Perhaps the following excerpt from an older story on the group in the National Catholic Register may explain:

The Army of Mary, founded by Marie-Paul Giguère, has over the years drifted away from traditional Catholic teachings. Among its claims, which have been deemed by the Catholic Church to be false, is that Giguère is the reincarnation of Mary, mother of God, and that she is co-redeemer with Christ.

12 September 2007

Reform of the Reform Update: New English Missal Translation by 2009?









Vox Clara Committee hopes missal translation completed by 2009


By John Thavis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- An international liturgical committee that advises the Vatican reported progress in its work on the new English translation of the Mass.


After meeting at the Vatican Sept. 2-6, the Vox Clara Committee said it hoped the English translation of the Roman Missal would be completed and approved by the end of 2009.


It was the first time a specific date had been anticipated for the completion of the lengthy project. The third edition of the Roman Missal was promulgated in Latin by Pope John Paul II in 2002, and work on the English translation began soon afterward.


[...]


______________________

This is as good a place as any to insert a note about the previous discussion touching upon the differences in lectionary/calendar/missal between the ordinary and the extraordinary uses. I received an email from a reader whose knowledge on these subjects greatly exceeds mine, whose judgement I would gladly substitute for my own, and whose comments, summarized below, led me to pull the previous post entirely:


1. The Holy Father evidently does not intend immediate changes and adaptations to the extraordinary rite.

2. Regarding the readings, it should not be neglected that the texts of the readings and the rest of the proper cannot easily be separated because they are one unity.

3. The propers of the Mass, particularly the readings, are also reflected in breviary. Changes in the readings would disconnect the Mass of the day and the breviary.

4. For the readings of the weekdays and feasts of saints the situation is even more complicated. The new liturgy foresees a two year cycle for the readings on the weekdays and it is even recommended to follow this cycle also on the feasts of the saints. There are readings for these feasts, but the idea is not to interrupt the continuity of the weekday readings. I cannot see how it would easily be possible to harmonize this with the former discipline.

5. The church has an universal calendar, but in addition to it there exist local calendars of each country, of each diocese of each church or of religious communities (...) and these calendars reflect the local traditions in feast days of saints that have a certain importance for a certain place or of certain particular circumstances (dedication day of a church, patron of the church, of the diocese of the cathedral, saints whose relics are in the diocese and so on, special masses to our Lady under a certain title under which she is venerated at certain place...). Therefore, there has never existed such a strong uniformity in the calendars and it is even against the "spirit of the liturgy". One look at the appendix of the Missale Romanum (edition for the liturgical use) with the local calendar for the US gives already an impression of these problems.

There are without any doubt many more aspects of this problem...

The points above are well made, and in short led me to agree with the reader that the entire post on the subject was, due to my lack of competence in this area, a waste of time at best, and potentially confusing at worst. I apologize for any consternation or confusion I caused.

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. Amen.

If You Have an Extra $10,000,001


You can buy this Edgar Degas painting from the St. Louis Art Museum.
Just FYI.

How Will You Mark the 90th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun?


How about a huge public rosary underneath the Gateway Arch? (Don't worry, you don't have to ride those egg elevators to the top!)


From a reader, the details:


Please mark your calendars for Saturday October 13, from Noon to 2PM and join your fellow St. Louis area Catholics for a “Public Square Rosary” underneath the Gateway Arch!

In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance and the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, America Needs Fatima is sponsoring over 2000 Public Square Rosary Campaigns across the country.

And, speaking of Fatima, in today's news: Putin Dissolves Russian Government

11 September 2007



DIES irae, dies illa,
solvet saeclum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.

Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando iudex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!

Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulcra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum.

Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
iudicanti responsura.

Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus iudicetur.

Iudex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet apparebit:
nil inultum remanebit.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
quem patronum rogaturus?
cum vix iustus sit securus.

Rex tremendae maiestatis,
qui salvandos salvas gratis,
salva me, fons pietatis.

Recordare Iesu pie,
quod sum causa tuae viae:
ne me perdas illa die.

Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:
redemisti crucem passus:
tantus labor non sit cassus.

Iuste iudex ultionis,
donum fac remissionis,
ante diem rationis.

Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
culpa rubet vultus meus:
supplicanti parce Deus.

Qui Mariam absolvisti,
et latronem exaudisti,
mihi quoque spem dedisti.

Preces meae non sunt dignae:
sed tu bonus fac benigne,
ne perenni cremer igne.

Inter oves locum praesta,
et ab haedis me sequestra,
statuens in parte dextera.

Confutatis maledictis,
flammis acribus addictis.
voca me cum benedictis.

Oro supplex et acclinis,
cor contritum quasi cinis:
gere curam mei finis.

Lacrimosa dies illa,
qua resurget ex favilla.
iudicandus homo reus:
huic ergo parce Deus.

Pie Iesu Domine,
dona eis requiem. Amen.