31 May 2009

Abortionist Tiller is Killed

Story in the New York Times.

This man needs prayers; one can only hope for some radical repentance before he died.  The murder of anyone, even one who was responsible for such horrific evil, is to be condemned.

This is an interesting story to watch as they hunt for the killer; as tragic as any person's death is, this will be a golden opportunity to further vilify the pro-life movement.  

It avoids the abortionist being convicted of any of the crimes he was under investigation for.  

It allows the pro-death crowd to have a "martyr".

It will subject the Church to attack and persecution on a wider scale, regardless of the identity of the killer. 

It could have First, Second, Fifth and Tenth Amendment practical ramifications.

And, finally, in light of the recent Ohnesorg revelations, it is one to keep an eye on.  

Inanity, Thy Name is the Post-Dispatch

Former sports-guy Kevin Horrigan reaches for the metaphorical stars today with an article exposing congressional hypocrisy in opposing judicial nominations.  At least, that is his intent.

Horrigan posits an extended metaphor where conservatives oppose the nomination of St. Francis of Assisi (by Obama, of course-- no irony too rich) to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Horrigan can see at least one inch past his nose, and so has Chairman Leahy note he is not a lawyer or even a citizen of the U.S.  See!  He has anticipated every objection by the simple-minded troglodyte conservative reader (that would be me, and and the other one who still reads the Post).  Then he has one Republican after another criticize his "stances" on various issues.  I put quotation marks around the term stances because St. Francis is co-opted by political and religious leftists as a sort of patron saint for their political causes.  The Potemkin "Saint" Francis is a pro- cap-and-trade radical socialist-paganist environmental activist.  He jettisons the rule of law in favor of government handouts to political blocs.  He is an anti-Catholic Crusader, and a proponent of gay "marriage".

Getting a handle on a Catholic Saint has never been a strong suit of the liberal press.  It seems that it is difficult to understand that a Saint of Christ's Church would believe as His Church believes and would act as His Church urges.  The whole thing. 

But, I won't pretend to be able to encapsulate St. Francis either.  Try G.K Chesterton if you want a good attempt.  The point is that Horrigan's not-so-subtle attempt to compare Sonia Sotomayor to St. Francis of Assisi fails as horribly as you could imagine.

At the end of his piece, Horrigan again magnificently shields himself from criticism by the simple-minded, after St. Francis disappears, by bringing forward a "substitute" nominee-- Mother Teresa (again, no irony here with the man appointing her).  In a one-line ending, Sen. Feinstein says, "About your opposition to abortion..."   So, you see, Horrigan is unbiased.

Right.  What was the score of the Cardinals game yesterday?

30 May 2009


VENI, Sancte Spiritus,
et emitte caelitus
lucis tuae radium.
COME, Holy Ghost,
send down those beams,
which sweetly flow in silent streams
from Thy bright throne above.
Veni, pater pauperum,
veni, dator munerum
veni, lumen cordium.
O come, Thou Father of the poor;
O come, Thou source of all our store,
come, fill our hearts with love.
Consolator optime,
dulcis hospes animae,
dulce refrigerium.
O Thou, of comforters the best,
O Thou, the soul's delightful guest,
the pilgrim's sweet relief.
In labore requies,
in aestu temperies
in fletu solatium.
Rest art Thou in our toil, most sweet
refreshment in the noonday heat;
and solace in our grief.
O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
tuorum fidelium.
O blessed Light of life Thou art;
fill with Thy light the inmost heart
of those who hope in Thee.
Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.
Without Thy Godhead nothing can,
have any price or worth in man,
nothing can harmless be.
Lava quod est sordidum,
riga quod est aridum,
sana quod est saucium.
Lord, wash our sinful stains away,
refresh from heaven our barren clay,
our wounds and bruises heal.
Flecte quod est rigidum,
fove quod est frigidum,
rege quod est devium.
To Thy sweet yoke our stiff necks bow,
warm with Thy fire our hearts of snow,
our wandering feet recall.
Da tuis fidelibus,
in te confidentibus,
sacrum septenarium.
Grant to Thy faithful, dearest Lord,
whose only hope is Thy sure word,
the sevenfold gifts of grace.
Da virtutis meritum,
da salutis exitum,
da perenne gaudium,
Amen, Alleluia.
Grant us in life Thy grace that we,
in peace may die and ever be,
in joy before Thy face.
Amen. Alleluia.

29 May 2009

Regina Caeli

V. Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
V. Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Quid autem vides festucam in oculo fratris tui et trabem in oculo tuo non vides? Aut quomodo dicis fratri tuo sine eiciam festucam de oculo tuo et ecce trabis est in oculo tuo? Hypocrita eice primum trabem de oculo tuo et tunc videbis eicere festucam de oculo fratris tui. Nolite dare sanctum canibus neque mittatis margaritas vestras ante porcos ne forte conculcent eas pedibus suis et conversi disrumpant vos.

28 May 2009

A Thousand Words

Sometimes a picture does relay the gist of it, doesn't it?

Nixon would be proud of this guy-- heck, he wasn't in his league-- from
Gateway Pundit:

Dealergate: Mapping the Chrysler Closures

Now this...
Doug Ross says tonight that, "The odds that these Chrysler closings occurred without partisan bias are roughly equivalent to the odds that Jean Claude Van-Damme will grab a Best Supporting Actor Oscar next year for a remake of Terms of Endearment."

Doug mapped the research by Joey Smith that shows how the Big Dem Donor Group RLJ-McLarty-Landers fared after the announced closings.
All six of RLJ-McLarty-Landers were saved and their local competitors were conveniently closed.

Here is the map of their Lee's Summit, Missouri location:
There are 5 Chrysler dealerships near Lee's Summit, Missouri: [SLC: REFER TO ABOVE MAP]

1. Lee's Summit Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep (Lee's Summit, MO)
2. Crawford's Raytown (Jeep) (Raytown, MO)
3. Mitch Crawford's Holiday Motors (Chrysler) (Raytown, MO)
4. Raytown Dodge Company (Dodge) (Raytown, MO)
5. Milner-O'Quinn Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep (all 4 brands) (Harrisonville, MO)

#1 is located in Lee's Summit and is owned by RLJ-McCarty-Landers.

#2, #3, and #4 are located 9 miles northwest in Raytown, MO and is owned by Michael Crawford.

#5 is located 19 miles south in Harrisonville, MO and is owned by Charles O'Quinn.

The Lee's Summit RLJ dealership will remain open.
Doug Ross has more maps and calculated that the odds that all of the RLJ dealerships would survive the cuts. Ross says this was roughly as likely as landing two frisbees, simultaneously, on each of Barack Obama's teleprompters during one of his televised speeches.

Prayers for the Chartres Pilgrimage for Tradition

Reading HSMom's entry on the Chartres Pilgrimage led me to the entry at the Remnant:

At the present time there

is a remnant left...

On Pilgrimage for Church and Country

We ask Remnant website visitors for their patience over the next couple of weeks as a number of The Remnant’s team, including our webmaster, will be in France. On Pentecost weekend we will be walking with 15,000 traditional Catholics from all over the world on the grand Pilgrimage of Notre Dame de Chrétienté to Chartres, France. We will update our website from Europe when possible but, of course, it is difficult to do so as frequently as we normally do.

I would ask readers to please keep Michael Matt, John Rao, Chris Ferrara, Fr. McDonald and 70 fellow Americans in their prayers during this difficult 3-day, 70-mile walking pilgrimage across France. This will be the 18th time The Remnant has organized the U.S. Chapter on the Pilgrimage to Chartres, and we will of course remember all the readers of The Remnant in our prayers. We will also do our best to represent all Catholic Americans on the road to Chartres. America is in such desperate straights, as we all know; so we will remember our country in a special way this year, asking God to save America and give His children the grace to survive whatever persecution of all things Christian may be on the horizon.

The generous readers of this newspaper, who sponsored nearly 20 young American pilgrims this year, will also be remembered every day during the Pilgrimage as promised.

I would also ask for your patience with telephone and email orders as well, since these may be processed a little less efficiently during this time as our staff here at home will be limited. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas, pray for us, our Church and our nation at war. MJM

More information on the pilgrimage is here.

Vanity Working on a Weak Mind Produces Every Kind of Mischief

So says Jane Austen, the favorite author of my harshest blog critic. In any event, the hubris of the super-rich, anti-religion crowd is noted by the Times. This is a group that another reader, Methodist Jim, says doesn't exist, mind you:

Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation

America's richest people meet to discuss ways of tackling a 'disastrous' environmental, social and industrial threat

John Harlow, Los Angeles

SOME of America’s leading billionaires have met secretly to consider how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world’s population and speed up improvements in health and education.

The philanthropists who attended a summit convened on the initiative of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, discussed joining forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to change.

Described as the Good Club by one insider it included David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of America’s wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey.

These members, along with Gates, have given away more than £45 billion since 1996 to causes ranging from health programmes in developing countries to ghetto schools nearer to home.

They gathered at the home of Sir Paul Nurse, a British Nobel prize biochemist and president of the private Rockefeller University, in Manhattan on May 5. The informal afternoon session was so discreet that some of the billionaires’ aides were told they were at “security briefings”.

Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, said the summit was unprecedented. “We only learnt about it afterwards, by accident. Normally these people are happy to talk good causes, but this is different – maybe because they don’t want to be seen as a global cabal,” he said.

Some details were emerging this weekend, however. The billionaires were each given 15 minutes to present their favourite cause. Over dinner they discussed how they might settle on an “umbrella cause” that could harness their interests.

The issues debated included reforming the supervision of overseas aid spending to setting up rural schools and water systems in developing countries. Taking their cue from Gates they agreed that overpopulation was a priority.

This could result in a challenge to some Third World politicians who believe contraception and female education weaken traditional values.

Gates, 53, who is giving away most of his fortune, argued that healthier families, freed from malaria and extreme poverty, would change their habits and have fewer children within half a generation.

At a conference in Long Beach, California, last February, he had made similar points. “Official projections say the world’s population will peak at 9.3 billion [up from 6.6 billion today] but with charitable initiatives, such as better reproductive healthcare, we think we can cap that at 8.3 billion,” Gates said then.

Patricia Stonesifer, former chief executive of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which gives more than £2 billion a year to good causes, attended the Rockefeller summit. She said the billionaires met to “discuss how to increase giving” and they intended to “continue the dialogue” over the next few months.

Another guest said there was “nothing as crude as a vote” but a consensus emerged that they would back a strategy in which population growth would be tackled as a potentially disastrous environmental, social and industrial threat.

“This is something so nightmarish that everyone in this group agreed it needs big-brain answers,” said the guest. “They need to be independent of government agencies, which are unable to head off the disaster we all see looming.”

Why all the secrecy? “They wanted to speak rich to rich without worrying anything they said would end up in the newspapers, painting them as an alternative world government,” he said.

27 May 2009

But for a Catering Gig?

In the wonderful Robert Bolt stage and screen play of "A Man for All Seasons", about the life and martyrdom of St. Thomas More, St. Thomas responds to the treachery of a former friend who perjures himself to secure the Saint's conviction in exchange for a title of nobility:

"Why, Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales?"

And now, in a disappointing but hardly surprising development in today's culture of death, it appears, if the source can be trusted, that Mike Orlando has caved in to the demands of the zeitgeist and will cater any event, no matter how inimical the group's beliefs or actions may be to his stated opinions.  From the wishfully-named Faith Aloud website:

Michael Orlando Changes His Mind!

Today Faith Aloud received the following e-mail from Michael Orlando (see previous posts to catch up on the story). Thanks to everyone who wrote to Mr. Orlando opposing his decision to deny us service based on our political and religious beliefs. 

Recently the Orlando family made a public statement that, due to our Pro Life beliefs we would no longer provide services to Planned Parenthood and Faith Aloud because their views did not agree with our family beliefs. Given the family dynamic of our business this decision was made from an emotional place without considering all of the consequences. We have since learned that this Pro Life stance has been considered by some to be an act of discrimination. That was never our intention. Orlando’s has never discriminated against anyone and has a reputation of generosity and fairness in our community. We would like continue supporting our community without discrimination to any organization regardless of their political or religious beliefs. We strongly believe in the values of diversity and equality that have made our country great. While we as a family uphold the values of our faith and will continue to be Pro Life, we will not inflict our beliefs on our customers. We will respectfully offer our catering and facilities to any organization that has an interest in using them despite our differences. We apologize to anyone we may have offended in our previous decision and look forward to serving our entire community equally.

Michael Orlando
General Manager
Orlando's Catering and Event Design

Now, of course it is Mr. Orlando's right to host whatever event he wants; for the time being, this is still technically America.  I just post this to close out the whole sorry chapter.  It is laughable to imagine this little tale as a vindication of the sacrifice of religion on the altar of personal convenience and concupiscence.  But, it just shows that very little pressure, properly and relentlessly applied, can prove sufficient to cause the proletariat to go back in line.  Bravo, Orlando Gardens.

Money talks, and suckers walk, as they say.  
Tolerance indeed rules the day.

More to the point, just how would Orlando Gardens be "inflicting" their beliefs on their customers if it refused to host an event?  Wouldn't those persons not be customers?  And is there a Constitutional right to have access to Orlando Gardens?

Wow, I guess this doesn't bode well for pharmacists who in conscience cannot distribute contraceptives or other abortifacients.  I suppose a pro-life doctor would be "inflicting" his beliefs on that unborn baby if he refused to perform an abortion?

And by not "considering all the consequences" before deciding, albeit temporarily, to deny service to pro-abortion groups, are they talking about moral consequences, or something else? 

Prudence bids me to end this post.  My prayers go out to the Orlando family.  There is one Guest whose Presence we all wish at our tables, and He is merciful to all who seek Him with a sincere heart.

At the Rate Our Lord Wills for the Moment

Nothing is more fatal in the spiritual life than the thought that we can do anything good without Our Lord, and our self-love is so subtle, that unconsciously we attribute to ourselves the little good that we do, which spoils everything.  Our Lord, out of love, leaves us sometimes to our wicked nature, and then we are frightened in seeing all the evil and the possibilities of evil hidden in us.  It is not that we are worse than before, but Our Lord lets us see the depths of evil which grace had covered.  During these moments, we should act in union with God's designs, by humbling ourselves profoundly and throwing ourselves into God's arms.

The devil tries to trouble you by his subtleties, so that you may cease to act well for fear of acting from vanity.  We must never cease doing well for that reason, but quietly purify our intention. The best way is to unite it with Jesus Christ, and with His intentions, and if there is anything imperfect in your intentions this union with Jesus Christ will heal it.


As for what regards the desire for perfection, you ought to seek it with all the ardor of your soul, but at the same time resign yourself to walk at the rate that Our Lord wills for the moment.

--Blessed Columba Marmion

26 May 2009

The Pope Returns to the Question of the Proper Interpretation of Vatican II

Rorate Caeli reports on a second major address by the Holy Father concerning the proper interpretative hermeneutic of the Second Vatican Council, in order to counteract the damage done by the "Spirit of V2" crowd.  The post from RC:

In his epoch-making speech of December 22, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI introduced the notion that the documents of the Second Vatican Council must be interpreted only according to what he called the "hermeneutic of continuity" - that is, continuity with Tradition.

Today, the Pontiff developed this notion in his opening address of the Ecclesial Congress (Convegno Ecclesiale) of the Diocese of Rome. Excerpts:

"The Council was not a rupture which brought a new church into life, but a true and deep renewal of a single subject who develops."

According to the Pope, the Council "yielded good fruits", but was distorted by "an interpretive current which,  referring to a supposed 'spirit of the Council'intended instead to establish a discontinuity with the Tradition of the Church, confusing, for instance, the objetively existing boundaries between the hierarchy and the lay faithful, observing the Church accordinng to a horizontal cut which excluded the vertical reference to God, in open contrast with Catholic doctrine."

The entire transcript of the address is not yet available online.

Sotomayor of the Same

Joe Biden.

Tom Daschle.

Kathleen Sibelius.

Janet Napolitano.

Sonia Sotomayor.

What do they have in common?

They are Catholics who support legal abortion.

It does seem that the easiest way to get ahead with our current administration is to be an apostate Catholic. And every one of these persons fills a position that has an impact on abortion rights and/or the ability to oppose such rights.

All of this appears to be part of a strategy to split the Catholic electorate, confuse the Catholic faithful, and neuter the Catholic Faith. For those ready to jettison the true faith for temporal gain, our dear leader is their anti-pope.

Enjoy Catholic Blogs

While you can.

25 May 2009

This is Howie Do It

Please allow the beaming, slightly disturbing visage of one Howie Mandel serve as an intro to a topic that invites some reflection, and applies to all sorts of "realities" we see in the news today.

Bear with me a little as I relate an item from the German press concerning an incident in 1967.

At that time, the Shah of Iran made a state visit to West Germany (West Berlin), and sparked a round of student protests.  During these protests, a young "student activist", Benno Ohnesorg, was killed by a West German policeman.  The policeman was prosecuted, but acquitted on lack of evidence.  This outrageous act of repression on the part of West German authority was a watershed in German politics, as the formerly peaceful protests became an increasingly violent movement.  

The only problem with this incident is that it was a lie.  The murder of this student was ordered by the East German Stasi, and the policeman was their agent.  From the Deutsche Welle:

Politicians call for re-examination of 1967 Ohnesorg murder

The news that the perpetrator of a 1967 shooting was a spy for East Germany's Stasi secret police has sent shockwaves through Germany, shedding new light on the country's postwar history, amid calls for a fresh inquiry.

Former German interior minister, Otto Schily, and Dirk Niebel, general-secretary of Germany's liberal Free Democrats, have called for a new investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting in 1967 of student activist Benno Ohnesorg.

Schily, who, before becoming a Social Democrat and interior minister, was a Green party activist and defense lawyer for leftist German terrorists, said the new Stasi revelations meant the case had to be "politically and juristically re-evaluated."

"The files require a very precise re-examination," he said.

Niebel of the FDP urged all parties in parliament "without delay to make way for a no-holds-barred inquiry into Stasi involvement in the old West Germany."

Berlin's former SPD mayor, Klaus Schuetz, said the pension claims of the policeman, who shot and killed Ohnesorg, also needed to be reassessed.

"There is no statute of limitations on murder"

The policeman, Karl-Heinz Kurras, is still alive. He's 81 years old and could face a new trial. Charges have already been brought against him by Carl-Wolfgang Holzapfel, head of an organization for the victims of Stalinism.

"There is no statute of limitations on murder," Holzapfel said in a statement released after historians sifting through old files of East Germany's Stasi discovered the link to Kurras.

But, since the files apparently do not contain information suggesting that the Stasi explicitly ordered the liquidation of Ohnesorg, it is unlikely that Kurras would be convicted.

26-year old Benno Ohnesorg was shot dead on June 2, 1967, after demonstrations protesting the visit of the Shah of Iran to Berlin had turned violent.

The bullet came from Kurras who was a West German policeman. After the shooting, he was tried for reckless manslaughter but acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

After the shooting, the Stasi broke off communications with their spy in West Berlin in a final message which read: "Destroy all material. Cease work for now. Event is viewed as very regrettable accident."

The incident was a watershed in German politics

The case threw Germany into chaos. Student protests, which so far had been peaceful, took a sharp turn, becoming more radical and violent. The death of Benno Ohnesorg triggered a wave of terror and became the justification for some to take up arms against the state.

The so-called Red Army Faction (RAF) under its leaders, Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof, began a campaign of violence against Germany's political and business elite, culminating in 1977 in what became known as the "Deutsche Herbst", or German Autumn. The RAF is believed to be responsible for more than 30 murders and only ended its reign of terror in the early 1990s.

Jochen Staadt, a historian and head of research on the former East German communist party at Berlin's Free University, says that the mere possibility that the killing had been planned by the Stasi means that history will have to be re-written.

Another account from Der Spiegel is here.

These revelations should make us pause before accepting anything in the press at face value.  It doesn't take a genius, or a conspiracy theorist, to envision the government of any country using similar tactics to foment dissent, or repressive action against "violent" protesters at, let's say, a tea party, or a pro-life demonstration, or political convention.  

Welcome to Our New Priests

The above photo comes from the recent ordination of four priests for the Archdiocese: Fathers Chrismer, Mayo, Olsen and Skillman. Click photo to enlarge. 

Shout-out to cmziall.

Let us pray for our priests!

23 May 2009

22 May 2009

O Mighty Mainstream Media! Tell us What to Feel!

It is no great revelation to note that the mainstream media is, just slightly of course, shall we say, tilted in favor of the Great Obama. But this headline in the Post today is an absolute classic:

President, past divide on terror

21 May 2009

Letter from Gateway Academy Confirms High School Closure

From: ----@gatewayacademy.org

May 20, 2009

Dear Gateway Parents:

I would have hoped to tell you this at tonight's meeting, but as many of you already know, we have come to the difficult decision to close Gateway Academy High School. And I also want to stress that this decision does not impact our Pre-K through 8 program, which will open as usual in the fall.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for being a part of the Gateway Academy community, for all you are doing and what you have done, to build this school. Gateway is far more than an academic institution. It is a gift from God that gives all of us the opportunity to know and love him more and to sanctify our lives.

Gateway was started by some of our outstanding parents with the goal of making Catholic education affordable for all. The school has been extremely successful in many ways, blessed by so many wonderful, generous families-parents, students, staff, faculty, and benefactors.

As you know, each year we have operated at a deficit. Our benefactors have generously assisted Gateway Academy by covering the deficit. But in the current economic environment, it is a lot to expect the same generous level of support from our benefactors. It became clear earlier this year that we needed to seek out a way to continue to fulfill our mission and to do so in a financially responsible and sustainable manner.

We have had to look at many possibilities. We have invited other sources to provide reviews of our school, both internally and externally, including the recent accreditation visit. We retained Catholic Schools Management to concretely identify ways and means to advance our school.

As recently as this past March we intended on fully financially supporting the school. The School Board and administration have worked hard to improve the situation, but the financial recession has intensified the problem. In particular, past subsidies from the Legion are simply not going to be available in the foreseeable future.

Hence, we have had make some very difficult decisions to make in order to achieve financial stability. The existing financial state of Gateway Academy, the current economic conditions, and the extensive competition of the High school market here in the St. Louis area have all contributed to the conclusion that we can no longer operate in the same manner.

After much study, deliberation and prayer the Board of Directors arrived at the very difficult decision that we will have to close Gateway Academy High school. We are deeply saddened by this and for our school community. But we believe it is the responsible thing for us to do at this point.

From a practical standpoint, high school third-quarter transcripts will be available by Friday, May 22. And final transcripts should be available around June 3. Pre-paid tuition and fees for high school students will be refunded.

I know that this decision is especially hard on the students who would be incoming seniors in the fall. Therefore, we want to work with the families of those students and if there are at least 10 who are interested, we will offer a senior program to them so they can graduate from Gateway as anticipated.

If you have questions, please contact my office and we will do all we can to assist you. And please keep everyone in the Gateway family in your prayers.

In Christ,

Ascension Thursday

Viri galilaei quid statis aspicientes in caelum? Hic Iesus qui adsumptus est a vobis in caelum sic veniet quemadmodum vidistis eum euntem in caelum.

20 May 2009

The End of Gateway Academy?

I have read (so-far) uncorroborated rumors on two blogs, and received some emails, to the effect that Gateway Academy is to close.

I hesitated to post on just that much information, but apparently there could be an announcement as early as tomorrow.

This is really a shame on several levels.  There was much promise in the Legion and the school, and it all goes down with the shameful activity of the founder to whom they attached their wagon.

I don't want to turn this into a Legion post; I would instead focus on two things:

1) The need for a Catholic high school in this town that is orthodox in its catechesis, and excellent in its academics.

2) Catholicism is not just a set of doctrines to which one must give intellectual assent, but rather a way of living, worshipping and praying that informs, and is informed by, those doctrines.  Lex orandi, lex credendi.

Prelude to a Reasoned Discussion on the Theology of the Body in Light of Recent Controversies

How shall I find words to describe the happiness of a marriage, whose tie is formed by the hands of the Church, which is confirmed by the sacred oblation, sealed by the blessing, proclaimed by the angels, and ratified by the heavenly Father? How wonderful a yoke is that which is taken up by two of the same faithful united together in the same hope, in the same law, in the same duty! They have the same God for their Father, they serve the same Master, they are two in one flesh, they are one heart and soul. They pray together, they prostrate together, they fast together; they instruct each other, they exhort each other, they encourage each other. You see them together in the Church, and at the holy Table. They share in each other's trials persecutions, and joys. There are no secrets between them; no such thing as shunning each other, or being wearied of each other's company. They have not to hide from each other, in order to visit the sick or the needy. Their alms excite no disputes; they approve of each other's sacrifices; they interfere not with each other's practices of piety. They have no need to make the sign of the Cross stealthily; neither are they afraid to give way, in each other's presence, to feelings of love and gratitude for their God. They sing together the psalms and canticles: and if there be any rivalry between them, it is which of them shall best sing the praises of God. Oh! these are the marriages which gladden the eyes and ears of Christ. These are the marriages to which he imparts his blessing of peace. He has said, that He would be where two are united together; therefore, He is in such a house as the one we are describing; and the enemy of man is not there.

--Tertullian, Ad uxorem, lib. ii, cap.ix.

"Thine Eyes" Movie to Screen at CBC

Details here.

St. William Chaminade?

A very nice article appears today in the Post-Dispatch on a young woman who is celebrating her fifth anniversary of remission from a twice-occurring, nearly-fatal cancer.

Of course, her recovery is a great story in and of itself. But what makes it relevant to this site is that her cure is inexplicable to medical doctors and occurred after her fervent prayers to Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, the Marianist founder. And it may lead to his canonization.

Do You Know This Man?

No. In fact, no one does. How do you refer to him when addressing him in a public conversation or debate? It is a little awkward. If he has his three, similarly-masked brothers with him, it can even be a little confusing.

Therefore, when commenting in the comboxes, please use a name, even a stupid nickname like "dweeb with the mask" or "thetimman" (that stupid name is already taken, however). It will help conversation flow better, be easier to follow, and will ensure the blogger you insult knows to whom to attribute the help.

This does not mean you can't choose to post anonymously from blogger. Just sign it with a nom-de-plume.

Thanking you in advance, I remain,
Yours affectionately,


19 May 2009

This is Why Archbishop Burke was Right on the St. Stan/St. Cronan/Pretend Priestess Cabal

I am going to quote from Fr. Zuhlsdorf on the proceedings at Notre Dame on Sunday:

A great goal has been held up for us. Gaze with wonder upon the new calf. Our new goal is dialogue. Common ground is our promised land. There we will find healing from divisions and lots more talk. Endless dialogue and then more dialogue. Our side might not be able to say very much, but that is neither here nor there. It’s the goal of dialogue which is important.

But this dialogue must not be allowed to become mean-spirited. Forefend! We must not "demonize" – a favorite new word – anyone with their past records or the Church’s clear principles about the sanctity of human life.

In an era when emotion trumps reason, facts are just plain mean.

The progressivist side knows they will not win by arguments. They win by projecting the image of deep-caring, of brow-furrowed nuance, of struggling with those hard decisions.

Remember: If you will have first "struggled" you are thereafter justified in anything you chose.

So, Sunday was pretty black for Catholics who are waking up to a clearer Catholic identity in continuity with our Tradition. It was a great day for adherents of Catholic-lite, especially in the many long-subverted institutions of higher learning. They are sure to be revitalized.


Dialogued to death.

That is and has been the strategy of the anti-Catholic "Catholic". Dialogue. Empathize. Talk away, until every baby is killed, every altar is smashed, every Catholic dogma buried, and every Catholic leaves the pews.

The fundamental dogma of the progressive: Bow down before the god of myself.

Archbishop Burke understood that the disingenuous call to dialogue about unchangeable truths like the women's ordination issue-- which is only one example-- is a fruitless endeavor that exposes the souls of Catholics to mortal danger. There is no real dialogue from the progressives, they will simply drone on and simper until they prevail. And they seek to take down souls with them. Enough. The time is ripe to choose sides, for or against the Mystical Bride of Christ.

We need Bishops like Archbishop Burke. We need priests and laypeople who have the backbone to stand for Christ. We absolutely need leadership from our shepherds. The flock is under attack from within. The wolves are rampant. Their clothing may be low-grade polyester, but they are as dangerous as the Arians.

How many holy Popes had to sound the alarm about the scourge of modernists? When will we own up to the ecclesiastical disaster of the twentieth century? When will we respond to Christ's call to repair it? When will we stand up?

They are sucking the life out of the Church. When will we get serious about resisting them?

Reception for Sister Rosalind Moss at Covenant Radio

Thanks to the readers who sent me the following information, which I apologize for being so tardy in posting. Sister Rosalind Moss will be undertaking a year of novitiate formation with the Visitation Nuns in Tyringham, Massachusetts before returning to assume direction of her proposed order, Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope.

There will be a reception in her honor this Saturday, May 23:

I know you have posted about Sr. Rosalind Moss before, so I thought you might be interested to know that she is leaving St. Louis for a year's novitiate. To celebrate her vocation, and sort of as a goodbye party, Covenant Radio is hosting an open house for her. Here's the information.

"We plan to celebrate her vocation by having a gathering of family and friends to support Sister Rosalind and wish her well. The open house will be at Covenant Network on Saturday, May 23 from 6:30-9:00PM, 4424 Hampton Avenue St. Louis, MO.

Please extend this invitation to any group, organization, or individual that you feel would like to come. Sister Rosalind has blessed and touched the lives of so many - come celebrate with us!

RSVP to Dawn at deelhaiti@SBCglobal.net or (314) 968-2439. We are looking forward to a fun and relaxing evening. Refreshments will be served."

18 May 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Celebrity Swine Flu Fatality

And we all know who gave it to him...

Thanks to the reader who emailed.

The "Spirit of Vatican I"

If anyone says that it is possible that at some time, given the advancement of knowledge, a sense may be assigned to the dogmas propounded by the Church which is different from that which the Church has understood and understands: let him be anathema.

First Vatican Council

Insight from Archbishop-Elect Carlson on Canon 915

An informative snippet from an otherwise fluffy interview with His Excellency by Tim Townsend at the Post:

Q. Do you believe Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, and who persist in doing so even after consultation with their bishop, should be denied the Eucharist if they approach to receive it?

A. If I were to enter into dialogue with somebody, and after they reflect on the discussion and that person persisted, it could come to that point. Again, (former St. Louis) Archbishop (Raymond) Burke, who is on the Supreme Apostolic Signatura (the Vatican's highest court), has combined in an interesting way (the church laws that govern the issue), and I think he does it correctly.

And he's not just speaking anymore as the archbishop of St. Louis, he is the prefect of the Signatura. It appears that's the direction the church consensus is moving towards. ... Could we get into that situation? Yes. But at least in my own time in St. Louis, I'd like to have a crack at the dialogue first.

17 May 2009

A Scene from the Twilight of Civilization

The above AP photo of Tiberius Caesar Obama granting his nausea-inducing "blessing" upon the Judases at the Notre Dame commencement wasn't the worst part.  Nor was his teleprompter's insincere dialogue-with-me meaningless pablum.  Nor was the sight of the quisling leaders of a formerly Catholic institution placing an honorary doctoral hood on the proponent of the genocide of the unborn.

My candidate for the low point, in an "it says it all" kind of way was this:

After the great one began to speak, a solitary voice raised the cry, "Stop killing our children!"

The crowd responded with a loud chant, "Yes, we can!"

Or, in other words, "Their blood be upon us and upon our children!"

Dearest God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Hardly More than in Name

For the best commentary I have yet seen on the university debacle of today, and as an admonition to us all, check out this post at Rorate Caeli, particularly the words of Pius XI.

Ex Doctor Caritatis

"I should like to have a good hammer to blunt the edge of your mind which is too subtle in the thought of your advancement.  I have told you so often that we must set about our devotions in simple good faith and, as they say, in a 'wholesale' manner.  If you do well, praise God for it; if you do badly, humble yourself.  I am well aware that you would not do ill willfully.  Have no fear then, and do not be so ready to tease your dear conscience.  For you know too well that after all your efforts, there is nothing more for you to do than to implore the love of Him Who only desires you to give Him yours."

15 May 2009

Off to a Good Start: Archbishop Carlson Weighs in on Sunday's Notre Dame Debacle

From STLToday:

Carlson assails school's plan to honor Obama

By Tim Townsend

SAGINAW, MICH. — St. Louis Archbishop-elect Robert Carlson said the University of Notre Dame's decision to honor President Barack Obama this weekend puts it at odds with church teaching and calls into question its future as a Catholic institution.

"Notre Dame has to figure out who they are — are they of the culture, or are they of the church?" Carlson said in his first interview since Pope Benedict XVI assigned him to St. Louis last month. Carlson said the university's actions will likely spark serious discussions with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Dozens of bishops and thousands of lay Catholics have protested Notre Dame's decision to bestow an honorary degree on Obama — an abortion-rights supporter — at its commencement. Dozens of St. Louis Catholics are planning to drive together to South Bend this weekend to protest the commencement.

Former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, who is now the head of the Vatican's Supreme Apostolic Signatura, its highest court, said in a speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington last week that the honor is "a source of the gravest scandal."

"Catholic institutions cannot offer any platform to, let alone honor, those who teach and act publicly against the moral law," Burke said.

Carlson, scheduled to be installed as St. Louis' archbishop on June 10, said Thursday he hoped Notre Dame officials were listening to his predecessor. "As the head of the Apostolic Signatura, (Burke's) words carry great weight," he said. "And that's something that if I were at Notre Dame I'd pay very close attention to."


"Whatever process they used was flawed" based on Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Carlson said. "I would say the university really has to sit down — its board, its administration — and reflect on what its role is, and what they're going to be."

The archbishop-elect said he didn't believe the Notre Dame situation had progressed to a point where the school should give up the title "Catholic," "but I think we are at the point that when this is finally over, that we're going to have to sit down and have a heart-to-heart discussion about what is (Notre Dame's) future."

That conversation, Carlson said, "will be very helpful for the church and I think it'll be very helpful for Notre Dame."

"I don't know what sort of communication chain you all have..."--UPDATED: Senate Bill Amended to Protect Homeschoolers

Thanks go out to Mary, one of the participants at the Homeschooling Rally in Jefferson City yesterday who was kind enough to send these great pictures.

Remember, this rally was held with about 24 hours' notice.  Of course, this can only occur because homeschooling Moms and their families just sit around the house doing nothing all day.  ;-)

May God reward all of you who turned out!

UPDATE:  From the Homeschool Goodies site comes this welcome news:

Perhaps this was just a small reminder to us that we should never take our homeschooling freedoms for granted. Here are the details and results of the May 14, 2009 rally and legislative alert on Senate Bill 291 as taken from the FHE Missouri website:

Missouri Senate Bill Amended for Homeschoolers

On May 14, the weather was perfect, and an estimated 2000 home schoolers were on the front lawn of the Capitol at 1 pm. (The Kansas City Star article says “hundreds,” but I guess 20 hundred is “hundreds.” The Star also misrepresents what the final bill does.) After opening with prayer, the crowd was briefed on what the current status was for the bill, then Kerry Messer, FHE’s lobbyist, explained the compromise amendment to which all had agreed. The House sponsor apologized for any problem his language caused home educators, as that was never his intent. He also promised the assembled crowd that if our “fix” was not adopted, he would pull the bill, killing it for 2009. About 1:30 pm, we began a “walk around the legislature.” Parading all 2000 home educators thru the Capitol took over one hour! About 2:45 pm, SB 291 was introduced, amended (as promised) and passed. Later in the evening of the 14th, the Senate passed it, and it is on its way to the Governor’s desk. (We also got language that clarifies that the county prosecutor is the ONLY person who can review home school records.)

Several legislators remarked that they had never seen such a large group, and the capitol police said they had never seen such a respectful protest! Thank you to all who came, to all who couldn’t but prayed, to Sheryl Schmidt, Kerry Messer, Scott Woodruff (of HSLDA) and to all the FHE Directors, support group leaders and faithful supporters who passed the word. You made this happen, and the Lord has blessed your efforts.

From Mary's original email:

Back from Jeff City!

As Brian Neives said to us before the rally began, "I don't know what 
sort of communication chain you all have... but whatever it is, 'wow" 
it's great!"

Pretty good turn-out for less than 24 hours advance notice! It was so 
encouraging to see families of all shapes and sizes attending - 
fathers taking a day off of work, mothers with their babies, oodles of 
folks with strollers, people from Kansas City, Troy, St. Louis and 
beyond - all to stand on the steps of the very building where 
government is "made" in our state of Missouri. And even more 
encouraging was it to meet with some of our pro-homeschooling 
Representatives beforehand and see how there are still Americans in 
office that are trying to swim upstream. Later, on the steps of the 
capital... well, you know the outcome - it was awesome!

We walked the floor of the second story of the capital - all +1000 of 
us, in a circle while our leaders were on the floor, "walking around 
the state representative floor like the Israelites" to let them know 
we're there!

Thanks to all those that couldn't go and prayed for the success of 
this last-minute call-to-arms!

Enjoy the pictures of real HOPE!