07 January 2011

St. Martin Luther King Day Approaches Again

Quick quiz:

How many Catholic saints had their names legally changed by their parents to pay homage to arch-heretic Martin Luther, and then lived and died as a preacher in the Baptist sect?

Answer: None.

And yet, again, we face the looming date of the annual Archdiocesan Mass to honor non-Catholic and non-canonized Martin Luther King, Jr.
Neither delving into the accusations of certain sinful behaviors in his personal life, and likewise neither delving into the wonderful things he accomplished in the field of civil rights, it remains a fact that it is grossly inappropriate to celebrate a Mass "in honor" of a non-Catholic. Period.

When will this end?
Not this year, as the Review notes.

As is customary, the Archbishop will also award the "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award" to area students. Right religion is a duty under the virtue of Justice; God deserves proper worship. This worship comes from the one and only true Church, the Catholic Church.

When is the Reagan Mass, or the Lincoln Mass, or Washington Mass, or the Gandhi Mass?

With all due respect to the intentions of those involved, reflexive political correctness does not justify the continuation of this event. But, this is the third year I've written about this, so you can see the pull this blog really has.

UPDATE: In light of some recent local press attention on this post, I have posted a reply here.


Anonymous said...

On Martin Kuther King Day you should switch your St. Louis Arch logo with a Rebel flag.

Fenian said...

Don't forget about that creepy angel statue outside the Basilica; it has a MLK Jr quote on it as well.

Braxton should have taken that statue to Belleville with him.

Left-footer said...

In a Southwark, London, UK, Catholic Church I attended, the Litany of the Saints was amended to include not only St Martin Luther King, who was at least dead and may well be in Heaven, but also St Nelson Mandela and St Dalai Lama, both still alive.

I kid you not.

Not a Saint Yet said...

Oh Left-footer! I find this news of yours very disturbing.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

I am appalled at the PC of so many dioceses who have canonized this man. It is sickening that he was with a mistress the night before he died. No matter what good he did, and he did much good, he was also corrupted by power and a man of pride. Not a saint who effaced himself.

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X said...

Compared to Lincoln, Martin Luther King is a saint.

Alan Aversa said...

I have actually heard a priest, during a daily mass homily on MLK Jr. day, call him a "secular saint."

Anonymous said...

Better watch it Timman ... Jesse or Al or another racial extortionist might picket your blog for your insensitive observations.

It makes as much sense as our Holy Days of obligation being, well, no longer celebrated as Holy Days. Albeit ... Southwark has us beat though.

Anonymous said...

I've said it once and Ill say it again.
Here is the reason: I'm Spanish Mass here, I'm Life Tee Mass here, I'm 'gospel' Mass here, I'm Wiccan 'sister' Mass here, and I'm Latin Mass here....

Just like this...I'm 'PC' and allow my own system control me and now I'm st. MLK Mass here.

There is no right or wrong here, ... We can just shake hands, join boards, smile, have pics made of me petting my dog... After all I'm just a man..don't want to make anybody mad...god is all how you see him, or her if I'm with the Wiccan sisters.. :) they do so much good ya see.

Welcome back st. Archbishop May.

StGuyFawkes said...

Everybody take a deep breath. A few things to rememeber.

1.) I would bet that St. Edmund Campion and the English Mission of Jesuits to the Catholic recusants, indeed, said masses for Queen Elizabeth I who was clearly a protestant. Equally, I would wager that in Protestant countries you'll find traditions whereby Masses for prostestant monarchs are regularly said.

2.) Notwithstanding the above, the MLK Mass is troubling mainly for the tendancy of the mainstream Church to devalue and water down the meaning of sainthood by the promotion of rediculous notions of secular saints.

There is no such thing as a secular saint. The proper word for Martin Luther King is activist and political hero. With the close collaboration of Lyndon JOhnson Martin King saved the United States from a looming national crisis. Nevermind the fact that the subsequent federalization of his human rights platform has gone wrong, nonetheless, King's movement allowed the U.S. to share an American world with citizens who had been largely the creators of so much of our American culture. For this he needs to be honored.

3.) The religious dimension of King's statesmanship is very specific and powerful. He rehabilitated the protestant tradition of the "Jeremiad" which was invented by the puritans and developed through "The Great Awakening" until it became the sub-text of Lincoln's Second Inaugural. King re-opened the program of religious consciousness directing the higher goals of politics.

4.) For the above he should get no sainthood. He should get high schools named for him, his face on currency.

thetimman said...


BIG difference between offering a Mass for someone and a Mass in honor of someone. Apples and oranges.

StGuyFawkes said...


You wrote, "BIG difference between offering a Mass for someone and a Mass in honor of someone. Apples and oranges."

You're right. We should make these Masses for the repose of his soul. That covers the adultery,the plagiarism and emphasizes the fact that "just being good" doesn't get you to heaven. As with regards to all men, we must presume he is in purgatory at best.

A Mass for the repose of the soul of Martin King "honors" him to the exent that we are worried for his soul's endurance, and it acknowledges that he was a sinner, as are we all.

Tim, would you object to a yearly Mass for the repose of the soul of Martin King?


Saints for Kids said...

st. Guy,

There are schools, roads, parks named after MLK, and the list goes on. Yes, he helped the Civil Rights in America, but Catholic children need to be taught about the holy men and women (saints) that are real heroes to model their lives after.

Anonymous said...

Anyone else find it hilariously ironic that a poster with the name of St. Guy Fawkes would be the only poster - well, not defending the treatment of MLK, Jr. - but at least attempting to play devil's advocate.

Anonymous said...

I assume you post similar objections to Archdiocesan masses honoring the Boy Scouts of America, which is a fine institution but certainly isn't a Catholic one.