31 May 2012

Missa Cantata Tonight at 6:30 pm at Holy Trinity Parish in St. Ann

I am sorry for the late notice, but if you are free tonight you may wish to check out this special Mass-- a Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form-- at Holy Trinity Parish in St. Ann at 6:30 pm.  Thanks to those who sent me information on this.  I had known of it, but was unaware that the situation allowed it to be publicized.


In order for the Church to really experience a restoration, it is absolutely vital that the traditional Mass be available in the ordinary parish.  Until then we will continue to spin our wheels and wait for our Lord to return.  But I digress.


If you are able, at this late hour, to make Mass tonight and support such a worthy effort, directions and information are at the link above, and the photo itself can be enlarged by clicking on it.

Prayer Request

Hi, everyone, I'm back from a bit of a very busy stretch.  And, first off, can I please ask you to pray for a very special intention?  I don't usually do the prayer request thing on the blog, but if you are willing to pray for this intention, I would be very grateful.  Even for miraculous intervention, if you will.  That's all I can say, unfortunately, but the intention is a good one.


God bless you all.

27 May 2012

Five New Priests for the Archdiocese

Congrats to all of our new priests, ordained yesterday, at least one of whom is well known to most readers here. From the Review:


Mass of Priestly Ordination

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordained five Kenrick-Glennon Seminary students to the Roman Catholic priesthood at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Archbishop Carlson confered the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Reverend Mr. Donald Anstoetter, Reverend Mr. Fadi Auro, Reverend Mr. William Dotson, Reverend Mr. Brian Fallon, and Reverend Mr. Daniel Shaughnessy.

Four of the men recently completed their master of divinity and master of theology degrees at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Rev. Mr. Anstoetter completed his master of divinity in Rome. The five were ordained to the transitional diaconate in 2011.


25 May 2012

If You Haven't Read This Book, Why Not?

Nearly everyone who has written about the spiritual life has had in mind those who live apart from the world, or at least the devotion they advocate would lead to such retirement. My intention is to write for those who have to live in the world and who, according to their state, to all outward appearances have to lead an ordinary life; and who, often enough, will not think of undertaking a devout life, considering it impossible; no one, they believe, ought to aspire to the palm of Christian piety while surrounded by the affairs of the world.

I will show them that a strong and resolute person may live in the world without being tainted by it, find spiritual springs amid its salt waters and fly through the flames of temptation without burning the wings on which they soar to God. True, it is no easy task and must be undertaken with much more zeal than many have so far shown, and I hope that this work will help those who undertake it with a generous heart. 


-- Introduction to the Devout Life 
   by St. Francis de Sales

Quick Pics from Visit of Monsignor Wach




Monsignor Gilles Wach, Prior General of the ICRSS, celebrated a beautiful Solemn High Mass at the Oratory last night to close the priestly retreat in St. Louis. In a nice treat for the Oratory faithful, Canon Aaron Huberfeld and Canon Jason Apple, both former Vicars here, filled the roles of Deacon and Subdeacon. I decided to show just how little I know of photography by posting these photos. Above, Monsignor Wach delivers the sermon.

Before Mass, one of the Oratory faithful was inducted into the Society of the Sacred Heart, and received the Cross of St. Francis de Sales from Monsignor Wach:





After Mass, the Institute family got together for a very pleasant reception in the hall. A lovely evening.

24 May 2012

Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us







"You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world”.

O my God, I thank you and I praise you for accomplishing your holy and all-lovable will without any regard for mine. 

With my whole heart, in spite of my heart, do I receive this cross I feared so much! 

It is the cross of Your choice, the cross of Your love. I venerate it; nor for anything in the world would I wish that it had not come, since You willed it. 

I keep it with gratitude and with joy, as I do everything that comes from Your hand; and I shall strive to carry it without letting it drag, with all the respect and all the affection which Your works deserve. 

Amen. 

--St. Francis de Sales

Monsignor Gilles Wach to Celebrate Solemn High Mass Tonight at 6:30 pm at St. Francis de Sales Oratory


The founder and Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, Monsignor Gilles Wach, will celebrate Solemn High Mass at the Oratory tonight at 6:30 pm to close the annual priestly retreat for the American province.  All are welcome.  A reception for Monsignor will follow in the Church hall.

23 May 2012

I Haven't Laughed This Much in a Long Time

HA!  Hans Kung is declaring Pope Benedict to be in schism for regularizing the SSPX.  Oh, rich irony!  What better proof of the orthodoxy of the Holy Father do we need than this?

Let me see if I have this straight:  Heretic who doesn't obey the Pope is worried that someone obeys the Pope and thus we shouldn't obey a Pope who doesn't obey the Heretic and his mob.  Got it.

Some are calling this the beginning of the second Western schism.  Maybe.  But I just think the guy's an idiot.  IF ONLY they would disassociate themselves publicly from the Church to avoid leading any ignorami astray.  

Kung has already been stripped of the right to teach as a Catholic by the CDF.  Hey, Hans, get real.  From Rorate, the words of the Kunger:

HANS KÜNG - Papally provoked disobedience


Both in the official and in the alternative activities in the Mannheim
Katholikentag, the prevailing sentiment was one of resentment and frustration over the delayed reforms in the Church. In fierce contrast with that, Pope Benedict XVI prepares, apparently for Pentecost, the final reconciliation with the Catholic Church of the traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X, with its bishops and priests. This should happen even if the SSPX keeps rejecting key conciliar documents, having to be incorporated into the Church with the use of skillful canonical tactics. Before the Pope does this, he must be duly warned, not least by the bishops, because of the following:

1. The pope would be including in the Church bishops and priests that are definitely invalidly ordained (SLC Note:  this is patently false).  According to the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI "Pontificalis Romani recognitio", of July 18, 1968, the ordination of bishops and priests by Archbishop Lefebvre is not only illegal but also invalid. This view is shared among others by a relevant member of the "Doctrinal Commission", Karl Josef Becker, SJ, now a cardinal (SLC Note,
Rorate says "not so").

2. With such a scandalous decision, Pope Benedict would, in his overall regretted isolation, be even more separated from the People of God. The classical doctrine regarding schism should be a warning to him. According to it, a schism of the Church happens when there is separation from the Pope, but also when the latter separates himself from the body of the Church. "Even the Pope could become a schismatic, if he will not guard the unity and communion proper to the whole body of the Church." (Francisco Suárez, major Spanish theologian of the 16th/17th centuries).


3. A schismatic pope loses his position according to that same teaching of the constitution of the Church. At least, he cannot expect obedience. Pope Benedict would be therefore encouraging the already widespread popular movement of "disobedience" against a hierarchy that is disobedient to the Gospel. He would bear sole responsibility for the grave rift and the strife created inside the Church. Instead of reconciling with the ultra-conservative, anti-democratic, and anti-Semitic SSPX, the Pope should rather care about the majority of reform-minded Catholics and reconcile with the churches of the Reformation and the entire ecumenical movement. Thus he would unite, and not divide.

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Check out the standard anti-Catholic template for articles about Pope Benedict XVI, especially as he deals with the SSPX--
  • delayed reforms (still waiting for the springtime of V2 to kick in)
  • canonical tactics (i.e., lawyer's tricks; they loved using that against Cdl. Burke)
  • his overall regretted isolation (see! the Pope's an old coot and we really just have to wait him out)
  • already widespread popular movement of "disobedience" against a hierarchy that is disobedient to the Gospel (post hoc justification of heresy and schism by his fellow travelers)
  • ultra-conservative, anti-democratic, and anti-Semitic SSPX (the final charge is the trump card of the anti-Catholic; the other two I only wish were true).
If these liars actually followed through and made their own sect instead of acting as parasites within Holy Mother Church, I could at least give them a measure of respect.  But no, they are nothing more than the devil's saboteurs, doing what damage they can.  See ya.

And They’re Breaking Down the Distance between Right and Wrong

Ring them bells, ye heathen
From the city that dreams
Ring them bells from the sanctuaries
’Cross the valleys and streams
For they’re deep and they’re wide
And the world’s on its side
And time is running backwards
And so is the bride


Ring them bells St. Peter
Where the four winds blow
Ring them bells with an iron hand
So the people will know
Oh it’s rush hour now
On the wheel and the plow
And the sun is going down
Upon the sacred cow


Ring them bells Sweet Martha
For the poor man’s son
Ring them bells so the world will know
That God is one
Oh the shepherd is asleep
Where the willows weep
And the mountains are filled
With lost sheep


Ring them bells for the blind and the deaf
Ring them bells for all of us who are left
Ring them bells for the chosen few
Who will judge the many when the game is through
Ring them bells, for the time that flies
For the child that cries
When innocence dies


Ring them bells St. Catherine
From the top of the room
Ring them from the fortress
For the lilies that bloom
Oh the lines are long
And the fighting is strong
And they’re breaking down the distance
Between right and wrong


-- Bob Dylan

A Nice Take on the Illogic of the Contraception Mandate from a Secular Perspective





It's nice to see this article today on Real Clear Politics-- the whole farce from the Leader is, after all, pretty farcical.

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Church of the Holy Contraception


By David Harsanyi


Are you sick and tired of these moralizing moralizers imposing their morality on the rest of us? I know I am.

Though it's commonly said that social conservatives would force us to live under theocratic rule if they could, these days the group most successful in imposing its worldview on others happens to be called the Democratic Party.

Just ask more than 40 Catholic organizations -- the Catholic University of America, the University of Notre Dame, the archdioceses of New York and Washington, etc. -- that filed suit against Obamacare's contraception mandate. Churches and other private institutions are impelled by government to break conscience in the name of state.

Religious freedom is, of course, limited to the interests of public health, but because contraception is relatively cheap, available in five minutes wherever you happen to be standing at this moment and covered by nearly every insurance plan, the only reason the administration mandates contraception is to coerce everyone to abide by left-wing orthodoxy.

At some point, contraception was transformed from a -- and I hope my Catholic friends will excuse the wording -- godsend to those wanting to avoid unwanted pregnancy to a "public health" concern to a moral societal imperative that must be mandated, lest we abandon our daughters, science, decency, "choice" and freedom.

Vice President Joe Biden once claimed that this debate is about "the right of women to decide for themselves, whether or not they want to use contraception" -- but not, you should note, allowing women to decide what kind of health insurance they can buy.

How does coercion become "choice"? I ran across a headline on the website of the left-wing think tank ThinkProgress that illustrates the awkward logic of this assertion: "Missouri Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Employers To Deny Access To Birth Control."

What could this possibly mean? Are these dastardly priests, archbishops and nuns forming a human blockade in front of the doors of St. Louis area pharmacies, denying men and women their "right" to purchase condoms? Does one deny access by failing to supply that something to another person? ...

[...]

And though I'm not interested in having the Catholic Church dictate the moral contours of my life, I am equally uninterested in having the Obama administration do it. And the dogmatism of the left -- though not driven by God and though, culturally speaking, I may occasionally agree with it -- is no less intrusive, whatever you might make of contraception.

A Full Church? In Europe?




Yep, that is what it looks like-- a church filled with faithful, in Spain. How is that possible? It's the new Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest Apostolate in Madrid.




Do churros con chocolate at San Gines break the traditional Eucharistic fast? Or was there ever a wisely-given indult for the late-to-bed Madrileños?






22 May 2012

A Modest Proposal

At this moment in the SSPX/Rome discussions, with the as yet unpublished doctrinal preamble at issue, and so much in the balance, Saint Louis Catholic now enters in where angels fear to tread.


I agree that the SSPX's leaders should be required to sign off on an authentic, binding, reliable declaration that guarantees their Catholicity and fidelity to the Holy Father.


And in the interests of full communion, and as a sign of this communion, I respectfully submit that the members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith should also sign off on it.


Here it is:


I firmly embrace and accept each and every definition that has been set forth and declared by the unerring teaching authority of the Church, especially those principal truths which are directly opposed to the errors of this day. And first of all, I profess that God, the origin and end of all things, can be known with certainty by the natural light of reason from the created world (see Rom. 1:90), that is, from the visible works of creation, as a cause from its effects, and that, therefore, his existence can also be demonstrated: Secondly, I accept and acknowledge the external proofs of revelation, that is, divine acts and especially miracles and prophecies as the surest signs of the divine origin of the Christian religion and I hold that these same proofs are well adapted to the understanding of all eras and all men, even of this time. Thirdly, I believe with equally firm faith that the Church, the guardian and teacher of the revealed word, was personally instituted by the real and historical Christ when he lived among us, and that the Church was built upon Peter, the prince of the apostolic hierarchy, and his successors for the duration of time. Fourthly, I sincerely hold that the doctrine of faith was handed down to us from the apostles through the orthodox Fathers in exactly the same meaning and always in the same purport. Therefore, I entirely reject the heretical' misrepresentation that dogmas evolve and change from one meaning to another different from the one which the Church held previously. I also condemn every error according to which, in place of the divine deposit which has been given to the spouse of Christ to be carefully guarded by her, there is put a philosophical figment or product of a human conscience that has gradually been developed by human effort and will continue to develop indefinitely. Fifthly, I hold with certainty and sincerely confess that faith is not a blind sentiment of religion welling up from the depths of the subconscious under the impulse of the heart and the motion of a will trained to morality; but faith is a genuine assent of the intellect to truth received by hearing from an external source. By this assent, because of the authority of the supremely truthful God, we believe to be true that which has been revealed and attested to by a personal God, our creator and Lord.


Furthermore, with due reverence, I submit and adhere with my whole heart to the condemnations, declarations, and all the prescripts contained in the encyclical Pascendi and in the decree Lamentabili, especially those concerning what is known as the history of dogmas. I also reject the error of those who say that the faith held by the Church can contradict history, and that Catholic dogmas, in the sense in which they are now understood, are irreconcilable with a more realistic view of the origins of the Christian religion. I also condemn and reject the opinion of those who say that a well-educated Christian assumes a dual personality-that of a believer and at the same time of a historian, as if it were permissible for a historian to hold things that contradict the faith of the believer, or to establish premises which, provided there be no direct denial of dogmas, would lead to the conclusion that dogmas are either false or doubtful. Likewise, I reject that method of judging and interpreting Sacred Scripture which, departing from the tradition of the Church, the analogy of faith, and the norms of the Apostolic See, embraces the misrepresentations of the rationalists and with no prudence or restraint adopts textual criticism as the one and supreme norm. Furthermore, I reject the opinion of those who hold that a professor lecturing or writing on a historico-theological subject should first put aside any preconceived opinion about the supernatural origin of Catholic tradition or about the divine promise of help to preserve all revealed truth forever; and that they should then interpret the writings of each of the Fathers solely by scientific principles, excluding all sacred authority, and with the same liberty of judgment that is common in the investigation of all ordinary historical documents.


Finally, I declare that I am completely opposed to the error of the modernists who hold that there is nothing divine in sacred tradition; or what is far worse, say that there is, but in a pantheistic sense, with the result that there would remain nothing but this plain simple fact-one to be put on a par with the ordinary facts of history-the fact, namely, that a group of men by their own labor, skill, and talent have continued through subsequent ages a school begun by Christ and his apostles. I firmly hold, then, and shall hold to my dying breath the belief of the Fathers in the charism of truth, which certainly is, was, and always will be in the succession of the episcopacy from the apostles. The purpose of this is, then, not that dogma may be tailored according to what seems better and more suited to the culture of each age; rather, that the absolute and immutable truth preached by the apostles from the beginning may never be believed to be different, may never be understood in any other way.


I promise that I shall keep all these articles faithfully, entirely, and sincerely, and guard them inviolate, in no way deviating from them in teaching or in any way in word or in writing. Thus I promise, this I swear, so help me God. . .
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(Psst... It's the Oath against Modernism, authored by Pope St. Pius X)

The Forces Arrayed Against the Church







13. You already know well, venerable brothers, the other portentous errors and deceits by which the sons of this world try most bitterly to attack the Catholic religion and the divine authority of the Church and its laws. They would even trample underfoot the rights both of the sacred and of the civil power. For this is the goal of the lawless activities against this Roman See in which Christ placed the impregnable foundation of His Church. This is the goal of those secret sects who have come forth from the darkness to destroy and desolate both the sacred and the civil commonwealth. These have been condemned with repeated anathema in the Apostolic letters of the Roman Pontiffs who preceded Us. We now confirm these with the fullness of Our Apostolic power and command that they be most carefully observed.


14. This is the goal too of the crafty Bible Societies which renew the old skill of the heretics and ceaselessly force on people of all kinds, even the uneducated, gifts of the Bible. They issue these in large numbers and at great cost, in vernacular translations, which infringe the holy rules of the Church. The commentaries which are included often contain perverse explanations; so, having rejected divine tradition, the doctrine of the Fathers and the authority of the Catholic Church, they all interpret the words of the Lord by their own private judgment, thereby perverting their meaning. As a result, they fall into the greatest errors. Gregory XVI of happy memory, Our superior predecessor, followed the lead of his own predecessors in rejecting these societies in his apostolic letters. It is Our will to condemn them likewise.


15. Also perverse is the shocking theory that it makes no difference to which religion one belongs, a theory which is greatly at variance even with reason. By means of this theory, those crafty men remove all distinction between virtue and vice, truth and error, honorable and vile action. They pretend that men can gain eternal salvation by the practice of any religion, as if there could ever be any sharing between justice and iniquity, any collaboration between light and darkness, or any agreement between Christ and Belial.


16. The sacred celibacy of clerics has also been the victim of conspiracy. Indeed, some churchmen have wretchedly forgotten their own rank and let themselves be converted by the charms and snares of pleasure. This is the aim too of the prevalent but wrong method of teaching, especially in the philosophical disciplines, a method which deceives and corrupts incautious youth in a wretched manner and gives it as drink the poison of the serpent in the goblet of Babylon. To this goal also tends the unspeakable doctrine of Communism, as it is called, a doctrine most opposed to the very natural law. For if this doctrine were accepted, the complete destruction of everyone's laws, government, property, and even of human society itself would follow.


17. To this end also tend the most dark designs of men in the clothing of sheep, while inwardly ravening wolves. They humbly recommend themselves by means of a feigned and deceitful appearance of a purer piety, a stricter virtue and discipline; after taking their captives gently, they mildly bind them, and then kill them in secret. They make men fly in terror from all practice of religion, and they cut down and dismember the sheep of the Lord. To this end, finally -- to omit other dangers which are too well known to you -- tends the widespread disgusting infection from books and pamphlets which teach the lessons of sinning. These works, well-written and filled with deceit and cunning, are scattered at immense cost through every region for the destruction of the Christian people. They spread pestilential doctrines everywhere and deprave the minds especially of the imprudent, occasioning great losses for religion.


18. As a result of this filthy medley of errors which creeps in from every side, and as the result of the unbridled license to think, speak and write, We see the following: morals deteriorated, Christ's most holy religion despised, the majesty of divine worship rejected, the power of this Apostolic See plundered, the authority of the Church attacked and reduced to base slavery, the rights of bishops trampled on, the sanctity of marriage infringed, the rule of every government violently shaken and many other losses for both the Christian and the civil commonwealth. Venerable brothers, We are compelled to weep and share in your lament that this is the case.


-- from Qui Pluribus, Pope Pius IX, 1846

Global Wa-- I Mean, "Climate Change": The Parasite for Your Tax Dollars

If you ever get a rare, exhilarating good feeling about the intelligence and/or goodwill of people, this story ought to fix you:

$72 Billion of Tax Money Spent on Global Non-Warming

Japan: The First (but not Last) Casualty of Culture of Death

I have posted previously on Japan and its declining population in the wake of World War II.  Under the tutelage of its foreign rulers in the post-war period, Japanese society embraced the culture of the pill and of population control more quickly than even Western nations.  I can only guess that the lack of a significant Catholic ethic helped the (un)natural process along.


Anyway, LifesiteNews has this story which puts the situation into context.  This country is just one possible fate for the United States if we continue on the way.

21 May 2012

Good News from the Front: The Archdiocese of Saint Louis Takes on the Regime

Give the Archbishop and Catholic Charities credit-- they filed a lawsuit today in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against the ruling junta administration, challenging the constitutionality of the abortifacient/contraception/sterilization mandate of Obamacare.  Due to the complete inaction of the regime's eugenics arm HHS in response to the Church's objections to the mandate, this really is the only logical step to take, under the law, to change things for the better.

This suit is filed in conjunction with lots of other Catholic diocesan and organizational suits filed across the country.


The entire Obamacare system is under Court challenge for lots of reasons.  If the current case at the U.S. Supreme Court challenging it on the requirement to purchase private insurance doesn't succeed, then this is a good backup approach.  If that case succeeds, then the Catholic-based lawsuits could be dismissed as moot.

Pray for the success of the lawsuits.  Again, though Catholic action is late in coming, it deserves our support now.  Of course, I have no great hope in the Courts' desire to uphold the constitution, but this step must at least be tried.

From STLToday:

St. Louis Archdiocese sues over contraception mandate

by Robert Patrick

ST. LOUIS • The St. Louis Archdiocese and Catholic Charities sued the federal government Monday, joining dozens of similar suits that allege that a government mandate to fund contraception and other services violates their religious liberties.

The local suit was filed in federal court in St. Louis Monday morning and names the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Labor and Treasury departments, as well as their heads.

The suit says that the mandated health coverage requires Catholic groups “to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs by providing, paying for, and/or facilitating access to those services. American history and tradition, embodied in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. . . , safeguard religious entities from such overbearing and oppressive governmental action.”

The new rule requiring all employers to provide contraceptive health care goes into effect for other employers in August but religious institutions were given an extra year to comply. The uproar has shown no signs of abating, however...

18 May 2012

The Hatchets are Out




CNS, the press arm of the USCCB, doing its best to derail the SSPX reconciliation. It must indeed be close to reality, as the standard, nuclear option charges are being brought to bear.

When all else fails, accuse someone of anti-semitism.

Tiresome, but it works all too often, both in religious and political circles. Full story here, excerpts below:

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In 2009, after Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunications of all four of the society's bishops, there was widespread outrage at revelations that one of the four, Bishop Richard Williamson, had denied the gassing of Jews in Nazi concentration camps and endorsed the notorious anti-Semitic forgery, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

The society's superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, repudiated those statements at the time, saying that "anti-Semitism has no place in our ranks" and that the "position of Bishop Williamson is clearly not the position of our society."

More than three years later, the society, a breakaway group that rejects the modernizing changes that followed the Second Vatican Council of 1962-65, may now be on the verge of reconciliation with Rome under the leadership of Bishop Fellay and over the objections of other members, including Bishop Williamson.

[...]

To say that "all the Jews today are responsible for the death of our Lord is not the teaching of the church, and so this is wrong," Bishop Fellay said. "But to say that people who agree (with the crucifixion), who say, 'No, they were right to do so,' there they join themselves with those who were responsible."

The bishop added that the society teaches that "we Catholics, with our sins, we are more responsible for the death of our Lord than the Jews."

But in contrast with the pope's remarks, Bishop Fellay's description of the relationship between Catholics and Jews today hardly emphasizes cooperation or friendship.

Jews "have a special place in history," Bishop Fellay said. "Unfortunately, by their refusing of the Messiah, of Christ, that does not change that they have a special role, but for the time being this role in comparison with Catholicism is an unpleasant role."

The relationship between Jews and Christians is a fundamentally antagonistic one, he said.

Jews "see in Christianity the cause of their situation today," the bishop said. "If you think of what happened to them during World War II, they claim that the fault or the cause is Christianity, which we claim is wrong."

"When you see all the comments on the Jewish side about Catholicism, you see this antagonism which does not come first from the Catholics," he said. "I think it comes more from their side than ours."

The bishop said that he did not attribute such an attitude to "every Jew, as people," but to "the religion, Judaism, which is something different."

[...]

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And this one doesn't even bother to get the names right.

17 May 2012

Ascension Thursday






Back home again. Happy Feast Day-- remember Solemn High Mass tonight at St. Francis de Sales Oratory at 6:30 pm.
FYI, a reprint of last year's Ascension Thursday/Sunday conundrum post can be read here.

15 May 2012

Warning: Shameless Vanity Food Post






My lovely wife Sharon and I had a realistic date night in Quebec last night at the wonderful Cafe du Monde, a lovely bistro right on the Saint-Laurent. We began with spinach soup (voluntarily chosen), and that is when I decided that the French can make anything taste good. We had the same entree, salmon with a basil crust, cooked perfectly, with risotto and vegetables. For dessert, I chose the obvious creme brûlée and she had a selection of fruit sorbets.

Add a very nice white wine, espresso, and finish with Chartreuse, and, voila!

Take that, Fr. Z.

LCWR Annual Assembly to Be Held in St. Louis This Year: Keynote Speaker Promotes New Age Heresy






The so-called Leadership Council of Women Religious (LCWR), the confederation of heterodox orders of religious sisters, is scheduled to have its annual assembly in St. louis in August. This group, which is currently under investigation by the CDF, is still being allowed to schedule, in addition to a lineup of the usual suspects, a keynote speaker whose heretical views are simply breathtaking-- even for this crowd.

This year's keynote address is to be delivered by Barbara Marx Hubbard, a promoter of "New Age" spirituality, who specifically denies the death and Resurrection of Christ. Mind you, this is still described as a Catholic organization, yet the speaker seems more appropriate for a coven-tion of another kind. Check out this heretical drivel:

In the explanation of Conscious Evolution that she includes on her website, Hubbard writes: “Although we may never know what really happened, we do know that the story told in the Gospels is that Jesus’ resurrection was a first demonstration of what I call the post-human universal person. We are told that he did not die. He made his transition, released his animal body, and reappeared in a new body at the next level of physicality to tell all of us that we would do what he did. The new person that he became had continuity of consciousness with his life as Jesus of Nazareth, an earthly life in which he had become fully human and fully divine. Jesus’ life stands as a model of the transition from Homo sapiens to Homo universalis.”

The above quote was taken from a post at the Women of Grace blog, as were the following excerpts:

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New Age Speaker to Offer Keynote Address at LCWR Assembly

Even though the group of dissident nuns known as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is now under the control of the Vatican, the group’s annual convention, scheduled for August and featuring New Age “visionary” Barbara Marx Hubbard, is being permitted to go forward.

According to the National Catholic Reporter (NCR), the Vatican is allowing the planned conference to go forward in spite of the fact that the group’s annual assemblies were said to be a “serious source of scandal” by Church authorities.

In a brief phone interview last week with Sr. Annmarie Sanders, LCWR’s associate director for communications and a board member of the NCR, the NCR was told that LCWR leadership and Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the congregation that ordered the group’s reform, have “mutually agreed” that the assembly will continue as planned.

Even the liberal NCR reports that this year’s lineup of speakers “could still raise eyebrows."

The conference, to be held in St. Louis from August 7-10, will host Barbara Marx Hubbard as the keynote speaker. Hubbard, an author and promoter of a new worldview called “conscious evolution” will speak on “What does it mean for you to be a leader in these evolutionary times.”

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Hubbard also believes that this new “Universal Human” will be the key to the survival of the species. “The Universal Human is connected through the heart to the whole of life, evolving consciously and helping to co-create a new world to live in,” she said during a March 12 address at Meditation Mount in Ojai, California.

She has also launched a bizarre campaign that mimics the Christian feasts of the Annunciation and Christmas by staging a Conception Day 2012 on March 22 to mark the beginning of a nine-month period of preparation culminating on “our first Planetary Birth Day” of December 22 – the day after the Mayan calendar runs out and believed by some to be the end of the world. Hubbard bills the event as “a day that leaders around the world are declaring Day One of a new era for human evolution.”
According to conference registration materials, Hubbard will address the LCWR on how to discern the future of religious life in a way “that remains open to the new levels of consciousness, even as that revelation exceeds the boundaries of present day understanding of one’s faith, as well as the charism and mission of one’s institute.”

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Sandra Schneiders, a well-known dissident who was described by Catholic author Mary Jo Anderson as a “post-Christian with a Catholic veneer” who has questioned everything from Scripture to Jesus, is expected to receive an award for outstanding leadership at the conference.

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This whole event is an abomination, and a blight on our city and Archdiocese. This event should be publicly and officially condemned by the Archdiocese in its official newspaper and website, if the current state of affairs between the group and the Vatican make a general interdict impractical. Such a keynote speaker, whose New Age views are well known, at such a gathering is clear scandal.

14 May 2012

Huh?

Not a Call to Action Puppet Mass, but I did find these gigantic creatures in a sacristy of the Basilica of Notre Dame in Quebec.

13 May 2012

Vive la Différence!




Between the "liberal"and the "conservative":

Liberal family values

Conservative family values

But remember, it really, really, really, really, really matters that you vote this Fall!

5th Sunday after Easter




V. Surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
R. Et apparuit Simoni, alleluia.


Photos of New Institute Apostolate in Brighton, England


































I have been remiss in posting these photos of the new apostolate of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Brighton. The Bishop has Given administration of the Church of SS Peter, Paul and St. Philomena to the Institute. These photos of the first Mass, in late March, with our beloved founder and Prior General Monsignor Gilles Wach come from the ICRSP French site.

Out My Window This Morning






Happy Sunday, and Happy Mothers' Day. I awoke to this ship parked outside our apartment. If they peered in, I hope I looked my best.

We will hit Mass today at the FSSP apostolate, in a church where Hitchcock filmed "I Confess".

I don't know what our 37 children have planned for their Mom. Good behavior?

12 May 2012






So we hope that in this new climate which has been established for some weeks, well, some new solutions will be able to spring up. It is a small hope. Oh, I do not have an exaggerated optimism, because, concisely, those two currents that are opposed are indeed difficult to reconcile. But if Rome really wants to give us true autonomy, the one that we have now, but with submission, we would want this, we have always desired to be subject to the Holy Father. It is not a question of despising the authority of the Holy Father; on the contrary. But we have been as if thrown outside because we were traditionalists. Well, if, as I have often asked, Rome agrees to have us make the experiment of Tradition, well then, there will be no more problems. We will be free to continue the work that we are doing, as we are doing it now, under the authority of the Sovereign Pontiff. Obviously that calls for solutions that must be looked at, that must be discussed, which are not easy to settle in their details. But with the grace of the Good Lord, it is possible that we will find a solution that will permit us to continue our work without abandoning our Faith, without abandoning that light of which I was speaking to you, which has been that of my forty years as a bishop, which is the reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
-- Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre


10 May 2012

Letter of Bishop Fellay to the Three Other SSPX Bishops

The text is at Rorate Caeli, made public after leaks of this and other correspondence made the information public. This letter is a mind-blower, simultaneously documenting the reasons for hope and pessism on reconciliation. I guess Bishop Fellay and the majority of priests will reconcile. The question is whether, and how many, other bishops obey their superior. The irony, of course, is that obedience is doubly implicated here.

St. Pius X, pray for us!





09 May 2012

I Discovered Canada's Second-Most Popular Tourist Attraction

And it's my family.

My lovely wife Sharon and I have 7 children so far, and it's not like we've never heard comments in St. Louis before. But man oh man, are we ever the oddity in Canada!

We have been approached by so many people over the two days in which we have been here, and their amazement/amusement has been entertaining for us in the extreme.

My personal favorite was an Asian-Canadian man this morning who Just. Could. Not. Get over it. He smiled to beat the band. He counted us all twice. He looked me over pretty good, like he was trying to figure out how my wife could stand to be with me (though THAT part isn't unusual).

Then he went to get his wife and introduced her to us. You could tell he just did that to cover the obvious "No, really, you have to SEE this!" motivation and the "Ha!, what did I tell you!" looks he kept shooting her.

THEN he brought back his 20- something daughter and they giggled and took our picture (!), while staring so long that I told Sharon I was going to charge him for the privilege if he stayed two seconds longer. As if on cue, he left, smiling all the way.
His antics, though, brought out many other gawkers, and we formed a receiving line to accommodate them all.

Later, on a local bus, we entertained some Australian teenagers, and even the parking Nazis enjoyed the children so much we got a brief spell of free parking at Niagara Falls.

Tonight, as we arrived at our hotel in Montreal, we did the whole clown car evacuation as people and baggage poured out from all doors. Doing a quick scan, I believe we have doubled the population of Quebec just by stepping out of the vehicle.

All this has led me to decide to tour the Great White North and go to carnivals with our children (birth certificates in hand), and charge two bits a gander.

We'll be rich!

08 May 2012

Sermon of Canon Talarico of the ICRSS on Meekness


Fourth Sunday after Easter

Meekness—it’s the forgotten virtue.

Today St. James exhorts us to practice meekness and overcome anger. Angry words destroy families and friendships. Marriages have been ruined, homes have been broken, Because the passion of anger flares up like a blazing fire out of control.

According to St. Thomas, the virtue of meekness restrains anger. Meekness is the type of humility that keeps our temper under control. Meekness preserves peace of soul. That’s why Jesus said, “Learn of Me, because I am meek and humble of Heart and you shall find rest for your souls.”

From teachers to parents, from businessmen to computer technicians, cooks to construction workers, and yes, even internet users, we must all practice the virtue of meekness…. But how? What does it mean to be meek in our everyday life? St. Francis de Sales, patron of our Institute, gives us helpful advice. He says that to be meek we must be gentle.

Now, gentleness like meekness is virtue which is much misunderstood. The world says that meekness is weakness--gentleness is for cowards. Many people think that strength means aggressive force. To be strong, you have to fight back.

One day when Jesus had been rejected by His enemies, the apostles said, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from Heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus reprimanded them, saying: “You know not of what spirit you are. The Son of man came not to destroy souls, but to save.” Gentleness is not weakness; it’s the power of self-control over passion; the power of love over hate. Gentleness is the power to forgive. Sometimes, the very reason God places difficult people into our lives is that by our gentle patience toward them, we might obtain from God the graces of conversion they need.

Some people might think that to be strong, you must go out and attack the enemy head-on. But St. Thomas Aquinas, in speaking of the virtue of fortitude—the virtue of spiritual strength—says that the greatest act of this virtue is to endure, to bear with, to stand your ground in the midst of difficulty. Endurance is stronger than aggression. It takes courage… to stand your ground in the face of criticism and ridicule, to suffer with patience when treated unfairly, to stand up for the right thing when no one else is doing it. It takes courage to be gentle. It takes courage to keep self-control in the midst of all the evil surrounding us in this world. But that’s what Mary did. Our sorrowful Mother stood at the foot of the cross with a spiritual endurance greater than all the might of ancient Rome.

This most gentle of all women endured the blasphemies, the blood, the brutality of Calvary, and she offered it all up with motherly gentleness for the salvation of all humanity. Gentleness is not for the timid and weak-minded, but gentleness is true strength of character. To quote St. Francis de Sales, there is no strength which is greater than gentleness, There is nothing which is so gentle… as true strength.” Just like a trained horse… large and powerful… yields to the rider who directs it with the reins, so does, gentleness show strength under control. The gentleness of love is more powerful than any force on earth. Blessed are the meek, happy are the gentle.

Another misconception of gentleness: some people erroneously think that gentleness is a sort of tolerance for anything and everything. But our Mother most gentle tells us today, as she told the waiters at Cana 2000 years ago… “Do whatever my Son tells you.” Gentleness never compromises the truth, but the gentle seek to make the truth… better known and loved… in all its fullness by the attractive manner in which this truth is presented.

St. Francis de Sales is called the gentle saint. He became the Bishop of Geneva, a Calvinist stronghold. The sullen Protestants of this city had forbidden that anyone speak to Catholic priests, and so, at first, the city’s inhabitants avoided Francis like the plague. But when they saw him smiling and playing in the streets with their children, when they saw his smile, his unpretentious humility, when they heard his pleasant conversation, his gentle laugh, their hearts were softened.

Their ears opened up to the truth of his message, and were converted. His Catholic contemporaries urged Francis to retake the city by force. But our saint remarked, that the city was not to be reconquered by cannons and gunpowder, the very odor of which smells like the fires of hell.

“Nothing by force, but everything with love.” This was the Salesian battle cry… his strategy was gentleness and charity. After some years the fortress of Geneva could not resist the gentle assault of fraternal charity practiced by people of good example. The charity of gentleness reclaimed the city for Christ.

And finally, dear faithful, gentleness is the virtue for a happy home. How much better your family life would be if husbands and wives would be more gentle toward each other. St. James gives good advice in the practice of gentleness. He says, “Be swift to listen, but slow to speak.” Hasty words and impulsive talk will end in anger. But good listeners will be able to calmly work out their problems with greater wisdom and gentleness.

The Evil Prince of this selfish world is always seeking to divide and conquer families by means of anger. If we are angry, we open the door of our home to the demon. However, the virtue of gentleness will be a powerful defense against the forces of hell.
If you want to teach your children a good lesson, you will accomplish much more by gentleness… than by severity. A firm, but loving correction will sink in far deeper and penetrate more effectively… than an angry, stormy rebuke. Cheerful behavior, a warm smile, a positive attitude.

Gentleness has a greater effect on children than mere words. Kids will not always remember what you said, but they will remember how you said it. Gentleness is the spoonful of sugar which makes the medicine go down. And that bitter flavor of discipline must have an aftertaste of gentleness.

Never correct an evil without encouraging the good. Be quick to correct, but also to congratulate and to compliment.

It’s not enough to teach children their prayers, It’s not enough to have them memorize the catechism. That’s good and necessary, but that’s not enough. But, if you want your children to be faithful Catholics their lifelong, then make them understand that Catholic morality and lifestyle will make them happy people. When children see gentleness and joy in you adults, then they will grow up as convinced Catholics. Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.

Give them true gentleness, and the rest will follow.

And so, on this beautiful day, when we witness the moving sight of our children bringing flowers to our Lady most gentle, let us ask our Mother most meek to make us virtuous examples of gentleness.

In just a little while, your children will be grown up and gone. But if now you are truly gentle, your good example will remain with them their whole life through.

Nothing by force, but everything with love. Blessed are the meek, happy are the gentle.

Again, Great Britain is a Preview of Coming Attractions

As bad as things are getting here, check out the latest in the UK, a country with a long history of making Catholics miserable.







07 May 2012

Pope Calls on Catholic Educational Institutions to Embrace Catholic Identity

And that means catchesis.

I realize this isn't a new call, but the recent push in the Archdiocese to boost grade schools comes to mind. Saying that your school is Catholic isn't enough. It must impart the Catholic faith, not an ersatz spirituality.

It will be a true step forward if our schools brought back the catechism, and provided students Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

The problem for many schools is that they're afraid it would actually work.

06 May 2012

Various and Sunday








Greetings to you all on a hot St. Louis Sunday. There are a number of items I wanted to touch on today, so let's get to it:


1. Canon Matthew Talarico of the ICRSS celebrated Mass today at the Oratory, and delivered an amazing sermon on meekness and gentleness. I have already asked I'm for the text, and when I have that I will post it. In case you didn't know, Canon Talarico was one of the two ordinands in Cardinal Burke's history-making Mass in 2007--pictured at the bottom of this blog.


2. I have the opportunity to make a visit to some beautiful pilgrimage churches in Quebec in the upcoming little while. I hope to have some photos to post as I do.


3. In news of more import to the Church, Rorate is posting a French media outlet report that a denouement in the SSPX situation will occur before the end of May. I pray this is so, and that reconciliation is the result, if it be God's will. Cardinal Burke, among others, is calling on the faithful to pray for it.


4. Contrast the respectful discourse between Pope Benedict and Bishop Fellay with the shrill shrieking from the LCWR as they and their supporters do everything they can to avoid obeying lawful authority and abandoning the many heresies that they promote. Now one could say that both the SSPX and the LCWR had obedience issues (though I would not call them identical issues in kind or amount), but there is no hint of heresy in the positions of the former. Their comrades in left-"Catholicism" are red-herring-ing as well as they can at the moment.


5. Next, down in Fort Worth, TX, the College of St. Thomas More has changed its name to the College of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, or Fisher-More College for short. More updates from this traditionally-oriented Catholic College will be found at its website.


6. Oh yeah-- the French have put the Socialists into power. I mean the party that calls themselves Socialists, not the less-strident group of Socialists led by Sarkoszy. France is home to lots of bad, and good, in politics, philosophy and theology. Yet another pendulum swing...


The photo above is of the Place de Bastille. Perhaps a prayer for all the Catholics killed by the Revolution (in all its manifestations), might be in order. St. Louis IX, pray for us. St. Joan of Arc, pray for us.


Have a great week.

03 May 2012

My Instant Reaction...

...to this story:


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It ceases to shock anymore, on any level.

01 May 2012

Quick Quiz





Q: Which political party protects your human dignity, Constitutionally protected freedoms and your civil liberties?

A: It's a trick question. The answer is Neither, or more accurately, there is only one party: the Government Party.

Here is an article sure NOT to convince Methodist Jim but which seems to me to say, in 8th grade-level English, that drones will "certainly" be flying over domestic airspace by government officials-- in this case, the article focuses on D.C., but mentions other areas as well. This is all thanks to a law Congress passed allowing the FAA to authorize drone
strikes, I mean, flights. 

But surely this Great-Leader power grab passed over the 'no' vote of every patriotic, freedom-loving Republican, you say? Not so much. My favorite line from the story gives a glimpse into our one-party system: 

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said in the same letter he "proudly suppported" the FAA Modernization and Reform Act that allowed for the domestic use of drones. There are many institutions in his home state that the FAA has cleared for done use, including Texas A&M University, and the police forces in the city of Arlington outside Dallas-Fort Worth and in Montgomery County near Houston.

A Chilling Coincidence? Or Just More Nothing-to-See?

Remember the death of conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart, just after he announced that he had some damaging news to release about the Leader? Remember that some thought the death a little fishy? Remember that there was an autopsy done?

OK. Well, the coroner who worked on it died on April 20th-- the same day Breitbart's cause of death was made public. From the Economic Policy Journal:

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012

HOT: Breitbart's Coroner Possibly Poisoned To Death 

Michael Cormier, a respected forensic technician for the Los Angeles County Coroner, who likely worked on the autopsy of Andrew Breitbart, died under suspicious circumstances at his North Hollywood home April 20, the same day Breitbart’s cause of death was finally made public.

“There are mysterious circumstances surrounding his death,” said Elizabeth Espinosa, a news reporter for KTLA-TV. “We’re told detectives are looking into the possibility that he was poisoned by arsenic.”

Cormier, 61, had been rushed to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank after complaining of pain and vomiting.

“He was transported there early in the morning, and passed away late at night,” Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations and Cormier’s colleague at the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, told KTLA. “It affects everybody when you lose a co-worker, but we’ll proceed and do our job and try to figure out why Michael died.”

The hospital then notified Los Angeles Police about Cormier’s death.

“At this point we haven’t ruled out foul play,” police Lt. Alan Hamilton told the Los Angeles Times. “It is one of the things being considered. We are waiting for the coroner’s results.”

Toxicology results are not expected for five to six weeks.

Prior to his death, Andrew Breitbart was preparing a "vetting" of President Obama.