29 March 2013

Just in Case




Even posting this link will set off some readers of this blog. It might be considered unnecessary by all seven of them. However, in the off chance that anyone who is justly dismayed by the auto demolition of the Church since 1962 and the recent turmoil and uncertainty is even thinking of peering down the rabbit hole of sedevacantism, this article from The Remnant should definitively end any doubt.

Though sedevacantism is not a problem in any traditionalist group recognized by Rome (and is not likely prevalent in SSPX communities either, from what I understand), some of us may have family or friends who are sedevacantists or who are drawn to flirt with that position. And when one looks superficially or even soberly at some of the scandalous nonsense that has occurred in the Church, and even in the higher levels of the hierarchy, it is understandable that one looks for answers that satisfy Christ's guarantee that the Church would prevail over the gates of hell.

The problem with forming conclusions is that we have no authority to do so on such a weighty matter as this: Does a pope cease being pope if he is a manifest public heretic? If so, how does this occur? And on whose authority?

If you are still reading this and have never heard the various theories behind sedevacantism-by-heresy, you are no doubt mystified. No problem, feel free to move on with your life. If otherwise, I urge you to read the linked article, which is lengthy but well-reasoned, well-cited, and which discusses the writings of St. Thomas, Suarez, Cajetan, St. Robert Bellarmine and others. It covers all the bases and even historical examples.

Bravo to The Remnant for posting it. And I suppose it is noteworthy to the current crisis that it sure seems to be timely posted.

From the Conclusion:


Just before our Lord’s Passion, He said to His disciples: “All you shall be scandalized in me this night. For it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be dispersed”. (Mt. 26:31) According to tradition, the life of the Church will parallel the life of Christ, and at the end experience a passion similar to that of its head. The Church today is following our Lord through His passion. We can even discern a mystical death taking place, in what seems to be a separation of the body and soul of the Church. At the end of our Lord’s Passion, His human soul separation of His body at once, and as such death was instantaneous. But with the Church, the mystical death – separation of body and soul - is extending over a period of time as more and more of its visible members defect interiorly from the Faith.

In such unusual circumstances as this, it is certainly understandable that Catholics would be confused; and it is equally understandable that they would be scandalized by the action and inaction of the recent Popes, who may indeed have lost the Faith. But as we have seen, the loss of faith, in and of itself, does not result in the loss of Papal office. Neither do actions that render a Pope suspect of heresy. And even if a Pope was a manifest heretic (which requires a public warning) there is a two-fold opinion on whether or not he would automatically lose his office, or only be rendered deposable; yet, as we have seen, on the practical level both opinions require a judgment and declaration from the Church. Since none of the recent popes have been given a public warning, and since none have been declared heretics by the proper authorities, they do not qualify as manifest heretics. Therefore, as bad as one may think they have been, they have retained their office.



Good Friday





27 March 2013

Meatless Friday Spy Wednesday: The Truth Hurts Edition

I interrupt your Holy Week meditations to post this article by Pat Buchanan called "Who Killed the New Majority?"  Pat was a Nixon man from way back, so he might be excused his romanticism over the guy, whom he calls the architect of what was then a "new" GOP majority in 1968 and onwards.

The article is interesting in and of itself, and you can read it here.  Go ahead, do it.  Then come back.

Back already?  OK.  The reason for this post is that I was struck by one of the comments, which I think shows a very good deal of insightful analysis on the death of any semblance of decent government in this country, or even of decent society.  The GOP helped the Left murder our unborn, and they are not here to help us now:

The Republican Party murdered itself when it nominated Barry Goldwater in 1964. He became the first candidate for President ever to propose legalized abortion. He also was a huge supporter of Unplanned Parenthood. He was a warmonger, who the Democrats could portray as a lunatic. Thus he lost the election in a landslide. With his huge majorities in Congress, Johnson pushed through many terrible ideas, that had been stopped by the coalition of conservative Republicans and conservative southern Democrats. 

The guy he beat for the nomination, Rockefeller, was even worse then Goldwater on abortion, Unplanned Parenthood, and war. 

When Nixon won in 1968, he too, was an undeclared supporter of abortion. Roe V. Wade came down in 1973 on his watch. It was put on the books by a majority that included 5 Republican appointees. 

Before that Reagan had signed a much expanded abortion law in California and Rockefeller then topped him in New York. Reagan changed the party's stance on abortion and with that got the Reagan Democrats. Although the Republicans could have turned the issue of abortion back to the states several times, since 1980, by using Article 3 Section 2 of the Constitution to take away the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts, over the issue of abortion, nothing was done. 60 million aborted babies have been replaced by 60 million mostly 3rd world immigrants. 

I voted for all these bums from Goldwater to Romney. Shame on me.

Shame on us all.  I now send you back to your Holy Week meditations.  A blessed Triduum to everyone.

A Critique of the Bugnini Holy Week




Rather lengthy, but very informative, over at the Anglo Catholic. The author is Monsignor Léon Gromier, Papal Master of Ceremonies of Pius XII, who wrote this in 1960.

Readers may or may not realize that this was the first attempt at liturgical destruction-by-way-of-novelty by the architect of the Novus Ordo.

What I didn't know is that after John XXIII banished Bugnini to Persia he went back himself to the ancient Holy Week rituals. I guess Pope John XXIII is a cafeteria Catholic-- though following his and Pope Benedict's lead in Summorum Pontificum and the accompanying letter to bishops, I submit it is time every priest did the same.





26 March 2013

Biden Takes Holy Communion at Palm Sunday Mass

The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Dolan.  The story does not say who gave Vice President Biden Communion.  From the full story:

Dolan and Biden had coffee after the service, though neither addressed the press.

25 March 2013

St. Francis de Sales on Human Prudence


What St. Basil says of dogs can certainly be applied to such people: as soon as one barks and yelps, all the others bark and yelp, whether there is reason to or not, but simply because they are prompted and provoked.

But the holy Fathers teach us to continue to persevere in good despite all the barkings of such dogs. Let the world cry out as much as it wants; let human prudence censure and condemn our actions as much as it desires; we may have to listen to and suffer from all this, but let us not be frightened or give up; let us rather pursue our course firmly and faithfully. Let worldly wisdom go on constituting what it considers excellency in worldly glory if it wants to. The true Christian, or, to use the term appropriate for you, the true religious, who is tending toward Christian perfection, should, contrary to all the reasonings of human prudence, place all his perfection in the folly of the Cross [1 Co!: 1:18, 23], because it was in this folly of the Cross that Our Lord was made perfect. So all the saints have endeavored to become wise in this folly and, for this, suffered all the contempt, censures and humiliations which came to them from the worldly wise. Perfection of the Cross requires that we endure labors, persecutions and reprehensions for justice' sake. Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice' sake. [Matt. 5:10].
  
This wisdom is wholly contrary to that of the world. Even though Our Lord cried out again and again: Blessed are the poor in spirit, the peacemakers, the meek, they who hunger and thirst for justice8 [Matt. 5:3-6], the world cannot embrace this wisdom. It cries out: "Oh! How blessed are the wealthy, the oppressors, those who take vengeance on their enemies, and those whom one dares not offend." See how the perfection of the Cross is folly in the eyes of the world precisely because it embraces what is abhorrent to human nature. It loves correction and submits to it; it not only takes pleasure in being corrected, but it has no greater pleasure than in being reproved and corrected for faults and failings. Oh, blessed are they who speak only to give fraternal correction in a spirit of charity and profound humility! But more blessed are those who are always ready to receive it with a gentle, peaceful and tranquil heart! In this, they have already made great progress. Let them be humble and faithful, and let them have good courage, because in spite of all the trickeries of human prudence, they will arrive at the highest degree of Christian perfection.


--from the Sermon of St. Francis de Sales for Palm Sunday, 1622

22 March 2013

He's Got the Whole World in His Palms






In a post from yesteryear, my life partner, Sharon, the effervescent one, related an event of typical foolishness at our territorial parish called "Mass in the Grass". Her take: "The only way I'd go is if I had smoked it." Instant classic.

Today, déjà vu. This afternoon on the parish bijou sign Sharon learned of the latest atrocity: an "Ecumenical Palm Blessing" taking place on Saturday in the park across the street.

After telling me about it, to my gallows amusement, Sharon quipped, "I guess it's like 'Half-Mass in the Grass.' ...Actually it reminds me of something that rhymes with half-Mass."

That's my girl!


In a Nutshell

From a Remnant special report prior to the papal election, here you have the entire problem personified:

Concern from the Middle of the Road

Catholic Exchange is a journal of opinion from the mainstream conservative Catholic perspective.  What do I mean by this?  Well, today's home page features entries by Amy Welborn, Russell Shaw and Marcellino D'Ambrosio, to give you the flavor of it.  Solid, respectable types.  It is affiliated with Sophia Press, the publishing arm of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, a very respectable Catholic institution.

Also posted on Catholic Exchange is an article by Louie Verrecchio titled Could the Criticism Have Merit?  An interesting question, which he sets about to answer.  If I were him I would worry about my job security.

Excerpts from the full article follow:

...Before offering my own contribution to the conversation, it may be helpful to establish the guiding principles that inform my approach to the topic:

1. Some Catholics are optimistic about the immediate future of the Church, while others see cause for concern. In charity, one would do well to assume goodwill on the part of all concerned (i.e., they love the Church, are praying for Pope Francis, are open to his teaching, etc.) until proven otherwise.

2. Those who are respectfully expressing their concern are not by that simple fact guilty of “pope bashing.” As St. Thomas Aquinas said, “There being an imminent danger for the Faith, prelates must be questioned, even publicly, by their subjects. Thus, St. Paul, who was a subject of St. Peter, questioned him publicly on account of an imminent danger of scandal in a matter of Faith” (ST, IIa-IIae, Q. 33, A. 4).

3. Those who fail to see “imminent danger” where others do, and vice versa, should not hesitate to make their case leaving straw man arguments and ad hominem attacks aside.

[...]
 
With this limited amount of perspective established, let me say first and foremost that I find Pope Francis’ affection for the flock moving, his spontaneous reflections compelling, and his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary encouraging.

Even so, I also count myself among those who are concerned about the direction in which the Barque of St. Peter may soon be steered on Pope Francis’ watch, in the first place, liturgically.

I would begin by reminding those who might argue that the most pressing needs in the Church lie elsewhere that the sacred liturgy is “the summit toward which all of the Church’s activity is directed; the font from which all of her power flows” (SC 10). Therefore, if the liturgical life of the Church is in some measure wanting, everything else – her outreach to the poor, her attempts to evangelize, her internal governance, all of it – will suffer deficiency as well.

[...]

Simple does appear to be supplanting what progressives consider “extravagant;” ermine trimmed mozzette and lace surplices do seem to have fallen out of favor (at least as of this writing), and there is ample evidence that the Papal Mass is deliberately being shifted from high to low.

This being the case, it’s not difficult to imagine why progressives may already be feeling justified in the opinion that the liturgical regalia of tradition is at best mere window dressing, or at worse, an obstacle to Divine union.

In truth, however, the liturgical treasure of the Church – the venerable ritual actions, the sacred music, the ornate vestments and the vast assortment of liturgical finery befitting the service of Christ the King – has never been the property of Benedict XVI or any other pope. This treasury properly belongs to the Bride of the Redeemer who makes use of them in order to honor and glorify her Spouse, and as such, it is the rightful inheritance and heritage of those who belong to Him.

These aforementioned sacred signs also serve to call out to those who as yet do not know the Sovereign Lord, compelling them to embrace His sweet and saving yoke and to join us in offering worship to the Divine Majesty through, with and in Him and His Holy Catholic Church. They are, in others words, among our most effective tools for the work of evangelization.

The same is true of the strictly papal regalia of tradition like the triregnum (triple tiara), the sedia gestatoria (portable throne upon which the popes have been carried) and the labella (the large ceremonial fans made of white ostrich-feathers), just to name a few.

The best intentions of those recent popes who have presumed to dispose of these precious gifts do nothing to mitigate the nature of their offense. While one may wish to see a Church that is arguably more accessible to the common man, no one, not even a pope, has the right to render the Church impoverished.

[...]

...Only time will tell, but one thing is all but certain; every indication that this Holy Father has a distaste for the majestic outward signs of liturgical and papal tradition will be interpreted by many, not only as a repudiation of Pope Benedict’s restoration, but as justification for God only knows what they may have in mind going forward.

The realization that it is far easier to destroy than to build only serves to underscore the gravity of the situation. Case in point, the pontificate of Pope Paul VI, who in the course of just a few short years, presided over the unprecedented destruction of many centuries of venerable tradition, ushering in a period of liturgical devastation for which every generation ever since continues to pay dearly.

The lesson is clear: it may take but comparatively very little in the way of encouragement from Rome, intentional or otherwise, to set in motion a speedy unraveling of at least some of the hard earned gains realized over the last seven years.

[At this point Verrecchio describes the Pope's recent decision not to give a vocal Papal blessing with the Sign of the Cross to assembled journalists who were not all Catholic, and his dismay at this incident. Later he concludes as follows:]
 
No one knows with precision what the immediate future holds for the Church under this fledgling pontificate, but a faithful Catholic can scarcely deny that when the Vicar of Christ is reluctant to make the Sign of the Cross and to invoke the Blessed Trinity in an act of public blessing, there is no motive lofty enough to render it anything other than what it is; “an imminent danger for the Faith” that demands repudiation in defense of “the One who died and rose for us.”

If nothing else, perhaps the optimistic, the concerned, and the content to “wait and see” can agree on at least this much:

All of us must fast and pray on the Holy Father’s behalf, just as he requested on the day he was elected, “that the Lord bless him and Our Lady protect him.”

SSPX Responds to Mark Shea

I want to give some words of introduction to this post:  

First, Mark Shea is a Catholic blogger will take swipes at certain traditional Catholics he calls "rad trads".  Not all traditional Catholics, he will note, just "rad trads".  Pinning down just who is a "rad trad" out of that group is an exercise in pushing Jell-O up a wall, if any standard is used other than "those traditional Catholics about whom I am writing at the moment."   I enjoy his blog from time to time, then a RadTradRant (tm) will spew forth, which causes me to ditch it for a while.  Later I come back, because he is a Catholic of good will who posts good and funny stuff much of the time.  He just doesn't get the importance of the Liturgy, and in that he represents the ranks of the bulk of (inexact adjective warning:) conservative Catholics.  In that sense, I think the within-the-ranks heretics have a better understanding of the importance of Liturgy than do so-called conservatives, which is why "progressives" wish so much to destroy the Catholic Mass.

Second,  I don't know why the SSPX would take the time to respond to Shea and his fellow travelers.  Even given their irregular status, they have five thousand times the credibility he has.  There is an internet dogma often quoted: "Do not feed the troll."  Oh well, let's read it on its own terms.

Third,  I am glad of the SSPX's defense of traditional Catholic teaching, practice and Liturgy.  Do note, though, that they claim to speak for "Traditionalists", and I guess they speak for many.  But remember that they do not speak for all, or at least not in every circumstance.  O how I-- just one traditional Catholic speaking only for myself-- how I wish that Bishop Fellay had accepted the offer of faculties from Pope Benedict XVI while there was time.  It seems now to be just the time that a standard bearer for the Mass will be needed.

With that rather lengthy introduction out of the way, here is the SSPX article in question, and here is Mr. Shea's original post that set them off.

My favorite part, relevant to the current trad-bashing by yesterday's uneasy allies in the conservative ranks:

....Only a few short months ago, some thaw existed in the conservative (a misnomer if ever there was one) Catholic mind, and in conservative Catholic journals, blogs, etc. that allowed a more open discussion to exist on the nature of Vatican II, on collegiality, religious liberty, ecumenism, and most especially on the liturgy. Why, then, does this door seem closed now with the reign of Pope Francis?

It is not we who closed it, and to be fair to the Sovereign Pontiff, he has not yet closed this discussion either by his words or actions. No, the end of the discussion comes from those so-called conservatives – the best of all weathermen since they can always tell which way the wind is blowing – anxious to ingratiate themselves to what they perceive to be a shift in papal policy. When Benedict promoted a certain reform of Catholic liturgy and introduced an increased gravitas to papal liturgies, they rode to the defense of those actions as if they’d always led the army. Now that they perceive Francis taking a different road, one which seems to tread the path of liturgical minimalism, they turn their chargers and march to another battle, confident of victory so long as they always follow the seemingly prevailing forces.

What else is this but liturgical and doctrinal positivism, in the end, amounting to a certain papolatry.  And to cover up the ever-shifting sands of their principles, men, such as our blogger, feel it necessary to attack and ridicule traditional Catholics, who do not, for one instance, deny the power of Peter to bind and to loose, but rather beg Peter to use his authority to confirm his brethren in the Faith, and to truly be a universal father....

Our Sorrowful Mother, Co-Redemptrix

The Friday after Passion Sunday is traditionally set aside to commemorate Our Lady of Sorrows, particularly her deathless martyrdom beneath the cross and in her entire and fruitful participation in the passion of her Son.

I will have a couple of posts today that I would like to offer without contention and in complete reliance upon Our Lady's motherhood of all Christians.  So, following this post, don't jump to conclusions by the next two that follow.

Today's Epistle (Judith 13:22, 23-25):

The Lord hath blessed thee by His power, because by thee He hath brought our enemies to nought.  Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord the most high God, above all women upon the earth.  Blessed be the Lord Who made heaven and earth, because He hath so magnified thy name this day, that thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men, who shall be mindful of the power of the Lord for ever; for that thou hast not spared thy life by reason of the distress and tribulation of thy people, but hast prevented our ruin in the presence of our God. 

The Gospel of today recounts Our Lord, from the cross, entrusting Mary to the beloved disciple, and the disciple to Mary.  Every Christian is called to do the same, and to take Mary unto our own.  Behold our Mother-- and Mother, behold your sons.

Let us all pray to Our blessed Mother during this Passiontide of the Church.  

Today's Collect:

 O God, in Whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, the sword of sorrow did pierce the most sweet soul of the glorious Mary, Virgin and Mother; mercifully grant that we who call to mind with veneration her anguish and suffering, may obtain the blessed fruit of Thy Passion through the glorious merits and prayers of all the Saints who have faithfully stood by the cross interceding for us: Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

 


Sermon on the Feast of St. Benedict


This sermon, for the Feast of St. Benedict, was delivered by Canon Raphael Ueda of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest:

Feast of St. Benedict

“First of all I would say a prayer for our Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, that The Lord bless him and Our Lady protect him.” With these words, Pope Francis asked all to pray for Emeritus Pope Benedict, during his first public words after his election on March 13.
 
We are infinitely grateful to Benedict XVI for his ever-illuminating teaching and for giving back to the Church the Traditional Latin Mass. He has strengthened the life of  prayer in the Church. Even though he is now retired in the monastery, we are still sure of his prayer for the good of the Universal Church.

And today we celebrate the feast of St. Benedict whose name Benedict XVI chose as Pope. 

So in the fifth century, young Benedict lived with his family and received his education in Rome. Benedict watched in horror as vice unraveled the lives and morals of his childhood companions as they were instructed in the ways of the world.

Afraid for his soul, Benedict fled Rome, gave up his inheritance, and went to the mountains of Subiaco. There he lived as hermit. After years of prayer, word of his holiness brought nearby monks to ask for his leadership. Benedict warned them that he would be too strict for them, but they insisted, only to then try to poison him when his warning proved true. On his own again, Benedict resumed a life of prayerful solitude in Monte Cassino. It was here he founded the monastery that became the roots of the Church’s monastic tradition. After almost 1500 years of monastic tradition, his system seems still very firm. St. Benedict was a true pioneer for God. What is part of history to us now was then a bold step of faith into the future. 

For prayer, St. Benedict turned to the psalms, the very songs and poems of the Old Testament that Jesus himself, the word made flesh, had prayed each day. Joining our voices throughout the day with our Lord in praise of the Father was so important that Benedict called it the Work of God. And nothing was to be put before his Opus Dei. Immediately upon hearing the signal for the Divine Office, all work would cease. 

For Our Lord said: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Holy Mother Church would eventually adopt the Divine Office as her own official prayer, which she has always explained as an extension of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered by her priests each day. St. Benedict realized the strongest and truest foundation for the power of words was the Word of God itself:  the Prophet Isaias said: "For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but shall do My will, achieving the end for which I sent it.”

St. Benedict instructed his followers to practice sacred reading- the study of the very Scriptures they would be praying in the Work of God. In this lectio divina, he and his monks memorized the scripture, studied it, and contemplated it until it became part of their soul. This sacred reading was a study in love, not just in intellect. Thus each word of God would soak into their minds, their hearts, their very souls, so that the prayers would spring up from the depths of their being, not just from their memory.

Pope Benedict XVI has still lived in the legacy of his teachings and of the restoration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. 

Pope Francis will go to Castel Gandolfo, about 15 miles outside of Rome, to meet Emeritus Pope Benedict, on March 23, next Saturday, two days from today.

Let us pray so that this historic meeting would be fruitful for the good of the Church. And on our part, let us continue to remain faithful to Christ’s call and his vicar on earth, the successor of St. Peter.

Amen.

21 March 2013

Feast of St. Benedict

Today is the Feast of the founder of Western monasticism, and preserver of Western Civilization, St. Benedict of Norcia.  He is one of the patrons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

You can still make Mass this evening at St. Francis de Sales Oratory at 6:30pm.  A plenary indulgence is available, under the usual conditions, to any of the faithful who assist at Mass at an apostolate of the Institute.

St. Benedict, pray for us!

Pray for the Canonization of Blessed Karl of Austria






Public thanks to Blessed Karl of Austria for hearing my prayers for a special intention.
Blessed Karl, pray for us!






"Clearly, the Catholic Church is losing the public-relations war in a catastrophic and borderline-suicidal manner."

From Taki's Magazine comes this welcome advice for the Church:  Come out swinging and go on the public relations offensive.  Now, this isn't new advice, and crazy traditionalists and semi-conservatives have been urging it for awhile.  But it is nice to hear it from any secular source, even the somewhat esoteric political right:

Public-Relations Advice for the Catholic Church

...The press has not been kind to the Catholic Church for the last decade or two. By and large, they’ve recast the Church in the public consciousness as a supra-national entity whose evil tentacles exist solely to enable elderly men to diddle teenage boys. The coverage has been so relentlessly one-sided, one might fairly suspect that journalistic objectivity isn’t nearly as important to many writers as is to crush an ancient institution that stands in the way of the neo-dictators of modern public morality.

Clearly, the Catholic Church is losing the public-relations war in a catastrophic and borderline-suicidal manner. Whereas it’s considered bigoted to criticize Judaism and Islam, it’s open season on the Catholic Church. Placed eternally on the defensive, it has become the religious equivalent of the role that white males play in the culture wars—a target. If the Church doesn’t wish to continue losing, it may be wise to consider a different game plan. It needs to quit apologizing and instead launch a counteroffensive—a second Counter-Reformation, if you will.
 
Most devastating to the Church has been its sloppy and inept handling of sexual-abuse charges against its priesthood. At first it tended to treat all such allegations with the sort of impenitent blanket denial that is a hallmark of guilty criminal suspects. When that tack left the Church with a black eye and an ongoing PR nightmare, it switched strategies and began caving in to an escalating number of accusations with what appeared to be hush money for any and every accuser. This suggested weakness, which only made the sharks smell blood and continue attacking.

Whenever one starts with a blanket assumption of one group’s innocence and another group’s guilt, this invites certain psychopathic personalities who belong in the “innocent” group to make false accusations. This is especially true when the “guilty” group has deep pockets. Slowly—very slowly—many people are becoming aware that sometimes women falsely accuse men of rape and that ethnic minorities sometimes falsely accuse whites of hate crimes. In the reams of press coverage regarding priestly sex offenders, how often have you heard of false accusations? Even once?

And yet there are many such cases. In 2010, a California attorney filed a 10-page declaration in court claiming that an extensive investigation led him to conclude that as many as one-half of all sex-crime allegations against Catholic priests were either “entirely false” or “greatly exaggerated.” The evidence included failed polygraphs, accusers “significantly” changing their stories, false memories being implanted by psychiatrists, and instances of accusers suddenly emerging only after learning that someone else had received a large cash settlement.

[...]

So why isn’t the Church launching a counteroffensive? For every accusation of molestation, why aren’t they publicizing the very existence of false accusations? What sort of misguided piety and humility prevents it from publicizing case after case after case of priests who were exonerated after falsely being accused?


If they really wanted to fight fire with fire, they should issue weekly press releases about the fact that the president of an organization that’s been antagonizing them ceaselessly—the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priestsneglected to call the policewhen his older brother, a priest, was accused of molestation. Why are they sitting on that bombshell?

And since many of their antagonists are of a secular socialist bent who’d like to portray themselves as the sole protectors of the poor and disadvantaged, why doesn’t the Church shed a layer or two of humility and more aggressively publicize its global charitable work? Why does it shy away from quantifying the billions it spends to feed the hungry and heal the sick? Why doesn’t it challenge the socialist types to demonstrate they’re doing remotely as much to uplift the poor? This may be a case where a fear of appearing “boastful” may detract from the Church’s viability in a modern world.

Maybe it’s time for the Catholic Church to cease turning the other cheek and to come out swinging instead. The problem may not be that it’s covered up its wrongdoing so much as it’s allowed the media to ignore all the good it’s done. It should definitely punish its wrongdoers, but it should also publicize its good deeds, because obviously no one else is willing to do it for them. If the Church continues operating in a mode of passive appeasement, it risks becoming the dodo bird of religions and apologizing itself into extinction.

A Three Dollar Bill's Worth of "Gay Marriage" Stories

As the Supreme Oracle of Moloch Court gets ready to issue its diktats on sodomy-as-marriage by reviewing two cases (one on the Federal Defense of Marriage Act and one on California's Prop 8), here are three stories that might help give the beleaguered Catholic a contextual view on things:

The Logic of the Court and the Prospect of Homosexual Marriage 

Wherein it is admitted that the prospect is high and that logic has no place...

The GOP’s Complicity in the Spread of Gay Marriage

Wherein it is admitted that the Republicans are not only useless but also a necessary part of the zeitgeist on this as on every other issue dooming our society...

Young Opponents of Gay Marriage Undaunted by Battle Ahead

Wherein it is demonstrated that not everyone is cynical and worn out like me...

 

20 March 2013

In Uncertain Times, Family is Key




No matter what kind of day you're having, coming home to your wife and daughter wearing matching Bob Dylan shirts makes everything better.



From St. Francis de Sales Oratory--Te Deum for Pope Francis and Holy Week Liturgy Schedule

From Canon William Avis, Pro-Rector of St. Francis de Sales Oratory, an excerpt from the Oratory newsletter:

TE DEUM - HOLY WEEK

Dear Faithful and Friends of Saint Francis de Sales Oratory,

TE DEUM
In thankgiving for the election of His Holiness, Pope Francis, the clergy and faithful sang the Te Deum after Mass last Sunday.  The Te Deum is the great hymn of thanksgiving attributed to Saint Ambrose, a fourth century Doctor of the Church.  We offer our new Holy Father our prayers, as he begins his Petrine Ministry.  Viva il Papa!


HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

*Confessions 30 minutes before all Masses and Devotions

"But our mother [Holy Mother Church] asks something more of us than compassion and tears; she would have us profit by the lessons we are to be taught by the Passion and Death of our Redeemer.  He Himself, when going up to Calvary, said to the holy women who had the courage to show their compassion even before His very executioners: 'Weep not over Me; but weep for yourselves and for your children.' It was not that He refused the tribute of their tears, for He was pleased with this proof of their affection; but it was desired, above all, to see them appreciate the importance of what they were witnessing, and learn from it how inexorable is God's justice against sin." --Dom Gueranger, Liturgical Year. 

March 24th - Palm Sunday - 8am Low Mass; 9:30am Blessing of Palms & Procession followed by High Mass 

March 28th - Holy Thursday – 5:30pm Confessions; 6:30pm High Mass with Procession to the Repository and Adoration until Midnight

March 29th - Good Friday – 8am Stations of the Cross and Confessions; 2pm Confessions; 3pm Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord
March 30th - Holy Saturday – 8pm Confessions; 9pm Easter Vigil followed by Blessing of the Easter food (Bread, Eggs)

March 31st – Easter Sunday – 8am Low Mass; 10am High Mass