31 March 2009

Viva Cristo Rey

The armies of the people pictured above, shown shooting at a statue of our Lord, were defeated seventy years ago.  Rorate Caeli has an interesting post with the reflections of Pope Pius XII on that momentous event.

Sr. Lears Returns to St. Louis to be Honored by NCAN

As her friend Susan Talve might say, this takes a lot of chutzpah.

The friends of dissent and heresy, the National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN), is awarding its Margaret Ellen Traxler Award to Sister Louise Lears.  Just to make sure we are aware that this public honor is not given in ignorance of her canonical censure, NCAN's announcement describes Sr. Lears as "placed under interdict by Archbishop Raymond Burke on June 26, 2008 for her support of the priestly ordination of two women".

Never mind that no priestly ordination of any woman took place in reality. Progressives are all about symbolism.  By giving this honor, they get to make a useless gesture that makes them feel good as they achieve actuarial nihilism.

You see, NCAN is effectually rewarding Lears for pertinacious rejection of Church teaching and scandal, not to mention inciting contumely towards the lawful Church authority.  NCAN is thus an aider and abettor of this activity.  I guess while the See is vacant, the mice will play.

Unconfirmed reports list that the vote of every member of NCAN was overwhelming-- 5 voted yes, 1 voted no, and 1 could not be channeled for comment.

Congratulations, Sisters, for sinking deeper into the well of irrelevance, at least as far as the Catholic Church is concerned.

Thanks to the reader who tipped me to this.

30 March 2009

Invitation to Tradition this Holy Week--UPDATED SCHEDULE

I apologize if this post is a little parochial, but the blog is called Saint Louis Catholic. I wanted to invite any readers who are not that familiar with the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, or with the traditional rites and ceremonies of Holy Week and the Triduum, to consider marking these important days at St. Francis de Sales Oratory.

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest administers this beautiful Oratory, and its charism of beauty and excellence in the celebration of the Mass and other Sacraments makes this the perfect opportunity to (re-)introduce yourself to the Church's ancient liturgical forms.

Palm Sunday Solemn High Mass will be at 9:30 am; this is one half-hour earlier than the normal time. Receiving the palm from the priest at the altar rail, kissing the consecrated hands of the priest, who stands in persona Christi capitis, and the beauty of the traditional procession--with the priest knocking loudly on the closed doors of the Church with the processional Crucifix-- is a moving experience.

Daily Mass of Holy Week continues Monday through Wednesday at 8 am.

For the Triduum, the schedule is as follows:

Holy Thursday Solemn High Mass begins at 6:30 pm, with procession of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration at the Altar of Repose until Midnight.

Good Friday service begins at 3 pm, with adoration of the Cross, the Lord's Passion and Mass of the Presanctified. One powerful tradition occurs immediately thereafter: the servers, seminarians and other ministers pound furiously on the choir stalls and the altar is "wrecked"-- candles knocked over and left in disarray-- to symbolize the earthquake that occurred upon the Lord's death.

Easter Vigil Mass begins at 9 pm. If you have never been to a traditional Easter Vigil Mass, you should consider assisting at this beautiful liturgy. The traditional customs are observed-- similar to the beginning of the Vigil Mass in the Ordinary Form, but with some noticeable differences. The Exsultet in Latin is not to be missed, and the choir at the Oratory adds greatly to the beauty of this Mass.

Well, thus ends my plug for St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Triduum at any Catholic Church is a profound experience, so by all means go where you can. But if you can make it to the Oratory, you are not likely to be disappointed.
UPDATE--full schedule:
Palm Sunday, April 5
8 am Low Mass
9:30 am Blessing of Palms, and Procession, High Mass

Monday in Holy Week, April 6
7:30 am Confessions
8 am Mass
6 pm Confessions
6:30 pm Mass

Tuesday in Holy Week, April 7
7:30 am Confessions
8 am Mass
6 pm Confessions
6:30 pm Mass

Wednesday in Holy Week, April 8
7:30 am Confessions
8 am Mass
6 pm Confessions
6:30 pm Mass

Holy Thursday, April 9
5:30 pm Confessions
6:30 pm Solemn High Mass, Procession to the Repository
Followed by Adoration at the Repository until Midnight

Good Friday, April 10
8 am Stations of the Cross and Confessions
2:00 – 6:30 pm Confessions
3 pm Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Followed by Adoration at the Holy Sepulcher until 8 pm

Holy Saturday, April 11
8 pm Confessions
9 pm Easter Vigil, Solemn High Mass
At the End of the Vigil Blessing of Easter Food (Bread, Eggs etc.)

Easter Sunday, April 12
8 am Low Mass with organ
10 am Solemn High Mass

Oh, No Reason

Could I recommend the following books?

Father Elijah, by Michael O'Brien

Lord of the World, by Robert Hugh Benson

Eclipse of the Sun, by Michael O'Brien

29 March 2009

Passion Sunday

From fisheaters.com:

The two weeks of Passiontide begin today, the first week being known as "Passion Week," and the second week being known as "Holy Week."


This day -- Passion Sunday -- memorializes the increasing antipathy against Christ from the Jews who would not accept Him and accused Him of sorcery and of being blasphemous and possessed by a devil. From today until Maundy Thursday, the Júdica me and theGlória patris at the Introit and Lavabo are omitted from Masses of the Season (not Sundays and Feasts).


Today, statues and sacred images (except for the Stations of the Cross) are veiled with purple cloth beginning at the Vespers of Passion Sunday, and they remain covered until the Gloria of Holy Saturday, at which point Lent ends and Eastertide begins. Catholics cover statues and icons, etc., in their homes for the same time period (the cloth shouldn't be transluscent or decorated in any way).


This veiling of the statues and icons stems from the Gospel reading of Passion Sunday (John 8:46-59), at the end of which the Jews take up stones to cast at Jesus, Who hides Himself away. The veiling also symbolizes the fact that Christ's Divinity was hidden at the time of His Passion and death, the very essence of Passiontide.


At the Vespers Mass on Holy Saturday, Lent ends and Easter begins: the statues are unveiled at that time in one of the most glorious liturgical moments of the entire Church year, a moment that affirms His divinity and proclaims that "He is risen!"


"The Mystery of Passiontide and Holy Week" 
from Dom Gueranger's "The Liturgical Year"

The holy liturgy is rich in mystery during these days of the Church's celebrating the anniversaries of so many wonderful events; but as the principal part of these mysteries is embodied in the rites and ceremonies of the respective days, we shall give our explanations according as the occasion presents itself. Our object in the present chapter, is to say a few words respecting the general character of the mysteries of these two weeks. 

We have nothing to add to the explanation, already given in our Lent, on the mystery of forty. The holy season of expiation continues its course until the fast of sinful man has imitated, in its duration, that observed by the Man-God in the desert. The army of Christ's faithful children is still fighting against the invisible enemies of man's salvation; they are still vested in their spiritual armour, and, aided by the angels of light, they are struggling hand to hand with the spirits of darkness, by compunction of heart and by mortification of the flesh. 

As we have already observed, there are three objects which principally engage the thoughts of the Church during Lent. The Passion of our Redeemer, which we have felt to be coming nearer to us each week; the preparation of the catechumens for Baptism, which is to be administered to them on Easter eve; the reconciliation of the public penitents, who are to be readmitted into the Church on the Thursday, the day of the Last Supper. Each of these three object engages more and more the attention of the Church, the nearer she approaches the time of their celebration. 

The miracle performed by our Savior almost at the very gates of Jerusalem, by which He restored Lazarus to life, has roused the fury of His enemies to the highest pitch of frenzy. The people's enthusiasm has been excited by seeing him, who had been four days in the grave, walking in the streets of their city. They ask each other if the Messias, when He comes, can work greater wonders than these done by Jesus, and whether they ought not at once to receive this Jesus as the Messias, and sing their Hosanna to Him, for He is the Son of David. They cannot contain their feelings: Jesus enters Jerusalem, and they welcome Him as their King. The high priests and princes of the people are alarmed at this demonstration of feeling; they have no time to lose; they are resolved to destroy Jesus. We are going to assist at their impious conspiracy: the Blood of the just Man is to be sold, and the price put on it is thirty silver pieces. The divine Victim, betrayed by one of His disciples, is to be judged, condemned, and crucified. Every circumstance of this awful tragedy is to be put before us by the liturgy, not merely in words, but with all the expressiveness of a sublime ceremonial. 

The catechumens have but a few more days to wait for the fount that is to give them life. Each day their instruction becomes fuller; the figures of the old Law are being explained to them; and very little now remains for them to learn with regard to the mysteries of salvation. The Symbol of faith is soon to be delivered to them. Initiated into the glories and the humiliations of the Redeemer, they will await with the faithful the moment of His glorious Resurrection; and we shall accompany them with our prayers and hymns at that solemn hour, when, leaving the defilements of sin in the life-giving waters of the font, they shall come forth pure and radiant with innocence, be enriched with the gifts of the holy Spirit, and be fed with the divine flesh of the Lamb that liveth for ever. 

The reconciliation of the penitents, too, is close at hand. Clothed in sackcloth and ashes, they are continuing their work of expiation. The Church has still several passages from the saved Scriptures to read to them, which, like those we have already heard during the last few weeks, will breathe consolation and refreshment to their souls. The near approach of the day when the Lamb is to be slain increases their hope, for they know that the Blood of this Lamb is of infinite worth, and can take away the sins of the whole world. Before the day of Jesus' Resurrection, they will have recovered their lost innocence; their pardon will come in time to enable them, like the penitent prodigal, to join in the great Banquet of that Thursday, when Jesus will say to His guests: ' With desire have I desired to eat this Pasch with you before I suffer.'

Such are the sublime subjects which are about to be brought before us: but, at the same time, we shall see our holy mother the Church mourning, like a disconsolate widow, and sad beyond all human grief Hitherto she has been weeping over the sins of her children; now she bewails the death of her divine Spouse. The joyous Alleluia has long since been hushed in her canticles; she is now going to suppress another expression, which seems too glad for a time line the present. Partially, at first, but entirely during the last three days, she is about to deny herself the use of that formula, which is so dear to her: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. There is an accent of jubilation in these words, which would ill suit her grief and the mournfulness of the rest of her chants. 

Her lessons, for the night Office, are taken from Jeremias, the prophet of lamentation above all others. The colour of her vestments is the one she had on when she assembled us at the commencement of Lent to sprinkle us with ashes; but when the dreaded day of Good Friday comes, purple would not sufficiently express the depth of her grief; she will clothe herself in black, as men do when mourning the death of a fellow-mortal; for Jesus, her Spouse, is to be put to death on that day: the sins of mankind and the rigours of the divine justice are then to weigh him down, and in all the realities of a last agony, He is to yield up His Soul to His Father. 

The presentiment of that awful hour leads the afflicted mother to veil the image of her Jesus: the gross is hidden from the eyes of the faithful. The statues of the saints, too, are covered; for it is but just that, if the glory of the Master be eclipsed, the servant should not appear. The interpreters of the liturgy tell us that this ceremony of veiling the crucifix during Passiontide, expresses the humiliation to which our Savior subjected Himself, of hiding Himself when the Jews threatened to stone Him, as is related in the Gospel of Passion Sunday. The Church begins this solemn rite with the Vespers of the Saturday before Passion Sunday. Thus it is that, in those years when the feast of our Lady's Annunciation falls in Passion-week, the statue of Mary, the Mother of God, remains veiled, even on that very day when the Archangel greets her as being full of grace, and blessed among women.

27 March 2009

Abortionist Tiller Acquitted by Jury

The killing of little babies must be allowed to go on.

But for how long?

As an aside, if you really want to weep, try posting a story on an abortion-related topic, and search google images for "abortion". 

My God, how long will we escape Your righteous wrath?

Great Liturgical News from Conception Seminary

NLM has the story:

News comes to the NLM that tomorrow morning, the rector of Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri "will be offering the first Mass in the "Usus Antiquior" since the release of the Holy Father's motu proprio..."

The Mass will take place tomorrow morning in their seminary chapel. The NLM will try to provide you with photos from the event.

Invalidity for All, Courtesy of Mr. Bozek

"Hey, I haven't been disciplined by the Church I love to hate so much in at least a week--what puerile and ineffective gesture can I make today?"

That is not an actual quote, of course, but perhaps it really captures the essence of the daily reflections of Mr. Marek Bozek.  This time, as Christopher at Lost Lambs was kind enough to point out, our favorite lay excommunicate will host an invalid "communal penance service". 

Continuing to pretend to be a Catholic priest is evil and puerile enough, but in addition to invalid individual (attempted) absolutions in the confessionals, he will also offer an invalid (attempted) general absolution-- get this-- "according to the book of rites of the Roman Catholic Church".

April 3: Communal Penance Service
We encourage all Parishioners to prepare themselves spiritually for Easter by celebrating the Sacrament of Penance. Every Saturday there is an opportunity for  confession from 3:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Additionally on Friday, 
April 3rdthere will be several priests listening to confessions from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. a Communal Penance Service will be celebrated during which, as an alternative to individual confession, General Absolution will be offered according to the Book of Rites of the Roman Catholic Church.

Apparently, because we know Marek is a stickler for adhering to Catholic practice, he believes all four people likely to attend this event on April 3 will be in danger of death.   Are they going skydiving and the ceremony will be on the plane?  Do they think Archbishop Burke is sending in troops of Swiss Guards to break up the ceremony by force?  Hard to say.

Of course, because he is degraded from the clerical state and further because he does not have faculties to hear confessions in this or any Catholic Diocese, his absolutions except in danger of death are absolutely invalid in any event.  But as you can see the notice doesn't state that he himself will be hearing confessions.  But even if he were a real priest, or even if in the very unlikely event that real Catholic priests with faculties to hear confessions in this Archdiocese are called in to do the job, the general absolution offered under the probable circumstances on April 3 are invalid.  Ineffective.  They don't work.  Just one more way the Bozek is leading these people astray.

In case schism and heresy have dimmed his memory, I offer for Mr. Bozek the relevant Canons of the Law of the Church that ruled he cannot exercise priestly functions anyway.  I even took the liberty of italicizing the important bits:

Can. 961 §1. Absolution cannot be imparted in a general manner to many penitents at once without previous individual confession unless:

1/ danger of death is imminent and there is insufficient time for the priest or priests to hear the confessions of the individual penitents;

2/ there is grave necessity, that is, when in view of the number of penitents, there are not enough confessors available to hear the confessions of individuals properly within a suitable period of time in such a way that the penitents are forced to be deprived for a long while of sacramental grace or holy communion through no fault of their own. Sufficient necessity is not considered to exist when confessors cannot be present due only to the large number of penitents such as can occur on some great feast or pilgrimage.

§2. It belongs to the diocesan bishop to judge whether the conditions required according to the norm of §1, n. 2 are present. He can determine the cases of such necessity, attentive to the criteria agreed upon with the other members of the conference of bishops.

Can. 962 §1. For a member of the Christian faithful validly to receive sacramental absolution given to many at one time, it is required not only that the person is properly disposed but also at the same time intends to confess within a suitable period of time each grave sin which at the present time cannot be so confessed.

§2. Insofar as it can be done even on the occasion of the reception of general absolution, the Christian faithful are to be instructed about the requirements of the norm of §1. An exhortation that each person take care to make an act of contrition is to precede general absolution even in the case of danger of death, if there is time.

26 March 2009

Archbishop Burke Calls Out Randall Terry for Misusing His Interview

Whispers has the story. As some of my readers have pointed out, Randall Terry may have manipulated the Burke interview in an improper way. Who thinks so? Well, Archbishop Burke, for one:

ROME, Italy - In response to the March 25, 2009 press conference of Mr. Randall Terry in Washington, D.C., the Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Louis and Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, issued the following statement:

“Recently, Mr. Randall Terry and some of his associates visited me in Rome and asked to videotape an interview with me to share with pro-life workers for the purpose of their encouragement. The interview was conducted on March 2, 2009.“

Sadly, Mr. Terry has used the videotape for another purpose which I find most objectionable.

“First, Mr. Terry issued a media advisory which gave the impression that I would be physically present at the press conference during which he played the videotape, when, in fact, I was in Rome.

"Second, I was never informed that the videotape would become part of a press conference.

“Third, I gave the interview as a Bishop from the United States to encourage those engaged in the respect life apostolate, not as the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

“Fourth, I was never informed that the videotape would be used as part of a campaign of severe criticism of certain fellow bishops regarding the application of Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law.

“If I had known what the true purpose of the interview was, I would never have agreed to participate in it.

“I am deeply sorry for the confusion and hurt which the wrong use of the videotape has caused to anyone, particularly, to my brother bishops.”

(Most Rev.) Raymond L. Burke
March 26, 2009


I would not want to cross His Grace. It will be interesting to see where this one ends. Talk about diabolical disorientation-- the enemies of life, the enemies of pure doctrine, the haters of the Eucharist and the Church, all love it when there is dissension in the ranks.

Have You Prayed the Stations of the Cross Yet?

Sunday is Passion Sunday, and the Church in the next two weeks will delve ever deeper into the mystery of our Lord's loving and heroic suffering and death. There are two Fridays left before Good Friday.

Have you traveled the way of the cross yet this Lent?

St. Francis de Sales Oratory has low Mass at 6:30 pm the next two Fridays, followed by Stations of the Cross.

Just in case.

Welcome to the Readers of America Magazine

Welcome to those readers of America magazine that have been directed to this site from the story on Archbishop Burke's recent interview. I hope you enjoy the site.

One note, just to prepare you-- we're Catholic here. Once you get used to that, you can relax and enjoy the content.

25 March 2009

Close Call

My wife had the singular fortune to find herself unexpectedly parked next to the BMW of St. Louis' favorite excommunicated, schismatic, ex-priest at Schnuck's tonight.  As there were no cameras around, he gave no statement.

Her report:  "It gave me the creeps."

When Victories are Scarce, Even a Small One is Welcome

From LifesiteNews:

Vermont Gov. Will Veto Same-Sex "Marriage" Bill Passed in Senate

By Kathleen Gilbert

MONTPELIER, Vermont, March 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas said today that he would veto a bill the Senate passed Monday that would open the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, reports the Associated Press (AP).

Douglas had indicated earlier that he thought the state's civil unions for same-sex couples were enough, and that he was against same-sex "marriage."

The Democratic-dominated Vermont Senate voted 26-4 Monday in favor of the bill, S. 115, which would redefine marriage as "the legally recognized union of two people." The House is now considering similar legislation.

The AP reports Douglas also indicated today that the Senate should not have spent time on the bill, to the detriment of pressing economic problems. Douglas' remarks echoed a complaint made by critics of the bill at the onset of the ratification process, decrying the bill as rushed by design.
Douglas' veto could be overridden by the state legislature if there is a two-thirds majority in favor of the bill in both the Senate and the House.

The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to introduce the bill last Friday, after a week of emotional hearings that drew thousands of people to the Statehouse pleading for and against the legislation.

See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Vermont Committee Approves Same-Sex "Marriage" Billhttp://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/mar/09032009.html

Vermont Begins Hearings on Same-Sex "Marriage" Billhttp://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/mar/09031703.html

Can We Get This Guy into an Obama Press Conference?

And, will anyone listen?

Daniel Hannan schools Gordon Brown, UK Prime Minister, for doing the same things our ersatz President is doing, only more so.

Time to wake up!

Geithner (read: Obama) "Open" to China's New Global Currency Idea

One of the above images is Timothy Geithner, the presumptive Treasury Secretary. The other is Hermey the elf-who-wanted-to-be-a-dentist from the beloved children's classic, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". I posted both because I can never quite be sure which is which.

In any event, Geithner's response to the proposal by the head of China's central bank for a new global currency to take the place of the dollar was to say he is "open" to it. Then he immediately backtracked.

Based on these things, the dollar, not surprisingly, dropped hard.

As a friend recently observed: Obama creates tools. Then he creates crises. Then he gets to use the tools. And the end? Power.

Move Over Hitler: House Passes Obama Youth Bill

Obama promised during the campaign to create a Socialist National Civilian Security Force similar to what they have in other Marxist regimes. Yesterday, the US House took the first step in organizing Dear Leader's dream youth service corp. The House passed the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act yesterday. The bill includes language indicating young people will be forced to participate in mandatory national service programs. The bill also states that "service learning" will be a mandatory part of the youth curriculum.That doesn't sound much like "volunteerism" does it?

The House passed a bill yesterday which includes disturbing language indicating young people will be forced to undertake mandatory national service programs as fears about President Barack Obama’s promised “civilian national security force” intensify.
The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, known as the GIVE Act, was passed yesterday by a 321-105 margin and now goes to the Senate.
Under section 6104 of the bill, entitled “Duties,” in subsection B6, the legislation states that a commission will be set up to investigate, “Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people could be developed, and how such a requirement could be implemented in a manner that would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.”
Section 120 of the bill also discusses the “Youth Engagement Zone Program” and states that “service learning” will be “a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency”.
“The legislation, slated to cost $6 billion over five years, would create 175,000 “new service opportunities” under AmeriCorps, bringing the number of participants in the national volunteer program to 250,000. It would also create additional “corps” to expand the reach of volunteerism into new sectors, including a Clean Energy Corps, Education Corps, Healthy Futures Corps and Veterans Service Corps, and it expands the National Civilian Community Corps to focus on additional areas like disaster relief and energy conservation,” reports Fox News.
Let the indoctrination begin.
More... Kelley in Virginia adds:

"There is even a provision in the bill for uniforms."
Of course.

Transcript of Archbishop Burke's Interview with Randall Terry

Transcript of Archbishop Burke’s Interview with Randall Terry on Canon 915

Archbishop Burke, Prefect, Apostolic SignaturaMarch 25, 2009 - Washington, DC -

Following is the transcript of Randall Terry’s interview with His Excellency, Archbishop Burke, Prefect, Apostolic Signatura on March 2, regarding Canon 915 and the withholding of communion from Catholic politicians that support abortion. The actual video footage of this interview was shown earlier today at a press conference at the National Press Club, in Washington, DC. More information can be found at www.humbleplea.com

Mr. Terry: Your Excellency, it’s a delight to be with you. Thank you so much.

Archbishop Raymond Burke: Pleased to have you come, and to visit with you.

Mr. Terry: For the umpteenth time, I and the others are asking, under Canon 915 what should or should not be done?

Archbishop Burke: The Canon is completely clear, it is not subject in my judgment to any other interpretations. When someone is publicly and obstinately in grave sin we may not administer Holy Communion to the person. And that, basically, for two reasons: number one, to prevent the person himself or herself from committing a sacrilege, and secondly, to protect the sanctity of the Holy Eucharist. In other words, to approach, to receive our Lord in Holy Communion, when one insists on remaining in grave sin, is such a violation of the sanctityof the Holy Eucharist, so that Communion must not be given to people who are publicly, obstinately, in grave sin.

Mr. Terry: And so does that apply to politicians of any party that are saying: "Yes, it’s okay to abort children" –to kill children?

Archbishop Burke: Yes, for someone who in any way contributes in an active way to the murder of innocent defenseless infants in the womb—children in the womb—from the very inception of human life, this is the greatest of sins. And such a person, until he or she has reformed his or her life, should not approach to receive Holy Communion.

Mr. Terry: And if they do approach, the person who is administering Holy Communion should say, “No.”?

Archbishop Burke: Right. In fact, the Canon puts the burden upon theminister of Holy Communion whether it’s the ordinary minister which would be a bishop, a priest, a deacon—or an extraordinary minister—it doesn’t make any difference. It says they’re not to be admitted to receive Holy Communion. Normally speaking, in my experience, when I have spoken with, for instance, Catholic politicians who have insisted on supporting pro-abortion legislation and told them they should not approach any more to receive Holy Communion, in my experience they don’t. Now, where Bishops have not applied the Canon, often times it’s said that this will cause some kind of disorder at the time of distribution of Holy Communion. That’s not verified. It’s not using Holy Communion to make a statement at all, it’s simply respecting this most sacred gift we have - namely, the Body and Blood of Christ—which can only be received when one has repented of his sins. And I would also make the point—and I believe that it is true that on the contrary- those public figures—Catholics—who are consistently promoting pro-abortion legislation and policies—use reception of Holy Communion to try to justify what they are doing; in other words, to present themselves as devout Catholics, when in fact they are sinning against the most fundamental teaching of the moral law. [Thou shall not murder.]

Mr. Terry: When the election was approaching, Bishop Martino said he would not serve Communion to Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden. There were a handful of other bishops who made similar statements, for which the laity and the faithful were rejoicing. But the deafening silence from so many other Bishops—and also the bishops who stepped up such as in Washington D.C., Virginia, others…Massachusetts…[and] said that we will serve communion—was so painful for us. What word of encouragement would you give, first to the laity on our struggle to bring orthodoxy back, and then to your brother bishops and priests?

Archbishop Burke: I think simply to say: reflect upon this norm of the Church’s discipline—Canon 915—which is one of the most important canons to safeguard the greatest treasure that we have in this life, namely, the communion that we have with our Lord Jesus Christ, and His true body and His true blood; and to, in every way work so that also public witness is given to the sacredness of the Holy Eucharist. And so I would encourage the faithful when they are scandalized by the giving of Holy Communion to persons are publicly and obstinately in sin, that they go to their pastors, whether it’s their parish priest or to their bishop, to insist that this scandal stop. Because, it is weakening the faith of everyone. It’s giving the impression that it must be morally correct to support procured abortion, in at least in some circumstances, if not also generally. So they need to insist that their parish priest and the bishops, and for the rest…to my brother bishops and brother priests…simply to say: the service of the Church in the world today has to begin first and foremost with the protection of the life of those who are the most defenseless and the most innocent, namely the unborn, and certainly has to extend also to those who are gravely ill, or burdened with serious illness, who have special needs; and also now more and more their lives are being threatened by a culture of death which sadly has infected our nation. So I would just urge my brother bishops and my brother priests to see as the most fundamental witness and service which they can give in leading also the faithful in their pastoral care is the apostolate of the respect for human life.

Mr. Terry: The election of Obama sent shock waves around the world concerning the right to life of babies because of his commitment to pursue FOCA, to try to force hospitals - Catholic hospitals - into giving the morning after pill, other things – [the repeal of the]Mexico City policy. From your vantage point here in the Vatican, what kind of fruit around the world is this poison that’s percolating in America producing?

Archbishop Burke: There is no question, and I certainly see it here, living now here in Europe, and Italy, and also with the kind of communication within all of Europe that Barack Obama—President Obama—is a charismatic figure. And there was a great deal of—especially through the media—a great deal of publicity and so forth regarding the “hope,” the word that he used so much, that he offered—not only for the United States— and for the world. And so you can be certain that the whole world, and especially the English speaking world—which let us recall, is a great part of the world—is following very carefully and attentively what this man is doing—this world leader—which he is. And therefore, it becomes more incumbent upon us then ever, also in our responsibility for the scandal and the harm being done, not only in our own nation which is in itself— which we think about 50 million since the Roe v. Wade decision, 50 million unborn infants murdered—but also to consider the effect that our nation is having on the whole world in this culture of death. America has the call to lead—to use its influence in the way that will give glory to God and will serve the common good in its most essential element: and that is by turning around this culture of death, and especially protecting the right to life of the unborn. So our responsibility is even greater than just for our own nation - which is in itself such a weighty matter. But we have to see how this is also having, adding a tremendous influence in the English speaking world, but also in the whole world, because of the charismatic nature of our present President. But in any case, no matter who is the President of the United States, here is a world leader with a tremendous capacity to promote the common good, but at the same time sadly, who could—by promoting and implementing anti-life legislation measures—could be an agent of death.

Mr. Terry: If I was a Catholic in another country, I would be watching the news unfold in America hearing the silence of so many Catholics, the debate over communion, and it might have the effect of me just saying, “Well, we have abortion here, they’ve got it there, let’s just all learn to live with it and go on about our business.”

Archbishop Burke: Well, I think this is precisely the effect that it has had. The communications today are instantaneous. The whole world knows that a very high percentage of Catholics in fact voted for this very anti-life candidate and so they watch this very carefully, and what the world needs to see now is a strong witness on the part of all Catholics and we can’t be content with the fact that some 55% - or whatever it is - who for whatever reason, supported this anti-life program. They have to see now that Catholics in the United States are alive and faithful and that they are going to work to protect human life, and above all, to let the President of the United States know that this is the number one issue.

Mr. Terry: There are many Catholics who believed that to vote for Obama - knowing his promises to extend child-killing even further -that to knowingly vote for him under those circumstances was a type of cooperation with moral evil. It was cooperating with evil. Do you concur with that and if so, why?

Archbishop Burke: Well, the fact of the matter is, it is a form of cooperation, because by voting we put a person in office. And people say, “What does my vote matter?” Well, your vote is either a vote to put someone in office who will do what is right and just, or someone who won’t. And so if you, knowing that abortion is a grave crime against human life – is the killing of an innocent, defenseless human life - and you vote for the candidate who says that he intends to make that more available – that practice of infanticide - you bear aresponsibility. That is, you have cooperated in the election of this person into office, there’s no question about it.

Mr. Terry: Archbishop, thank you for your time. Do you have anyclosing comments or exhortations?

Archbishop Burke: President Obama uses this word “hope” in a way thatfor us is very disturbing. We need to have hope, the hope that is founded in Jesus Christ, alive for us in the Church; Jesus Christ who gave His life for everyone without exception, and with a particular love for the suffering and for those who are the most defenseless. And so we have to be filled with hope and give ourselves more than ever to His work, to His mission of protecting human life, and so I ask God to bless you very much in what you are doing to advance the cause of life.

Mr. Terry: Thank you, Your Excellency; long life to you.


As usual the Archbishop nails it, with, to use a phrase dissenting Catholics like to bandy about without understanding its meaning or its link to the truth, a truly prophetic voice. Re-read this carefully. Battle lines are being drawn.

May God bless Archbishop Burke and grant us a worthy successor! Mary, Our Lady of the Annunciation, protect us!

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

V. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae;
R. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.
V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen.
V. Ecce ancilla Domini.
R. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Ave Maria, gratia plena,.......Hail Mary, full of grace, .....
V. Et Verbum caro factum est.
R. Et habitavit in nobis.
V. And the Word was made flesh:
R. And dwelt among us.
Ave Maria, gratia plena,.......Hail Mary, full of grace, .....
V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genetrix.
R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Gratiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde; ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem eius et crucem, ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.
R. Amen.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

24 March 2009

Institute News

Last Saturday, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest welcomed His Eminence Franc Cardinal Rode, Prefect for the Congregation for the Religious, to ordain six new deacons at the Institute's motherhouse in Gricigliano.

The above photo is of Cardinal Rode, flanked on his right by Canon Karl Lenhardt, formerly Rector of St. Francis de Sales Oratory, and (I am kindly informed) Canon Joseph Luzuy, of the Institute's Apostolate in Rome.

In other Institute news, it seems they have gained a new apostolate in the Emerald Isle.  A modest beginning, perhaps, but the Institute continues to be blessed with sure and steady growth.  For now, they offer the traditional Mass once a month, but with God's blessings this apostolate surely will grow.  We know the sacred music there will be first rate, as Canon Wulfran Lebocq, who heads the Institute's sacred music efforts, is the Chaplain.  For a sample of his excellent work, click here.

Please keep these holy priests, religious and oblates in your prayers.

"We are particularly disheartened by the attitude of the German Episcopate"

I am thinking you aren't the only ones, Bishop Fellay.

From Rorate Caeli comes the translation of the statement of Bishop Bernard Fellay of the SSPX concerning the SSPX's decision to move the ordinations that were scheduled to take place in Germany to Switzerland:

At the request of the Holy See, we decided to move the ordinations to the sub-diaconate that were supposed to take place at Zaitzkofen, in Germany, this Saturday March 28th. They will take place at the seminary of Ecône, in Switzerland, on the same date.

This decision is intended to be a peaceful gesture after the lifting of the unjust condemnations that weighed on the Bishops of the Society and the violent reactions that followed. In fact, we regret that some Episcopates have taken advantage of this to conduct an open rebellion against the Sovereign Pontiff. We are particularly disheartened by the attitude of the German Episcopate that has not ceased to show its hostility stripped of charity and its continuous judgements of intention, treating us “hatefully, without misgiving or restraint”, as the Holy Father justly said in his letter of last March 10th.

We know that our situation, before the law of the Church, is imperfect. This is not new, and is intimately linked with the crisis that is affecting the Church and the state of necessity that flows from it. Then, it is useless to invoke law to try to suffocate the life of our priestly society. The other ordinations will take place as planned. There has never been any question of cancelling them. Indeed, the kind act of the Holy See should not be interpreted as a determination to strangle the Society of Saint Pius X.

We are sticking to the schedule as indicated by the decree of last January 21st which provides for the “necessary talks” concerning the Council Vatican II and its novelties. To the Holy Father, we repeat our promise of our prayer so that the full light of the whole Truth may bloom from these doctrinal discussions.

Menzingen, March 24th 2009.

+ Bernard Fellay

Prayers Needed

Please if you could pray for a regular reader of this blog who has suffered miscarriage, and for her family.

Thank you, and God bless you.

Missouri Senate Democrats Doing What They Do Best

This time they are conducting a filibuster to prevent a vote on a bill that would make it illegal to coerce someone into having an abortion.  I guess they think that it is fine for an employer to threaten to fire someone unless she kills her baby.  Or perhaps they think it not as many babies will die if women are required to view an ultrasound before killing them, or if they have to wait 24 hours to make sure they want to kill their baby, or if they are made aware of abortion alternatives.

Noted pro-abortion Senator Joan Bray said that provisions of the legislation "presume women are stupid."  This presumably angers her because she has counted on that fact to be elected several times.

Why, oh why, say these protectors of the killing fields, can't the Senate talk about Gov. Nixon's nifty economic plan?

By the way, if this bill is voted on, it has the votes to pass, forcing Nixon to veto it and giving the lie to his big pro-life campaign rhetoric.

From STLToday:

Abortion bill ties up Mo. Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Critics of legislation making it a crime to coerce someone in Missouri to have an abortion and requiring that more information be offered to women seeking abortions tied up the state Senate into the night Monday.

Opponents took the floor in the afternoon and filibustered for more than five hours before debate was halted. The measure did not come to a vote.

The legislation would create a specific crime of bullying women and teens into terminating their pregnancies. The bill would require a woman seeking an abortion to wait 24 hours before the procedure and require the doctor to give her a chance during that time to view an ultrasound and listen to the fetal heartbeat.

Missouri lawmakers have debated several abortion measures this session. The House earlier this month approved a nearly identical bill dealing with "coerced" abortions after a highly contentious and emotional debate.

Senate opponents contend that several of the bill's provisions are unworkable and that others, as Sen. Joan Bray put it, "presume women are stupid."

"You're trying to force women to have babies they don't want," said Bray, D-St. Louis.

Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, said that because abortion is legal in Missouri, she does not understand the mechanics of criminalizing attempts to urge another to do something that is permitted.

Sponsoring Sen. Rob Mayer said the legislation is designed to protect women and ensure they have enough information to make their decision.

"My intention is to make certain through this legislation that women are fully informed and understand the procedure they're about to undergo and the consequences that come with that procedure," said Mayer, R-Dexter.

Much of the debate Monday featured Democrats talking to each other, criticizing the legislation. Others questioned why Senate leaders did not devote more time toward an economic development package backed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Other provisions of the bill would require that women be informed orally and in writing of the potential risks of having an abortion and be informed of possible alternatives.

Physicians also would be required to hand a pregnant woman a state-created information packet that includes color photographs showing fetus development and the statement: "It is the public policy of the state of Missouri that the life of each human being begins at conception, and that unborn children have protectable interest in life, health, and well-being."

Plus, women considering abortions would need to be offered an anesthetic for fetuses after 22 weeks and told that they have the necessary anatomical structures to feel pain and receive anesthesia during prenatal surgery.

The ban on coercing someone to have an abortion targets employers who threaten to fire a woman or reduce her pay or those who threaten to take away college scholarships if she doesn't have an abortion could face up to one year in jail. And those who coerce someone to have an abortion through a separate crime - such as stalking or domestic assault - would have their prison sentences increased.

Doctors who perform an abortion when they know a woman has been coerced could be charged with a felony and face up to seven years in prison.


Abortion bill is SB264.

See, This is Why I Never Order a Hot Dog at a Restaurant

I mean, who knows when the next riot will break out?

23 March 2009

Bishop Hermann at the Gates of Hell

Thanks to the trusty reader who sent these early photos from the ongoing 40 Days for Life campaign; today, His Excellency Bishop Robert Hermann took his turn at prayerful vigil in front of so-called Planned Parenthood on Forest Park Blvd.

As we await the announcement of the new Archbishop, it is good to reflect with gratitude on the wonderful regent we have had since Archbishop Burke left for higher office.

The Queen's Agony

Interesting and moving post from Tea at Trianon:

Her neck never stopped aching from the vise-like grip with which his short arms had locked around her, refusing to let go, as the commissaries began to drag him from her arms. His cries of "Maman! Maman!" echoed within her still. Her heart was not broken, it was gone. ~from Trianon by Elena Maria Vidal, Chapter Seven: "The Sacrifice"

On July 3, 1793, eight year old Louis XVII was forcibly removed from his mother the Queen. His sister Madame Royale later described the scene thus:

On the 3d of July, they read to us a decree of the Convention, that my brother should be separated from us, and placed in the most secure apartment of the tower. As p223soon as he heard this sentence pronounced, he threw himself into the arms of my mother, and entreated, with violent cries, than to be separated from her. My mother was stricken to the earth by this cruel order; she would not part with her son, and she actually defended, against the efforts of the officers, the bed in which she had placed him. But these men would have him, and threatened to call up the guard, and use violence. My mother exclaimed, that they had better kill her than tear the child from her. An hour was spent in resistance on her part, and in prayers and tears on the part of all of us.

At last they threatened even the lives of both him and me, and my mother's maternal tenderness at length forced her to this sacrifice. My aunt and I dressed the child, for my poor mother had no longer strength for any thing. Nevertheless, when he was dressed, she took him and delivered him herself into the hands of the officers, bathing him with her tears, foreseeing that she was never to see him again. The poor little fellow embraced us all tenderly, and was carried off in a flood of tears. My mother charged the officers to ask the council-general for permission to see her son, were it only at meals. They engaged to do so. She was overwhelmed with the sorrow of parting with him, but her horror was extreme when she heard that one Simon62 (a shoemaker by trade, whom she had seen as a municipal officer in the Temple), was the person to whom her unhappy child was confided. She asked continually to be allowed to see him, but in vain. He, on his side, cried for two whole days, and begged without intermission to be permitted to see us.

~Private Memoirs, by Madame Royale, Duchess of Angoulême, translated by John Wilson Croker. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1823, pp 223-225.