Saturday, November 18, 2017

GIVING DIOCESAN AND PAPAL AWARDS TO THE LAITY


Usually when diocesan and papal awards are given to the laity, the criteria is based upon what they do in the churchy realm of the institutional Church.

Of course practicing Catholics should be the ones considered. But what does this mean?

I think it means following the precepts of the Church, not necessarily being involved in all the churchy things of the parish. Thus a Catholic who simply attends Mass each and every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, goes to Confession at least once a year, makes their "Easter Duty" (google that!) and financially supports their parish and diocese are the ones to be considered but also to include the following:

An excellent parent, sibling who makes the home the Church in Miniature.

The Catholic Politicians who actually upholds the teachings of the Church in the all the hot-button political controversies of the day and to the point of a white martyrdom.

In other words, excellent candidates for diocesan and papal awards aren't those who have been cooked in the crock pot of being clericalized by their priests and parishes (I am not condemning laity who take churchy roles here) but Catholics who bring their Catholic Faith to the world to serve the poor, marginalized and uphold all that the Catholic Church believes, teaches and practices to be revealed by God.

POPE BENEDICT XVI'S RENEWAL IN CONTINUITY IS TOUTED BY PAPAL CANDIDATE, CARDINAL PAROLIN!

This courtesy of Whispers in the Loggia:

Building upon his historic message to open the 100th Plenary, as the bench's elections unfolded on Tuesday morning, the Cardinal-Secretary of State Pietro Parolin delivered an even more extensive – and, quite possibly, even more significant – word, appearing at the Catholic University of America in Washington to propose Pope Francis as the ultimate figure of continuity with Vatican II, citing how he's "taken up anew" the Council's teaching and rebooted model of church.

My comment: Listen carefully (actually read carefully) what Cardinal Parolin says. He is much clearer in his presentations than Pope Francis is. Parolin quotes Pope Benedict's Christmas presentation to the cardinals at the Vatican extensively, especially His Holiness' "Renewal in Continuity" not rupture.

But more importantly, while we are "irreversibly" in the post-Conciliar Church, with vernacular liturgies, inculturation and the like, although the Cardinal doesn't say this, it also means a Church with a variety of "styles" or rites of the Mass and her sacraments which is inclusive of the pre-conciliar liturgy and sacramental system.

Then Cardinal Parolin correctly situates the laity's role in bringing the mission of the Church to the secular world, be it their families, their work places, their politics. It is here that "clericalism" has thwarted the mission of Vatican II for the laity. Priests have "churchified" the laity and made them mini-clerics working for the institutional Church, being lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and the like, but little or no emphasis on the family as the Church in Miniature, the role of the laity in the world, especially to make known what the Church's teachings are and embodying these teachings in the public square and in politics!

I think that Cardinal Parolin even nuances the role of  Bishops' Conferences and synodality more so than Pope Francis does.

Overall, if Cardinal Parolin becomes Pope Francis II, I think there will be more peace and clarity in the papacy and thus the Church than we have now. And as Pope Francis II, there will not be the cult of the personality surrounding Him or too much talking off-the-cuff.  He is a mix between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis, more towards Benedict, in personality.He is more balanced than Pope Francis. And of course, he's Italian to the core so of course there will be back-room maneuvering which leads to a "bella figura" (a nice look on the surface). Of course "che bella figura" in Italian can be a sarcastic/ironic remark too to refer to actually ugliness and many Italians use this against Pope Francis! Of course you have to hear the voice inflection and facial expression of the Italian using this term!

Back to Whispers: While publication of Parolin's text has been prohibited – Lord only knows why – gratefully a fullvid of his Italian address is around, with a captioned translation in English....

And here it is, it lasts less than an hour and is important to read--I hope we get a written text soon!


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Friday, November 17, 2017

FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY DEMONSTRATES THE SANITARY, NONCOMMUNICABLE OF DISEASE WAY TO RECEIVE THE "PRECIOUS BLOOD" AS WELL AS THE REVERENT WAY TO DO SO, KNEELING WITH OTHER COMMUNICANTS AT THE ALTAR RAILING!

CATHOLIC FORMER SENATOR JOHN KERRY RECEIVES HOLY COMMUNION "WINE" KNEELING AND FROM AN INDIVIDUAL "CUP", A TERM PROGRESSIVE LITURGISTS PREFER OVER THE WORD "CHALICE." 

DISCUSS!

 

DO WE COMMIT SACRILEGE ANY TIME, AND ON THIS BLOG, WHEN WE DENIGRATE EITHER FORM OF THE ONE LATIN RITE?




 Last night I taught our RCIA class on the First Commandment of God which, for coloring book Catholics, is:

 I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.

The Catechism of the  Catholic Church goes into detail about this commandment and how a Catholic could break it.

This caught my attention:

CCC 2120 Sacrilege consists in profaning or treating unworthily the sacraments and other liturgical actions, as well as persons, things, or places consecrated to God. Sacrilege is a grave sin especially when committed against the Eucharist, for in this sacrament the true Body of Christ is made substantially present for us.52

Obviously, there are some who hold the Extraordinary Form of the Mass in contempt. Do they then not commit sacrilege when they complain about this, that or the other in order to promote what is called the reformed Mass of Vatican II?

The same is true of those who prefer the Extraordinary Form. Do they then not commit sacrilege when they complain not just about abuses of this liturgical form but denigrate the Ordinary Form's Roman Missal outright?

Do they not commit sacrilege when they profane and treat unworthily not just the sacrament itself, but liturgical actions as well?

I ask; you answer!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CNN IS OWNED BY TIME WARNER WHICH OWNS A CABLEVISION OUTLET WHICH SELLS PAY PER VIEW HARDCORE PORNOGRAPY MAKING BILLIONS OFF IT AND ON VIDEOS THAT OBJECTFY MEN AND WOMAN AND GLORIFIES SEXUAL ABUSE OF MEN AND WOMEN!

Phone, Work, and Porn: NO MORE PORN
 TILL YOU PAY THAT BILL!
Web Man sometimes does work for the phone and cable companies
Web Man sometimes does work for the phone and cable companies

NBC is owned by Comcast which prophits off of the porn industry too!

CNN's Jake Tapper is interviewing the victim of Senator Al Franken and trying to engineer social change as it concerns sexual harassment and abuse. Sanctimoniousness reigns on that show!

Yet not a word about his company's profiting on selling pornograhy that victimizes those videoed, promotes hypersexuality and the corruption of sexuality and glorifies the objectification of men and women. It corrupts minors and is a form of sexual abuse of children who access this smut.

Many of the porn actors are a part of sex slavery industry too.

THE SELF RIGHTEOUS NEWS MEDIA OWNED BY THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY IS THE PROBLEM, NOT THE SOLUTION!

THOSE WHO DENIGRATE THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS IN THE ORDINARY OR EXTRAORDINARY FORM SHOULD TAKE NOTE




This is part of a comment from another post:

How much of a demand there is for such a Mass, I don't know---being raised mostly after Vatican 2, I can't say I am discontented with OF, or most people I know for that matter.

In my previous parish and now in this parish, I don't know of any real discontent with the Ordinary Form of the Mass apart from the style of music that is selected. Usually I hear people who want us to be more upbeat and like the non-denominationals, not more traditional like the EF Mass!

The question of Catholics who no longer attend Mass is not easy to answer. Did they leave over the Mass or the sex abuse scandal and the implied hypocrisy of bishops and priests in this regard.

Did they leave over our strict teachings on sexual morality, only men ordained as priests and our politics as it regards contraception, same sex marriage and abortion?

Did they leave the Catholic Church for better community and feel good religion and relevancy?

Did they leave the Catholic Church because their new religion offers more opportunity for service?

How many leave the Catholic Church due to a percieved lack of reverence in the Ordinary Form, the lack of a silent canon, no kneeling for Holy Communion, altar girls, Eucharistic ministers, lectors and the like?
Very few I think.

HERE WE GO! WILL CNN OBSESS OVER THIS AND DEMAND HIS RESIGNATION?

HYPOCRISY IS THY NAME!

Al Franken Hit With Sexual Assault Accusations

Willa Frej,HuffPost 
 
Anchorwoman and sportscaster Leeann Tweeden said Thursday that comedian Al Franken kissed and groped her without her consent during a USO tour in December 2006.

Franken, who is now the junior Democratic senator from Minnesota, was headlining the event. Tweeden was emceeing.

Tweeden said Thursday that she knew ahead of time that Franken had written a skit where his character tries to kiss her.

“On the day of the show Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time,” Tweeden wrote in a post for 790 KABC, the radio station she works for in Los Angeles. “He said to me, ‘We need to rehearse the kiss.’ I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL... we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’ He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable.”
She finally relented, she said:
We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.
I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time.
I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth.
I felt disgusted and violated.
She did end up performing the skit as written, she continued, turning her head away while on stage so Franken couldn’t kiss her.

When she was on her way home to Los Angeles, she said, she fell asleep on the plane. While she slept, Franken grabbed her breasts and had a photo taken.

“I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep,” she wrote. “I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?”

Franken responded in a press statement Thursday.

“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,” he said. “As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”

USO did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Franken and Tweeden performing a USO skit in Mosul, Iraq, Dec. 16, 2006. (Spc Creighton Holub)
Last month, following a whirlwind of accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Franken wrote in a Facebook post about the “disappointing responses” women often receive after sharing their stories. He also said he was working to pass the Arbitration Fairness Act, which would allow people who have faced workplace harassment to go to court.

Esquire’s Mike Sacks noted on Twitter that in Franken’s book Giant of the Senate, he says he decided to run for public office after the USO tour in question. Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008.

DO YOU WANT AN "OTHER-WORLDLY" MASS, WITH SOLEMNITY, REVERENCE, KNEELING FOR HOLY COMMUNION, SILENCE WITH A PURPOSE AND DURING ACTUAL PRAYER AND RITUAL, SUCH AS A LOW VOICE ROMAN CANON? DO YOU WANT RITUAL, AD ORIENTEM, LATIN, GREEK, HEBREW AND ENGLISH? THEN I HAVE THE MASS FOR YOU! THE 24TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS AT THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST IN DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH ON LAFAYETTE SQUARE WITH YOURS TRULY AS THE CELEBRANT FOR TWO SUNDAYS IN A ROW! BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!

BOMBSHELL! POPE FRANCIS AT HIS WEDNESDAY AUDIENCE ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS TELLS CATHOLICS TO STOP CHIT-CHATTING BEFORE MASS! I WONDER IF IT APPLIES TO AFTER MASS TOO?

 I suspect liturgical theologians of the progressive kind, like at Praytell, are grinding and gnashing their teeth over this, especially its logical conclusion--the low voice Canon!!!!!!!

Pope Francis: The Mass needs silence, not ‘chit-chat’


Vatican City, Nov 15, 2017 / 03:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis called out the common habit of chatting with people around you before Mass, stressing that this is a time for silent prayer, when we prepare our hearts for an encounter with the Lord.

“When we go to Mass, maybe we arrive five minutes before, and we start to chit-chat with those in front of us,” the Pope said Nov. 15. However, “it is not a moment for chit-chat.”

“It is a moment of silence for preparing ourselves for dialogue, a time for the heart to collect itself in order to prepare for the encounter with Jesus,” he said, adding that “silence is so important.”

Continuing his new catechesis on the Eucharist, the Pope recalled his message the week prior, that the Mass is not a show, but a place where we encounter the Lord. In this encounter, he said, silence is what “prepares us and accompanies us.”

But to really understand this, first we have to answer a question, he said. And that is: What is prayer?
Prayer is, “first and foremost dialogue, personal relationship with God,” he said. And in prayer, just like in any dialogue, it needs moments of silence “together with Jesus.” This, he said, is because it is only in the “mysterious silence of God” that his Word can resound in our heart. (My comment: sounds like a good rationale for the low voice canon, no????)


Francis explained that to pray is not difficult, and is something that Jesus himself taught us to do first of all by example, when in the Gospels he withdraws to a secluded place to pray. And second, he teaches us again when he tells his disciples that the first word in knowing how to pray is “Father.”

This is “so simple,” the Pope said. “So we have to learn, ‘Father.’” Then, we must take on the attitude of a small child before his or her parents. One full of trust and confidence, knowing that God “remembers you and takes care of you,” he said.

The second attitude we should take is one of childlike surprise and wonder. The child, he said, “always asks a thousand questions because he wants to discover the world; in our relationship with the Lord, in prayer, wonder,” he said, telling pilgrims to “open the heart to wonder.”

When it comes to prayer, he noted that often we are busy with many different activities or projects and say we don’t have time. “We lose sight of what is fundamental: our life of the heart, our spiritual life, our life of prayer with the Lord.”

However, Jesus surprises us in truth by loving us and calling us even in our weaknesses, he said, adding that just as Christ called his disciples, he also calls us to him at each Mass.

“This is therefore the greatest grace: to be able to experience the Mass, the Eucharist. It is the privileged moment to be with Jesus, and through Him with God and his brothers.”

IT'S TIME TO STOP BLAMING THE VICTIMS AND CONNECT THE DOTS THAT HAS LED TO THE DECLINE OF SEXUAL MORALS SINCE THE 1960'S! APART FROM SATAN, HOLLYWOOD IS THE VICTIMIZER!

Terry Crews, football player and celebrity names his Hollywood abuser!

Hollywood was once strictly supervised and censored by religious authorities and the Catholic Church in this country was a big player in it but not exclusively. Sex was subtle, so much so, any movie up to the late 50's was child friendly. There was no need for age ratings. There was no nudity, and if violence was portrayed much of it was not shown but left to the imagination. And the movie could not end with the villains getting away with it.

This extended to the early years of television, so much so, that the I Love Lucy show could not use the word "pregnant" when Lucille Ball's actual pregnancy was a part of the story line!

That censorship was for the common good and upholding secular morals based up our Judeo Christian heritage. It all collapsed by the late 50's and early 60's. So much so, the NBC Today Show in the 1960's had Barbara Walters review the X rated movie, "I Am Curious, Yellow" which depicted actual intercourse on screen. She gushed that Hollywood was set free from repressive religious sexual morality on screen now!

The entertainment media also cooked the frog of our culture slowly in their crock pot of sexual politics that led a majority of Americans, to include Catholics, to an acceptance of unnatural "marriage." They did this in a short 10 year period prior to the Supreme Court's decision. Shows like "Will and Grace" manipulated Americans into what was once thought never to be possible in our country and around the world.

Now we are finally seeing that the adolescent or arrested sexual development of those who produce Hollywood immorality, producers, writers, directors and actors have used their influence to create a hyper sexual society where rank and file viewers now expect sex on demand, one night stands, and the right to sex. And if they don't get it willingly, they'll turn to abuse, drugs and alcohol to get it and yes Hollywood porn to seduce willing and unwilling partners. This is called "date rape" and it is all too common today compared to the 1950's.

Hollywood has victimized our culture and all of us are now victims of their sexual amorality. Don't blame the victims, but blame the Hollywood victimizers!

Thus those who were physically victimized are helping to connect the Hollywood dots by going public with their stories of sexual abuse: 

Crews recounts alleged groping, names suspect

LOS ANGELES — Terry Crews said he’s never felt more “emasculated” and “objectified” than when a top Hollywood agent groped him at a party in 2016.

Crews told Good Morning America host Michael Strahan on Wednesday that he was inspired to share his sexual assault allegations after so many women came forward with accusations against Harvey Weinstein.

Crews named his alleged attacker, describing him as someone who represented Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Murphy and was “connected to probably everyone I know in the business.” The suspect’s employer, William Morris Endeavor, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Crews confirmed that he filed a police report against the man last week.

“People need to be held accountable,” the former pro-football player and star of TV’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine said. “This is the deal about Hollywood: It’s an abuse of power. This guy, again, he’s one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, and he looked at me at the end as if, you know, ‘Who’s going to believe you?’”

Crews said he’d put the incident out of his mind until last month’s news about Weinstein triggered an episode of post-traumatic stress.

“When a person of power breaks that boundary and violates that boundary, you’re a prisoner of war,” Crews said. “Immediately you’re in a camp, because you’re trying to figure out when is the right time to come out ... And you get out and you find freedom, and someone says, ‘Well, it must not be that bad. You should have come out sooner.’

“This is the thing a lot of people just don’t understand, and they end up blaming the victim.”



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

BLAST FROM THE PAST THAT I JUST CAME ACROSS AGAIN, AN INTERVIEW IN MACON THAT I FORGOT ABOUT!


MAINTAINING ONE'S FAITH IN A DIVISIVE WORLD AND CHURCH FUELED BY THE NEW MEDIA


Most Catholics want peace of mind as it concerns their Faith. Authentic Catholicism insists on the common good and the individual acquiescing it over their own needs.

With all the internet chatter that divides the world, our country and alas our Church, wouldn't it be better to be less informed of all the controversies and more informed about turning to God in prayer which leads to an increase of faith, hope and love? Right now in the Church there seems to be so much faithlessness, hopelessness and hatred.

In the past, as it concerned secular news that had a smidgen of religious news, most people got their news from their local newspaper, five minute reports on the radio at the top of the hour and the evening national news which until the late 1960's was 15 minutes for the three major networks. Yes, you read that correctly, 15 minutes of Huntley/Brinkley and the CBS Evening News. I think ABC didn't even have a news department.

And that was plenty of news for the average American to be well informed.

Today we have all kinds of news sources which aren't unbiased accounts of the news, be it secular or religious, but rather mostly commentary and opinion. And it is scripted on the 24 hour a day news channels. Thus agendas and division are increased by the one writing the script.

My suggestion for Catholic news is simply read the National Catholic Register and to balance it, the National Catholic Reporter.

Most of all, I would focus on Catholic prayer and devotions, Sunday Mass and placing all in the hands of our God as the Lord's prayer directs us, "...they Kingdom come, thy will be done..." With that you can't go wrong and you will be at peace.

Oh, and participate in your parish life and not its politics.

FROM THE UK'S "BITTER PILL"

Müller insists Vatican must have last word on translations

14 November 2017 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt OF THE TABLET (AKA, THE BITTER PILL)

'The final authority in case of doubt cannot lie with the bishops’ conferences'

Local bishops’ conferences could not possibly have the last word on the translation of liturgical texts as that would destroy church unity, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Cardinal Gerhard Müller, told the German daily 'Passauer Neue Presseon' on 9 November.

Questioned about the Pope’s motu proprio Magnum Principium that gave much more authority over liturgical translation to local bishops’ conferences rather than Rome, Muller said: “The final authority in case of doubt cannot lie with the bishops’ conferences. That would destroy the Catholic Church’s unity in faith, in confession and in prayer”.

Rome had often experienced that local bishops’ conferences had used translators who had “watered down” Biblical and liturgical texts “under the pretext of making them easier to understand”, which had meant that highly-demanding doctrines such as Christ’s atoning death on the Cross, the Virgin birth, Jesus’ bodily Resurrection and the Real Presence in the bread and the wine at the Eucharist among others, had sometimes been “rationalised away or broken down into ethical appeals, thus stripping them of the reality of Catholic Salvation”, Muller explained.

According to the Pope’s motu proprio, issued in September, the Holy See must still provide the “confirmatio” - confirmation - of translations produced by bishops' conferences.
“It is for the Apostolic See to order the sacred liturgy of the universal Church,” the new clause to Canon Law states.

“It pertains to the Episcopal Conferences to faithfully prepare versions of the liturgical books in vernacular languages, suitably accommodated within defined limits, and to approve and publish the liturgical books for the regions for which they are responsible after the confirmation of the Apostolic See.”

Müller’s interviewer recalled that Pope Francis had only recently corrected Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, who shared Müller’s view that Rome must have the final word on liturgical translations. As emeritus Pope Benedict had said that the liturgy was in good hands with Cardinal Sarah did this mean that the harmony between Francis and Benedict was over, Müller was asked.

“Asking me to comment publicly on the relationship between the Pope and Benedict XVI exceeds my competences”, the cardinal replied.

 Asked if such conflicts could lead to a schism, Müller said: “Church unity is not achieved by one camp eliminating the other but the dissolution of all camps.”

In the same interview, Müller again firmly defended Pope Francis against the accusations of propagating heresy made against him recently. It was “quite clear” and “without any doubt” that nothing in “the few controversial passages” in Amoris Laetitia was heretical, he emphasised. The Pope wanted to help people in very difficult and often tragic situations to be reconciled with God and eventually receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, Muller said.

PICTURE: Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller pictured in the Cathedral in Mainz, Germany ©PA

DIOCESAN MIDDLE SCHOOL VENUE USES ST. ANNE, RICHMOND HILL, GA, FOR DIOCESAN EVENT

We were happy to host this diocesan event two weeks ago. There is a nice shot of the exterior of the new St. Anne's Church in it:

HERE WE GO! THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE REPORTS THAT CARDINAL CUPICH SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF THE U.S. BISHOPS!

I think most Catholics, including this one, don't like the politics of the Catholic Church today. Elections of chairpersons for a national bishops' conference have made our prelates into even bigger politicians than they are now. It is distasteful.

By this, I don't mean that they should choose from their brothers, men who are capable of carrying out tasks assigned to them. But when we see the votes that are taken, meaning how many votes a particular candidate received, isn't there a kind of humiliation that accompanies this kind of transparency, especially if the vote isn't anywhere close.

Personally, I am happy that the pro-life bishop who won is the the one who won!

But here is the Chicago Tribune's secular and political take on it--and the only ones responsible for the politicization of this kind of thing isn't the Tribune, but the bishops:


Cupich suffers rare political defeat at hands of fellow U.S. bishops


Cupich suffers rare political defeat at hands of fellow U.S. bishops

Cardinal Blase Cupich has often been praised for his political savvy since he was installed in Chicago by Pope Francis. But Cupich suffered a rare setback Tuesday morning when his fellow U.S. bishops rejected him for the post of chairman of the powerful pro-life activities committee, instead electing Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann. The post is traditionally reserved for cardinals, meaning the conservative Naumann’s 96-82 vote victory over Cupich has widely been seen as a snub for the more progressive approach advocated by Cupich and the pope. National Catholic Reporter columnist Michael Sean Winters — a liberal — went so far as to say the vote by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Continue Reading by clicking here as the disgraceful Michael Sean Winters uses a vulgarity to describe what the bishops did to make Cardinal cupich suffer so much!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

THIS IS WHAT RORATE CAEILI IS REPORTING, WHICH I THINK REPORTS ACCURATELY WHAT THE FACTS ARE. BUT IS THERE A MESSAGE IN THIS?

Archbishop Naumann beats Cardinal Cupich

Surprising liberals and the social justice wing of the American Church at today's U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops general assembly, Archbishop Joseph Naumann beat Cardinal Blase Cupich in an election for the chairmanship of the committee on pro-life activities.



Cardinal Cupich, who many on the left had hoped would reshape the pro-life office of the USCCB in the style of his Chicago predecessor Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, lost the election 54 percent to 46 percent.  This means 82 bishops voted for Cupich, with 96 bishops supporting Naumann.

HOLLYWOOD AND SEXUAL HARRASMENT


It seems Hollywood is having its Catholic moment as it concerns the flood of accusations from celebrities accusing perpetrators of harassment or abuse, some from 40 or more years ago.

Let me ask a dumb question.

As it concern those in authority or actors on the set who make unwanted advances toward the star, be they male or female, would not the very fact that an actor getting the part hinges on the request to get nude in front of  those filming, and eventually the whole world, be a form of harassment and their ongoing victimization?

It seems that the Hollywood culture that has glorified sex has caused the very victimization of actors and actresses. Isn't it time for virtus type programs that place safeguards to prevent casting directors from being alone with anyone they are asking to strip to protect those applying for parts?  Should there not be a ban on full frontal nudity, actors simulating sex while nude, or actually having sex, to prevent victimization?

HAS ANYONE IN HOLLYWOOD, ADULTS THAT IS, EVERY HEARD OF AVOIDING THE NEAR OCCASIONS OF SIN AND THE ENVIRONMENT THAT COULD LEAD TO VICTIMIZATION?

ISN'T THE WHOLE HOLLYWOOD SCENE OF FREE SEX, SEXUAL SITUATIONS, IN MOVIES AND TELEVISION A SYMPTOM OF A MOLESTING, HARASSING AND ASSAULTING COMMUNITY? SHOULDN'T ACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED COME FORWARD AND HELP CHANGE HOLLYWOOD'S ORRUPT CULTURE?

BEFORE POPE BENEDICT ABDICATED, SHOULD HE HAVE NOT OFFERED A PAPAL DECREE REQUIRING THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS TO BE CELEBRATED AS THE EF MASS IS CELEBRATED?



John Nolan indicates if the Ordinary Form Mass is celebrated in Latin with the proper chants and ad orientem, most Catholics today would be hard pressed to tell the difference between it and the EF Mass, especially if Holy Communion is received kneeling.

Why o why, didn't Pope Benedict issue a papal decree stating the following about the Ordinary Form of the Mass especially once the EF Mass had been firmly entrenched in the modern Church following Summorum Pontificum?

Papal decree stating the following would lead to authentic liturgical renewal and not in any way call into question Vatican II's actual desire for the Mass but also allowing for organic development since the 1970 Roman Missal was issued:

The OF Mass will now have three categories, Low, High and Solemn High.

When this Mass is celebrated in the vernacular or Latin, the proper chants for the Introit, Offertory and Communion antiphons must be used.

The Mass normally should be celebrated ad orientem. As the Introit is chanted, the priest kisses the altar, incenses it, it used and then faces the altar at its center and begins with the sign of the cross. Then he kisses the altar, turns to the congregation and greets them with "The Lord be with you" and then invites them to prepare for the celebration of the Sacred Mysteries. He turns to the altar, bows and leads the congregation in the Confiteor, absolution and then the chanting of the Kyrie and Gloria, then he goes to the Epistle side of the altar where the Roman Missal is and chants/says the Collect.

All sit for the Liturgy of the Word as is commonly celebrated in the Ordinary Form.

After the Homily, the priest faces the altar for the Credo and Universal Prayer.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist follows. Each time the priest turns to the congregation, he should kiss the altar.

After Holy Communion, the priest returns to the Epistle side of the altar and prays the Prayer after Holy Communion. Then he returns to the center, kisses it and tuns to the congregation for the greeting, blessing and dismissal of the Mass.

He goes to the foot of the altar, bows or genuflect and departs with the other ministers. A recessional hymn may be sung.

Monday, November 13, 2017

EF MASS AS DIFFERENT FROM THE ORDINARY FORM AS THE ORDINARY FORM IS DIFFERENT FROM THE EASTERN RITE LITURGIES



Was it back to the future or back to the past or both? This month I am scheduled to celebrate the Cathedral's EF High Mass twice. I did so yesterday for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost.

I celebrated this splendid Mass, with a splendid schola worthy of making a CD of their Chants after having celebrated three OF's 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Masses.  (By the way, the Cathedral's Schola is comprise of teenage and very early 20 somethings, about 12 of them and WOW!)

My parish's OF Masses are well done in the spirit of the OF Mass. We chant the propers but also hymns and this weekend being Veteran's Day, patriotic hymns were chosen, thus giving the Mass a certain of Patriotic theme. Also, after the homily of our 11 AM Mass, we recognized our confirmation candidates, asked them to make some promises concerning their preparation and Catholic identity, gave them a blessing and blessed them with Holy Water.

The Final Blessing we used a special "Prayer over the People" with a veteran's theme.

None of that at the EF Mass at the Cathedral at 1 PM. The Schola flawlessly chanted the Propers, no hymns whatsoever.

As I celebrated the Mass and facing the liturgical east, there could have been one person or 1,000 behind me, but I wouldn't know because my focus was completely on the Mass and praying without in any way being tempted to "play" to the audience, I mean, congregation, no, I mean the assembly behind me. In other words, I could actually pray in a contemplative way without the distractions that go on in the congregation when I face them during the OF Mass. And yes these are distractions and turns my praying into a show, an act, try as I may to avoid that at all costs. The crucifix on the altar facing me in these Mass does indeed help me to focus! Thank you Pope Benedict.

But I now realize that Catholics had their faith and liturgical patrimony stolen from them. Only those my age and older know this. It is as though Vatican II gave me a new religion and one they chose for me, I didn't.

Those born after 1970 think the Mass they experience is what Catholics always experienced. WRONG! The only way they know this, like the young people in the Cathedral Schola is to attend an EF Mass and they will see how much of a rupture that Mass is with the normal OF Mass. Of course the OF Mass is the one in rupture, but they wouldn't know that. They'd think they are joining a different denomination by going to an EF Mass.

And that, my brethren, is the problem with the Catholic Church in the last 50 years. There was a decision to convert Catholics to a new denomination and we were told it was an act of God.

Was it? An act of God, that is?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A BETTER WAY FOR HOLY COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS, THAT IS SANITARY AND HEALTHY?


Anyone who has read my posts on the common chalice knows that I think the Church should ban it, not on theological grounds, but because it poses a health hazard, especially for those with auto immune issues.

In fact, I believe the Church could be held legally liable if a priest or parishioner could prove that one contracted a disease such as hepatitis b and c or an intestinal bacterial infection, not to mention a deadly flu virus.

Last year I personally believe I contracted a serious intestinal bacteria infection from the ablutions I drank after Holy Communion. I know a GI doctor who is also a deacon who believes he contracted an intestinal bacterial infection from the same procedure, which almost took his life.

I am not opposed to the laity receiving under both kinds, but for the laity, unlike celebrating priests, it is not required. Intinction is the safe way if it is allowed to the laity.

But perhaps individual chalices is another safe way. What do you think?


MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL The Rev. George Muir of Saint Paul’s Church leads the congregation in communion at the Protestant Reformation service held Sunday, Oct. 1, at Saint Paul’s Church. The doctrine of the Lord’s Supper caused controversy between two reformers: Martin Luther in Germany and Huldrych Zwingli in Switzerland.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

WILL POPE BENEDICT DO THE UNIMAGINABLE AS HIS LAST ACT


It All Started With the "Spirit of the Council." The "Correctio" Explained by Pietro De Marco

IS THIS AN ANSWER TO THE DUBIA?


Pope to Amoris Latitia conference: form consciences, accompany faithful

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis sent a video message on Saturday morning, to participants in a conference organized by the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) on Pope Francis’ post-Synodal Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.

Under the theme, The Gospel of Love between Conscience and Norm, the participants are exploring how to respond to the desire for family that emerges in the soul of the young generations, and seeking together ways to help the faithful assimilate and develop Amoris laetitia’s content and style, contribute to pastoral outreach to families in parishes, communities and ecclesial movements, and support all families on their journey through life, helping them to live the joy of the Gospel, and be active cells in the community.

In the message, the Holy Father says, “The family born of marriage creates fruitful bonds, which reveal themselves to be the most effective antidote against the individualism that currently runs rampant; however, along the journey of marital love and family life there are situations that require arduous choices, which must be made with rectitude.”

He also stresses the role of pastors in forming consciences, so that the Christian faithful are capable of full moral agency.

“[W]e are called to form consciences," he says, citing Amoris laetitia 37, “not to pretend to substitute them.”

He renews his warning against what he has described as, “[E]go-latry, that is, of a true worship of the ego, on whose altar is sacrificed everything, including the dearest affections.” He goes on to say, “This perspective is not harmless: it molds a subject that looks constantly in the mirror, until it becomes incapable of turning its eyes to others and the world.”

The role of conscience – beginning with a right understanding of it – was a central focus of the Holy Father’s recorded remarks.

“The contemporary world,” he says in the message, “risks confusing the primacy of conscience, which is always to be respected, with the exclusive autonomy of the individual with respect to the relations that he entertains in life.”

“In the very depths of each one of us,” Pope Francis says, “there is a place wherein the Mystery reveals itself, and illuminates the person, making the person the protagonist of his story.”

“Conscience, as the II Vatican Council recalls, is this, ‘most secret core and sanctuary of a man.

There he is alone with God, Whose voice echoes in his depths. (GS 16)’ To the Christian falls the task of being vigilant, so that in this sort of tabernacle is no want of divine grace, which illuminates and strengthens married love and parental mission. Grace fills the amphorae of human hearts with an extraordinary capacity for gift, renewing for the families of today the miracle of the wedding feast at Cana.”

WOULD THIS HAPPEN PRIOR TO VATICAN II?

The loss of reverence at the Ordinary Form Mass and not just papal Masses! But, this spectacle of priests and bishops, with one yawning in the background says it all when it comes to the loss of Catholic reverence in the modern form of the Mass!

Pope Francis in His Holiness' Wednesday audiences on the Mass would do well to take Sacrosanctum Concilium line by line and show how the manufacturers of the modern Mass and those who implemented it from the very top down missed the mark completely!

The loss of reverence accelerated in the 1970's!

This simply would not happen at an EF Mass!


Friday, November 10, 2017

WHY IN THE NAME OF GOD AND ALL THAT IS HOLY DOES THE ORDINARIATE'S DIVINE WORSHIP, THE MISSAL HAVE A SUPERIOR ORDER OF MASS AND TRADITIONAL TRANSLATION OF THE CONFITEOR AND WE REGULAR ORDINARY FORMERS DON'T? IT JUST DOESN'T SEEM FAIR TO ME!


The Ordinariate's Divine Worship, the Missal has the more traditional Confiteor for their splendid OF Mass (which has the option of the PATFOTA):

I confess to Almighty God,to Blessed Mary ever-Virgin, to Blessed Michael the Archangel, to Blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Brethren, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed; (they strike their breast thrice) by my fault, by my own fault, by my own most grievous fault. Wherefore I beg Blessed Mary ever-Virgin, Blessed Michael the Archangel, Blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the angels and Saints and you my brethren to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Why O why do the step children get the good stuff and we who were always faithful get the scraps? 
 

YOURS TRULY THE CELEBRANT FOR THIS SUNDAY'S EXTRAORDINARY FORM HIGH MASS AT SAVANNAH'S CATHEDRAL ON LAFAYETTE SQUARE! BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!


The Cathedral's weekly Sunday EF High Mass is at 1 PM. It is the 23 Sunday after Pentecost:

INTROIT
Jeremias 29: 11, 12, 14

The Lord saith: I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction: you shall call upon Me, and I will hear you; and I will bring back your captivity from all places. -- (Ps. 84. 2). Lord, Thou hast blessd Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- The Lord saith: I think thoughts of peace . . .
 
COLLECT - O Lord, we beseech Thee, absolve Thy people from their offenses, that through Thy bountiful goodness, we may be freed from the bonds of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth . . .
 
EPISTLE
Philippians 3:17-21, 4:1- 3

Brethren, Be followers of me, and observe them who walk so as you have our model. For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping), that they are enemies of the Cross of Christ; whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame; who mind earthly things. But our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we lookd for the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, who will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of His glory, according to the operation whereby also He is able to subdue all things unto Himself. Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved, and most desired, my joy and my crown: so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beg of Evodia, and I beseech Syntyche to be of one mind in the Lord: and I entreat thee also, my sincere companion, help those women who have labored with me in the Gospel, with Clement and the rest of my fellow-laborers, whose names are in the book of life.
GRADUAL
 Psalms. 43: 8- 9

Thou hast delivered us, O Lord, from them that afflict us: and hast put them to shame that hate us. V.: In God we will glory all the day: and in Thy Name we will give praise for ever. Alleluia, alleluia. V. (Psalm 129:1, 2). From the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my prayer. Alleluia.
GOSPEL
Matthew  9:18-26
At that time, as Jesus was speaking to the multitudes, behold a certain ruler came up, and adored Him, saying: Lord, my daughter is even now dead; but come lay Thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus, rising up, followed him, and with His disciples. And behold a woman, who was troubled with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment. For she said within herself: If I shall touch only His garment, I shall be healed. But Jesus turning and seeing her, said: Be of good heart, daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. And when Jesus was come into the house of the ruler, and saw the minstrels and the multitude making a tumult, He said: GIve place; for the girl is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed Him to scorn. And when the multitude was put forth, He went in and took her by the hand. And the maid arose. And the fame thereof went abroad into all that country.
 
OFFERTORY
Psalms 129:1, 2

From the depths I have cried out to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my prayer: from the depths I have cried out to Thee, O Lord.
 
SECRET - We offer to Thee, O Lord, this Sacrifice of praise, as an increase of our service: that what Thou hast conferred on us who are unworthy, Thou mayest mercifully accomplish. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity . . .
 
PREFACE (Preface of the Most Holy Trinity) - It it truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying:
 
COMMUNION
Mark 11: 24
Amen I say to you, whatsoever you ask when you pray, believe that you shall receive and it shall be done to you.
 
POST COMMUNION - We beseech Thee, O almighty God: that Thou suffer us not to yield to human dangers whom Thou dost grant to rejoice in this sharing in divine Gifts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost . . .