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Veiling at Mass December 11, 2009

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Fr. Z has a post up discussing some of the issues regarding women wearing the veil at Mass.  I think it’s a beautiful way to strengthen a woman’s Catholic identity and to show reverence for the Sacrifice that takes place at Mass.  My wife and daughters who are old enough to receive Communion wear veils (well, really, more like long, thin shawls that are beautiful and wrap around their head and shoulders).  I understand this is a personal decision, but my personal feeling is that women should not feel self-concious if they do wear one. 

Discussion at Fr. Z’s here.

Another well known woman who generally had her head covered….

Jesse Romero to speak at St. Anthony Wylie Jan 8-9 December 11, 2009

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Jesse Romero is a full-time bilingual Catholic Lay Evangelist.  He’s very much on the orthodox side of things, and I’ve heard some good things about him, but have never heard him speak.

He’ll be having a conference at St. Anthony in Wylie on January 8 and 9.  He will give his conversion story at 7 pm Fri. Jan 8 and then give bilingual (English-morning; spanish-afternoon) talks on Saturday, preceded by Mass at 9 am. 

If interested, call 972 442-2765 to attend.  Child care is available but needs to be arranged in advance.

Anyone who attends, send me an e-mail (ltroach9@tx.rr.com) and let me know what you thought of the conference.  I don’t think I’ll be able to make it.

Traveling to San Antonio? December 11, 2009

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If anyone has a trip planned to San Antonio, may I make a recommendation for a great Catholic Church to visit while you are there?   Our Lady Of The Atonement Parish is an Anglican Use parish in northwest San Antonio, not far from the major theme parks of Sea World and Fiesta Texas.   Anglican Use parishes are former, traditionalist Episcopalian or Anglican churches that converted to Roman Catholicism.  They have their own liturgy, and it is a beautiful, exquisite form of vernacular Mass.  The Anglican Use liturgy does not derive from the ICEL approved translation that has been used in Catholic Churches across the United States and other English speaking countries for the last 40 years.  It is a far more faithful and accurate translation of the Latin, and makes for a fantastic worship experience. 

Father Christopher Phillips founded Our Lady Of The Atonement as the first Anglican Use parish in the United States about 25 years ago.   Since then, OLA has grown to include a school, a nunnery, and various chapels.  In addition, the Church is beautiful….far more beautiful than any other Catholic Church I can think of that has been built in the last 25 years in Texas.  Father Phillips celebrates both Anglican Use Mass in English and Latin Mass according to the Missal of Paul VI (Novus Ordo).  Either Mass is very well worth celebrating.

Our Lady Of The Atonement is located here. And, Father Phillips  maintains a blog here.

If you are ever in San Antonio, check them out!  They would love to have you worship with them, and say hi to my sister-in-law and 16 nieces and nephews!

Admin note December 11, 2009

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Since this blog is so new, I wanted to make a quick comment on replies to posts.  At this point, replies must be moderated and will be approved be me, your devoted Dallas Diocese serf(vant).  I encourage and hope for many replies and comments on the various posts, but I want to keep some editorial control, at least for a while.  I will wait and see what kind of replies this blog attracts, if any, before I allow for unmoderated comments.

What this all means is, if you add a reply and don’t see it immediately, it’s because I’m doing something else and haven’t gotten around to approving your post, yet.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

The Questioning Church December 11, 2009

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I think we all probably know some Catholics who may be of a certain age, and who are feeling pretty bitter and disappointed these days.  You see…..the had such plans for the Church.   They wanted to see a Church where any form of religious expression would be accepted, a Church where there wouldn’t be a rigid hierarchy, and, most importantly, not an all-male hierarchy.  A Church with nuns in pant suits and married priests, with bongos and dancers and puppets…..OH MY! 

Well, Christ promised that his Church would always endure, and always be the light of Truth in the World.  And  now, as we close the first decade of the 21st Century, the Church some had planned to see as something akin to a Unitarian conclave, is gradually sluffing off the coil of liturgical abuse, heterodoxy, and dissent.  Under the leadership particularly of Benedict XVI, Catholics who value tradition, orthodoxy, and reverent forms of worship, have much to be glad about.

And that has made the questioning Church very upset.

Great piece by Austin Ruse.

Sr. Joyce Rupp speaking at SEAS Parish in Plano December 11, 2009

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I know this blog is new,  but I do think I need to bring up a recent issue that I think is pretty important and that people need to know about.   A ‘women’s retreat’ is being held Feb. 20th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Plano.  The retreat is being given by Sr. Joyce Rupp.  Based on prior knowledge of these retreats, it will essentially consist of Sr. Rupp lecturing a number of women for the better part of a day.   The retreat is sponsored by five north Dallas area parishes, St. Mark in Plano, St. Elizabeth in Plano, St. Joseph in Richardson, Our Lady of Angels in Allen, and Prince of Peace in Plano.

Why is this a problem?  Why would I care that a female roman catholic religious is speaking at a catholic parish in Plano?  Well, unfortunately, there are many religious, male and female, whose communion with the Church, whose thoughts and practices being in accord with Church teaching, is doubtful at best.  Sr. Donna Quinn of the Sinsinawa Dominicans in Chicago is one http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/oct/09102302.html; http://wdtprs.com/blog/2009/12/dominican-sister-associates-bv-mary-with-pro-choice-position-no-really/.  Another is Sr. Joan Chittister.   There is strong evidence that Sr. Rupp, while not as at odds with core Church doctrine as Sr.’s Chittister and Quinn (and Fr. Reese, and Fr. Drinan), is at best a pretty poor choice for a Catholic speaker in the Dallas Diocese, and at worst poses a grave threat to the souls of all those who attend this ‘retreat.’

On her own website, Sr. Rupp makes plain that she is very friendly with New Age beliefs.  She constantly refers to God in the feminine with the name of ‘Sophia,’ ostensibly a ‘goddess of wisdom,’ she incorporates eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism into much of her ‘theology,’ and she gives strong hints that she has been involved in, or is involved in, active homosexual relationships.   The Church counsels that New Age practices, such as astrology, power crystals, dreamcatchers, and the like, pose a mortal threat to one’s soul.  New Age beliefs are fundamentally self-centered, drawing on supposed mystical powers of the universe to make one have improved self-esteem, or to gain insight into the future, or to understand and contact those in ‘other dimensions.’  Much New Age belief is strongly associated with the work of Carl Jung, an Austrian psychologist who was a strong proponent of the interpretation of dreams, while at the same time a vociferous opponent of the Church.  Sr. Rupp has a master’s degree in Jungian psychology, in addition to a degree from the ‘leading center of New Age’ study. 

“But, but……!” you may be saying, …”aren’t Sr. Rupp’s conferences  popular?”  Indeed, they do have a certain degree of popularity, but that is unfortunate and really immaterial as to whether a Catholic Church should be hosting a conference headed by a woman whose beliefs are problematic, at best.   And, it is important to understand the reason for whatever popularity Sr. Rupp’s speaking engagements have.  New Age practices have grown in popularity precisely because they are focused on the self.  Likewise, attendees at Sr. Rupp’s conferences are encouraged to feel very good about themselves, that they are in fact ‘inherently perfect,’ and that it is only the world that imposes sin and failings on people.  This type of message can have a powerful appeal, and can lead those not well formed in the Faith to feel that they are doing great, that they have no need to change any aspect of their lives.  This type of thinking, appealing as it may be, is directly counter to Church doctrine, which makes clear that all mankind are sinners, from the moment of conception, and that it is only the saving Graces the Church offers through God’s infinite love that we have a chance at salvation.  According to Sr. Rupp, all one has to do to be pleasing to God is to “be true to oneself.”  While being true to itself may have merit, it is a far cry from being all that is necessary to be pleasing in the site of God.  And, such a view is, again, a fundamentally New Age viewpoint.   This is why the Church has proclaimed that becoming involved in New Age practices can pose a mortal threat to one’s soul. 

I will follow up this post with others describing in more detail Sr. Rupp’s theology, the problems therein, and provide additional reasons why Sr. Rupp should not be hosting a Catholic women’s conference in the Dallas Diocese, and certainly not on Church property. 

I pray that any woman considering attending the retreat will at the very least review Sr. Rupp’s writings on her website, and form their own opinion as to whether they should attend.  If you feel strongly that this conference should not be held, or at least not be held at a Catholic church, I pray that you will contact the pastors at the parishes involved in this retreat.  This especially applies if you are a member of one of those parishes, but I encourage anyone to write.  Contact information for the various pastors below. 

One note, this conference was originally to be hosted at St. Mark, but was moved to St. Elizabeth Seton.  One of the main drivers of this retreat is Judy Clark, the head of the family ministry at St. Mark. 

St. Mark Parish
Father Cliff Smith – cgsmith49@aol.com
Judy Clark – jpclark@stmarkplano.org

St. Elizabeth Seton Plano
Monsignor Henry Petter – hpetter@eseton.org

Our Lady of Angels Allen
Monsignor John Bell – jbell@ourladyofangels.com

Prince of Peace Plano
Father James Balint – Fr.Jim6@popplano.org

St. Joseph Richardson
Monsignor John Fischer – pastor@stjosephcc.net

If you do e-mail, please be direct, to the point, and nice.