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Mindboggling – priest’s “secret mistresses” lobby for end to celibacy May 28, 2010

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Ay caramba!  We had better pick up our staffs and gird our loins, because I have a feeling revelations like this are going to continue for some time.  According to the Guardian, that scion of socialism in London, a group of mistresses who claim to have had secret relationships with Catholic priests and “lay monks” (?!!?) have sent a letter to the Pope encouraging him to end the discipline requiring priestly celibacy.  The female signatories of this letter (about 40 individuals) all claim various forms of relationships with priests and religious – some platonic, but most not.  These women are also claiming that the men and women involved suffer due to the secrecy required by their relationships, and that some of the women lose faith when their priest lover dumps them.

Statements like this hurt, because they begin to peel the veil back on a problem that may be more widespread than we know.  These priests who have broken their vows, if the allegations are true, have done a great disservice to themselves and to the Church.  Some may disagree, but I have to wonder if this tendency towards sexual liberty and breaking of vows isn’t linked to that misbegotten ‘spirit of Vatican II’ mentality, where so many of the traditional practices of the Church were scuttled in favor of a far more anthropocentric and self-pleasing practices?  Just a few days ago, a well known ‘spirit of Vatican II type’, the Italian priest and homosexual clergy advocate Fr. Domenico Pezzini was arrested in Milan for having abused teenage boys and being in possession of a huge cache of child porn.  Is there a tendency among those who reject so much of traditional Church doctrine and societal norms to be driven ultimately by a wish to exercise their sexual desires?  I read something last week that offered some evidence along those lines. 

Irrespective of the ultimate motives of those who break their solemn vows, we should all continue to pray for our priests, bishops, and religious, that they will remain strong in the face of the great temptations they suffer and will grow in piety, orthodoxy, and love for their true apostolates.  We must also continue to pray for Pope Benedict that he will defend and explain Catholic Tradition successfully.

Those called to religious life have a higher calling than the married or single life.  St. Paul stated in 1 COR 7 that the celibate state is preferred to the married state, most especially for clergy.  Yes, married clergy can be allowed, but those who remain celibate make a very special sacrifice to God and will receive concommitant blessings.  In addition, those who are celibate are not required to deal with the distractions of married life and can focus all their energies on their apostolate.

h/t culturewarnotes

Kneeling for Communion May 27, 2010

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A priest in the Diocese of Madison, WI, has a blog post concerning a recent change in his parish, where the bishop has encouraged all communicants to kneel.  The priest has set out a kneeler, and he states that now the majority of his parishioners kneel:

Prior to offering the option of kneeling and receiving on the tongue (which was offered with much teaching), I may have had a small handful of people who felt comfortable enough to receive on the tongue.  Since offering the option, I now have 60-70% of my parishioners receiving this way. 

It is difficult to describe how much it has helped so many who were, as Bishop speaks about, ”desensitized” before making the choice to receive in this way.  Now they approach in a much more discerning and serene way.  I have even noticed such things as people choosing to get a bit more dressed up for Mass.  Praise God!

A word of caution:  For those parishes who choose to do this, I would say that the divine benefits far outweigh the earthly costs. In other words, I have come to understand, over 22 years of priesthood, that if we are going to choose to do the hard work of reversing the trend in our churches of a growing ‘cult of the casual’ and ‘privatization’ of our faith,  we are going to be met with FIERCE opposition.  Having encountered such disproportionate hostility toward any efforts to call us to a deeper reverence (while introducing each effort with much love and much teaching), has left me convinced that this is particular turf the devil does not want to give up without a fight.  Which tells us this is all the more reason why this is a fight in which we must engage.

Amen and Alleluia.  I should note that there is a video of Bishop Morlino of Madison explaining to the faithful why kneeling for Communion is a great idea.  Our Holy Father has given us the example of kneeling by requiring that all who approach him to receive the Blessed Sacrament to kneel.

For the past 15 months or so, my, oldest daughters, and I have been kneeling to receive Communion.  We generally do so at parishes where this is not the norm.  We have felt called to kneel due to our growing awareness of just what an incredible Gift Christ makes of Himself in the Sacrament, and how this Sacrament is the sustaining force in our life.  We are also very aware of our unworthiness to receive the Blessed Sacrament – to take Christ’s Flesh into our bodies, to become as one with Him as we can, which is what He most desires.  We have not done this in order to try to convince other people to do so, although a very few at one parish we attend have joined us.  In our receiving Communion kneeling and on the tongue (which is how Episcopalians receive Communion!), we have had some priests be supportive or at least tolerate it, while others have been outright hostile.  We had one priest state that we were in a state of rebellion and suffered from the sin of pride – that priest later apologized.  Nevertheless, there have been alot of curious glances and some outright hostility, but I think this is the direction the Church is moving – towards far greater reverence in reception of the Blessed Sacrament. 

And, I think the priest at the blog originally linked, Fr. Rick Heilman, makes a very good point when he says this is something the devil does not want to see happening in the Church.  He knows that obedience, faithfulness, and humility are all virtues that bring us closer to God, and decrease his terrible power.  Should a local priest feel inclined to encourage his parishioners to receive Communion kneeling, he could expect fierce opposition.  He could expect this opposition even should he simply regularize the option to receive Communion in this manner.   But, I think the words of Fr. Heilman and Bishop Morlino on the tremendous benefits this practice brings should be kept in mind – and the fact that where kneeling has been tried “the divine benefits have far outweighed the earthly costs.” 

These divine benefits will eventually lead to earthly benefits, as well, such as higher Mass attendance, greater giving, etc.  I pray this practice becomes much more widespread.

Anthropogenic Global Warming – “surely the biggest exercise in totalitarian thought-reversal and reality-denial since Stalinism” May 27, 2010

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I must buy this book.  A British author, Melanie Phillips, author of The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power, was interviewed by Kathryn Lopez at National Review.   What a heavyweight of right reasoning and identification of the great evils that afflict the West – evils of paganism, scientism, ‘progressivism,’ and the tendency of all the above and more towards totalitarianism.  With regard to anthropogenic global warming cooling climate change, she stated that the notoriously poor and biased “sciencyism” revealed by the East Anglia Climate Research Unit fiasco, and the subsequent unwillingness of radical environmentalists among the elite of western society to recognize the utterly flawed nature of the “research” revealed the religious fervor with which progressives hold their views:

One of the striking aspects of mass ideological delusion is a refusal to acknowledge even the clearest evidence of the intellectual and moral corruption at its core. The gerrymandering of scientific evidence by the East Anglia Climate Research Unit, in order to uphold the theory of anthropogenic global warming in the face of evidence that the earth was not warming at all, has been pushed aside as either an artificially created uproar or, at worst, an error of judgment by one hard-pressed scientist.

It was far worse than that, of course, because the various scientists involved had been for years absolutely central to the promulgation of AGW theory; and what the leaked emails revealed was their instinctive impulse to wrench the facts to fit their prior assumptions. Most chilling of all was their unshakeable certainty that they had a duty thus to wrench that evidence — in order to demonstrate the truth of the theory, because it was simply impossible that there could be evidence to the contrary.

What was also glossed over or missed altogether in the uproar over East Anglia was that AGW theory has been sustained on the back of one scientific fraud or sloppy and flawed research exercise after another. Yet astonishingly, it is still being promoted quite shamelessly by those for whom there can simply be no contradiction to the theory, and who thus project in turn all the falsehoods and frauds onto the skeptic side of the argument. It is surely the biggest exercise in totalitarian thought-reversal and reality-denial since Stalinism.

While Phillips is not a religious person, she recognizes the fundamental role that Catholic mores and doctrine have played in shaping Western culture:

You don’t have to be a religious believer to understand that if religion — more specifically, the Hebrew Bible and the Christianity that built upon it — underpins Western civilization and the codes of right and wrong — putting others above yourself, freedom and equality, and belief in reason — that form the bedrock of that civilization, then eroding or destroying that religion will erode or destroy those virtues and the civilization they distinguish.

In describing the unlikely alliance between  progressives, Islamists, environmentalists, fascists, militant atheists, and sexual deviants, Phillips answers:

It may seem strange to lump all these ideologies together since they are all so different. But, when you look at them, it is immediately apparent that they are all at root utopian, millenarian visions of the perfection of the world through human agency — the age-old recipe for totalitarian terror. The idea that fascism is in a wholly different place from the Left is in my view quite misplaced: Although conventionally one is described as “right” and the other as “left,” this is historically and philosophically inaccurate; they share common roots in the repudiation of individual reason and liberty.

One of the mysteries of the age is the way “progressives” who fetishize sexual freedom, gay rights, female equality, and the like march shoulder to shoulder with Islamists who stone adulterers, kill gays, and subjugate women. They share a common desire to destroy the cultural traditions and normative values of the West — all in the cause of creating the perfect society, which creates in turn a totalitarian mindset, which links religious fanatics and the political tyrannies of both Communism and fascism.

To some of us, this is very apparent — but many who are in the grip of these delusions are frighteningly incapable of understanding what it is that they don’t understand.

Phillips also notes that self-described ‘progressives’ are nothing of the sort – they tend to make up the most regressive, reactionary elements of current society, seeking to undo Western culture and replace it with a form of neo-paganism ordered entirely towards the self.  Go read the whole thing.

I hope the author also delves into the link between socalist economic and government and the kind of super narcissism that fuels this radical leftism. 

The Catholic Church built Western civilization.  That civilization is presently more threatened than it has been in centuries because the Faith that once underpinned that civilization has been discarded as a relic of the past, and offered up on the altar of hedonistic self-pleasure.  Those who fight the culture wars instinctively know this – it is why they fight.  But we have been losing, not because we lack numbers – in the US, at least we have the numbers.  We simply must make ourselves heard, and no longer allow the cultural elites intent on blowing up Western culture to be dominant.

Bishop Oscar Cantu names apostolic administrator for Archdiocese of San Antonio May 27, 2010

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Auxiliary bishop Oscar Cantu’ has been named apostolic administrator for the Archdiocese of San Antonio in the wake of the departure of Archbishop Gomez to Los Angeles. 

Congratulations to Bishop Cantu’.  It is hard to say whether this means he will be named Archbishop of San Antonio – someone else could still be chosen. 

Bishop Cantu’ was ordained a priest in 1994.  It would be rather surprising if he would be made bishop of such a large diocese at such a young age.


Homosexual ‘rights’ bill poses threat to religious freedom, sanctity of marriage, bishops say May 27, 2010

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From LifeSiteNews, the USCCB last week sent a letter to the Congress stating their opposition to pending legislation entitled the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA).  The bishop’s letter was obtained by America Magazine and highlights the bishops opposition to a bill that they say will threaten religious freedom, the ability of the Church to proclaim the Truth, and the sanctity of marriage.  

These laws are an integral part of the agenda pursued by homosexual activist groups.  It works like this – first you pass a law, in a state or at the federal level, purporting to protect homosexuals or some other group from discrimination.  The law is written very broadly so that it is widely applicable to both public and private organizations.  Then, the activist groups file suit in state or federal court stating that the lack of gay marriage in that state constitutes a violation of the law, and that gay rights are being trampled upon.  Then they use lower court rulings in their favor to argue at a higher court for sweeping rulings that will enforce the law across the nation.  A federal law is best, as it is applicable everywhere.

The bishops recognize the threat this poses to the Church and to marriage as an institution.  Laws such as ENDA are the vehicles by which activist groups seek to impose their small minority agenda on the vast majority of Americans (laws allowing gay marriage have been voted down in 37 of 37 states where votes have been held – the only states where gay marriage has come to be in place is through judicial fiat).  By referring to ENDA, pro-gay lobbies could force all states to allow gay marriage, in spite of state votes or constitutional amendments to the contrary.  This is a means by which leftist organizations have sought to impose their will on the substantial majority of Americans opposed to their agenda.  The consequences are huge.  From the bishop’s letter:

If this strategy were to succeed, it would represent a legal and moral disaster comparable in many ways to Roe v. Wade. As leaders of the Catholic Church, we have a moral obligation to oppose any law that would clearly contribute to this outcome,” they declared.

In contrast to sexual conduct within marriage between one man and one woman — which does serve both the good of each married person and the good of society —  heterosexual and homosexual conduct outside of marriage has no claim to special protection by the state.

The bishops go on to note that such legislation will have a chilling effect on the ability of religious organizations to voice their opposition to the homosexual agenda in the public square.  Such opposition would be viewed as that most heinous of constructs, ‘hate speech,’ which in Canada, for instance, led to pastors being prosecuted for giving sermons on the disordered nature of homosexuality. 

So what we have in this legislation is an end run on the popular will expressed through numerous plebescites around the country, and a potential source of the same kind of toxic, corrosive effect on the broader culture that has been seen in the wake of Roe v. Wade.   Plus, this type of legislation, which seeks to provide special protections (and thus, special benefits) to certain groups of people, is fundamentally undemocratic and makes a mockery of the rule of law.  Such laws are also contrary to right reason and the natural (and supernatural) law.  Given the above, should not all faithful Catholics oppose such legislation for the numerous ways in which it is contrary to the faith, and contact their legislators to insure they know that Catholics, guided by their bishops, are opposed to the passage of any such legislation?

I will make that clear to mine.   Sam Johnson causes me no worries on this, but Hutchison and Cornyn are squishes.

What groups like ‘Catholics United for the Common Good’ really think May 26, 2010

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Posted without much comment, some words from the executive director of the pro-Obama pro-abort, pro-gay marriage, pro-women’s ordination, pro-married priests, anti-Pope, Soros-funded ‘Catholics United for the Common Good’:

Sex comes from God. It should be celebrated. Gay sex comes from God. Married sex without the intent of procreation is now an evil, according to the hierarchy.  But does any practicing Catholic under age 80 believe this?  And in a pluralistic nation like America, we must realize that abortion is here to stay.  We must examine the reasons for abortion and deal with those reasons to reduce abortions.  There is much else that needs discussion.

These comments were made in a post on that paragon of leftism, Huffington Post, concerning the author, Fred Rotondoro’s, view that the Church needs a new Council to be manipulated, misconstrued, and taken advantage of to further undermine the Faith (I don’t think Vatican II did any of those things, but people acting in the ‘spirit of Vatican II’ did). 

Well, Fred, I’m under 80, I have 6 kids, and I hold a very, very traditional view of contraception and the procreational aspect of sex.  The Church has consitently taught for 2000 years that the most important aspect of the marital act is its procreative nature, the unitive aspect is secondary.  Church doctrine regarding contraception has not suddenly become more rigid – Humanae Vitae actually liberalized the circumstances under which NFP can be used, something that I think may not have been the best course to take. 

Thomas Peters at Catholic Vote Action takes Fred Rotondoro and all the other ‘catholyc’ organization apart further.  Peters, whose father was just named the first lay American canon law expert at the Vatican, says that Rotondoro and Catholics United are actually anti-Catholic, and reveal a hatred for the Church in their constant repudiation of Church doctrine.

Things to be thankful for, #279 May 26, 2010

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We don’t have ‘parish administrators’ at any of our parishes ‘celebrating’ liturgies, especially when said administrators are female, and furthermore when they are members of the ‘women’s ordination conference.’ 

In some diocese, like Rochester, NY, pictured here, things have gotten so bad that a large number of parishes have NO priest.  They have liturgies of a sort ‘administered’ by lay people.  Some are religious.  Many are female. 

Makes one wonder that when some women get the idea that members of their sex can be ordained, are situations like this a partial explanation.

Just one more time, from the top.  Women cannot be ordained as priests.  They have never been ordained.  Even if a very wayward bishop performs some ‘rite of ordination’ for a woman, she is not a priest.  The special graces that come down on a priest at ordination are simply not conferred to a woman.  Christ does not ordain women.  Sorry.  Not my policy, it’s HIS. 

We should be very thankful in this diocese that, bad as things are with regard to the number of priests, they are not THIS bad.  With our prayers and support, they should never get that bad.

One more interesting note – in the same diocese where a number of women have been made ‘parish administrators,’ there are also all kinds of liturgical abuses, including those that occur at the Cathedral in the presence of the bishop.  Funny how one tends to go with the other, no?

h/t Rich Leonardi

Ordination Saturday June 5 10 am May 26, 2010

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Last year, if I recall correctly, only one new priest was ordained at the Cathedral.  This year, with God’s great blessing, two young men will be ordained to the priesthood – Marco Rangel and John Szatkowski.  Both young priests will be assigned to Plano – soon to be Fr. Rangel at St. Mark and Fr. Szatkowski at St. Elizabeth Seton.   The ordinationas will be celebrated at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe at 10 am on June 5.  There will be a reception following.  If you plan on attending, I strongly recommend getting there at least an hour early, if not more, in order to be seated within the Cathedral itself, and not in the overflow space.

What a great blessing.  After some recent years when no young men were ordained, last year we had one, this year two, and next year there will, prayerfully, be three.  Let the vocations continue to grow at that rate!  This diocese needs to ordain about 3 men per year just to cover attrition, let alone grow, so we must pray for this trend to not only continue, but accelerate. 

This ordination may be televised.  If so, I will link that when I get that information. 

Let us pray for continued growth in vocations to the priesthood and religious life!  And let us pray for a great strengthening in the vocation of marriage, the source of all priests and religious!

Dominus vobiscum!

You can start Novena for Corpus Christi today May 25, 2010

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If you want to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, on its traditional day, always a Thursday, you can start a Corpus Christi Novena today.  We will be celebrating Corpus Christi on the Thursday, so we will start the Novena today.  If you plan to celebrate on the Sunday it has been moved to in most diocese/parishes, you will start the Novena on Friday. 

I like the Traditional calendar in many respects – there were more feast days and holy days, and I am always up for a party.  In the traditional calendar, we would be celebrating the Octave of Pentecost, with days in the English speaking world like WhitSunday, WhitMonday, etc.  One of the novelties introduced after Vatican II was to expurgate many of these traditional feast days.  When Pope Paul VI was made aware there was no longer an Octave of Pentecost, and that HE had caused that, he wept, or so the story goes.  Plus, I love to go to Mass, so celebrating a feast day on its actual day, as opposed to being rolled up into Sunday for ‘convenience,’ is not a problem for me.

Sacred Silence in the Liturgy May 25, 2010

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New Theological Movement has a post up regarding an aspect of the Liturgy of Mass that is often sadly lacking in many celebrations – Sacred Silence.   According the the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, there are numerous times during the Mass when silence is to be observed.  These include but are not limited to, after each reading (to reflect on its meaning), after the sermon/homily, and after receiving Communion.  In most of our Catholic churches today, these periods of silence are either non-existent or very truncated.  Venerable Pope John Paull II wrote in Spiritus et Sponsa:

An aspect which it is necessary to cultivate with greater attention within our communities is the experience of silence. […] The liturgy, among its various moments and signs, cannot obscure that of silence.

Then Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) stated:

Let us become always more clearly conscious that the liturgy also implies silence. To God who speaks we respond singing and praying, but the greatest mystery, which goes beyond all words, calls us also to be silent. It must undoubtedly be a full silence, more than an absence of words and action. We expect from the liturgy that it provide for us the positive silence in which we find ourselves

One aspect of the changes introduced by Vatican II that I think has been misinterpreted, or misapplied, is the idea of ‘active participation.’  With the Extraordinary Form of Mass, the people do not make all the responses that are used in the Novus Ordo.  There was an idea to add these responses to encourage ‘active participation.’  But, this view misses the point in the sense that, there are many forms of active participation, and simply repeating by rote responses one has made 3000 times may not be the fullest form of participation.  There has been a tendency among some to denigrate the ‘lack of participation’ by the faithful in the Extraordinary Form, but if one attending the Extraordinary Form is praying intently to God, trying to prepare oneself to receive the Blessed Sacrament and expressing one’s great wonder at receiving such a Gift, is this not an active participation?  Even sitting in total silence and simply trying to hear God is a very concious act of participation. 

I know some priests read this blog, so I ask in charity for them to consider the amount of silence in the Masses they celebrate.  Yes, I know all priests are very pressed for time, with many large parishes having one Mass following the other in short order on Sunday, but adding 3-4 minutes to Mass to incorporate these periods of silence may be something worth considering, even prayerful contemplation, to determine if it can be done.  The instructions from the GIRM are not just general rules, but are guidelines for intended to optimize the worship experience of all involved.  These periods can also add a certain gravity, to create tension, if you will, as the Mass builds towards its great Summit, the Eucharist.  Silence can add a sense of the Sacred, which is something so missing in some of the Masses celebrated today. 

And let us all continue to pray for our priests, that they may be inspired by the Holy Spirit to challenge us and lead us to a greater piety and understanding of our Faith.