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Great production on St. John Vianney coming to Dallas October 22, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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If you’ve never seen Leonardo DeFilippis in action, you really owe it to youself to become familiar with his work.  He is a very gifted actor and a faithful Catholic, who has produced a number of very high quality, very moving, movies.  He’s got a new play on the life of St. John Marie Vianney coming to the Dallas area soon.  It looks like this production will be as gripping and moving as DeFilippis’ previous work, so I can’t wait to see this.  Dates and locations as follows:

Wednesday, November 3 @ 7:00 p.m.
Church of the Incarnation at University of Dallas
1845 East Northgate Dr.
Irving, TX 75062
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Denise Phillips, 972-721-5168 or dphilli@udallas.edu
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Thursday, November 4
Private Morning Performance for John Paul II High School, Plano
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Monday, November 8 @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Ann Church
180 Samuel Blvd.
Coppell, TX 75019
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Julie Wehlage – (972) 393-5544 ext 1111 or parishoffice@stannparish.org
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Tuesday, November 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Rita Church
12521 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Deacon Denis Corbin (972) 934-8388 or dcorbin@strita.net
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations 

Wednesday, November 10
Private Morning Performance for Bishop Lynch High School
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Wednesday, November 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Pius X Church
3030 Gus Thomasson Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Alicia Mendoza (972) 279-6155 x119 or amendoza@spxdallas.org
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

You should check out DeFillipis’ movies here.  They are all worth buying.

The “I hate God” religion takes another step October 22, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, Society.
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Atheism, the up and coming religion of neo-pagans and selfish hedonists, now has their own hymnal!  Pretty soon they’ll have an atheist magisterium and ritual sacrifices to Moloch!  Get that fire burning, boys!

Catholic Culture: traditionalists have misinterpreted Vatican II as much as modernists October 22, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in blogfoolery, General Catholic, silliness.
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Really.  If by “traditionalists,” he means groups like the SSPX and sedevacantists, perhaps I could see his point, but traditionals count millions in their ranks and almost all the ones I know try hard to serve the Truth Christ has revealed through his Church to the best of their ability, including following the most recent Council.  But since Vatican II did not define any new dogma or condemn any extant heresy, and was thus different from previous councils, I’m not sure how we are supposed to “follow” its prescriptions.  Is it now dogmatic that Catholics must engage the world?  How do we measure adherence to that doctrine?

Dr. Jeff Mirus, the author of the piece, seems to be equating modernists in the Church with traditionalists.  Again, perhaps in the area of sedevacantists, he has a point, but that’s comparing a very extreme end of one group, to the very core of another group.

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Pot stirring – female altar servers? October 22, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals.
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Michael Foley tries to make a semi-philosophical, semi-theological argument in support of male altar servers, rather than the current common situation where both girls and boys serve, or, sometimes, just girls.   I’m not sure his argument succeeds, because he appears to be reticent to attack the root cause of the issue, which is that having numerous lay people in the sanctuary is a novelty and a firm break with Tradition.   He does get to this issue somewhat tangentially when he discusses the sexual imagery that attends the sanctuary and the re-presentation of Christ’s life and sacrifice during the Consecration. Since the Incarnation is part of Christ’s mission on earth and lead to his Sacrifice, there is a tradition in the Church that the Sanctuary be evocative of the Marian womb and thus only should be attended by males – otherwise, it would seem, we make a mockery of God’s creating us male and female and the whole natural, sexual order that flows from that.  This view is not necessarily core to the act of Consecration that is the Source and Summit of our Faith, but it has been traditionally held as a key reason to have only males perform roles in the sanctuary.

There are a number of practical reasons for preserving an all male altar server cohort, which Foley ignores.  Traditionally, the altar boys were seen as the seed bed from which many priestly vocations would grow.  Having female altar servers presents two problems here – one, it seems to imply that, perhaps, at some point in the future, the Church will be enlightened enough to allow females to “take the next step” and become priests (the impossibility of the conferring of priestly orders on a woman, apparently, being discounted).  This is perhaps a slippery slope argument, but, then again, some slopes are slippery.   I think many traditionalists in the Church definitely fear this possible progression.  Secondly, many believe that the esprit de corps of the altar boys as a group has been undermined by having female altar servers, that a once all-male institution that attracted quite a bit of pride has been undermined by the presence of females and led to a decrease in interest in performing this very important role.  Certainly, theatrical priests have also undermined the traditional role of the altar boy, but I think the “any kid can do it” mentality is also part of the, how shall I say it?………lower standards that we see in many altar servers today.  Foley also ignores the importance of all-male bonding that growth that participation in such a gender focused group can provide – again, this can be a means to help train young men for vocations to the priesthood or religious life. 

It’s interesting to read the comments at InsideCatholic.   It seems alot of those who describe themselves as fairly conservative or traditional Catholics have bought into the thinking of the dominant culture, that the inclusion of female altar servers is an issue of “fairness” and “equality” and that girls “have a right to serve.”  These are the exact same arguments used to justify the notion of a female priesthood.

What are some other reasons to have male altar servers that I, and Foley, have missed?