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Admin note – slow blogging ahead December 20, 2010

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The blog is going to be slow for a while.  There probably won’t be any posts for about 10 days.  That’s probably a good thing.  I should be focusing on Him, and not on my rantific li’l blog.

Eric Genuis concert coming to St. Mark December 17, 2010

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Renowned composer and pianist Eric Genuis is going to give a performance at St. Mark in Plano (map here) on January 18 at 7 pm in the main church. If you’re not familiar with Eric Genuis, he is a committed Catholic who performs at many conferences (like the Fullness of Truth conferences) and is a very gifted songwriter and performer.  He always adds a profoundly Catholic, and, in particular, pro-life message at his concerts, and this performance is tied in with the annual remembrance of the tragedy of Roe v. Wade.  Tickets will be for sale at the door, and are going to be $15 for an adult or only $25 for a family.   This guy is really incredibly talented, and his message is always very good.

I pray folks will strongly consider attending this concert.  This is part being put on to help spur pro-life efforts in the diocese, and entertainment of this caliber is quite a bargain at less than the cost of a family of 4 going to the movies!  Bring your kids and come enjoy the concert!  BTW, the smaller ensemble from the second video is the group that will be performing at St. Mark.

A whitewash coming on women religious? December 17, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, General Catholic, scandals, sickness.
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I had meant to talk about this last week when the story broke, but decided not to.  Voris has motivated me to bring the subject up.  Via Fr. Larry Adamcyzk (check him out!), Voris has a video wherin he expresses great, GREAT exasperation at some statements made by the newly appointed Secretary of the Vatican Congregation of Consecrated Life, Archbishop Joseph Tobin, which seemed to imply that new age heretical femal religious, and the investigation thereof, were somehow unjust towards these female religious and that they had justifiable anger at the process.  Well…….that’s a pretty incredible statement, and Voris doesn’t hold back.  First the video, then some thoughts afterwards:

Do his comments cross the line into uncharitability?  Is this egregious?  Below, a comment I left at Fr. Adamcyzk’s site:

I want to preface what I say below with this statement – I have at times, in trying to be kinda smart alecky funny or express exasperation, lapsed into scorn for other people and groups within the Church.  I have to fight this tendency on a daily basis, and I know I do not always succeed. 

Having said that, I have a high tolerance for this kind of righteous anger. Voris presses the limits, but I don’t think he goes too far in this video, except perhaps around the 3:00 – 3:20 mark and a couple of brief statements later. I understand his anger, and I share it to a certain extent. I have a very strong attraction to the lives of female religious, especially Carmelite, and to see what has occurred in so many female religious orders in this country and others is beyond shocking, it’s beyond scandalous, it’s heartbreaking.  I am concerned that we have not had enough voices with this kind of righteous anger in the past, and, to the extent they have existed, they tend to get marginalized, as I have seen occurring increasingly with regard to Voris, even among many one would normally think would be sympathetic to him.  We must remember that the first spiritual work of mercy is fraternal correction.  Sometimes, in egregious situations like this, that correction may need to be vociferous, because this outright rejection of the Faith and heresy has been tolerated for far too long.  Bishop Tobin’s comments are extremely concerning to me – they make it appear that the massive outbursts from the “persecuted religious” have had their desired effect, and that this badly needed investigation will result in no changes whatsoever. 

It may be easier for the Vatican to just let nature take its course, and let these orders die out of their own accord.  That is certainly where they are headed.  But I think it would be a furtherance of a grave scandal not to have some form of public rebuke for the horrid path so many female religious orders have chosen.  They speak of being “beyond Jesus” and “post-Christian,” for the love of Mercy.  Without a formal rebuke, potentially millions of the faithful will continue to be led astray by these very wayward female religious

Watch a Mass narrated by Fulton Sheen! December 16, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery, sadness.
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What a great blessing!  The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, of course, the Traditional Latin Mass, filmed in 1941 at a church in Chicago and narrated by Fulton Sheen!  There was such obvious care and reverence in the celebration of this Mass…..not the incomprehensible 20 minute mumbled low Mass I’ve been told was so dominant back during this time. 

I pray that we may see the Asperges return to all Masses, EF or Ordinary Form.

Bishop Sheen says “it’s a long established principle of the  Church never to completely drop from her public worship any ceremony, object, or prayer which once occupied a place in that worship….”.  What was once a principle was dropped as a result of changes in the liturgy that occurred after Vatican II, as numerous ceremonies, objects, and prayers were dropped as so much “useless repitition” and “ridiculous triumphalism.”  My heart aches…..

Note: about 20 minutes were cut out of the celebration as presented on Youtube to comply with certain Youtube restrictions, notably file size.

More like this – Holy Goalie December 16, 2010

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki was ordained as Bishop of Springfield, Ill, in April of this year.  He has already done good works, including hosting a conference intended to increase the number of trained exorcist priests in the United States, something badly needed (we only have 6!).  He’s also a very outgoing guy who clearly communicates the Faith.  But, he also plays hockey. 

Alot of people don’t know that I play hockey, or used to.  I don’t get to play much anymore, but I love the game.  Since I quit drinking and had eleventeen kids, it’s harder to play, but I still go skate or play every now and then.  Hockey is a terrific sport, but not playing is an offering I’ve made to God as a little act of penitence.  I think it is very cool to see a bishop as a “regular” guy playing hockey – not to distract from his rightful Authority, but to emphasize the human side not often seen in bishops.

Note that the Chicago Blackhawks did go on to win the Stanley Cup in 2010, after Bishop Paprocki practiced with them.

Two data points on Catholic identity December 16, 2010

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Catholic identity, leading a distinctively Catholic, that is, authentically Christian life, and being oriented always towards the Doctrine Christ has revealed through His Church, is one of the most important efforts of good Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.  Too many individual Catholics have lost all but the most surface elements of Catholic identity, and I count myself in that group.  But in nominally ‘Catholic’ organizations, the situation is often worse, with not only a failure to live by Catholic principles, but oftentimes engaging in activities that run directly counter to the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church.  Catholic Culture (they really need financial help – their expenses are high, but they do very good work) has two posts concerning a failure of Catholic identity, if you will, concerning ostensibly Catholic organizations.  In the first, the great Cardinal Burke lambasts so many colleges which, while perhaps once being faithful to the Church, have long lost any such fealty, and now trade on their ‘Catholic’ name primarily as a selling point for admissions:

In a recent address at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Cardinal Raymond Burke discussed the teaching of Venerable John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on the vocation and mission of the Catholic university.

Identifying a university as Catholic means identifying every aspect of the university’s life as Catholic,” he said, adding:  According to the ancient canonical wisdom, corruptio optimi pessima est, “the corruption of the best is the worst.” Sadly, we have witnessed the truth of the axiom in so many Catholic colleges and universities in our nation, which once gave pride of place to their Catholic identity and the Catholic life of the campus but now are Catholic in name only, usually qualifying their Catholic identity by another name, for example, calling themselves a Catholic university in the Franciscan or Jesuit tradition. What the tradition, with a small “t”, means, in practice can have little, if anything, to do with Tradition, with a capital “t”. The word, “Catholic,” in the name of a university has its full qualification, that is, it accepts no modifiers.

I agree – far too many, in fact, nearly all of the 244 ‘Catholic’ colleges in the US are simply no longer faithful to the Church.  Being Catholic means being obedient to the Church.  They are not.

In a tangentially related post, Catholic Culture also reported on the goings on between Bishop Thomas Olmstead of the Diocese of Phoenix, and the Catholic Heath West hospital chain that has been providing contraception, and performing “emergency” abortions:

Despite the threat of the imminent revocation of its status as a Catholic institution, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix issued a brief statement on December 15 defending an abortion that took place there. The abortion took place in late 2009 after a hospital ethics committee deemed the killing of the unborn child necessary to save the life of the mother.

“We believe that all life is sacred,” the hospital said in its statement. “In this case we saved the only life we could save, which was the mother’s.”

In a November 22 letter, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix told the president of the hospital’s parent company, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), that on December 17 he will declare that the hospital is no longer a Catholic institution unless CHW recognizes that the abortion violated the US bishops’ ethical directives and pledges it “will never occur again.”………………………

Reacting to news of the bishop’s letter, the ACLU again urged the federal government to compel religious hospitals to provide “emergency abortions,” and Lisa Fullam, professor of moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, urged the hospital to defy the bishop.

So, a “moral theologian” who is encouraging disobedience to the bishop and causing scandal to the faithful, is employed by “Jesuit Catholic” Santa Clara University.  Good St. Clare deserves far better than this moralization of the world.  Abortion is an intrinsically evil act.  It can never be intentionally performed, for any reason.  Certain medical procedures can be performed that may inadvertantly result in the loss of a mother’s in utero child, but abortion as a separate, specific act can not be tolerated in a ‘Catholic hospital’.  But this specific issue of an abortion performed at a Phoenix hospital is hardly Professor Fullam’s only area of dissent, but I digress.

One of the most misbegotten concepts to emerge from the false, illusory “spirit of Vatican II” is that of the primacy of the individual conscience, and how that is interpreted by many Catholics to disobey clear, unchanging, UNCHANGEABLE Church Doctrine on myriad issues.  It is precisely that kind of “dissent” which breeds scandal of which St. Francis de Sales spoke in a previous post.

Another good book recommendation December 16, 2010

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I have written a few times about Fr. Thomas Euteneur’s book Exorcism and the Church Militant and all the drama surrounding it.  Well, since that book is out of print, for another source on spiritual warfare in God’s One True Church, you might want to check out a book called Onward Catholic Soldier by John LaBriola.  LaBriola’s book is focused on Church Doctrine on spiritual warfare, and consists about one half of the author’s discourse on certain spiritual warfare topics, followed immediately with liberal quotes from Sacred Scripture, the Saints, Church Fathers, and other Church documents to support all his exposition on various topics.  So, you’ll read a paragraph or two on some aspect of, say, temptation, and then have that paragraph buttressed by 3 or 4 quotations from various Saints of Scripture.  It’s a really very good work, and I, as someone who has only until recently had a passing interest in this topic, am learning alot.  I highly recommend it, if you can find it (I got it at Half Price Books for much less than the prices on Amazon, but that was dumb luck finding it – and I wasn’t looking for it, I just happened on it).  However, you can download the first five chapters of the book at LaBriola’s website for free, and order the whole book for much less at his site here than at Amazon. 

Early in the book, LaBriola discusses how spiritual warfare is almost a forgotten topic among many in the Church today.  He talks about the decline in Mass attendance, poor formation, irreverent liturgies, etc – all sources of scandal.  I found a few quotes from Saints interesting on this general topic:

Saint Louis de Montfort: It is easy to see that they [who reject prayers like the Rosary as “antiquated” or medieval – ED] have absorbed the poison of Hell and that ehy are inspired by the devil.  Nobody can condemn devotion to the Holy Rosary without condemning all that is most holy in the Catholic Faith.

Saint Francis de Sales: While those who give scandal are guilty of the spiritual equivalent of murder, those who take scandal, who allow scandals to destroy faith, are guilty of spiritual suicide. [WOW! – ED]

On Suffering:

Saint Madeleine Sophia Barat: We must suffer to go to God.  we forget this truth far too often.

Venerable Pope John Paul II: It is suffering, more than anything else, which clears the way for the grace which transforms human souls.  The Church feels the need to have recourse to the value of human sufferings for the salvation of the world.

On the devil:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: No one hates God more than the devil, so he puts hatred for God in action by destroying us, by making us commit sin. 

That’s just a small sampling.  It’s a really good book.  And another interesting footnote.  I have written, in the first link above, some of the drama surrounding Fr. Euteneuer’s book Exorcism and the Church Militant, how it was released to much publicity and fanfare in late August of this year, only to be pulled from publication by Human Life International at the end of September, barely a month later.  Not only that, but HLI asked bookstores and Amazon to return the copies they had!  The reason stated was the HLI did not want to be in the “business of spiritual warfare,” whatever that means.  I don’t know how you fight abortion, which is HLI’s raison d’etre, without engaging with the evil that spawns that barbaric act, but, apparently, in 2008, when Onward Christian Soldier was published, leadership at HLI felt differently, because the head of the hispanic division of HLI gave the following endorsement to LaBriola’s book:

John LaBriola’s book fills a very great need fo rknowledge that most Catholics don’t have: how to fight spiritual battles.  This knowledge is even more crucial at the present time, when evil has increased so much in the world.  His book is especially useful and necessary for those of us in the pro-life movement, since we are much attacked by the enemy of souls.  Thank you John for this valuable compendium!

Magaly Llaguno, OCDS
Executive Director, Vida Humana Internaciional, Hispanic Division of Human Life International

Kinda makes me go……hmmmmm……..For one more little hmmmmmm…….John LaBriola acknowledges in the forward to Onward Christian Soldiers his close association with the Intercessors of the Lamb.

Curioser and curiouser!

Cathedral renovation December 15, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, North Deanery.
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The Cathedral for the Dallas Diocese, formery Sacred Heart, now Catedral Santuario de Guadalupe, was once quite different from how it is today, especially on the interior.  The former marble altar rails were removed and parts of them were used as curbs in parking lots for the Cathedral and other locations, the glorious High Altar was removed and, presumably, destroyed, etc.  Similar things happened around the country.  One diocese, Orlando, is seeking to restore some of the former glory to its cathedral, as shown below.

The before:

The ongoing renovations:

If you’ve never seen it before, this is what the High Altar used to look like at the Cathedral in downtown Dallas:

The present altar is rather more simple:

Start your Christmas Novena tomorrow! December 15, 2010

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You can start your Novena for Christmas tomorrow!  And don’t forget, today (Wednesday, Dec 15), Friday, and Saturday are Ember days

Hail, and blessed be the hour and moment
At which the Son of God was born
Of a most pure Virgin
At a stable at midnight in Bethlehem
In the piercing cold
At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee,
To hear my prayers and grant my desires
(mention request here). 

Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother.

Pope Benedict on contraception/abortion December 15, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, General Catholic, sadness.
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From another book length interview with Peter Seewald, Salt of the Earth, then Cardinal Ratzinger addresses the issue of contraception.  My question, to all but especially Steve B and WhiteLily, is the “answer” Ratzinger gives on this subject profoundly modernist in its outlook?  Does this answer below provide a “preview,” if you will, of the Pope’s ‘condom comments’?

Your Eminence, many Christians do not understand the Church’s position on contraception. Do you understand that they don’t understand it?

Yes, I can understand that quite well; the question is really complicated. In today’s troubled world, where the number of children cannot be very high given living conditions and so many other factors, it’s very easy to understand. In this matter, we ought to look less at the casuistry of individual cases and more at the major objectives that the Church has in mind.

I think that it’s a question of three major basic options. The first and most fundamental is to insist on the value o£ the child in society. In this area, in fact, there has been a remarkable change. Whereas in the simple societies of the past up to the nineteenth century, the blessing of children was regarded as the blessing, today children are conceived of almost as a threat. People think that they rob us of a place for the future, they threaten their own space, and so forth.  In this matter a primary objective is to

recover the original, true view that the child, the new human being, is a blessing. That by giving life we also receive it ourselves and that going out of ourselves and accepting the blessing of creation are good for man.The second is that today we find ourselves before a separation of sexuality from procreation such as was not known earlier, and this makes it all the more necessary not to lose sight of the inner connection between the two.

Meanwhile, even representatives of the sixties’ generation, who tried it, are making some astonishing statements. Or perhaps that’s just what we should expect. Rainer Langhans, for example, who once explored “orgasmic sexuality” in his communes, now proclaims that “the pill severed sexuality from the soul and led people into a blind alley.” Langhans complains that now there “is no longer any giving, no longer any devoted dedication”. “The highest” aspect of sexuality, he now professes, is `parenthood”, which he calls “collaboration in God’s plan”.

It really is true that increasingly we have the development of two completely separated realities. In Huxley’,s famous futuristic novel Brave New World, we see a vision of a coming world in which sexuality is something completely detached from procreation. He had good reason to expect this, and its human tragedy is fully explored. In this world, children are planned and produced in a laboratory in a regulated fashion. Now, that is clearly an intentional caricature, but, like all caricatures, it does bring something to the fore: that the child is going to be something that tends to be planned and made, that he lies completely under the control of reason, as it were. And that signals the self-destruction of man. Children become products in which we want to express ourselves; they are fully robbed in advance of their own life’s projects. And sexuality once again becomes something replaceable. And, of course, in all this the relationship of man and woman is also lost. The developments are plain to see.

In the question of contraception, precisely such basic options are at stake. The Church wants to keep man human. For the third option in this context is that we cannot resolve great moral problems simply with techniques, with chemistry, but must solve them morally, with a life-style. It is, I think — independently now of contraception — one of our great perils that we want to master even the human condition with technology, that we have forgotten that there are primordial human problems that are not susceptible of technological solutions but that demand a certain life-style and certain life decisions. I would say that in the question of contraception we ought to look more at these basic options in which the Church is leading a struggle for man. The point of the Church’s objections is to underscore this battle. The way these objections are formulated is perhaps not always completely felicitous, but what is at stake are such major cardinal points of human existence.

The question remains whether you can reproach someone, say a couple who already have several children, for not having a positive attitude toward children.

No, of course not, and that shouldn’t happen, either.

But must these people nevertheless have the idea that they are living in some sort of sin if they …

I would say that those are questions that ought to be discussed with one’s spiritual director, with one’s priest, because they can’t be projected into the abstract.

So, when asked clearly, if a couple with several children develops an antipathy towards having more, the subject of contraception is at the discretion of their spiritual director?  Does Pope Benedict undermine his argument by having a modernist hermeneutic, looking at things from a distinctly ‘modern’ point of view?