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

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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

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, Society.
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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!