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If you favor the Traditional Latin Mass….. February 21, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery.
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……and would like to see it more widespread, consider the following, via New Liturgical Movement:

INTERNATIONAL APPEAL IN DEFENSE OF SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM

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(Please note: If you are brought to a donation page after signing the appeal, please just close that window. That donation does not go to the motu proprio initiative.)

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Background:

This appeal came out of information coming from a variety of sources, suggesting that the forthcoming Instruction on Summorum Pontificum may contain restrictive elements (or, at very least, elements that could be interpreted restrictively) thereby having the adverse effect of limiting the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in some manner – or at least making this more possible.

Obviously, we do not presume to know what the text may say. However, in checking in with a variety of our own sources, we have confirmed that there is a very real and substantive reason for some concern here. Substantial enough that a joint, multi-blog, international appeal has been launched: www.motuproprioappeal.com

The appeal does not presume to know or state what the actual contents of this proposed instruction are, however, in the light of the aforementioned reports, and given credible confirmations that there is reason for concern, it simply wishes to calmly and respectfully share our concern with the Holy Father about this potentiality, asking that, whatever is finally released, that the integrity of the letter and the spirit of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum be clearly and unambiguously fostered.

If, in the end, there is nothing to any of this, then we shall all be very thankful indeed and rejoice. But if there is substance to this, then at least our concern will have been respectfully voiced to our beloved Holy Father and also to our pastors.

Who should then sign this? Everyone who is concerned with liturgical patrimony and mutual enrichment. Whether you are attached to the Ordinary Form and see a reform of the reform, a re-enchantment, as your primary liturgical focus, or the usus antiquior, the other Western liturgical rites/uses, or even Eastern Christian, I believe we all have something potentially at stake here, either in practice, in effect, or in principle at very least.

Please sign this appeal as soon as possible and please spread the word.

Cardinal Pacelli on deformation of the Faith February 21, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Papa, sadness.
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From 1931, ostensibly, Pacelli warns against the threats to the Faith from within the Church.  I note in passing that the first ‘reform’ of the Liturgy, that of Holy Week, was instigated during his Pontificate, during which time the trend towards the ejecting of Tradition began, and the deconstructionists hailed a victory of having battered in the door of the castle:

I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul. … I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject Her ornaments and make Her feel remorse for Her historical past.

A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, “Where have they taken Him?”
-Vatican Secretary of State, Eugenio Pacelli (later Pius XII), 1931

Obama guts conscience protections for health care workers February 21, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, sickness, Society.
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When everyone works for the government, ‘rights’ can be removed at the stroke of a pen.  Now, if you’re a doctor or nurse, you can be forced under the new federal health insurance scheme to dispense abortifacients, conscience be damned:

The Obama administration has rolled back the “conscience clause” protections for health-care workers that were instituted during the Bush presidency.

The new federal regulations, released on February 18, still protect health-care workers who refuse to be involved in abortions. But the rules do not protect those who refuse to provide contraceptives.

The new regulations will create severe moral dilemmas for health-care workers who believe– as the Catholic Church teaches– that the use of contraceptives is gravely wrong. The conflict could be acute in some cases, since the regulations would force health-care workers to dispense contraceptives that function as abortifacients.

Rather than condemning the new rules, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a measured response. Speaking for the bishops’ conference, Deirdre McQuade said that the administration’s move was “a cause for disappointment, but also offers reasons for hope regarding an emerging consensus in Washington on the need for clear conscience protections for health-care providers.” She said that the USCCB would work to expand the “conscience clause” protections.

Ahhh, the USCCB. Is there anything it can’t do?

But at least Obama created the rainbow!  And unicorns!

How to set a church on fire February 21, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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No, I’m not talking about me finally losing my mind because of all the new agers that get propped up as ‘wonderful, faithful Catholics’ in this diocese – via Steve K, I’m talking about how to get the Holy Spirit really active in a parish and potentially totally change its direction.   I’m talking about Adoration.

ACUSHNET — A little church in a small town, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church was facing tough times. The congregation was dwindling, and Mass attendance was at an all-time low. The empty confessional was collecting dust, and donations were dismal.

But then the unthinkable happened.

Today, St. Francis Xavier is one of the most vibrant parishes in the diocese with standing-room only Masses, confessional lines, a busload of parishioners participating in the March for Life, and an abundance of freewill donations that will make them debt-free by April.

“Jesus is on the property,” said Mary Cardoza, the spark that inflamed the parish. “We are a church on fire.”

Traditional expressions of piety almost always bring very tangible benefits to a parish – increased reception of the Sacraments, increased involvement in parish life, increased vocations, and increased donations.  While such expressions may not be popular in every quarter, they are proven to be a way for many troubled parishes to improve their fortunes in every sense of the world.  I pray this practice becomes far more widespread – there is no reason that a parish with “40,000 members” cannot support perpetual Adoration.  Even more, we should consider forming groups to keep Jesus company even when reserved in the Tabernacle – Blessed Louis Martin and Isidore Guerin did so in Lisieux, often volunteering to take the difficult, middle of the night shifts.  Such was their love for the Blessed Sacrament.  I pray such a fire becomes widespread in the Church again!

Advance pro-life cause – call speaker Joe Straus February 21, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, sickness, Society.
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Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus is a troubling figure.  While purporting to be very conservative and pro-life,  in his previous terms as Speaker he has repeatedly blocked pro-life legislation which enjoys majority support from advancing to a vote.  He has developed ties with Planned Barrenhood, and that blood money tends to corrupt, absolutely.  So, a new bill has passed the Texas Senate, which requires all women seeking an abortion in this state to view, actually see, a sonogram of their child before having the abortion.  That bill will now go to the House, where Speaker Straus has the power to kill the bill by stonewalling it if he wants.  He faced a good deal of opposition from pro-life House members in seeking the Speaker’s post for this legislative session – but we need to pressure him to move this legislation forward.  Would you, in your charity, consider trying to reach him via the instructions below?  God bless you!

Please immediately call and urge Texas House Speaker Joe Straus to support the pro-life Patrick-Morrison Sonogram Bill, Senate Bill 16 / House Bill 201, and to allow it to move promptly through the committee process and onto the House floor.  

  
Senate Bill 16 and House Bill 201 are “companions.” They are really the same bill, and one can be substituted for the other at appropriate times. The Senate passed Senate Bill 16 last week. The House State Affairs Committee will consider House Bill 201 on Wednesday, February 23.
  
Your call is urgently needed. Every day of delay in passing this bill will means dozens of abortions will occur that might have been averted. That is because 220 abortions are performed each day in Texas (81,500 per year). We believe the Patrick-Morrison bill could reduce the abortions by 10-20% or more.
  

SAMPLE MESSAGES: Please call on Monday or Tuesday. Use your own words.

Phone — 512.463.1000 (Please call during business hours.)

“Hello, my name is (name) . I live at (address) . Please ask Speaker Straus to support the Patrick-Morrison Sonogram Bill, Senate Bill 16 and House Bill 201, and allow the bill to be considered promptly on the House floor. Each day of delay means dozens of abortions will occur that might have been averted if this bill is passed promptly. Thank you.”

Please let us know you’ve made your call.
Simply click -HERE-. Or send comments to info@texasallianceforlife.org