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REMINDER – Novus Ordo Latin Mass St. Mark tonight! June 13, 2011

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The Novus Ordo Latin Mass at St. Mark in Plano begin tonight (Monday, June 13) at 7pm.  There will be Latin/English Missals.  A local schola will add Chant to the Mass celebration.  Fr. Jack Hopka is celebrant. 

Come get your Latin on!

Many thanks to Bishop Farrell for responding favorably to the several requests for this form of the Mass he has received.

Praise the Lord!  I thank thee Lord for thy greatness, for hearing the many prayers that have been raised up to you, imploring a return to the universal language of the Church, linking us to the Catholics of the past who suffered so much that this Faith should carry on, enriching the lives of millions and bringing untold numbers to Salvation through Your son, Jesus Christ.  I cannot thank thee, enough, Lord.  I pray this Mass will be the beginning of many such Masses in this Diocese of your glorious Church.

A response for pervasive liturgical abuses June 13, 2011

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Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP, has posted excerpts from Redemptionis Sacramentum, a document released by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 2004 in the expectation of curbing liturgical abuses.  The need for this document continues.  I’m not going to cut and paste text from the document, but will only note that it is very helpful and covers a number of topics, including:

  • [Abuses rooted in a false understanding of liberty]*
  • [Baptismal and Ordained priesthoods differ in kind not degree]
  • [Proper understanding of “active participation”]
  • [No ad-lib Eucharistic Prayers]
  • [No non-biblical readings at Mass]
  • [No lay homilies at Mass]
  • [Sober exchange of the Peace]
  • [Latin is always permitted]
  • [No glass, clay, ceramic, or wooden Communion vessels–metal only]
  • [Purification of the vessels reserved to the priest, deacon, or instituted acolyte]
  • [Pastoral Assistants are not Pastors]
  • [The use of Extraordinary Ministers of Communion is not about lay participation]

I could go on and on about unextraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.  Please let this abuse be curbed!  Assisting at Mass is not about having a little task to perform in mimickry of the priest!  It is about offering adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and sacrifice to the Lord!  You don’t have to carry a cup to do any of that!

Top 10 reasons women (and men) should dress modestly June 13, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, Society.
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I don’t mean to pick on women in bringing up the topic of modest dress, but I don’t think it unfair to say that the problem of immodest dress is generally more an issue with women than it is with men.  Still, men, don’t wear spandex tights to Mass (for numerous reasons!) or a shirt halfway unbuttoned to show off your sculpted chest.  But ladies……pleeeeazzzze

10 – Modesty reflects an understanding of who a woman truly is.
Modesty starts inside a person’s heart and mind. Who am I? Why do I exist? If a woman answers she is a beautiful daughter of God, then modesty will naturally follow.
9 – Modesty isn’t about dressing in unattractive clothes as some think it is. 
There are too many options in clothing to not give modesty a try. Yes, it might not be the first thing on the rack you go shopping for, but it is worth finding clothing that brings out a woman’s beauty without revealing too much. [On Sundays, I typically have the priviledge of seeing many very smartly dressed women, who are also very modest in their dress.  Yesterday at Mass I took mental notes of this, and was quite impressed by the obvious care many of the women put into their appearance at Mass.  God bless them.]
8 – Modesty attracts the kind of guys you ought to want to attract.
If a woman is afraid that she must turn a man’s eye by dressing immodestly, then she should ask herself just what kind of guy does she want to attract?
7 – Mary dressed modestly.
Truly there is no more beautiful woman who ever lived than Mary. Why wouldn’t any woman want to be more like her?
6 – It helps protect women.
A woman can still dress to be beautiful, but the mystery of a woman’s body is protected from being used. Modesty provides a needed defense against usage.
5 – It sets a good example for others.
Young girls and teens need good examples of beautiful women who are modest. The attacks of immodest are Legion and we need a good counter-example.
4 – Women are worthy of respect.
Respect can be easily lost when a woman tries to promote herself by being immodest.
3 – It helps your brothers to avoid lust.
Women would be shocked if they were to enter the head of the average modern young man in a crowded room of immodest women. This isn’t to blame an immodestly dressed woman for a man’s sin of lust. But, men today need all the help they can get to fight lust and sin. Won’t you help them?
2 – It shows true beauty.
A woman’t true beauty comes from her dignity of being made in God’s image. If any woman wants to truly reflect God’s beauty, it starts with modesty.
1 – It is a virtue.
Modesty is a virtue that helps control behavior so we do not excite the sexuality of another. It is also a fruit of the Holy Spirit. All of us could use more virtue in our lives.
I am going to point out another tangential aspect of encouraging modest dress in girls and young women – homeschooling seems to make an enormous difference.  I have noted now on many occasions that girls who go to public school or even Catholic schools tend to dress more revealingly.  We had a recent sad experience with a young girl we know who is the age of some of my kids, and who attends a Catholic school in another state, wearing clothing that was simply incredible, to me.  That girl is not even 10 years old.  I’m sure your Catholic school kid would never dress like that, but it appears that many do, sadly.
I have added a prayer to my daily prayers for modest dress at Mass, as well as reverent behavior.  It seems a needed prayer.

Sarah Palin truly impresses June 13, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society.
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It was supposed to be a routine governmental function.  The releasing of documents related to a person’s time in office.  But since the person in question was no ordinary person, but was former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the very boogeywoman of the left, the release of many of these documents, including her e-mails, became a media circus and a feeding frenzy began on the left as they tried to find something, anything with which to discredit her.  Because all their other attempts to destroy this woman have largely failed.  But in the ensuing idiocy, no great scandal was found in the documents.  Instead, what emerged was a portrait of a dedicated public servant who struggled to balance her heavy workload and the needs of her family, but who kept her family and faith first as she tried to change the politics of a large state.  The attempt to discredit her, as so many before, turned out to be essentially nothing – a tempest in a teapot, with no great revelations.

Until today.  The Daily Mail has released the birth announcement that Sarah Palin sent out for her son, Trig.  It is written a bit oddly, from the perspective of our dear Lord, but it is very touching and reveals that this famous woman that so many despise is very much who she claims to be – a woman of deep personal faith and love of family who tries hard to do God’s Will, as she discerns it.  It makes all of those who hate her so passionately look very, very small:

To the Sisters, Brother, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends of Trig Paxson Van Palin (or whatever you end up naming him!):

I am blessing you with this surprise baby because I only want the best for you. I’ve heard your prayers that this baby will be happy and healthy, and I’ve answered them because Ionly want the best for you!

I heard your heart when you hinted that another boy would fit best in the Palin family, to round it out and complete that starting five line-up. Though another girl would be so nice, you didn’t think you could ask for what you REALLY wanted, but I knew, so I gave you a boy because I only want the best for you!

Then, I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be “Trig”, because it’s so fitting, with two Norse meanings: “True” and “Brave Victory”. You also have a Bristol Bay relative with that name, so I knew it would be best for you!

Then, I let Trig’s mom have an exceptionally comfortable pregnancy so she could enjoy every minute of it, and I even seemed to rush it along so she could wait until near the end to surprise you with the news – that way Piper wouldn’t have so long to wait and count down so many days – just like Christmastime when you have to wait, impatiently, for that special day to finally open your gift? (Or the way the Palins look forward to birthday celebrations that go on for three, four days… you all really like cake .) I know you, I knew you’d be better off with just a short time to wait!

Then, finally, I let Trig’s mom and dad find out before he was born that this little boy will truly be a GIFT. They were told in early tests that Trig may provide more challenges, and more joy, than what they ever may have imagined or ever asked for. At first the news seemed unreal and sad and confusing . But I gave Trig’ s mom and dad lots of time to think about it because they needed lots of time to understand that everything will be OK, in fact, everything will be great, because I only want the best for you!

I‘ve given Trig’s mom and dad peace and joy as they wait to meet their new son. I gave them a happy anticipation because they asked me for that. I‘ll give all of you the same happy anticipation and strength to deal with Trig’s challenges, but I won’t impose on you…

I just need to know you want to receive my offer to be with all of you and help you everyday to make Trig’s life a great one.

This new person in your life can help everyone put things in perspective and bind us together and get everyone focused on what really matters . The baby will expand your world and let you see and feel things you haven’t experienced yet. He’ll show you what “true, brave victory“ really means as those who love him will think less about self and focus less on what the world tells you is ”normal“ or ”perfect”. You will grow and be blessed with greater understanding that will be born along with Trig.

There is a good deal more at the link.  I have personally found the utter hatred so many have for Palin both stunning and revealing.  I have not seen anything like it, not to this extent, in my life.  It goes well beyond the disdain many on the left had for Reagan.  I think a great deal of it relates to two simple facts: one, she is a very successful woman who has not followed the mantra of “career first, a kid or two later if you MUST, with the kids largely serving as ornaments for your ‘successful’ life;”   and, 2, the fact that she had Trig offends many people on an incredibly fundamental level – they cannot stand the fact that she actually had “that retarded baby.”  Because more and more people have come to believe, deeply, that people who don’t meet certain standards really don’t deserve to live.  Sarah Palin is a living repudation to many in our very fallen world, especially those who have appointed themselves an ‘elite.’

So, am I supposed to say something about this? June 13, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, Society.
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I knew the NBA finals were on, and Dallas was in, but did not see a single second of any of the games (not having a TV helped).  So, the lowly Mavs are champions……I remember being in 4th grade when they started up the franchise with the lily whitest lineup you could imagine, and got drilled in just about every game. 

I’ve never cared for LeBron James.  He’s been just a bunch of hype so far.  And honestly, I find the NBA insanely boring.  I like college basketball pretty well because there’s a lot of heart in it, but the NBA is just back and forth, back and forth……

Anyhoo, I probably don’t have a real ‘sportsy’ readership but, what the heck, I’ll throw out a post.

Celebrate the Mavs championship with a Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark in Plano!

Did the Boston Archdiocese help bring contraception to Massachussetts? June 13, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Phil Lawler at CatholicCulture has a spectacular report detailing the actions of Cardinal Cushing, then Ordinary for Boston, and others in the Catholic Archdiocese there in working with Planned Barrenhood (I just shudder at this) to bring contraception to Massachussetts back in the 60s.  At that time, legislators were considering whether to legalize the sale of contraception in Massachussetts, but efforts to legalize the sale had been blocked by the state’s still strong Catholic identity.  But Cardinal Cushing worked behind the scenes, and occasionally publicly, to undermine Church Doctrine and obtain the bill’s passage, allowing contraceptive sale in Massachussetts starting in 1966. 

In 1966, Massachusetts became the last state in the US to legalize the sale of contraceptives. When the state legislative voted to repeal the law prohibiting their sale, the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts celebrated—and said that the victory was due to the cooperation of the Boston Catholic archdiocese.

Legislation calling for an end to the ban on contraceptive sales was originally introduced in 1965 by a young legislator named Michael Dukakis—who would eventually become Governor of Massachusetts, and the Democratic candidate for the US presidency in 1988. When the bill finally passed, a year later, Dukakis too said that the Archdiocese of Boston was responsible.

Is it really possible that a Catholic archdiocese was instrumental in promoting legislation that allowed for the acceptance of contraception? That is the thrust of an an astonishing article published in Boston College Magazine.

In my book The Faithful Departed, I wrote that Cardinal Cushing was the first prominent American Catholic to advance the now-familiar argument that it is morally permissible to vote for acceptance of a practice that the Church regards as gravely immoral. Today, that “personally opposed, but…” argument is regularly invoked by supporters of legal abortion. But in the 1960s, it was used by Cardinal Cushing to justify acceptance of legal contraception.

In 1965, as the state legislature discussed the repeal of the contraceptive ban, Cardinal Cushing said that he personally opposed the use of contraceptives. But he added, significantly: “I am also convinced that I should not impose my position—moral beliefs or religious beliefs—on those of other faiths.” To legislators weighing the merits of the bill, he said: “If your constituents want this legislation, vote for it.”

The text in bold is a complete violation of the natural law and Christ’s imperative to His Church, and for pete’s sake, the PRINCES OF HIS CHURCH, to always  and everywhere proclaim the Truth He has revealed through it.  The article later goes on to allege that Cardinal Cushing not only made such heterodox statements in the press, he worked behind the scenes with Planned Barrenhood to get the contraceptive sale bill passed.  Of course, this was in the days before Planned Barrenhood and others had managed to get abortion legalized, so the extent of their depravity was perhaps not known, but Margaret Sanger’s views, and where the organization she founded wanted to go, had been very public knowledge for some time.  And, of course, acceptance of contraception paved the way for tacit acceptance of abortion.

It’s quite a stunning read, like reading about the Hyannisport meeting where well known Catholics like Fr. Drinan convinced the formerly pro-life Kennedy family to become pro-abort.   Because, that’s worked out SOOO well for everyone involved, hadn’t it?