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Don’t forget – Latin Mass @ St. Mark tonight! June 27, 2011

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Be there!

Where was the Church on NY gay marriage? And, it’s going to get way worse June 27, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, Good St. Joseph, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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CMR links to a New York Times story about the passage of fake gay fake marriage fake in New York state.  I posted last week about the seeming weakness of the defense of marriage by the bishops of New York, beginning with Archbishop Timothy Dolan.  Well, it seems I’m not the only one thinking that:

It was befuddling to gay-rights advocates: The Catholic Church, arguably the only institution with the authority and reach to derail same-sex marriage, seemed to shrink from the fight.

As the marriage bill hurtled toward a vote, the head of the church in New York, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, left town to lead a meeting of bishops in Seattle. He did not travel to Albany or deliver a major speech in the final days of the session. And when he did issue a strongly worded critique of the legislation — he called it “immoral” and an “ominous threat” — it was over the phone to an Albany-area radio show. Inside the Capitol, where a photograph of Mr. Cuomo shaking hands with Archbishop Dolan hangs in the governor’s private office, the low-key approach did not seem accidental. Mr. Cuomo had taken pains to blunt the church’s opposition.

When he learned that church leaders had objected to the language of the marriage legislation, he invited its lawyers to the Capitol to vent their frustration.

Mr. Cuomo even spoke to Archbishop Dolan about the push for same-sex marriage, emphasizing his respect and affection for the religious leader. An adviser described the governor’s message to Archbishop Dolan this way: “I have to do what I have to do. But your support over all is very important to me.”

By the time a Catholic bishop from Brooklyn traveled to Albany last week to tell undecided senators that passing same-sex marriage “is not in keeping with the will of their people,” it was clear the church had been outmaneuvered by the highly organized same-sex marriage coalition, with its sprawling field team and, especially, its Wall Street donors.

“In many ways,” acknowledged Dennis Poust, of the New York State Catholic Conference, “we were outgunned. That is a lot to overcome.”

No, it’s not too much to overcome.  Give me a break – the Church has, in the past, faced down Roman Emperors, kings, queens, islam, and rebuilt an entire culture from the wreckage of a previous one (and looks set to get to try, again).  But big money Wall St. donors are just too much for the Church to deal with?  Bah!  Too much for the NY bishops, perhaps, but not the Church. 

There are several points.  First, there are more than a few NY bishops who are very comfortable with such egalitarians falsities as ‘gay marriage.’  Matthew Clark of Rochester could barely find a reason to oppose gay marriage in an interview.  Secondly, the official ‘defense of marriage’ statement from the New York bishop’s conference was delivered late – after the vote making ‘gay marriage’ legal.  This indicates a half-hearted interest in engaging on this subject, at best.  Third, what will happen to Cuomo now that he is not only on public record as being pro-abort, in an adulterous relationship (living in concubinage with a woman not his wife), and now is the main architect of the destruction of marriage in New York?  Dr. Ed Peters asks if this is finally sufficient for the enforcement of Canon 915, which under any sane circumstance would dictate that Cuomo could not receive the Blessed Sacrament?  Does anyone want to place a bet?  The grinning pictures of Cuomo meeting with Dolan, I think, says all that needs to be said in that regard.

Finally, where is all this headed?  To a federal courtroom near you, where gay activists plan to argue that the now “patchwork” system of marriage rules from state to state demand federal attention on the grounds of ‘equality.’  You see, it is very unfair, ‘unjust,’ for some states to allow gay marriage, and some not to.  The full court press will continue until some federal judge declares it unconstitutional for Texas or Alabama NOT to allow gay marriage.  With Obama working to undo the Defense of Marriage Act, that will open the door to a federal judge determining what is fair and right for all.  And gay marriage in your state.  Ace o’ Spades sees this as inevitable.  He’s probably right. 

Good luck with all that, America.

Requiem Mass for a good guy June 27, 2011

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We assisted at a Requiem Mass on Saturday.  I wasn’t planning on it.  But when I was at Mass on Thursday for Corpus Christi, I was stunned to learn that an acquiantance had passed away suddenly a few days before.  I didn’t know Wally Boyer well, but from what I did know, he was very kind and striving to get back into the Faith.  Because Wally had been away from the Faith for many years – about 30, I believe he said.  And he paid me a ridiculously kind comment that he had observed me at Friday Adoration at St. Mark and wanted to get my advice on books and other means of growing in the Faith.  Wally was always extremely interested in whatever you had to say, which is an increasingly rare trait these days.  He was very nice to my wife.  He  just seemed like a really good guy.

As I said, he had been away from the Church for a long time.  There seemed to be a definite action of Providence in Wally’s return to the Faith, because he didn’t just sort of return, he came back whole hog – daily communicant at Mater Dei, regular Confession, spending time with prayer, Adoration, and spiritual reading.  It was a beautiful thing to witness.

I had never been to a traditional Requiem Mass before – it was indescribably beautiful.  The music was incredible, especially the Offertory.  I felt transports like I haven’t in some time.  I prayed hard for Wally – I know nothing of his past life, but I pray our Heavenly Father’s benificence may be great and that the Requiem Mass and many prayers will shorten his time in Purgatory and reduce his sufferings there.  It is truly incredible to see Grace in action in someone’s life.

If I might make one unrelated suggestion – even if you don’t particularly like the idea of Latin Mass, if you are a serious person committed to the Faith, you should really check out Mater Dei if for nothing else than the sermons.  The catechesis is simply amazing.

I like this holy card June 27, 2011

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A nice one for the Octave of Corpus Christi from Holy Card Heaven

I always like the images with the brilliant Host eminating light, suspended above the Chalice.

USCCB saves the day! June 27, 2011

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The USCCB has really saved the day!  They’ve endorsed broad new EPA regulations that will make the price of electricity soar!  And they admit up front, they have no idea what they’re talking about!  Yay!

Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, chairman of theCommittee on Domestic Justice and Human Development [sigh……] of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

While we are not experts on air pollution, [we have no idea what we’re talking about, but that’s not going to stop our speaking as the Church on this subject!] our general support for a national standard to reduce hazardous air pollution from power plants is guided by Catholic teaching, which calls us to care for God’s creation and protect the common good and the life and dignity of human persons, especially the poor and vulnerable, from conception until natural death,” [and the poor, of course, have plentiful excess resources with which to pay for the large increases in electric rates] Bishop Blaire said in a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

“We do not make these comments unaware of the broad economic reality,” he added. “Our country continues to struggle with persistently high unemployment and stagnant economic growth that is not nearly sufficient to meet the needs of vulnerable workers and families … Implementation of such a rule should attempt to mitigate the potential effects on the workforce and protect poor and vulnerable communities while maintaining a clear priority for health and well-being.” [that’s certainly a laudable sentiment, but meaningless.  EPA is trying to force the rule on industry NOW.  There is no great concern within EPA about how this reg will affect the poor – except to perhaps get some other arm of the government to further subsidize electricity for certain groups.  Which will all be paid for by many of us.  Such pie in the sky, ‘have your cake and eat it, too’ rhetoric is unserious and unhelpful] “We welcome the EPA’s proposal of a national standard to significantly reduce toxic air pollution and call upon our leaders in government and industry to act responsibly, justly, and rapidly to implement such a standard.” [because, once again, we’re not experts, and don’t really know what we’re talking about, but listen to our authoritative voice, anyway].

When I say that aspects of the leadership of the Church should stick within their purview, this is what I mean.   How often does the USCCB take public positions on issues that work against other ‘core concerns,’ like poverty?  The ‘Catholyc Climate Covenant’ comes to mind.

If this is true, it’s stunning and heartbreaking June 27, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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Via Fr. Z, some comments from Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the SSPX, taken from SSPX ordinations held recently in Minnesota.  Bishop Fellay makes some astounding comments.  Are they true?  I don’t think we have any reason to believe they are not, but, of course, one never knows when it comes to this kind of hearsay.  But, I think, what Bishop Fellay says certainly rings true to many who strive to adhere to the traditional Doctrine of the Faith.  My baseline is to accept them at face value unless contradicted by another source.  Anyway, the comments:

[Background – SSPX has been having canonical talks with the Holy See to try to get back into full, regular canonical status.  SSPX has been denied such status for many years, since ‘illicit ordinations’ of bishops were conducted, in contravention of the wishes and guidance of Blessed Pope John Paul II.  Bishop Fellay is speaking regarding the status of those talks, where there have been  many wild rumors claiming that either the talks have collapsed, SSPX is going to cave on their pro-Tradition position, etc]

Our understanding is that, in Rome, as in the whole Church, there are different currents. To simplify, let’s call them the progressive and conservative currents. There are certain churchmen who are close to us and who like to see us be fostered. But there are others who hate us, this being the only phrase which correctly describes their behavior towards us. They hate us and they are in Rome. Sometimes things come from them and sometimes from the others.

Let me give you an example which took place last September. A priest, who used to belong to a religious order, and who had just joined us, received a letter from his former superior. He was told that he was no longer a member of his order and that he was excommunicated. To this letter was joined a letter of confirmation from the Congregation in charge of religious in Rome, stating the following: “Father is indeed no longer member of your order because he is excommunicated as he has lost the Faith by joining the formal schism of Archbishop Lefebvre.” This letter was dated last September!  [It must be noted that all excommunications against SSPX were lifted 2 years ago by Pope Benedict XVI.  That action allowed the talks on doctrinal differences and canonical status to go forward.  So, this “excommunication” appears quite unjustified]

So I went to Rome and asked the Secretary of the Eclessia Dei Commission what this was all about. He did not even let me finish the passage which I was reading from this letter before he said:  “I know already. We–the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith–have told the Congregation for religious that they do not have the right to say something like that. They are incompetent, and they have to revise their judgment.” [I don’t know if this is correct or not.  I don’t know if the Congregation for Religious has the competency to excommunicate someone, but here the head of the CDF appears to be denying that competency] He then continued: “This is what you have to do with this letter” and acted like he was throwing it away. That’s the gesture he made! In other words, take it and put it in the trashcan. So one authority in Rome is asking me to throw away another Roman authority’s decision. Is that not a contradiction? He continued by saying the following: “You must tell your priests and faithful that not everything that comes from Rome comes from the pope!” I said to him: “It’s impossible. How do you want the faithful and the priests to be able to make that judgment? What comes from Rome, comes from the pope! Or else one might say what pleases me comes from the pope and what displeases me does not come from the pope!” [At the core of all problems in the Church today is the issue of Authority.  Many refuse to recognize the Authority of the Pope as Christ’s Vicar, many refuse to accept the Authority that comes from Sacred Scripture, and many want a kind of ‘congregationalist’ church where we all vote on the kind of church we want.  In other words, liberal protestantism.  This situation where we have completely different views eminating from Rome is intolerable]

With such an example, my dear brethren, you have to understand that there is a serious problem in Rome. If an authority tells us: “Be aware that not everything that comes from Rome comes from the pope”, where does it then come from? How is it possible? Rome, the Vatican, is supposed to be the right hand of the pope. This means that the pope is no longer in control. [If true, this is a damning indictment, but we have much evidence aside from Fellay’s anecdotal stories.  How freely has Summorum Pontificum been implemented?  How well is the ‘reform of the reform’ proceeding?  How many have emulated the Pope’s guidance on the reception of Communion, or the arrangement of the altar, or any of a number of other actions?  There is more that is even more disturbing]

When I speak of contradiction, my dear brethren, I mean that certain people in Rome consider us as being outside the Church, excommunicated, and even as having lost the Faith and being heretics. But there are others who very clearly accept us as Catholics. When Bishop de Galarreta and our priests go to Rome for the doctrinal discussions, they say Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. How can you have both attitudes at the same time? Do you see how strong this contradiction is? My dear brethren, that’s why you can understand that we are very cautious. We are not going to throw ourselves into this turmoil, however much we welcome the sun but hide ourselves from the clouds.

Who is going to win in the Holy See? We have so many examples where we see that, when the pope wants to do something good, he’s blocked or paralyzed. I will give another of so many examples. The only Trappist abbot in Germany requested from the pope to return, not only to the Tridentine Mass, but to be able to restore the Rule and Constitutions that were in place prior to Vatican II. The pope granted it and, in order to make it possible, he removed him from the Benedictine Federation, which uses modern Rules, so that he could follow the old one. The pope placed the abbey directly under himself. Six months later, the abbot called a friend in Rome and asked him what was going on. “I have no news,” he said. His friend replied: “Write again to the Pope, but this time send the letter to me and I will personally take it to the pope,” which he did. He brought the letter and asked the Holy Father what was  happening with this abbey. The pope, very surprised, said: “I granted the permission six months ago!” An inquiry was made and they found out that someone–we know exactly who it was–had put the letter in a drawer at the Secretary of State’s office. [Was this Cardinal Bertone himself?] This time, this friend –who told me the story personally, so there is no hearsay–said to the Holy Father: “Write concesso (“permission granted”) in the letter and I will take care of it. I will bring the news to the abbey.” By doing this, they went around the Secretary of State [This seems to indicate it was, indeed, Cardinal Tercisio Bertone who blocked this action] to give news of the Pope’s decision. This is just one example. [This is terrible.  We hear sometimes from figures in the Church that those strongly attracted to Tradition are rebellious.  Give me a break.  This kind of ludicrous undermining of the Pope’s authority is ongoing on a widespread basis.  As I said before, this is intolerable.]

To show you how limited the pope himself is in his actions, look at the recent text about the Tridentine Mass.  This is yet again a beautiful example of the contradictory forces which are in Rome. On the one hand, it’s very obvious that there is a desire, with this text, to spread the Mass everywhere, to make it possible for every soul to have access to not only the old Mass, but to the old way the sacraments were given: all of the liturgical books are put at everyone’s disposal. But at the same time, there are surprising restrictions. The first restriction, which is very surprising, is that modern seminarians cannot have the old rite. Only those who are under the Ecclesia Dei Commission can be ordained according to the old way. Why then is it said that the pontifical which provides the old rite of ordination is put at their disposal?…………[Fellay has more to say about Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesia, both of which relate to the traditional form of the Mass.  There was a huge battle within the Vatican over these documents, with many individuals doing all they could to block the liberation of the TLM.  That fight is ongoing.  Read all at the link].

All this shows, my dear brethren, that the fight is continuing. There are two dangers today, if I may say. The first is to be under the illusion that everything is fine, everything is finished, the fight is over. That, however, is an enormous illusion. I can guarantee you, my dear brethren, that if and when Rome finally corrects this canonical situation, the fight will start. It will not be the end! But we are not there yet. How long do we have to wait? I don’t know; I have no idea! We will continue to say that there is a crisis in the church. Sometimes it’s really frustrating because in Rome they give the impression that everything is fine, and the next day we talk to them it’s not. These are the words from the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith [Cardinal William Levada]: “But you know, it’s the priests, it’s the bishops, it’s the Catholic universities: they are full of heresies!” That’s what the the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith told us in June 2009! So they know that the situation in the Church is dramatic. If they are able to say that it is full of heresies everywhere, it really means something! At the same time, they act as if everything is fine. It is disappointing and confusing, my dear Brethren, but that’s the situation.

I don’t envy the SSPX in their task in trying to negotiate with the Curia, given how split it is.  What a disaster!  So this is the fruit of Vatican II?  A Church more split and more at war with itself since the protestant revolt or Great Western Schism?  How long must we endure this?

I don’t know how the Pope, or anyone else, works through this situation?  I don’t know that sacking the whole lot is an answer – that would probably cripple the Curia for a generation.  But maybe it’s necessary, but probably unworkable.  Even if all the above is false or exaggeration, we know that there are massive problems.

Pray for the Pope!  Pray for some truly great Saint(s) be given us!