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Reminder – listen to Bishop Farrell’s sermon from Ordination Mass July 20, 2011

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Even if you don’t have the time (about 2 hours) to watch the entire Ordination Mass, go to Texas CatholicTV and at least watch/listen to the sermon from 37:00-54:00. It’s just 17 minutes of your time and very well worth seeing.

A local priest suggested someone take the time to transcribe the Bishop’s remarks.  I think that is a very laudable idea.

Sublime – usus antiquior Ambrosianus July 20, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery.
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I assisted at a Requiem Mass in the Traditional manner some weeks ago, and this Mass reminds me of the glory of that Mass:

Gives me goosebumps!

h/t New Liturgical Movement

UPDATE: More NLM gold – a review of (sede vacantist, but still very good scholar) Fr. Anthony Cekada’s book Work of Human Hands: A Theological Critique of the Mass of Paul VI.  Make sure to read the comments.  I doubt I get this book, but very interesting discussion.

Catholics do not have a ‘right’ to marry in the Church July 20, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Practicing Catholics absolutely should and must marry in the Church, but for the many cultural Catholics who reject Church Doctrine and do little or nothing to live in accord with the six precepts of the Faith, there is not a ‘right to marry,’ according to Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro-Carambula, President of Human Life International:

Living as we are in a period that exalts individual desires, especially regarding sexuality, many persons who consider themselves Catholics believe that they have a right to contract marriage in the Church in accordance with their own opinions on marriage. But really that is not the case. Baptized Catholics have the right to celebrate marriage in the Church only if they intend to contract marriage with the firm intention of fulfilling what the Church teaches about marriage. If persons request to be married, but reject or only partially accept the objective definition of marriage given by the natural law and the Church, they do not have a right to marry. Instead, what these persons are pretending to do is obtain the recognition of a non-existing right, or mint a new false right, as many persons and groups are currently doing. It is particularly important to understand that marriage is an objective reality, and that future spouses do not have a right to redefine its content. An attempt to redefine marriage will lead to its subversion, and even will open the door to polygamy, or worse, to same sex unions.

This was very clearly explained by Pope Benedict XVI in an important address that he delivered in January of this year to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. Given the importance of the message, it has received very limited publicity. [go figure!  I covered it]

The Holy Father criticizes the fact it has been “often maintained that in admitting couples to marriage pastors must have a broad-minded approach, since people’s natural right to marry is at stake.”  But what we must understand is that this right only exists when the future spouses are committed to celebrate their marriage in accordance with the Catholic definition of marriage. [which, in modern practical terms, means accepting Church Doctrine on monogamy, chastity, and fecundity – in other words, not contracepting, not porning, not cheating, etc]

The Holy Father stated in very precise terms that it is not a subjective claim that pastors must fulfill through a merely formal recognition independent of the effective content of the union. The right to contract marriage presupposes that the person can and intends to celebrate it truly, that is, in the truth of its essence as the Church teaches it. No one can claim the right to a nuptial ceremony……. [thus, the words of the Holy Father]

Thus, if the future spouses choose something that is not in accordance with marriage, pastors should refuse to celebrate the sacrament. Obviously this opens the question on how many Catholic pastors have the courage to refuse admission to marry to couples that do not have the right intent.

The only solution to this problem is serious marriage preparation, as the Holy Father reaffirmed in Sacramentum Caritatis, pastors should give:

maximum pastoral attention to training couples preparing for marriage and to ascertaining beforehand their convictions regarding the obligations required for the validity of the sacrament of Matrimony. Serious discernment in this matter will help to avoid situations where impulsive decisions or superficial reasons lead two young people to take on responsibilities that they are then incapable of honoring.[and, there is a great onus placed on pastors to determine the ‘readiness’ of a couple for marriage.  I know our pastors/priests are busy, but this is an effort that 1)save a great deal of human misery and damage to marriage as an institution, and 2)may even save them time later, instead of having to deal with annulments]

A proper preparation for marriage should not be seen by persons planning to form a family as a limitation to their right to marriage, nor a burden. Totally to the contrary, it is their right to be assisted by the Church in the process of making this fundamental decision. [good point, and I agree, but many will complain]

This careful preparation and serious verification of the intent of the future spouses should be an effective pastoral action, as the Holy Father underlines it:

to prevent the nullity of marriage. It is necessary to make every effort to interrupt, as far as possible, the vicious circle that often exists between a predictable admission to marriage, without an adequate preparation and a serious examination of the prerequisites for its celebration, and a legal declaration sometimes equally facile but of a contrary nature, in which the marriage itself is considered null solely on the basis of the observation of its failure. [that is a commentary on the tribunal process, and not a positve one, from the Holy Father]

It is evident that the Holy Father has in mind the many couples who are admitted into the sacrament in easy or perhaps even in frivolous way that leads to invalid marriages.

I found that a quite serious and interesting discussion.  Has anyone ever heard of someone being denied marriage in the Church (for deeper reasons, than, say…..you’re two men, or…….she’s 11)?  Boy, that would not make you popular, and would take immense intestinal fortitude, but the benefits could be immense. I bet people would come back years later and say “Fr. So and So, thanks, you prevented me from making a huge mistake……”  But more people would probably just marry outside the Church.  Comments, ideas?

h/t Bishop Rene Gracida, whose blog you should read!

Innkeeper sued for denying gay couple ‘wedding reception’ July 20, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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I agree with everything Larry D has to say on this, except for one facet:

A Vermont inn violated state anti-discrimination rules by refusing to host the wedding reception for two New York City women, the couple said in a lawsuit Tuesday.

The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union’s Vermont chapter on behalf of Kate Baker and Ming Linsley, said the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville turned away the couple last fall and that at least two other same-sex couples were also refused because of the inn’s owner has a “no-gay-reception policy.”……….


“We have never refused rooms or dining or employment to gays or lesbians,” they wrote. “Many of our guests have been same-sex couples. We welcome and treat all people with respect and dignity. We do not however, feel that we can offer our personal services wholeheartedly to celebrate the marriage between same-sex couples because it goes against everything that we as Catholics believe in.”

Larry D then adds his own commentary, with mine in red:

That principle being…screw you, faithful Catholics. We will put you out of business.

Let me get this straight. The O’Reilly’s don’t have the right to run their business the way they want, nor to give the impression that they support same-sex marriage by hosting “wedding” receptions, but it’s okay for a restaurant to ban families with kids under the age of 6, because the owners have the right to run their business the way they want, and claim that too many patrons were complaining about the disturbances. [If you read the comments at Huffinpuffpost, you will find that, indeed, the vast majority state that a restaurant owner has the right to determine whom he will serve.  While I think that refusal reflects the growing animus in some sectors of our society towards children, that is his right.  But how many of those would agree that the innkeepers have the same right?  None – because Christians, in the minds of many on the left, have no rights.  Welcome to the new persecution]

Gay marriage = good, kids from traditional marriages (more than likely) = bad. Unless the kids have two mommies or two daddies. Then it’ll be all good, I’m sure. [Yes, the hypocrisy is ridiculous]

We live in an ever-increasingly messed up world. Nowadays, the right of one person to not be offended by someone else’s peaceful practice of their religion trumps the right of another to freely practice their religion. When was that added to the Constitution? [It is “added” only insofar as it is convenient to their political and cultural objectives.  The rule of law does not matter save to serve the ends of those who wish the new socialist paganism to be utterly unopposed]

Discrimination is very very bad, unless you’re sticking it to Catholics and Christians who live their faith. In that case, it’s called ‘justice’. Same-sex marriage is nothing more than a money-making scam for the easily offended and their willing accomplices at the ACLU………..[I disagree with this assessment.  The proponents of gay marriage, consciously or not, are using it as a club with which to attack traditional morality and, especially, Christianity.  That Christianity is their only effective defense against rapacious forces in the world who would brutalize their “diversity” is conveniently forgotten.  The rebelling teen will not, can not acknowledge that mom and dad might be right, after all] 

……the O’Reilly’s should have said they were faithful Muslims. Bye-bye lawsuit. [Islam is becoming the de facto state religion in many Western countries, and is given special, protected status.  That hasn’t formally taken place here, yet, but Larry D is right.  The double standards of the those pursuing this path of cultural destruction are breathtaking]

To grow in faith, we must grow in charity July 20, 2011

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I was reading Butler’s Lives of the Saints last night, as I do, and the Saint for  yesterday in the traditional calendar was St. Vincent de Paul.  After the biographical section, there was a short reflection that stated, to the effect (because I forgot to bring it with me!): most people striving to piety will discuss with their spiritual director and meditate on whether their time spent studying the Faith, praying, reading Scripture, etc., is adequate, but few will try to determine if their corporal and spiritual works of mercy/charity are adequate.  I raised my hand and said – that’s ME!  I think I have the spiritual works of mercy pretty well covered – this blog is a major effort on my part to that end.  I try to evangelize, apologize, correct, and generally spread the Good News Christ has revealed through His Church.  But…….how about my corporal works of mercy?  Here, I am so grateful to have read that, because I know I/we (my family) could do better.  We contribute pretty well to the maintenance of the Church, but as for helping our brother man in need – we can always do more. 

I am a huge proponent of private giving.  I admit that I find that modern model of institutionalized Catholic charity problematic.  We have had papal documents that support the creation of this institutionalized, bureaucratic model to an extent, but I still find it difficult to accept, because I feel that any time the Church is closely wed to or dependent on government largesse there is a great potential for mixed motivations and undue influence on the Church.  We see this with Catholic organizations being denied the ability to serve as adoption agencies in states that have erroneously declared two people of the same sex simulating marriage as marriage.   And I think the institutional gravitation towards socialism in many Catholic charities and other bureaucracies stems in a large degree from this close dependency on government funding.  What’s good for government (getting bigger, having more funding) gets confused with what’s good for the Church.  What is forgotten is that government gets its money by taking it from people and companies, and that confiscatory taxation denies those private entities some, or much, of their ability to engage in private giving.

But, if I’m going to argue thus, I must live it.  So, while we give a fair amount to private charities, and maybe more than alot of people, I am going to redouble our efforts to do more.  I know I can be more generous – and this may involve time in addition to money.  There are so many worthy charities (but also, alot not so worthy), and many people in need.  My personal belief is that monies given are probably better spent overseas, because there are few people in the US anymore who are truly in poverty, in both a relative and historical sense.  Some good charities to support that you may not be aware of are:

My favorite – Food for the Poor – these folks are Christian and do excellent work
Another – Books for Africa – provides free books for children in Africa
Mercy Medical Airlift – provides free emergency medical transport in the US
Food for the Hungry – I like my charities simple and straightforward!
Direct Relief International – provides medical care and disaster assistance in US and worldwide

You can use charity navigator to find ratings on any charity you’re interested in supporting, including expenses and what their revenues are, etc.  I’m not deliberating avoiding listing Church charities, I just figure people already know about them (although, it does seem Catholic charities in the US tend to have high overhead).