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Join the Carmelite nuns for a Memorial Mass for Fr. John Hardon, SJ December 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Liturgy, priests, religious, Saints.
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I am told there will be no all night Vigil at the Carmelite monastery in January.  However, there will be a memorial Mass on Dec. 30 for Fr. John Hardon, SJ at 7pm, preceded by a Rosary at 6:30. 

All details are here————>Hardon with Bl JP2 Memorial Mass dec 30 2011

The Bastions…………..Razed? December 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Basics, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, scandals, sickness, Tradition.
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There is a website based in the Netherlands that sells relics and reliquaries taken from these closed churches and monasteries.  For the love of God, you can even buy the wax body of  a Saint  – complete, dating from 1838.  Other relics include splinters of the True Cross, numerous first class relics of Saints, etc.  Leaving aside the fact that the trafficking in relics is supposed to be forbidden*, what a tragedy!  The labor and care of centuries, the faith of millions, now lost and being sold off bit by bit! 

And why?  Because hundreds of churches and monasteries are closing all over Europe.  Many of these

Saint's bones

are grand structures that have stood for centuries, and were built to hold hundreds, even more than a thousand people.  Why are they closing?  Because no one goes to them anymore.  There are few, if any, religious to fill the monasteries, and those there are increasingly infirm and aged.  One monastery for women outside Paris was built to hold 1000 nuns of the Good Shepherd, and now it holds about a dozen aged, still-raging feminsts. Famous churches are closing in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France (and even being turned into mosques!) – everywhere in Europe. 

When we went to Europe, both the Brompton Oratory and Westminster Cathedral (the primatial See of all England!) ask for donations for those who walk in the door – because far more tourists walk in gawking and taking photos (even during Mass) than do actual faithful souls.  The same is true in Czech – we had to pay to get into St. Bartholemews in Plzen – just to get in!  Otherwise, the church would have

Huge relic

no income, or totally inadequate income.

What a disaster.  Is this what the great idea of the mid-20th century Church – the “Razing the Bastions” of von Balthasar and his numerous intellectual confreree’s (including our present Pontiff) – hath wrought?   Priceless treasures being auctioned off for pennies on the dollar of their original cost?  Such amazing treasures of our Catholic culture and heritage gradually dispersing and disappearing more

St. Cecilia

and more into private hands (not perhaps from this site, but it happens constantly).  These objects were built and paid for with the blood and sweat of dozens of generations of faithful Catholics, and now it’s all disappearing – or, if we are lucky, being bought and used by churches in locales where the Faith is still growing or at least somewhat vibrant.  A noble use might be to have them brought to parishes in the United States, but given the current complete lack of taste in church design and construction, that will likely only occur rarely (have you seen the recently reconstructed St. Cecilia in Dallas?  It’s a cold, barren, modernist shell). 

The abomination of desolation, I’m afraid.


For sale - $19800

1st class St. Ignatius

* – I know that the Church forbids the sale of relics.  I’m not sure how the site linked above operates, they are pretty cagey on details, but I do know that relics go up for sale on E-bay every day.  Technically, the sellers say they are selling the reliquary, not the relic itself.  Anybody know much about the rules on this kind of commerce?  While relics are one thing, I find much of their Church art incredible.  I’d love to have some of it – how about that altar above?  How much do you think that goes for?  Half a million?  Less, more?

Pearl Harbor December 7, 2011

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Today marks the 70th anniversary (Dear Lord, how has it been so long – I remember the 40th anniversary clearly, and the 50th………….) of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  A tactical (near) master-stroke (for the superb aviators of the Imperial Japanese Navy failed to take out the repair yards and fuel depots that would have really crippled the USN) and a strategic blunder of epic proportions, the attack on Pearl Harbor seems to be sadly settling into that misty fog of history.  Alot of young people today have no idea what Pearl Harbor meant, but to one generation of Americans it meant a sudden, shocking transition from benign unpreparedness and peace to violent, total war, on a scale the world had never seen before.

One ship perhaps represents the American view of Pearl Harbor better than any other – BB-39, USS Arizona, Pennsylvania class battleship laid down in 1914 during that incredible world-wide naval arms race that preceded, and helped precipitate, the first terrible world war.  Scion of the ships of the line that had dominated naval warfare for three centuries, the Arizona was commissioned in the heat of WWI and served in a training role, then was transferred – along with the bulk of the US battle fleet – to the Pacific in the 1920s.  For it was recognized, even then, that the most likely source of war for the United States was the aggressive, militaristic, racist Empire of Japan.  As the Japanese began their conquest of most of East Asia, the US and other nations took various steps to curb their militarism, the most onerous of which, from the Japanese perspective, was the termination of sales of iron ore, steel, and petroleum products to Japan.  Since over 80% of Japan’s fuel supply came from overseas, this represented an existential threat, and Japan ratcheted up their warlike rhetoric and began preparing for war.  In response, President Roosevelt deployed the US Pacific Fleet from its normal anchorages on the west coast to Hawaii – Pearl Harbor. 

The Japanese Combined Fleet- Nihon Kaigun – was the best trained naval fighting force in the world in 1941, with years of combat experience gained from fighting along the coast of China.  Japan was the only nation in the world in 1941 with the capability to execute a coordinated strike from 6 carriers.  The United States was almost totally oblivous to this, thinking the Japanese to be crude Asians who could not hope to match Western proficiency in combat arms.  That thinking, along with the thinking that the battleship remained the Queen of the Seas, was completely, terribly wrong. 

The rest, as they say, is history. 

The USS Arizona was the worst loss the US experienced at Pearl Harbor.  While every other battleship sunk or damaged at Pearl Harbor (7), was eventually returned to service (save the very old Oklahoma), the Arizona was a complete loss.  Almost half the Americans who died at Pearl Harbor died in the Arizona, and 1100 men are still entombed in her remains, now a national park.  She is still there, slowly bleeding out fuel oil, as she has done 70 years.  Her demise was sudden and catastrophic – a 1000lb armor piercing bomb exploded in her forward magazine, blowing off the front quarter of the ship and sinking her in minutes into the shallow grave of Pearl Harbor.

The moment of her explosion, caught on film:

Color footage of the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor:

In the footage above of Battleship Row, you see the Arizona nearest, sunk and blazing, followed by the Wee Vee (USS West Virgina, BB-48) and the Oklahoma, before she rolled over and sank.  The West Virginia, the last of the pre-war battleships (completed in 1923), was catastrophically damaged and took over 2  years to rebuild and return to service.  She got her revenge at the Battle of Surigao Strait

Here is a nice retrospective of the Arizona.

OK, blatantly militarist post of the week done!