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Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark March 12, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery.
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Speaking of liturgy – there will be a Novus Ordo Latin Mass at St. Mark in Plano tonight at 7pm.  There will be simultaneous ongoing confession from 6:30-8, I believe.  So you can get two Sacraments with roughly the same time commitment!  I pray I see you there, as I will be all alone.  Come and keep me company!

The Ordinariate gets what the rest of the Church needs – UPDATED! March 12, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition.
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Lord, I pray this would be done for the vast majority of the Church outside the Anglican Ordinariate:

  • As in England, Ordinary Time will no longer be referred to, being replaced by Sundays after Epiphany or Sundays after Trinity, thus ensuring the whole liturgical year is now explicitly anchored and referenced to the mysteries of salvation. [the term ‘ordinary time’ is incredibly banal, and bereft of attachment to tradition or the feasts that anchor the liturgical calendar]
  • The three “-gesima” Sundays are restored.  [yay – the preparatory time for Lent restored!]
  • Rogation days before Ascension, and the Ember days in the four seasons of the year are restored. [wonderful]
  • The Octave of Pentecost is restored, to be marked properly except for the readings which will be of the particular weekday
  • All liturgy to be offered Ad Orientem

All those additions are wonderful.  But, they only apply to the Anglican parishes joining the Catholic Church.  So, the vast majority of parishes will not experience those changes.  I pray the application of these norms to the entire Church occurs soon – as in months, not decades.

One thing I worry about, however, is the idea of a “Usus Medior” – a smash-up of the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo.  If by Usus Medior is meant a TLM with an updated calendar of Saints, that’s one thing.  But I think it fair to say many are concerned that the most beautiful thing many have the priviledge to experience – the TLM – might be rendered unrecognizable by some “conversion,” and that conversion would then be foisted on all, including communities in union with the Holy See but which now offer exclusively the TLM. 

There is no point worrying about the future.

UPDATE: Offline, I received a complaint from a good local priest regarding my use of the term ‘banal’ to describe ordinary time.  As he kindly reminded me, ‘ordinary’ time does not mean that the period is somehow just the regular time between feasts.  Ordinary derives from ordinal and means counted, I was told.  Which is fine, but not exactly what I meant – what I meant is that the term ‘ordinary’ seems pretty plain and disconnected compared to ‘7th Sunday after Pentecost, 23rd Sunday After Pentecost, etc,’ with a constant reminder of the departure point – the feast.  But that’s me. Nevertheless, it was a kind reminder and hopefully dispels any confusion.

Priest sacked for being faithful Catholic March 12, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, priests, sadness, scandals.
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I haven’t commented much on the terrible situation in the Washington, DC diocese, where an extremist lesbian buddhist presented herself to the priest in the sacristy prior to a funeral Mass for the lesbian’s mother, revealing herself as an active lesbian and introducing her partner in depravity, and was thus subsequently denied Communion by the priest.  Well, true to form, Cardinal Wuerhl and the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, has chosen to sack the priest for being faithful.  Even though the whole thing was so obviously a setup from the beginning it’s astounding:

Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout of Washington has told local priests that Father Marcel Guarnizo, who denied Holy Communion to a lesbian at her mother’s funeral Mass, “has been placed on administrative leave with his priestly faculties removed.”

“This action was taken after I received credible allegations that Father Guarnizo has engaged in intimidating behavior toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry,” the bishop added.

“We are hopeful that Bishop Knestout’s decision will ensure that no others will have to undergo the traumatic experiences brought upon our family,” Barbara Johnson, who was denied Holy Communion, said in a statement. [Oh, give me a break!  You’re a buddhist!  What do you care about the Blessed Sacrament!  It means nothing to you!  This whole thing was a political stunt.  The intent to take down this faithful priest was obvious from the beginning – that was Johnson’s declared intent]

Father Guarnizo, who grew up in Washington, is founder of Aid to the Church in Russia and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Moscow in 1998. [Perhaps Fr. Guarzino would be dealt with more justly if he went back to Russia.  That is an incredible statement – that civil and Church justice would be more efficacious in Russia than in the United States, but I believe it may be true, by and large]

Good Lord, Ed Peters is wagging his finger at those who claim that Fr. Guarnizo was suspended, telling them he was not. OK, he’s just on leave and has his faculties removed.  The suspension later will simply be a formality.  Give me a break. 

While this action may not technically be a suspension, it is something. This is a warning.  This is a warning to every priest in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC not to deny anyone the Blessed Sacrament.  Hellfire be damned, literally, for those who receive Our Lord, the AOD will not deny anyone the Blessed Sacrament, no matter how unworthy they are to receive it.  Just look at how Cardinal Wuerhl has dealt with Nancy Pelosi and other high profile apostates – he has let it be known that they are never to be denied Communion, no matter how egregious their acts. 

This is just the beginning.  As the state recognition of gays simulating marriage becomes law in more and more places, we’ll see attempts to force Catholic parishes to host such “weddings.”  We’ll see the Blessed Sacrament received by those openly, manifestly persisting in grave sin.  And we’ll see priests sacked who stand for the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church, and we’ll be told, by high officialdom within the Church, how terrible, awful those priests were.

Get ready to enjoy the persecution.

Four Brides of Christ visit Dallas March 12, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Latin Mass, religious, Tradition, Virtue.
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I posted briefly last week about the retreat being held at Mater Dei for young women.  The retreat gave the girls some exposure to religious life and will, I pray, lead to some vocations.  The community – Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the St. Benedict Center in Massachusetts, looks wonderful.  I’ve visited their website and am impressed with their vocation.  They run a school, have only ever assisted at the Traditional Latin Mass, and live an orthodox religious life.  I had the great priviledge – the grace, really – to visit with some of the nuns yesetrday.  I took a few photos as they were engaged in conversation with others. I’m going to get their names wrong, sorry, but here they are:

Sr. Martina

St. Theresa Bernard

Sr. Therese?

Sr./Mr. Catherine?

If anyone who attended the retreat wants to straighten me out on the names please let me know and I’ll fix them.  My wife and I had a difference of opinion!  Anyway, what wonderful nuns, what a glorious vocation to make a gift of oneself in such a complete way!  I have long had an adoration of traditional nuns, but, sadly, we have so few such communities remaining, especially here in Dallas (save for our glorious Carmelites, and perhaps one or two others). It is so wonderful to see women so committed in their love for Christ and His Church! 

They were so joyful, it was amazing.  Each of the dear nuns was a great pleasure to speak with.  I was mortified when I was told that not everyone has such an opinion of them.  They sometimes go out in public to hand out flyers about their religious life and their community, and at times they are faced with great hostility.  I was told that they have even been spat on by angry, disaffected, frequently former Catholics.  I cannot imagine why one would hate a person who devotes themselves totally to prayer and service to others.  But perhaps people had bad experiences in the past, I don’t know how that could be, but some people have stories they like to tell that are very denigrating of the women who served in religious life in the past.

But then again, persecution is frequently a sign that one is truly living in and for Christ.  In these days of rampant evil, with secular paganism becoming the default religion of the culture (and with a cowering obsequiousness towards islam), maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that women who have answered such a holy call have been met with great hostility.  When one becomes totally immersed in paganism or outright evil, being confronted with something good and holy can be a painful experience.  We must pray for such people, that they will recognize that the great gnawing void they have in their hearts can only be filled by love of, and an active interior relationship with, Jesus Christ.  Only His Church can provide that relationship to its full and proper extent.

I pray that the vocation retreat will yield much, much fruit!  I know that my daughters want to attend the Morning Star summer camps they have.  I pray we can make that desire a reality.  I will pray for these good nuns and their community every day!  And I pray that they will grow enough to establish another community right here, in Dallas!  They seemed very at home at Mater Dei – they liked the community very much.

What a great blessing the entire weekend was!

Oh, one more thing.  We are all at different stages in life.  We all have different gifts to give.  But if you value the orthodox, traditional practice of the religious life, perhaps you would, in your charity, consider supporting this community financially?  I plan to do so.  You can make a donation here.