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Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark! May 7, 2012

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Same bat-time, same bat-channel!

7pm.  If you come tonight, I’m going to do the readings in Swahili!  I’ll be channeling Lt. Uhura!  Even with the thing in my ear!

Bishops watering down message on HHS mandate May 7, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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It’s really been doubly watered down.  First, they watered it down by making it about “religious freedom,” rather than being forced to commit a grave sin, as an institution.  But, since the “big push” began, when we were told opposition to the Obama nightmare HHS mandate was going to be THE agenda item for the year, the USCCB has released statement after statement on such vital issues as farm subsidies and digital TV formats.  And the message gets more and more watered down each time some statement is released on some less than critical, often prudential, issue:

In March the US bishops’ conference (USCCB) announced that “we will not rest” until Congress ensures that religious freedom is protected in the federal health-care reform program. The USCCB followed up that clear and forceful message a few week later with a new, statement announcing a major offensive in defense of religious liberty. These powerful statements seemed to indicate clearly that religious freedom would be the focus—the focus—of the bishops’ political efforts this year. [And, yes, the USCCB and individual bishops have made a strong point of denouncing this gross assault on the rights of the Church (while rarely using those terms), but I personally don’t feel like this is a single-minded, completely focused, constantly ongoing campaign.  We haven’t heard too many announcements since the initial flurry a couple of months ago.  In the modern PR game, the trick is to find a message and pound it relentlessly.  I’m not sure that’s happening]

The USCCB issued a clarion call to the Catholic laity, asking for help with this campaign. Cardinal Dolan called out President Obama; Bishop Lori challenged Congress. The bishops signaled that they would not retreat. The battle lines were drawn. The troops were summoned.

Unfortunately, since that time the bishops have lost their focus, and thus complicated things for the active Catholic laity. The USCCB has done what the USCCB always does: muddied the water, by issuing statements on a host of different political issues—including many of which good Catholics have differing opinions, and on which Catholic bishops have no special expertise.

In the past 10 week, the USCCB and its spokesmen have:

As Phil Lawler says, many of these items are very much prudential.  Some others he lists at his post on Catholic Culture are not at all related to the Faith.  And every time the USCCB produces yet another document that everyone ignores, they undermine their moral authority on the really critical issues, like abortion and this contraception mandate.

But the USCCB is simply doing what bureaucracies do.  There has to be some justification for all those staff jobs, for all those committee assignments that take so much of our bishop’s precious time, and position papers and press releases provide that justification. It’s more of what I have complained of in the past – too many bishops seem far more interested in playing at politics than in leading their flocks.  That’s an unfair statement to some degree, but only to a degree.  Exaggerated concern for their political role (and tax exemption, possibly) would go a long way to explaining the manifest, universal failure to enforce Canon 915.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these bishops conferences need to be abolished.  They are the source of far more problems relative to any benefit they provide.   Irrespective of that long term, chimerical dream, the bishops need to settle the USCCB down and get focused on the really important issue.  If they lose this contraception mandate battle, the existence, or not, of the USCCB may be taken entirely out of the Church’s hands.

Catholic Awesomeness May 7, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, error, fun, General Catholic, Society, Tradition.
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I got this from friend Jordan H. on Facebook.  He’s having quite a debate with others there about whether the Church really was founded by Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:18 when He gave the Keys to St. Peter. 

I love it!  If you read Jurgen’s excellent Faith of the Early Fathers, it is patently clear that the Faith held by the early Church is the Catholic Faith.  Distinguishing characteristics of this early Church include complete acknowledgement of the Real Presence in the Eucharist (see St. Justin Martyr, St. Ignatius of Loyola, many others), the sacramental priesthood (Pope – yes, POPE! Cornelius, Cyprian, many others), works of charity being necessary for salvation (Tertullian, among others) , the Primacy of the See of Peter (Pope St. Clement’s letter to the Corinthians in the first century), etc., etc. 

Ignorance of…..or the ignoring of………..Church history, especially early Church history, is one of the distinguishing characteristics of protestantism.  So many, particularly fundamentalist or evangelical protestants, have accepted uncritically propaganda that says the Church was created in the 4th, or 5th, or 10th century, was a “Babylonian mystery cult” founded by Constantine, was some medieval creation, etc., etc.  If you read the writings of the early Church Fathers themselves, the gross factual error of these protestant views becomes glaringly apparent.  What the Church believes now, is what it believed, in essence, in the 1st and 2nd centuries. 

How many protestant churches can say the same?  Have there not been some rather striking changes in protestant belief in the last century alone?  Contraception, “gay marriage,” divorce and remarriage………

I’m just sayin…….

A now for something completely different……. May 7, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, Tradition, Virtue.
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…..as opposed to my usual whining and other prattlings, some great beauty, courtesy FSSP and Fr. Longenecker, who has sadly gone the Patheos route:

Orthodox Cathedral in Kiev

FSSP Mass, location unknown but I suspect Bavaria

Very interesting, even unique layout in the latter.  The main altar set back almost in the sense of a rood screen a la Angl0-Catholic design or the iconostasis of the eastern Orthodox.

The top photo is from the magnificent St. Vladimir’s Cathedral in Kiev.  Gold inlay covers most all the walls, along with amazing frescoes like this one:

It is generally lit by thousands of candles!  What a glorious sight that must be at the Easter Vigil, or Christmas Eve!

They still know how to build beautiful churches in Russia.  Many are under construction right now as Orthodoxy reasserts itself (with a major assist from Vladimir Putin) as the bedrock of Russian society.

Triumph of the Catechists! 60% of Camden Diocese thinks Jesus sinned May 7, 2012

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Well, if you inculcate people in modernist, non-Catholic beliefs, it’s not surprising if they come to accept them:

Nearly 60 percent of practicing Catholics in South Jersey believe that Jesus sinned while he was on Earth, according to a study released by the Diocese of Camden.

That finding, which is contrary to the church’s fundamental doctrine, and others are both “disturbing” and “intriguing” to Bishop Joseph Galante, who spoke about the study Thursday morning. [What on earth is “intriguing” about a very large majority of your “faithful” apostasizing on one of the simplest, most foundational beliefs of Christendom?]

“The number of Catholics who have a very flawed, a seriously flawed, understanding of who Jesus is, that’s troublesome,” [I’ts not “troublesome,” it’s an unmitigated disaster and a searing indictment of your leadership and that of your predecessors] Galante said. “We’ve got to re-focus on how we teach and inform people. Jesus is the foundation of who we are as Catholics.” [More later]

“If we’re not getting that through to people, that’s part of the reason why we’re having problems.”

Those problems, Galante said, include low attendance at weekend Mass, the lack of an inviting and welcoming atmosphere in parishes, and the reasons why Catholics stay away from the church, are borne out in the faith survey.

So, here we are, presented with yet another source of data that shows the vast majority of Catholics know next to nothing about the Faith.  How can that be?  Well, let’s keep reading…….

We teach our children that Jesus was human, that he was normal,” said Kathy Isherwood, director of religious education at Christ the King Parish in Haddonfield. “We tell our kids that Jesus had a childhood just like them. So they think that includes sin.” [This is a major problem right here.  Biblical guidance on the childhood of Jesus is scant, but what evidence there is and the guidance of the Fathers agree that Jesus was always self-aware of who and what He was in his Incarnate Form.  Through the hypostatic union, Jesus always, throughout His Life, held the Beatific Vision, that is the full contact or experience of God within Him.  So, while His childhood might be considered “normal” in some senses, merely stating blankly “Jesus was a kid  just like you!” is completely wrong.  He wasn’t like you, or me, or anyone, He was uniquely perfect and possessed of a twin nature – fully human, and fully Divine, and He was aware of this nature, but largely subsumed His Divinity until He was 30, the proper age for the beginning of a Jewish priesthood]

“So how do we teach the humanity of Jesus, but without the sin?” Isherwood asks. [Here’s a suggestion – stop using modernist formation materials]

“In effect, we focused more on moral teachings and bypassed the fundamentals,” [ha!] Galante said in regard to the Jesus-as-sinner issue. “Or we presumed that people knew the fundamentals, which was a bad presumption. We have to refocus and reteach.” [I have sat through numerous sermons homilies that taught next to nothing, or just feel good pablum.  Many people haven’t been taught much of anything]

The bishop said he would be alerting priests and deacons in the diocese of the importance of preaching about having a relationship with Jesus, in the hopes of bringing more people back to the pews.

The old fear factor approach — come to church or go to hell — will not work in today’s world, Galante said. [Here’s the modernist error – “Oh……we can’t possibly use the methods of the past that worked for millenia…..no, men are different today, so much more sophisticated, so much more educated(except regarding the Faith)…..we couldn’t possibly use those stuffy old Baltimore Catechisms that actually teach the Faith, we have to use watered down milquetoast paper cutting exercises that teach next to nothing!]

“Fear is not a teaching tool. It’s going to take a lot of time and effort, but we need to get people to go to Mass because they want to, not because there is a sword hanging over them. We have to be more inviting, more welcoming and more hospitable.” [I’m not saying apologetics should be totally fear-based, but reminders of the fact that missing Mass is a mortal sin, and that unconfessed mortal sins mean spiritual death and eternal damnation, have their place. Because, that is the reality. The problem today is that too many priests are either too afraid to remind people of these facts, or don’t believe in them themselves]

Reading the article and Galante’s comments, I get a sense of a group of people still playing by the 1970s rulebook.  We are so very fortunate that one man’s obstinacy, which seemed so maddening at the time, actually wound up working to this Diocese’s benefit.  In Galante, we dodged a bullet.

I will be so bold as to diagnose the situation a little differently than Bishop Galante.  The problem is that, for decades, catechetical materials and instructors have been used that are frequently childishly simple and more frequently contrary to the Faith.  In the terrible wake of the last council, many people really believed that anything pre-VII had to be thrown out, and with that went almost all traditional instructional methods and many – most – Truths of the Faith. This problem is incredibly widespread, 40 years after the fact. I hear stories all the time from students in RCIA, or their sponsors, or those who have kids in Catholic schools, or whatever, of the Faith being denigrated, of apostate views being put forward as “truth,”  of attacks on tradition and anything “pre-Council,” etc.  A local RCIA instructor told his class on the first day that “Luther had it right!”   Writ large, here is the exact problem of catechesis in the Church – modernist, apostate materials like Catholic Update, and modernist, apostate instructors.

This problem has persisted because that generation so enthralled of “peace and love” has conducted itself with anything but in terms of holding on to structures of power and positions of authority, so that young, far more orthodox Catholics have a very hard time advancing beyond basic levels, let alone upending this entrenched bureacracy of apostasy.  But, time is gradually running out for the “spirit” crowd.

The solution to the problem outlined above is simple.  Orthodoxy.  The real Faith, taught by people who really believe it, presented clearly and emphatically.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  It’s not difficult.  It does not require “[figuring] out ways to gather people and present the faith to them in ways that are meaningful.”  The ways have been figured out, they worked for century after century.  But many in authority today would rather DIE than use these old school orthodox sources.

Don’t believe me?  Tell the person in charge of First Communion at your parish that you’ve been using the Baltimore Catechism to instruct your kids, and watch them freak out.

!! Catholic University Invites Satan to Give Commencement Speech May 7, 2012

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I guess they can’t get any worse after that………..

Via the awesome Dr. Jay Boyd, from a blog I’ve never heard of before, Catholic Phoenix, an awesome sendup of all the Catholic universities that constantly snuggle up to the sexular pagan culture by repudiating the Faith.  Like those bonehead moonbats at Georgetown that just invited Kathleen “I break the law to help baby butcherers” Sebelius to be their commencement speaker.  I laughed hard at some of this – and I add some emphasis a few comments along the way, hopefully they won’t spoil the satire:

In a move already denounced by Catholic bishops & other leading religious conservatives, St. Sincerus University, the nation’s 84th largest Catholic university, has invited Satan to deliver its commencement speech later this month. Also known as the Prince of Darkness, Lucifer, &, more popularly, the Devil, Satan is a divisive figure among Catholics & other Christians. Several Catholic universities have upset religious conservatives [You know, people who believe in God and silly things like that]  in recent years by inviting controversial figures to deliver commencement speeches, as when the University of Notre Dame, the nation’s largest Catholic University, invited President Barack Obama, who supports a woman’s right to abortion, in 2009. [He’s the most pro-abort president in history] The invitation to Satan by SSU president Fr. Thad Despereaux comes at a time when many Catholics are highly critical of the Obama administration’s attempts to reform health care, which some claim would force Catholic institutions to violate their Church’s teachings by providing contraceptives as part of their health insurance plans. Fr. Despereaux, in comments made to the Daily Sham, SSU’s student newspaper, said that having Satan on campus gives bold witness to a central Catholic principle that God can be found in all things. “The continuing politicization of the faith indicates just how important it is for us to build bridges,” Fr. Despereaux said. “Our whole mission as a university is to bring people together. Satan is badly misunderstood by many people, & we hope to show our graduates that stereotypes, & the hatred they engender, have no place on a Catholic campus. As Catholics we are to hate hate.”

I’m certain St. Sincerus is also a “Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition.” 

I think this is the appropriate response.  These invitations perhaps should not be greeted so much with outrage, but with disgusted mockery.  If you want to apostasize to the point that you constantly coddle and give platforms to the greatest enemies of the Church, fine, but we’ll adjust our thinking according.  Georgetown, Fairfield, Gonzaga, DePaul, and all the rest, can call themselves whatever they want, but faithful Catholics know they are anything but Catholic.

You are much better off sending your child to a secular university than to one of these anti-Catholic catholyc universities.  But I most recommend having your child live at home and attend a local university.  Is it wise to immerse children in a sweltering cauldron of sex, alcohol, drugs, moral collapse and leftist indoctrination at what is really still a very tender age for most? 

Sure to have a positive influence