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Conditions for SSPX return basically set? September 19, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, persecution, priests, religious, Tradition, Virtue.
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This is from Andrea Tornielli, who has been very hit or miss regarding the SSPX-Vatican talks.  Are the preconditions for the SSPX return only pastoral or of  a disciplinary nature, and not doctrinal?  I’m not sure the assurances for independence outlined below are very stout. I don’t have time to comment more, maybe tomorrow:

The letter which the Superior of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, sent in response to the doctrinal preamble presented to him in the Vatican last 13 June, has not yet reached Rome. “The ball is clearly in the Fraternity’s court,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi had said this after the meeting. Everyone was aware that it was unlikely a response would have been sent before the Lefebvrian General Chapter held at the beginning of July. And even though over three months have gone by since the doctrinal document was handed to the Fraternity, the Holy See seems to be in no rush at all.
 
Following the meeting on 13 June, the Pope chose a new leader for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” (the Vatican body responsible for dialogue with the Society of St. Pius X): Archbishop Ludwig Müller replaced resigning cardinal William Levada as Prefect, while Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia was appointed Vice-President of the “Ecclesia Dei” Commission. So the figures Fellay will be exchanging views with will not be the same as those he met with three months ago.
 
The Holy See is well aware of how delicate the situation within the Society of St. Pius X is: it knows about the group that opposes an agreement with Rome, just as it knows about the (not so small) group of priests that does not want to suffer the consequences of the extreme choices of some. There is disquiet in some Lefebvrian districts in Latin America and Bishop Richard Williamson who is awaiting sentence is already on a collision course with Fellay. It is highly unlikely the Vatican will ask the Society of St. Pius X for a response to the preamble before October.
 
Readers may recall that last June, Fellay received a draft proposal for the canonical normalisation in the relationship of the Society of St. Pius X and the Holy See, by making the Fraternity a personal prelature. He received this in addition to the doctrinal preamble prepared by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Pope, containing some modifications proposed by the Lefebvrian Superior himself, some of which he did not fully agree with.
 
Vatican Insider has learnt that Fellay’s much anticipated response should still be interlocutory and contain certain conditions. If these involve requests that are to do with pastoral matters or discipline, the Holy See is willing to take these into consideration. Some conditions were discussed following the July chapter. The first three were considered “absolute” and were to do with the “freedom to correct the promoters of the errors or the innovations of modernism, liberalism, and Vatican II and its aftermath.” The second condition involved the “exclusive use of the Liturgy of 1962,” whilst the third requires “the guarantee of at least one bishop.” Other less binding conditions included the possibility of having a separate ecclesiastical court of the first instance and the exemption of the houses of the Society of St. Pius X from the diocesan bishops. [Having a bishop hasn’t always insulated a traditional group from external influences. I would press very hard for an Ordinariate, like the Anglicans have received, a completely stove-piped chain of command to the Holy Father]
 
Agreement can be reached on most points and the Holy See is prepared to discuss these and incorporate changes in the draft about the future canonical normalisation of the Society of St. Pius X. What are not subject to discussion are the doctrinal issues outlined in the preamble. Lefebvrians are required to accept the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. Therefore, although they will be allowed to celebrate mass using the old Missal (an extraordinary form of the Roman Rite), they will still have to recognise that the ordinary form was introduced as a result of the post-Conciliar reform, whose validity and lawfulness is unquestionable

 

Bah! I forgot to remind on Ember Days! September 19, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Liturgical Year, North Deanery, Tradition, Virtue.
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Sorry, dear readers, I had meant very much to do a reminder yesterday that the fall Ember Days are upon us.  Today, Friday, and Saturday, are traditionally days of partial fast and abstinence.  This isn’t really a matter of Church Law anymore, but I highly encourage people to avail themselves of the different penitential seasons.  These 4  yearly days of fast and abstinence help us to offer up to God the seasons of the year, as well as helping us grow in mortification and setting an early stage, if you will, for the major upcoming penitential season of Advent!

It will be doubly hard for me, as we are traveling out of town on Friday.  And we are going through Lockhart, where there will be barbeque.  Really, really good barbeque.  What a temptation!

Offer it up, as the Saints say.

Talk on Marian Devotion at Cathedral Shrine Sept 20 September 19, 2012

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Tomorrow night, Thursday, Sept. 20, a Fr. Hugh Gillespie of the Monfort Mission in New York will be giving a talk on Marian devotion at the Cathedral Shrine in downtown Dallas.  The talk starts at 8 and is in English. The talk is proceeded by a Mass in Spanish at 7pm.  I don’t know anything about this priest, but I think the focus is on St. Louis de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Mary, which I strongly recommend.

Details here————–>>Fr HughGillespieTalkatCathedral

St. Alphonsus Ligouri on meekness September 19, 2012

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Meekness and kindness are tightly intertwined.  St. Alphonsus Ligouri wrote about meekness in his Ascetical Works Vol. 6 The Holy Eucharist:

Kindness should be observed towards all on all occasions and at all times. St. Bernard remarks that certain persons are gentle as long as things fall out to their taste; but scarcely do they experience some opposition or contradiction than they are instantly on fire, like Mount Vesuvius itself!…..Whoever would become a saint, must, during this life, resemble the lily among thorns, which, however much it may be pricked by them, never ceases to be a lily; that is, it is always equally sweet and serene. The soul the loves God maintains an imperturbable peace of heart; and she shows this in her very countenance, being ever mistress of herself alike in prosperity and adversity…..

Adversity brings out a person’s real character. St. Francis de Sales very tenderly loved the Order of the Visitation, which had cost him so much labor. He saw it several times in imminent danger of dissolution on account of the persecutions it underwent; but the Saint never for a moment lost his peace, and was ready, if such was the Will of God, to see it entirely destroyed; and then it was that he said “For some time back the trying oppositions and secret contrarieties which have befallen me afford me so sweet a peace, that nothing can equal it; and they give me such an earnest desire of the immediate union of my soul with God, that, in truth, they form the sole desire of my heart.” [Such amazing virtue…..to turn vicious backstabbings, calumnies, and efforts to destroy all one’s labors into an intense peace and love and desire for God……I have so very far to go.  It is frequently all I can do to pray for someone who obstructs or attacks me.  God have mercy on me.]

Whenever it happens that we have to reply to some one who insults us, let us be careful to answer with meekness; “A mild answer breaketh wrath (Prov 15:1).” A mild reply is enough to quench every spark of anger. And in case we feel irritated, it is best to keep silence, because then it seems only just to give vent to all that rises to our lips, but when our passion has subsided, we shall see that all our words were full of faults. [I so know this to be true!]

And when it happens that we ourselves commit some fault, we must also practice meekness in our own regard. To be exasperated at ourselves after a fault is not humility, but a subtle pride, as if we were anything else than the weak and miserable things we are. St. Teresa of Jesus said “The humility that disturbs does not come form God, but from the devil.” To be angry at ourselves after the commission of a fault is a fault worse than the one committed originally, and will be the occasion of many other faults; it will make us leave off our devotions, prayers, and communions; or, if we do practice them, they will be done very badly…….A soul that is troubled knows little of God and of what it ought to do.  Whenever, therefore, we fall into any fault, we should turn to God with humility and confidence, and craving his forgiveness, say to Him, with St. Catherine of Genoa: “O Lord, this is the produce of my own garden! I love Thee with my whole heart, and I repent of the displeasure I have given Thee! I will never do the like again: grant me Thy assistance!

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This is a great mortification.  For me, at least.  To maintain more than calm, but peace, equanimity, and even a kind meekness in the face of opposition, hostility, even hatred, is a tremendous practice of virtue.  It is something I, for one, need great practice to grow in.  Humility comes best from willfully, joyfully accepted suffering. Mortification is the key to development of all the virtues.

There is also a delicate balance, between being dismayed at our sins, and a kind of prideful anger that says “I can’t believe I did that, because I am so wonderful!”  We do want to be displeased and humbled by our sins, but when expressing great anger at ourselves over them often shows a kind of pride, putting ourselves on some high level, as if we are above sin, when we are all fatally prone to it, and constantly dependent on God’s Grace to avoid it.

A question I should ask myself, is whether blogging/radio opinionating is conducive to meekness?!  Hmmm……I may not like the answer to that question.

Non sequitur – cockpit fetish September 19, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, fun, silliness.
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My dad has remarked to me a number of times that I am a very eclectic person.  I have all kinds of interests in all kinds of things.  One thing that has always fascinated me is the extremely esoteric subject of aircraft cockpits – or, really, the instrument panels.  Especially, military or space related aircraft instrument panels.  I know, it’s pretty weird.  My special freak out side of this, is that I especially love photos of the cockpits at night, with all the lights on.  I don’t know why. I just do.  For instance, when I found this photo of an F-111D cockpit at night, with all systems working, all the lights on – and more than that, HUGE! – my little heart went pitter pat:

One of my frustrations in this area has been the utter lack of good photos or (haha!) video of what these panels looked like in NASA spacecraft like the Gemini, Apollo CSM, and especially the Apollo Lunar Module with all the lights off, save for the backlighting of the displays on the panel.  I’ve never found good photos of this.  Until now, with this little photo which comes so tantalizingly close.

Dang the overhead flood switch!  It’s set to bright, you can see it!  Bah! And this photo doesn’t even get the whole panel, but most of it.

I know, I have many problems. I don’t know why you people read me.  But I’m not the only one.  There are whole groups of cockpit fetish people like me.  This guy here even restores very complex, modern aircraft instrument panels, such as those from the F-4D-31-MC Phantom II.  He produces beautiful work:

There, if you were ever wondering how you jettison the  nuke off your F-4D, or how to ripple release the bombs on your stbd wing pylon, now you know.  Back from before the days when computers started doing everything!  You actually had to have skill.   Think about trying to find and set some of these knobs and switches at night, in a combat, with people shooting at you, while your trying to line up on the target – wow, that took effort.  No HUD, not computer to aim the bomb for you (and no dang GPS to make it ridiculously easy, just pickle and leave).  Wow, those guys had to know what they were doing.

Soon, back to our regularly scheduled programming.