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Baby steps for Archbishop Cordileone December 20, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Liturgical Year, sanctity, secularism, Tradition, Virtue.
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Archbishop has taken a baby-step to improve the practice of the Faith and general Catholic culture in his Archdiocese of San Francisco – after years of ignoring Jan. 1 as a Holy Day of Obligation, it will be again this coming year (2013):

The Archdiocese of San Francisco, which regularly had dispensed Catholics from the obligation of attending Mass on January 1 when it occurred on any day besides Sunday, has announced that the day is once again a holy day of obligation in the archdiocese.

“In this country, as decided by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Jan. 1 is a holy day of obligation,” explained Laura Bertone, the archdiocese’s interim director of worship, except when January 1 falls on a Saturday or Monday. “Often, in the past, if Jan. 1 was on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, the San Francisco archbishop dispensed the obligation to attend Mass although the solemnity was still celebrated at Mass.”

“This year, we are keeping the day as obligatory for all the faithful to attend Mass, and in particular to pray for peace,” she continued.

Pray for peace, yes, but also pray for a return to a true practice of the Faith, because there can be no peace without love of God.

Is the “church of nice” on the way out? December 20, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, scandals, secularism, Society, Tradition.
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Much thought provoking content here from Michael Voris.  I don’t think I’m as sanguine on the future prospects of the Church as he is.

“The decade of the evil 1960s……” I love it. Actually, I think the 60s were great……up until about summer 1966. Then the wheels came off, but you could see much of the nuttiness beginning as early as’63-’64. The early 60s were more or less a continuation of the 50s. People forget that JFK was not elected on a radical left wing agenda, but on an agenda of tax cuts and vastly increased military spending. Basically, what would pass for a Republican platform today. He was in favor of a much more interventionist foreign policy. In fact, it was JFK’s wanton embrace of the military-industrial complex that caused Eisenhower to lament “All I have worked for, all I have accomplished, is gone.” For Eisenhower was the last real paragon of small government we had in the Oval Office.

Wow, Michael really hits hard on a lot of points, all good.  Is the post-Conciliar Church manufactured?  The liturgy certainly was – even Pope Benedict refers to the Novus Ordo as “fabricated,” as in, not organically developed from the bottom up by minute developments here and there.

Keeping that in mind, I’d like to propose a list of the greatest fabrications in the new Mass, that is, practices pulled out of nowhere that have never been widespread in the history of the Church, and that represent a huge breach in the right theological and liturgical understanding of the Mass. I had a whole bunch of justification for these items, but I decided to delete most of it.  You can figure it out:

  1. Mass facing the people.
  2. The practical abolition of the Roman Canon.
  3. Communion in the Hand. .
  4. Abrogation of Latin.
  5. New Readings/3 year cycle – totally blew away the flow of Scripture through the liturgical year and results in most Feast Days for Saints having nonsensical Scripture readings.  Plus, it made people less familiar with Scripture, not more, because instead of hearing the same readings year after year, people only hear them once every 3 years, allowing time to forget.  Plus, more readings just means more to store and people only have so much capacity.  The net effect has been less retention and understanding of Scripture, not more.

I wouldn’t count the “church of nice” out just yet. I wouldn’t look for it to go away anytime soon.  Even as numbers continue to fall – of clergy, religious, laity assisting at Mass, pick just about any category – the church of nice has constructed an almost invulnerable system of self-perpetuation.  Most people I know don’t look for the “church of nice” to lose its dominance short of a major persecution that makes being a casual catholyc untenable. But we’ll see.

Not your everyday occurrence December 20, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, fun, General Catholic, religious, secularism, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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I know a commenter expressed reservations about singing Christmas carols during Advent, but I think given the state of the culture, where many people completely forget that Christmas even occurred by Dec. 27, I think some of this done publicly might be OK.  Certainly it shouldn’t be the focal point of public demonstrations of Christmas – those should come during the actual Christmas season – but I think some caroling as a sort of pointer towards the Big Day is OK.

Some Dominican Friars in Washington, DC thought so, and were singing carols on a street corner while doing some evangelization (just the sort of thing I have in mind), when a very strange thing occurred.  Look and see how things develop:

What’s with the bananas?  Anybody get that?

Post-Christian people can still be reached, at least on a surface level, maybe?  idunno

It’s interesting!

h/t Fr. Philip Neri Powell


Obama may run Little Sisters of the Poor out of business in the US December 20, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, religious, secularism, sickness, Society.
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Well, it’s not really a business, but you know what I mean.  And while the Little Sisters of the Poor may not be one of the more orthodox female religious orders, they are orthodox enough to know that they cannot and will not provide contraception to their chaste, celibate members!, nor can they afford to pay the fines.  So, there choice is either to radically change how they serve people, by only aiding Catholics, or being run out of business:

A religious order of nuns is concerned about its future presence in the  United States because of Obamacare’s impact on its charitable operations. The  Little Sisters of the Poor told The Daily Caller that it may not qualify for a  long-term exemption from Obamacare’s healthcare mandate. The law requires the  order to provide government-approved health insurance to its 300 sisters who  tend to the elderly in 30 U.S. cities.

The exception is needed, said Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the  Little Sisters’ communications director, because Catholic teaching opposes  contraception and medical  treatments  that cause sterility or can cause abortions.

President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul law requires employers to  include those services in qualifying health care plans they provide for their  employees. Failure to comply will bring hefty fines — even for religious orders  whose members have taken vows of poverty.

“[I]t could be a serious threat to our mission in the U.S.,” Constance  told TheDC, “because we would never be able to afford to pay the fines involved.  We have difficulty making ends meet just on a regular basis; we have no extra funding  that would cover these fines.”

The crux of the matter is a religious exemption that the federal government  is expected to make available to Catholic churches, but not to other Catholic  institutions.

That’s because unlike Catholic parishes and dioceses, the church’s many  affiliated schools, charities, religious orders and hospitals  don’t discriminate in their hiring or service, often employing staff — and  serving people in need — who come from other Christian denominations or from  other faiths entirely.

“We are not exempt from the [Obamacare] mandate because we neither serve nor  employ a predominantly Catholic population,” Constance added. ”We hire  employees and serve/house the elderly regardless of race and religion, so that  makes us ineligible for the exemption being granted churches.”

Those employees, she said, number in the thousands.

……The Little Sisters of the Poor take care of elderly patients in 31 countries,  but on Dec. 16 a representative told the congregation of Saint Raymond of  Peñafort Church in Springfield, Va., that her order could conceivably be forced  to pull out of the United States if paying fines and penalties is the only  alternative to compromising on the doctrines of their religion……

Well, good for them for being faithful to what the Church believes regarding contraception, sterilization, etc.  Unfortunately, many female religious orders are almost giddy about Obamacare AND the HHS mandate.  But I suspect if there is no compromise reached – and I see no reason to suspect that there will be, given Obama’s hatred for the Church and demand that all acquiesce to his socialist health insurance scheme – we could see many religious orders that serve the poor and infirm in various ways run out of the country, or forced to radically reduce their service.  Which would create much more demand for government services, expanding the government further – it’s win-win all the way around for Obama!

The only way I see this diabolical mandate being undone is if the bishops can find the wherewithal to take a really strong stand against the evil of contraception as such, and absolutely and vocally refuse to comply in any way – no contraception, no paying of fines, nothing.  And let Obama deal with the PR of arresting dozens of Catholic bishops.  But who am I kidding!  The likelihood of that happening is about 1 in a million.

But who knows, the Holy Spirit has worked far greater transformations.

Or, who knows, maybe the courts will come in and save the day. I think that is the prime means the USCCB is counting on to get out of this situation.

Christmas Gift – support the Transalpine Redemptorists December 20, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgy, persecution, religious, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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It is interesting to me, perhaps Providential, that at the same time I have developed such an appreciation of the writings of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, I have also developed a great appreciation for one of the very few – and perhaps only – traditional monasteries of the Redemptorist Order the Great Moral Doctor founded.  I have developed this appreciation through perusal of the Transalpine Redemptorist blog, as well as through their wonderful publication Catholic, which aims to “re-seed” Catholic Tradition.

For those who are not aware, the Transalpine Redemptorists were a traditional order founded in 1982, somewhat in association with the Society of St. Pius X.  They have wandered a rather circuitous path, canonically, since that time, being considered irregular or illicit for much of that time, but they have now been regularized as a Religious Institute of Diocesan Right. Geographically, took, the Transalpine Redemptorists have wandered around quite a bit, from France, to England back to France, before finally settling on an island in the Orkney’s entirely their own, Papa Stronsay, where they have been engaged in building up a traditional Catholic monastery for the past 10 years.

When they arrived, there were many old stone buildings in various states of disrepair.  For instance, the building which now houses the chapel looked like this when they arrived:

Our Ladys Chapel December 2002

The chapel now looks like this:

Our Ladys Chapel August 2012 (2)

They’ve made improvements all around the property, and the work is constantly ongoing, judging by their blog.

I realize I’ve posted twice in a row on these Redemptorists!  Oh, well, I must be being moved!

This is a really very good religious order, very worthy of your support, if you feel so moved.  They have had to struggle quite a bit against many odds to arrive at the place they are at today, with a very solid groups of brothers and priest-brothers.  And they are constantly reaching out to the secularized culture that surrounds them!  If you think the US is secularized, Britain in far, far worse.  But they are winning over hearts, converting Catholics back to Tradition, and bringing new souls into the Faith.

Oh, before I forget, if you are a mother in distress, or a couple who has struggled to have a child, you can obtain a blessed St. Gerard medal from the Redemptorists.  These medals, and the intercession of St. Gerard, have been very powerful in helping married couples overcome problems of infertility, miscarriages, etc.  You can request a medal here.

There are several ways to support the Redemptorists.  You can subscribe to their excellent, quarterly newspaper Catholic here.  I really enjoy this publication, and I always get a very warm, peaceful sensation reading it – strangely enough, even when reading controversial items.  This is obviously a publication with much love put into it.

You can also buy a calendar here, with many uplifting scenes from the Papa Stronsay monastery over the course of the year.

Finally, you can make a direct donation via Paypal on from their blog.  Donations of more than 10 GBP will have the initials of the donor listed in the Catholic newspaper.

Here are some scenes from an evening Rorate Mass offered in the teeth of a terrific North Sea storm that partially flooded the island.  I would so love to assist at a Rorate Mass!

Storm Mass Sacrifice

Storm Mass Incence

Storm Mass

I’m not much of a world traveller, but I think I shall have to try to make it to Papa Stronsay one day.