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USCCB “training manual” for priests reveals heart of priest formation problem July 28, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, priests, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, the return.
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I happened to be at a used bookstore yesterday, browsing their huge but pathetic selection of “Catholic” books. The vast majority were either outwardly modernist and heretical, or they were lost in the dominant secular/progressive mentality and essentially useless. I only found a few good books in the “nostalgia” section, books from way before the Council.  Nothing by TAN, only one book by Loreto, but it I already had…..it was a bust as book shopping goes (not that I really need books, a reader just gifted me a really nice collection that will keep me occupied for a year or more, but I was out, so I looked).

But I did find one book that sort of piqued my interest.  It was from the USCCB’s predecessor, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.  It was published in the late 90s.  I believe it is still in use.  It was a guidance document ostensibly for all dioceses and seminaries to provide basic guidelines and philosophical underpinnings for the formation of priests.  It’s called Program of Priestly Formation.  While the version I browsed through was from 1999, a 2006 edition is still in use, and the changes between the two are not very significant.

I thought it might be interesting to see what the USCCB had to say regarding what are the most important elements in the formation of priests. I was especially interested in the first section, on the “Foundations of Priestly Formation.”

I wish……I really wish……..I could say that I was blown away by the depth of Catholic sentiment and the communication of a strong understanding of just what Catholic priests do as their highest calling.  But it wasn’t really there.  There was a lot verbiage on the difference between priests and laity (opposing, I suppose, the strong trend in many seminaries to mute this distinction between the two, and pretend that St. Peter’s mention of a “universal priesthood” made the need for consecrated priests passe’), there was discussion of the need for priests to serve as “teacher” and “leader” of the people of God, there was a lot of focus on administrative duties, etc.  But there was one huge thing missing, the thing that makes the Catholic Faith and the Catholic priesthood so utterly vital and necessary.

What was missing was any talk of sacrifice, or the reality of the priest serving as alter Christus during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  And yet, this is the very Source and Summit not only of our Faith, through the miracle of Consecration that occurs at every Mass, but also what gives the priesthood its essence and power.  And yet it was not mentioned at all in the first chapter, nor could I find any references to it throughout the entire document.  I did not read every single word, so there could have been brief mention of this truly amazing, supernatural gift that all priests possess and offer on a continual basis, but I did not find discussion at any substantive length on this vital subject.

That is a most grave omission. I would say it is so grave as to make this formation document gravely deficient, even disordered, possibly deranged.  I certainly pray that this subject of the transcendent role priests play in re-presenting the Most Holy Sacrifice of Calvary receives far more attention in seminaries than it did in this document.  It was pretty disconcerting to see that this guidance document did not mention the subject at all when describing the role of the priest!  I fear that is very revealing, and a potential problem point – among many others – in the formation that most seminarians receive.

Thus it was interesting to me, and quite possibly providential, that I found the video below bandying about traditional sites in the past 24 hours or so.  It has already been deconstructed pretty well by others, but I’ll add a little bit below.  Certainly, I did not find anything so blatantly erroneous and contrary to the spirit of the Church in the USCCB book.  But I think the critical missing elements point to the fact that far too many disgraceful priests like the one below either have a voice in the process of seminary formation, or they have to be at least somehow placated by leaving out the “offensive” reference to Christ, the Sacrifice of the Mass, and all the rest. There is a great deal of evidence that priests like the one below have had a disastrous influence on seminary formation, and the process of approving candidates for ordination, over the past several decades.  All in all, the priesthood has been horribly disfigured and weakened as a result:

I want to talk about his opening erroneous claim, that the Gospels were written way, way, waaaaaay after Christ’s Ascension. First of all, St. Matthew’s Gospel was first, period. Msgr. claims that the most recent “scholarship” places the dates for the writings of the Gospels later and later and later.  That is, first of all, not true. There is a growing body of belief, even among secular academics, in the “early origin” of the Gospels, closer to the time of Christ and more in line with Catholic Tradition.  The “late origin” theory reached its peak about 30 years ago (so did the theory that St.Paul did not write the Letter to the Hebrews).

But even among those that still cling to the “late origin” theory, on what do they base their claims?  The number one underlying assumption of these modernist “scholars” is that miracles are impossible and thus must have a “rational” explanation.  Thus, Christ prophesying the destruction of Jerusalem means that Gospel had to be written after the actual event, or AD 70.  Another foundational error of modernist scholarship is the widely accepted “form” theory of Bultmann, who claimed that writing styles and other factors indicate when a given document was written.  But this theory has been exploded by such examples as, for instance, “proving” that Tennyson never wrote “Idylls of the King” (of course he did, it is the “form” theory that is wrong, it is so nebulous that it can be used to “prove” anything).

More substantially than any of the above, however, is that it does not really matter.  Those who go nuts over precise dates of Scripture miss the fact that the Catholic Faith existed prior to any of the Gospels being written, and for hundreds of years before the Canon of Sacred Scripture was ever determined (by the Church).  We have the infallible knowledge that the Holy Ghost preserved Dogma intact from the Apostles on, in spite of the effects of time and the assaults of too many errors and outright heresies to count.  This can be confirmed in many, many instances by reading what the early Church Fathers themselves believed, which, surprise!, happens to correspond to the Doctrine of the Faith.  The Bible is wonderful, it is vital, but the Church, contrary to the sects, is more than just the Bible.

As I said, most of the rest has already been taken apart handsomely but I wanted to address the typical modernist droning about the dating of the Bible because it has only one purpose – to undermine the orthodox Faith, which is a terrible, terrible sin against charity.  I should also note that this priest comes from the Diocese of Erie, long under the administration of the arch-modernist Bishop Donald Trautman, who is so extreme (thank goodness now retired) that he violently opposed even the very mild improvements to the English translation of the Novus Ordo released in 2011.  So it is little surprise this guy is not only a priest “in good standing,” but was even made a Monsignor.

It is terrible to contemplate the damage to souls such men have wrought. One must ask what possible reason could have kept them in a Church they disbelieve and even seem to hate so much, unless it was to try to hurt Her from within.

To say this man needs prayers would be a great understatement. He needs a massive moral miracle, poor lost soul.

Hey, monsignor, every time you look in the mirror, you see the reason why the traditional movement is experiencing explosive growth.

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Good Catholic links! July 28, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Four Last Things, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Tradition, Virtue.
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Shifting modes from my preferred method of brutally honest, no-holds barred “interreligious dialogue,” some good Catholic links for you. I think one is a repost, but it’s good enough to post again.

First, I blogged about the Requiem Mass of Jaime Leano, God rest his soul. His widow has had a business for a while selling hand-made Rosaries and other Catholic jewelry, hand-painted Nativity sets, Confirmation gifts, Chaplets, and much more.  Again, that business is jmjtcards.com.  My wife really likes the Rosaries, they are very well made and durable, which is really hand when you have a lot of kids, who tend to destroy more flimsy Rosaries in no time no matter how much you counsel them to be gentle and respectful.  There are also rose earrings, pendants, rings, and many other times. Maybe you have an anniversary or birthday coming up, or just need something for yourself?  Go check it out, I think you’ll like what you find!   A few samples below:

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Just a quick note on buying items, due to the recent tragedy, orders may be processed a bit more slowly while things are sorted out. I don’t know that for sure, it just seems reasonable. I’m sure you can get all details at the website.

Next, this site has a huge number of Catholic books uploaded on line in .pdf and other formats.  There are books ranging from the famous, like The Imitation of Christ, to the rather unknown, and everything in between.  There are books on lives of the Saints, books on Catholic Doctrine, some historical, famous spiritual writings by Saints and others – many really good books are available, for free.

So go check that out, too.

Dominus vobiscum!

Testimony of Iraqi Catholics: told By radical islamists to give them all their money and leave, or get a bullet in the brain July 28, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, paganism, persecution, sadness, secularism, sickness, Society, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
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WARNING! EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGE AT THE END.  ALLEGED ISIS ATROCITIES!  ABSOLUTELY NOT FOR CHILDREN!  ALSO NOT FOR THOSE WITH SENSITIVE CONSCIENCES!

This is the death cult religion so many in the hierarchy of the Church fall all over themselves extolling and praising.  This is the so-called “religion of peace.”  How long must we put up with this prevaricating charade?  How long must we hear lies that bear the stench of death?

God bless that woman for her faith.  She just gave a great testimony of it, and of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wow, what a calamity.  There are simply not words.  Rorate’s coverage has been quite good and thorough.  I am heartened to see that some in France, at least, seem to be getting it.

This is a genocide. This is the greatest humanitarian crisis the world has seen in decades, at least since the nightmares in Rwanda and Burundi of 20  years ago.  The barbarities that are being committed are simply beyond what decent, civilized people can imagine.  At the following link – AND I CANNOT WARN YOU ENOUGH HOW GRAPHIC THE LIVELEAK VIDEO IS! – there is footage of human beings, perceived enemies of this new satanic death cult islamic “caliphate,” who have been chopped to pieces in slaughterhouses like animals. There is footage of even muslim “enemies” of extremist islam being mowed down by the dozen in ritualistic killings.  That is how the radical muslim behaves towards all those who do not include “inshallah” in every cursed phrase they speak, who do not adhere to their stupid and evil wahhabism.

The link just above also provides powerful contextual evidence of the relation between this present genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria and that perpetrated against Armenians in Turkey after WWI.  In fact, in both cases, the radical muslims insist that killing Christians is an “acceptable sacrifice” to ‘allah'” – which it may be, if “allah” is indeed satan, as many ancient Christians maintained.

But our first muslim president (in effect if not in fact) can not be bothered to reply.  He has shown himself to be a bitter enemy of Christianity in general and the Church in particular throughout his presidency.

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Oh Lord give us strength to pray and fast!  Lift this terrible scourge from Your Church!  We know we have been unfaithful, we know we have strayed so far!  We know that right worship of You has been perverted and that heretical, sinful error abounds!  We know sin abounds in what little remains of Christendom – may Your Grace abound more!

All you good Saints martyred by islam – pray for us!  Pray for our Church!  Pray especially for the souls suffering these nightmares!  End the scourge of this evil, perverse religion around the world!

“The mohammadan is either at your neck or at your feet.”  –  Winston Churchill  Say what you will about the  man, he knew people.  I wonder if he knew that the progressive left would eventually choose islam over Christianity (at least, by all available evidence)?

FINAL WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE NOW!  IMAGE SUPPOSED TO BE OF BEHEADED CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ!

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REMINDER: First Friday All Night Adoration at Carmel Friday Aug 1 – and pray for persecuted Catholics! July 28, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, religious, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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The monthly First Friday at the Carmel starts at 5pm on Friday, Aug 1. Two TLMs during the night, at 8pm and 3am.  Adoration ends with NO Mass at 7am.  Join the nuns as they storm Heaven!  Pray for persecuted Christians!  Gain a plenary indulgence!  I haven’t been for some time, but I plan on staying quite a while this Friday, God willing!

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Details on the indulgence, thanks to MJD:

On a hot July evening in the year 1216 Saint Francis of Assisi at prayer devoured by his love for God and a thirst to save souls was visited upon by Our Blessed Savior and Our Blessed Mother. Our Lord spoke to him “Francis you are very zealous for the good souls. Ask me what you want for their salvation.” Francis answered that he wanted an indulgence to all those who enter this church,(The Portiuncula)  who are truly contrite and have confessed their sins. Our Lord consented to Francis’ wish, but only after he received approval from Pope Honorius III. The pope granted this petition, and this indulgence has been extended to all parish churches throughout the world from noon August 1 until midnight on August 2.

The conditions to obtain the Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi (for oneself or for a departed soul) are as follows:

* Sacramental confession (during eight days before or after the dates below)

* Participation in the Mass and Eucharist.

* Recitation of the Apostles’ Creed, Our Father and a prayer for the pope’s intention.

The Portiuncula Indulgence is a grace not to be missed, not only for yourself but for the many souls suffering in purgatory.

The dates are from noon on August 1 until midnight on August 2, the feast of Our Lady of the Angels.

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As a reminder, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter has implored all of its apostolates to make Aug 1 a day of special prayer and penance for the suffering Catholics in the Mideast.  If you’ve never been to an All Night Vigil at the Carmel before, I can think of no better way to meet this great spiritual work of mercy for our suffering brethren.  Please consider coming, it is an awesome experience!  Hearing the nuns pray in that beautiful chapel, seeing souls staying for hours before the Blessed Sacrament, it is so edifying, and it will have such an incredible, beneficent effect!

I pray I see you there!

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Dutch orchestra storms out from muslim proselytizing July 28, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Grace, persecution, secularism, Society.
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Two quick stories on the “interreligious dialogue” front; first, a Dutch orchestra was giving a performance with Queen Beatrix in attendance. Some musselman had been invited to lead the orchestra, I guess. He proceeded to try to proselytize the audience, including the Queen.  He had apparently been trying to reach the Queen for some time, and took his chance when he got it.

Note the outlandish error: claiming Christ, who constantly worked miracles that gave total proof of His Supernatural Reality, was subordinate to Mohammad, who never once performed a miracle, which even islam claims (a supposed “night flight” to Jerusalem, which no one saw, discounted).   And then we have the difference in the conduct of their lives: Christ, constantly virtuous, the most virtuous Being ever on this planet, Who also never sinned, and Who willed to die for the salvation of mankind, against Mohammad, who spread his religion by violence, cruelty, and barbarity, whose life was incredibly sinful, and who didn’t suffer for anyone, but in fact caused others to suffer.  He also repeatedly changed the beliefs of his false religion based on who he needed to please or entice from one moment to next, while Christians have a 2000 year record of constant belief going back to the Apostles and early Church Fathers.

The effrontery of this act is simply staggering (thanks to reader D for the link):

As D noted elsewhere, I don’t think these musicians are walking out because they had their Christian sensibilities offended. They are walking out because they had their secular sensibilities offended.  But as islam grows stronger in Europe, we can expect the secularists to either remain silent in future events, or to willingly go along.  The above event occurred in 2012, when Beatrix still reigned.

UPDATE: The article of the Malaysian prince converting was apparently fake.  Pretty good fake, I rarely fall for such things.