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Long delayed video-dump: Fr. Linus Clovis on the Francis Effect, Oriamendi May 26, 2015

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Many have probably already seen the video of a talk given by Fr. Linus Clovis on the ‘Francis Effect’ in the Church.  It is a most remarkable and explosive speech.  The content is most unusual in its unflinching clarity and his appraisal of the perception so many of the most faithful Catholics have regarding this pontificate.  He actually makes a joke of the old line “is the Pope Catholic?,” turning it into a real question.  He also notes the corrosive effect on Doctrine the past 2-plus years have seen.

He also argues quite convincingly that Catholics can never pit bits of Scripture against each other, Dogma against Dogma, or put new “pastoral” approaches against the traditional practice of the Faith.

Since this has probably already been seen by many, I won’t provide any more synopsis, but I will say it is quite worth watching in its entirety and that we truly live in remarkable times, when apparently good, devout priests feel compelled to stand up and say that there are things being put forth, even at the highest levels of the Church, which are contrary to the Faith as it has been handed on to us.  The priest’s main conclusion is that the ‘Francis Effect’ is having the effect of silencing faithful Catholics and giving succor to the Church’s most avowed opponents:

“The Pope has to facilitate our obeying him, by himself being obedient to the Word of God,” and, I might add, all of Sacred Tradition.

BTW, I was also sent a link to a website begun for Spanish-speaking Catholics by regular diocesan priests, comparing many of Pope Francis’ statements against the perennial Magisterium of the Church.  An English companion site has also been created.  You can read analyses of many of the more, ah…….unexpected……..statements from Pope Francis. No conclusions are reached.  The priests – who are anonymous since they do not want to attract unwanted attention to themselves or their bishops, who are knowledgeable of this effort – simply present the Pope’s words and then various statements from the Magisterium related to them.  Expect to see more on this effort in the coming days.

Reader D also sent me a link to an interview given by Fr. Linus Clovis, I believe sometime last year, below.  The subject of this interview was Fr. Clovis’ denial of Communion to a pro-abort politician after his country, St. Lucia, legalized baby killing back in 2004:

Fr. Clovis notes how his own diocese did not really back him on his refusal to see Christ blasphemed, stating that he should have given the politician Communion with a warning that he would not do so next time (which is frankly a far better position than most US Dioceses, which would have simply thrown the priest under the bus in the service of continuing political “favor” – but favor at the barrel of a gun is no favor at all).  But it’s none too comforting to find out his own archbishop told him he had “no right” to refuse Communion, and who also claimed ignorance of the personage of Cardinal Ratzinger – the future Pope Benedict XVI!  Wow.

If you want to sere more of Fr. Clovis, there are a number of videos on Youtube featuring him (here’s one).  I have not watched any of them, so YMMV.  This channel seems to have many of them, along with many other priests.

Finally, and as a bit of fun, I post the following for Rex.  The Carlists had an awesome march, the Oriamendi.  I don’t know if it would be a winning move to start calling our men’s prayer vigil outside strip clubs a Requete, though the idea is tempting.  I especially like their very wide Navarre berets.

My probably bad translation:

For God Country and King!

Our fathers fought!

For God country and king!

We fight as well!

We fight all together

All together in union

Defending the flag of Sacred Tradition!

We fight all together

All together in union

Defending the flag of Sacred Tradition!

Regardless of the cost we will pay it

until the red berets enter Madrid!

For God Country and King!

Our fathers fought!

For God country and king!

We fight as well!

More awesomeness on the Requete:

Dios Patria Fueros Rey!  Viva Christo Rey!

A prayer for spouses (for each other) May 26, 2015

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I saw this prayer for spouses to pray on behalf of each other, and thought it very nice.  Marriage is under attack in this country as at no other time in her history.  The Supreme Court, in the height of hubris, may arrogate to itself the right to define marriage for all of us, diametrically contrary to nature and God’s Law, and making a false equivalence between the beautiful Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and the sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance.  This decision, if reached as widely expected, will make a further mockery of democracy in this country, as it will directly contravene the express will of the people in a greater than 3/5 majority of the states – also a sufficient majority for an amendment to the Constitution.

There is an initiative going about now, asking souls to pray for this country and the Supreme Court, that this decision come not to pass, but if it must, that we, and especially the leadership of the Church, be given great lights of Grace to always proclaim the Truth, stand fast in the face of dire persecution, and serve God and not men.  That initiative asks souls to pray until the end of June, when the decision is expected to be announced (it was actually a 40 day Novena that started several days ago – sorry for the late notice, but it certainly would not hurt to start praying now).

I think other prayers may be better suited to the 40 day Novena than the one below, but it’s a good one many married couples may consider prayer together (h/t TB):

Holy Spouses, Mary and Joseph, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths. Help us to forgive one another’s failings and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.
May the love that brought us together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring us both ever closer to You through our love for each other. Let our love grow to perfection. Amen.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Thou didst institute marriage in the earthly Paradise and in the New Law elevate it to the dignity of a Sacrament, attaching to it many graces. Grant to my spouse and me the Grace to live holy lives in so sacred a state and, by the practice of Christian virtues, to act always as is becoming a Christian couple. As thy priest joined our hands at the holy altar, so may we journey through life with one heart and one soul tasting its pleasures with moderation, enduring its sorrows with resignation and, at all times, mutually assisting and consoling each other. May Thy true and holy fear strengthen us to restrain the low desires of the flesh, and to serve Thee uprightly with pure heart and eyes and lips, in mutual esteem and forbearance! Grant that the children born of our union may be pure of heart and well-disposed in mind, and that they may gladly walk in the way of Thy Commandments. Teach us to be faithful images of the Holy Family of Nazareth, of the blessed father Joseph, of the most devout Mother Mary, the most blessed Mother of the Child Jesus, that we may be made worthy to live under their protection, to die in their favor, and to be forever blessed in their society. Amen.

Conclude with one Pater Noster, one Ave, one Gloria.

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Once again, Church hierarchy paves way for devastating social change May 26, 2015

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In the United States of the 60s and 70s – but much more importantly, throughout the Church in the former Christendom – the disastrous undermining of Dogma by influential elements within the Church’s own hierarchy played a huge role in the advance of radically immoral social changes.  This was apparent with Cardinal Cushing’s under the table deal with Planned Barrenhood to actually oppose Catholic opposition to the legalization of contraception in the Massachusetts legislature in the early 60s, American Jesuit leadership collaborating with the Kennedy family in orchestrating their switch from a pro-life to a pro-abort position, and weak to non-existent opposition to many liberal social trends throughout those two decades in state after state, court case after court case, from prelates all around the country.

We’ve seen another instance of the Church hierarchy not only failing in its duty to promote and defend the moral order, but even making statements that seem to argue for its dissolution, even against Church Doctrine, in the debacle that just occurred in formerly Catholic Ireland, where nearly 2/3 of the population determined that neither God nor Nature would inform their conscience, and approved the most unnatural perversions as being equivalent to “marriage.”  Rorate Caeli reminds us of some of the very poor leadership given by two of Ireland’s most prominent prelates, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin and Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry.  Both of these men, especially the former, have played leading roles in the destruction of the Church in Ireland over the past 30 odd years, from installation of perverse men and agendas at the country’s leading seminary to their – very apparent – tortured uncertainty over whether to oppose so-called marriage between sodomites.  First, Archbishop Martin attempting to defend Church Doctrine (I add emphasis and comments):

The problem in many ways is that the Church has often in the past presented its message poorly. [I certainly agree with that, but not for the reasons Martin puts forth] What is a message of love was presented in language that was harsh.  What was rational argument was presented as a dogma which all should accept. [Typical progressive belief: Dogma is somehow irrational.  That is because they do not accept it]  The truth about Jesus Christ can only be proclaimed in love.[This is an unfortunate and even dangerous statement. Such a careless statement can easily be taken to mean that the Church’s entire moral edifice, throughout Her entire history, has been dangerously wrong, or at least harshly expressed, and thus of dubious merit to every single living soul on the planet.  This is a really terrible thing for a bishop to say]   This is a challenge in today’s culture where often there is a clash of viewpoints and where we find it difficult at times to bring the message of our faith into a culture where faith is considered out of place in public discourse. The fact that in the past the Church was dogmatic in its attempted imposition of its views rather than engage in rational societal debate, does not justify people today replacing “sound-bite-ism” for dogmatism as a way of avoiding rational debate.   [How many people alive today have any experience of the Church being “harsh” or “dogmatic?”  The reason the Church’s message of morality in a context of love of self, neighbor, and God has not reached men is because IT HAS NOT BEEN TAUGHT!  At all!  Especially by men like Martin, who have always cowered from challenging the dominant cultural mores, such as they are, preferring to serve men rather than God]
****An ethics of equality does not require uniformity.  There can be an ethic of equality which is an ethic of recognising and respecting difference.  A pluralist society can be creative in finding ways in which people of same-sex orientation have their rights and their loving and caring relationships recognised and cherished in a culture of difference, while respecting the uniqueness of the male-female relationship. [How on earth can the few faithful Catholics in Ireland now defend the Doctrine of the Faith, deploring the evils of sodomy in every form, now that their Archbishop has told the entire world how wonderful they are within their own context and in a “culture of difference?”] I know that the harshness with which the Irish Church treated gay and lesbian people in the past – and in some cases still today – may make it hard for LGBT people to accept that I am sincere in what I am proposing.[Oh, go get ’em tiger!  You’re a real rock of the Faith. I bet Saint Peter can’t wait to welcome you as a brother at the pearly gates. What he’s basically pleading is: “Though we’ve been wrong on the past on just about everything, can’t you at least throw us a bone, and especially me, tortuously conflicted as I am on this matter, so that I won’t even have to pretend to fight you on some later date?  Can’t you make this easy on me and go with some “civil union” rigmarole that will let me play this matter off most easily to my constituency, both left and right?”]
Now for Bishop McKeown:

Although he maintained that legalizing same-sex “marriage” would be a “dangerous experiment,” especially the ramifications in the lives of children and future generations, he equivocated that people could vote yes or no in the referendum “in good conscience,” if they were as informed as possible before voting and were making a “mature decision.” [Ah, the good ‘ol primary error of Dignitatis Humanae, the “primacy of the individual conscience,” no matter how badly, even demonically formed, strikes again!  But do you think Bishop McKeown or any other Church progressive would grant so much latitude to, say, a rapacious “capitalist” that thought and prayed about his decision to defraud his workers of their wages?!?  Of course not!  Because being a greedy, conservative capitalist is not on the list of “approved” sins by the progressive hierarchy!]

“People have to make their own mature decision, be it yes or be it no. I would hate for people to be voting no for bad reasons, for bigoted reasons, for nasty reasons, for bullying reasons. People have to make up their own minds and I’m quite happy that people can do that in front of God, be it yes or be it no,” Bishop McKeown said. [And now he equivocates voting against sodomite pretend marriage with bigotry, nastiness, and bullying!  Oh, we sure have an heir of the Apostles in this pathetic creature, don’t we?!?]
“I don’t doubt that there are many people who are practicing churchgoers of whatever church background who will in conscience vote Yes, and that’s entirely up them. I’m not going to say they’re wrong,” he added. [I doubt you’d ever say anything that weighs against the prevailing secular pagan orthodoxy.]
The main argument of Archbishop Martin was basically this: neither I, nor my post-conciliar predecessors, have lifted one finger to express unpopular Church Doctrine for decades, especially on sexual issues, and now that the fruit of our failure is manifesting itself, we throw up our hands and declare the war lost.
Or: different religion, and all is going just brilliantly according to plan.

Is closing of Planned Barrenhood McKinney office really a pro-life victory, or just more business as usual? – UPDATED May 26, 2015

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UPDATE: So, I got a call from the woman who apparently leads the McKinney 40 Days for Life campaign and led the prayer vigils outside the former McKinney Planned Barrenhood for several years.  I think it fair to say she was none too pleased with my post.  She thinks a lot of progress is being made, and that this is a big victory.  She also claims I made a factual error, which is that there were actually 3 Planned Parenthood’s in Collin County at one point, and now there is only one.  And, this is true, I had misremembered or misunderstood when one of Planned Parenthood’s Plano locations opened and closed.  The McKinney office opened in June 2008, a Plano office closed in 2011, so for about 3 years there were 3 Banned Parenthoods in Collin County.  So, however significant that is to you, duly noted. The rest of the post stands, this small detail doesn’t change anything else I wrote below

There has been some excitement in certain local pro-life circles of late regarding the recent closure of the Planned Barrenhood McKinney office.  This is being presented as a great triumph for the pro-life cause, since a rather large town (pop. ~ 150,000 and a county seat, to boot!) will now not have a Planned Barrenhood facility, even if it was a facility that never performed surgical abortions (but certainly did provide referrals).

But those of us with longer memories are not so sure.  To some of us, it looks like Planned Barrenhood simply executing a small administrative change which will have only the most minimal effect on the availability of abortion and contraception in North Texas.

Why do I always have to be such a party-pooper?  Let me elucidate:

In 2011, the State of Texas under Rick Perry made the decision to stop using Planned Barrenhood as an outlet for the falsely named “Women’s Health Program,” which was really just a program to provide highly subsidized contraception to low-income women.  But since Banned Parenthood is so prominent in support of abortion and all manner of hideous moral evils, Governor Perry and others determined that de-listing PP from the program would be both a good PR move and also help wound the pro-abort giant. This was big news back then, as this article at LifeNews indicates.  The state wound up losing federal funding to the tune of about $40 million per year due to blocking Planned Parenthood from the program, but Perry and others, to their credit, stuck to their guns, and as a result, numerous Planned Barrenhood facilities around the state closed.  A partial list of those closures below:

Planned Parenthood Arlington North Clinic (August 31st)
1305 East Abram Street
Arlington, TX 76010
Planned Parenthood Gainesville Health Services (August 29th)
316 South Chestnut Street
Gainesville, TX 76240
Planned Parenthood Mesquite Health Services (September)
3220 Gus Thomason Road, #231
Mesquite, TX 75150
Planned Parenthood Plano Health Services (August 31st)
1400 Summit Avenue, #CA
Plano, TX  75074
Planned Parenthood Sherman Clinic (August)
2114 Texoma Parkway. Suite 700
Sherman, TX 75090
Planned Parenthood Terrell Health Services (September)
804 East Moore Avenue, Ste A
Terrell, TX 75160
Planned Parenthood Waxahachie Clinic (Closed in July)
507 North Highway 77, #508
Waxahachie, TX 75165

Note that the McKinney office, which was not included in the 2011 closures, continued to operate, having started up around 2007 or 08.

Now the big news coming out of pro-life groups is that this McKinney office is now closing.  But, as my old radio pal Vicki Middleton (God rest her soul) used to say, “hey, guess what?!”……..Planned Barrenhood had already re-opened their Plano office sometime between 2011 and 2015, and plans to expand it with the closure in McKinney and relocation to a new office in Plano right off Central Expressway……..where Planned Barrenhood had operated a no-surgical-abortion facility for years.

So……from late 2011 to today, the number of Planned Barrenhood offices in Collin County (population: 1.1 million) remains at one.  They closed Plano, but kept McKinney open, re-opened Plano, then closed McKinney while expanding Plano.  This is a nice little thing for folks in McKinney, I suppose, but I can’t help but viewing this as at best a marginal “win” for the pro-life movement overall.  I also don’t think it means Planned Barrenhood is still reeling from the 2011 effort to defund some of their activities – if anything, they seem to be adjusting to the new conditions and rolling along quite well.

Which brings me to my broader point: there is frankly a lot of gamesmanship and politicking in the pro-life movement that I am not entirely comfortable with.  Both my wife and I (my wife in particular) are about as committed to the pro-life movement as they come (while still recognizing others even more so), but both of us fear that it has become institutionalized, and in so doing has developed its own interests and appetites and, to some degree, we both fear there are elements in the movement that, maybe even on a subconscious level, don’t really want to see abortion go away anytime soon.  There is a huge amount of money tied up in the pro-life movement (and things presented as “wins” like this are almost always used for fundraising), money means interests, and those with interests often times don’t want to see them threatened.  They become reliant on the industry for their livelihood.  I’m not saying there are a lot of people in the pro-life movement who consciously are just in it for the money, but I do think there are elements within it that may see it more as a career or a source of income than a real, life and death moral struggle, and one critically tied to the salvation of souls.

Which gets back to the primary evils that underlie abortion and create the demand for it: the twins of fornication and contraception.  Sandra Day O’Connor in the Casey vs. Planned Parenthood decision was diabolically right when she wrote – in favor of keeping abortion legal – that abortion forms the indispensable backstop for the entire post-modern American existence, which revolves around “sexual freedom” (really slavery) and the means to “not be punished with a baby,” as our President so demonically put it, while still “enjoying” unlimited sexual license.  That is to say, until we convert souls back to a moral life, meaning a Christian moral existence, and until contraception use is not just made illegal but viewed by the vast majority as the horrendous assault against nature and God that it is, we’ll never be rid of abortion.  Even today, as we congratulate ourselves on the reduction in the rate of surgical abortion, the movement tends to be very quiet about the explosion in chemical abortion through RU-486, “morning after pills,” and the like.

And if you want to hear crickets, outside a few stalwart groups and individuals, bring up the subject of contraception.  The infusion of more and more protestants into the pro-life movement over the past 2 or 3 decades has been both a blessing and a curse, as many of these protestants are ambivalent at best regarding the abortion-contraception connection, and some simply refuse to see it.  Even among outwardly Catholic pro-life groups, there are many who are not comfortable condemning contraception.

So, enjoy your marginal victory, but don’t get too excited about it.  It’s very likely PB will decide to re-open a McKinney facility within a few years if the market dynamics change again.

Join Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession Saturday June 6 @ 5pm May 26, 2015

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I have a number of times on this blog wondered why this Diocese could not put together a diocese-wide Corpus Christi Procession on public streets, as used to be done annually for many, many years?  Praise the Lord, I have to wonder no more, as one is scheduled for Saturday June 6 at 6 pm!!!! Perhaps as a certain bit of Divine justice at my periodic excesses of zeal, wouldn’t you know it, but despite longing to participate in just such an event for years, I have unchangeable plans to be out of town that particular weekend and will not be able to attend!  None of us will!  I pray there is one next year, and I will make sure I am here for the Vigil of Corpus Christi in the Novus Ordo calendar!

Details of times and places below.  The Procession will wind 2 miles from Oak Lawn to the Cathedral downtown, taking about 2.5 hours to do so due to many altar stops along the way:

5:00 pm Corpus Christi Mass at Holy Trinity Church
3811 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX (Map/Directions)
6:00pm Procession immediately after Vigil Mass
(with 4 stops along the way)
8:30pm Arrive at Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe
2215 Ross Ave, Dallas (Map/Directions)
8:30pm – 9:00pm Adoration with music led by Curtis Stephen

If you’re a Facebooky type you can do that here. They do ask people to try to RSVP on Facebook if they can.

Perhaps expatriate semi-official Dallas Diocesan historian MFG could chime in, but I think this is the first diocesan-level Corpus Christi Procession on public streets in decades – maybe 50 years or more?!?

This is definitely a turn in the right direction, liturgically and pastorally.  Our city and diocese are afflicted with so many grave evils, evils that have for the most part burst into the mainstream since things like Corpus Christi Processions stopped. What, or Who, better to combat evil than the 2nd Person of the Trinity in the Blessed Sacrament?  I pray this event is really well attended and that it form the basis for a return to many more public liturgical Processions in this Diocese.  We could have Marian Processions and of course the Blessed Sacrament doesn’t have to be only processed on Corpus Christi – Christ the King is another great and valid day for such a public witness to our Faith.

At any rate, it’s a start, and a most positive one.  Given the darkening clouds of the culture surrounding us, now is the critical time to engage in more and more public acts of witness to the glorious Faith Christ has established for the salvation of the world.  We’re at the 11th hour, but better late than never.

Deo Gratias, may this bring many great blessings to this Diocese and be the start of many more public acts of witness to our Faith.

Scenes of some of the last Eucharistic Processions in Dallas from the 1950s:




Prayer Vigil outside ‘The Men’s Club’ in Dallas Wed June 3 @ 8 pm May 26, 2015

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I will be praying outside  The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on Wednesday June 3, at 8 pm.  I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office.  This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”  

There was a great turnout last month.  I pray all of you are able to come back out next Wednesday.  For those who made suggestions on how to improve this effort going forward, I’ve replied to some but not all.  Please have patience with me, I will get back to you or we can discuss June 3 in person.  I do have a failing in always replying to folks who contact me because I get quite a bit of correspondence.

The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway.  It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there.  It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this SOB.  Men over 18 only.  All men are welcome.  You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.

No protesting, just prayer.  No interaction with the patrons at this time.  That may come later.  We’ll see.

This is a small way to push back against the culture of license, perversion, and death.  Maybe it’s even a way to get that canonized “smell of the sheep” we hear so much about.

I pray you are able to make it.  Bring your friends.  Fly in from out of town!  Rent buses!

Deo Gratias.