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Please Pray For – and possibly support – the Ramirez Family May 7, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, sadness, thanksgiving, Virtue.
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We don’t know this family – I think my wife might know the mom as a friend of a friend sort of thing – but given what we went through just a year ago with our son suddenly having a seizure and then being diagnosed with a brain tumor, it didn’t take a lot of imagination on our part to know what this family was going through as the e-mails and text messages imploring prayers started flying around Saturday afternoon and evening.

This situation involves a local family and their 10 year old daughter.  Via their Youcaring site:

“Maggie was running around with her siblings just this Friday.  She woke up with a bad headache Saturday (the day she was to make her First Communion) and is now on life support with a rapidly growing (inoperable) brain tumor.  They’ve been told there is basically nothing doctors can do and they are still clinging to hope that God will grant them a miracle.”

That was Saturday.  Then yesterday:

Yesterday at 7:31 PM we said goodbye to our beautiful Magdalene Therese. Please forgive me if this is how you are hearing the news. I called everyone I could think of but we are exhausted of mind and body. I rushed Magdalene to the hospital Saturday afternoon where we were promptly careflighted to Dallas Childrens. My darling girl had a brain tumor that was taking up much of one side of the brain. The doctors and ICU team fought for her but the tumor was growing too fast to stop. We had almost no time to prepare for her passing. This was so, so sudden.

Please know that while we are heartbroken we are not in despair. My beautiful girl was and is a testimony of the amazing love of Jesus Christ. She was not afraid to die at any point in her life and often talked about what it would be like for her. She loves Jesus with all her heart. She is now in the fullness of His presence and we completely trust and rest in the resurrection.

Our beautiful Maggie passed away surrounded by family and close friends. We sang her favorite song “How I Need You” by Matt Maher and I held her close.

Please pray for us. We so miss our darling girl. She was and is an amazing sister and friend. I’m so glad that I often told her how happy I am to be her mom and how very special she is to me.

Funeral arrangements will be posted once we have them. This is the last picture I have that she took on my phone. She is so amazing. I miss her so much already.

ETA: Official time was 7:41. I had my hand on her chest the whole time and 7:31 is when I felt her heart stop.

Oh sweet Jesus my heart aches for this family.  My God we are blessed having a son diagnosed with a brain tumor after a sudden set of seizures but our outcome has so far been so very much different.  God’s will be done, but that doesn’t make it easier to understand.

You might consider helping this family by prayer and any material means you have at your disposal.  Obviously this was a sudden loss and there are substantial expenses that were totally unexpected.  The crowdfunding site is here, and I am happy to see that it is being very generously supported.  A  picture of what one prays and assumes will be another Saint glorifying God forever.

May God have mercy on her soul and assuage the loss of her parents and siblings.  Requiescat in Pace.

 

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A Bit of Good News: Bishop of Tyler Learning TLM, to Assist at TLM on Corpus Christi April 26, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Restoration, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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From a reader in Tyler, we are informed that Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas is “learning” the Traditional Latin Mass and will assist (it is believed, in choir) at a TLM to be offered by diocesan priests at the Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul on the Feast of Corpus Christi (Thursday, May 31).

It is always a happy development when a bishop indicates interest in, and appreciation for, the unadulterated, un-modernized Mass.  It means that the bishop has a sense of the importance of reverence for God and recognizes the undeniable centrality of Jesus Christ, and His Sacrifice on our behalf, in the ancient form of the Mass.  It also usually means that bishop is of a predominately orthodox outlook in matters beyond the liturgy, as well.  It’s not a guarantee of doctrinal orthodoxy on all matters, but it’s a darn good sign.

Tyler, a remote and small diocese, most of which could easily be considered mission territory due to the paucity of Catholics (even after decades of hispanic immigration into Texas), has been blessed with some relatively orthodox bishops for years.  Good on them.  Perhaps one of those bishops might be promoted to head the Diocese of Dallas someday?

On that front, some well placed birdies who would know have strongly hinted there will probably be a TLM in the northern deanery of the Dallas Diocese in the not too distant future.  Nothing is confirmed, yet, but there is a pastor or two who are willing and there are no impediments from the chancery, which is a big change from the previous administration.

So there is likely to be at least a weekday TLM alternative for all those folks in Collin County before too long.  Don’t take that to the bank, but it’s more likely than not, from what I am told.  Timing and location still TBD at this point.

Thanks to reader JB for sending in the bit about Bishop Strickland.

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Continues with its Inexplicable Personnel Policies April 9, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, error, foolishness, General Catholic, huh?, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, sadness, scandals, the struggle for the Church, Tradition.
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We’ve gone to Mater Dei in Irving since 2010.  Just about 9 years.  In that time, we have had 10 different priests pass through, and 7 departures.  It was just announced over the weekend that our pastor of that entire time will be leaving, just as the capital campaign to construct a new church he led to the point of buying property is coming to fruition.  I really don’t get it.  It is also probable that some or all of the 3 other priests at the parish will be reassigned.  Come this summer, the parish of well over 1000 souls may have an entirely new set of priests.

It’s not just Mater Dei.  One very good priest has been moved 3 times in the past 4 years. Fr. Romanowski built up the apostolate in Guadalajara from scratch and became an integral and much loved part of the community, but was transferred to Naples, Fl last year.  We’ve had an increasing number of priests assigned to Mater Dei for just one or two years – just when they get to know many of the people and can start to supply that kind of rare spiritual care so badly needed, they are transferred.  I know there are certain reasons for this, a lack of priests, the desire to prevent the priest from developing a cult of personality around him, and the need to match up available personnel with the needs of many disparate parishes/communities.  Nevertheless, I think this post-conciliar trend of constantly transferring priests is, overall, more destructive than beneficial and it needs to stop.

In the “bad old days” before the Council, priests were often assigned to a parish for life.  The local parish priest became an integral part of the community he served, he knew the families and their idiosyncrasies, the needs of particular individuals, the trouble spots and the souls to rely on.  Fr. A. A. Gitter was pastor of St. Anthony in Harper, TX for nearly 50 years.  People grew to know and trust their priests, to love them for their strengths as well as their faults. That’s all entirely out the window now, either the parishes are so big even a longtime priest hasn’t a prayer of meeting more than a handful of his flock, or, in the rare cases of smaller parishes, priests are rotated in and out every few years.  There had been an idea that while the vicars and assistant pastors at Mater Dei might be changeable, the pastor was going to stay the same for an extended duration. In fact, such had been clearly communicated as being “the plan,” at least as our priests understood it. Well, so much for that idea.

While this kind of thing might be accepted practice at Novus Ordo parishes, they are very destructive at traditional ones.  While the lay bureaucracy may more or less run day to day affairs with the priest as sacramental administrator and CEO of St. Temporary’s Inc., that is not the case at traditional parishes.  It had better not become the case.  Traditional parishes are run much more like pre-conciliar ones, where the priests are intimately involved in the day to day administration of the parish as much as they are in the spiritual lives of the souls in their charge.  Thus when the pastor is transferred away in the middle of a major capital campaign and building project, there is no chance there won’t be significant disruption.  It’s also more than a bit unnerving, to the point certain skeptical souls might wonder just what they are buying into with such transience in leadership at such a key time.

I don’t know about the politics involved in this announcement of departure, and really don’t want to know.  I know there are some who are dissatisfied with the current pastor, but they’ve been dissatisfied with EVERY pastor.  For some people, the stereotypical bad-trads I’ve been dismayed to learn do exist, and in our own parish, no one is ever good enough.  And some of those people have loud voices.

I believe this is the 5th year in a row where we’ve had a priest change at Mater Dei. Last year all assistant priests were replaced, this year we’re losing the pastor.  This kind of turnover can increase the distance between priests and their people.  Some souls take a long time to get comfortable and come to trust someone with their inmost secrets, even in the privacy of the confessional.  Some souls require more intimate care.  Both and much more are badly disturbed by this kind of constant turnover.

This might seem like carping and whining to those who lack a permanent, regular TLM, or a TLM-specific parish.  And perhaps it is.  But I also know these changes are not “required.”  There are alternatives.  There are other parishes that haven’t had close to the priestly turnover we have.  Mater Dei has been blessed with phenomenal growth and great spiritual blessings, and much of this, I believe, can be attributed to the quality of priests we’ve been blessed to have.  Perhaps it’s time for other people, in other places, to benefit from their ministrations.  Then again, people are not just cogs that can be picked up from one locale and dropped into another with exactly the same results.  Communities have personalities and needs and ambitions just as individuals do.  Most, but not all, of the priests assigned to Mater Dei have been good fits for the community, but that doesn’t mean they’ll fit in as well elsewhere.

Thus, I find it rather incredible that a pastor who has seen about 400% growth in parish membership and an equal increase in income would be transferred away, but there it is.  I don’t want to sound ungrateful, the Fraternity has been a tremendous blessing for our family, the diocese and the entire region, but I think Mater Dei deserves some stability in the priest department for some years now.  In fact, given its tremendous, almost unprecedented growth, steadiness in leadership is especially needed.  There are dangers of the parish community losing what makes it so special, what attracts so many souls in the first place.  Over the Triduum, I was shocked both at the number of people I’d never seen before, and the number wearing shorts, T-shirts, and flip flops – or similar.  Mini-skirts –  on Good Friday.  I’ve seen an oddball or two every now and then do similar, but this time there were quite a few people dressed very, very casually.  Inappropriately.  Whether that is a sign of a community beginning to lose it cohesion or a sign that a whole new class of people is being attracted to the traditional practice of the Faith and its incredible ability to convert hearts, I don’t know.  I guess one could also say that such signs point to a need to a change in leadership. I suppose we’ll see.

All I can say is, no matter who the new pastor is, he had better speak Spanish.  This continues to be a pressing, unmet need.  Too bad Father Michael Rodriguez is unavailable.

I say all of the above entirely on my own.  None of this comes from the pastor, Fr. Longua.  I wish him well and will pray for him.  He did an extremely good job in an exceedingly difficult role.  I’m sure he’d rather I write nothing on this matter, but I’ve got a big mouth.

 

Our Lady’s Advocates Conference Was Awesome, Crowder Tonight @ SMU, More Randomness March 22, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Restoration, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
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I realized I haven’t posted in almost 2 weeks.  Sorry for that, @##%^! work again, my boss was out last week and then we moved offices over the weekend so that caused further chaos – long story short I’ve had no time to post.

I have been meaning to post a summary of The Fatima Center/Our Lady’s Army of Advocates conference at DFW March 9-11.  In short, it was absolutely fantastic, both for the content provided by Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea (never seen him speak before, he was INCREDIBLE!), Fr. Michael Rodriguez, Michael Matt, Chris Ferrara, Elizabeth Yore, and others, but also for the warm camaraderie among faithful souls doing their best in this time of trial and division in Holy Mother Church.  It was a great treat to meet so many longtime readers of this blog and other supporters.  I had a great privilege in spending a good amount of time with a longtime reader from El Paso who stayed at our house.  T, you are welcome any time.

It was a fantastic conference.  Perhaps a bit cramped for room, but really excellent all the same.  All the speakers were top notch and touched on topics of vital importance. All the souls in attendance were kind and generous. I really hope and pray there was enough attendance for this to become a regular conference in the DFW area.  This one was put on at quite short notice, I think with more planning attendance could easily have been double or more – I ran into a lot of people who had no idea the conference was occurring until it was already over or too late to attend.

I didn’t take many pictures myself, but I was in a bunch of pictures with various readers and Fr. Rodriguez……..please send me those pics!  I’ll do a new post when I receive them.

Anyway here is Michael Matt speaking.  His talk was also really excellent:

Here is a video from the Fatima Center of Fr, Rodriguez’ welcome speech from Friday night, which I missed:

And then here is Brendan Young’s talk from Saturday morning:

I’ll post more videos as The Fatima Center uploads them.

So I know it’s late notice but conservative evangelical commentator Steven Crowder is speaking at SMU McFarlin Auditorium tonight March 22 at 7pm.   Man I’d love to go but I have a life to live.  Anyway it is being livecast on Youtube.  I imagine the protest/counter-protest could be pretty intense.  I know I have a future as a bigger and badder Based Stickman, but the time is not quite right, yet.

Finally, via reader ADG, a Christian was kicked out of a class on Christianity at a tiny and rather pointless liberal arts college in Pennsylvania inexplicably named Indiana University of Pennsylvania for violating the sacred progressive shibboleths regarding severe mental disorders/transgenderism:

A religious studies major was barred from Christianity class at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for saying during class that there are only two genders. Lake Ingle, a senior at the university, said he was silenced and punished by IUP Professor Alison Downie for questioning her during a Feb. 28 “Christianity 481: Self, Sin, and Salvation” lecture.

After showing a 15-minute TED Talk by transgender ex-pastor Paula Stone Williams discussing the “reality” of “mansplaining,” “sexism from men,” and “male privilege,” the professor asked the women in the class to share their thoughts. When no women in the class said anything, Ingle spoke up, challenging the professor on biology and the gender wage gap. 

He told the class that the official view of biologists is that there are only two genders. The feminist professor booted him from class and asked him not to come back. She referred him to the public university’s Academic Integrity Board (AIB). Ingle needs to complete the class to graduate at the end of the semester. “You are barred from attending this class in accordance with the Classroom Disruption policy,” IUP Provost Timothy Moerland told Ingle in a March 2 letter.

There are a few important things to note here. First of all—these were topics for a class on Christianity? Gender ideology and the gender wage gap? Even further, the professor accused Ingle of “angry outbursts in response to being required to listen to a trans speaker discuss the reality of white male privilege and sexism” in addition to “disrespectful references to the validity of trans identity and experience” in justifying her decision to kick Ingle out of her class and demanding a written apology from him listing and repenting for all the different sins he committed in her classroom.

Exactly.  He committed the unpardonable sin of sinning against the always changing but nevertheless constantly required tenets of the sexular pagan religion.  Note that a sexular pagan was teaching a high-level course on Christianity.  This is not accidental. It is designed to shatter whatever faith young Christians entered the university with, and it’s a game the Left has been playing extremely well for a century or so now.  Don’t let them play it with  your children.

REMINDER: Awesome Fatima Conference at DFW Hyatt This Weedend March 9-11!!! March 9, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Father Rodriguez, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, priests, Restoration, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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Come see Michael Matt, Fr. Isaac Relyea, Fr. Michael Rodriguez, Fr. Paul MacDonald, Chris Ferrara, David Rodriguez and many other top flight Catholic speakers at the 2018 Fatima Conference at the DFW Airport Hyatt on March 9-11!!  I should be there both Saturday and Sunday and look forward to seeing YOU!

BTW, a helpful hint from David Rodriguez, while daily attendance is $20 per person per day, a very reasonable rate for such top-flight Catholic content, airport parking can run a similar rate per car per day BUT just take your parking ticket inside the hotel to the front desk, tell them you are there for the conference and they will validate your ticket so that parking is free!  So you can save perhaps $30-$50 depending on how much you attend (and live locally/are not staying at the Hyatt), money you can spend on the fantastic Catholic books, video, and other resources that will be available for sale at the conference.

I already know a good number of people attending this conference.  If you see a long tall (and kinda fat) Texan with boots and chaw in his mouth come by and say hi to Tantumblogo!  I really hope to meet Michael Matt and Fr. Relyea and say hello.  I understand these conferences can be really great not only for their Catholic content but for the socializing and friendships that can be made.  You can pay your $20 entrance fee at the door or buy tickets at the link above if you are so inclined.

I pray I see many good readers there!  Dominus vobiscum!

Father Rodriguez Declares: Get to the Fatima Conference at DFW March 9-11 February 28, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, family, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, manhood, Restoration, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I apologize to Father Rodriguez for the delay in getting this posted.  It’s been one of those weeks.  I am just hurriedly putting up a couple of items that have been pending for days and which it will soon be too late to post.

I asked Father Rodriguez to give an exhortation to souls to attend the upcoming Fatima Conference at the DFW airport Hyatt on March 9-11.  I already know quite a few people who plan on attending, but there is room for many, many more. If you live local, you should absolutely attend, and if you are at some distance, why not take a nice Lenten retreat with the spouse and get some solid Catholic catechesis from top-rank sources?

At any rate, here is Fathers exhortation.  I also add some more video updates on the conference below.  Father, of course, will be giving multiple talks at the conference, along with such well known masters of Catholic catechetics as Fr. Paul MacDonald, Chris Ferrara, Michael Matt, and David Rodriguez.

My name is Fr. Michael Rodríguez, and I am a priest of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas.  I want to urge all Catholics of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, of Texas, and beyond, to make every effort to attend the upcoming Fatima Conference, “The Battle for Marriage and the Family,” on March 9-11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency, DFW International Airport.

On Ash Wednesday, we heard God’s call to conversion through the Prophet Joel, “Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting and in weeping and in mourning.  And rend your hearts and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God.” (2:12-13)  At its core, this too is the urgent message of Our Lady of Fatima, specific for our times, the 20th and now 21st centuries!

There is a rapidly growing crisis in true Catholic Church teaching on Marriage and the Family!

There is currently an extreme crisis in the Papacy itself!

In many ways, our Catholic Church and Faith is being shaken to its very foundations!

If the one true Church of Jesus Christ is in extreme crisis, then necessarily the salvation of all souls is at risk!

How are you responding?

Ask yourself the following serious questions and reflect:

Ÿ How am I turning away from sin and turning to God?

Ÿ How am I being faithful to true Catholic worship and doctrine?

Ÿ How am I helping others to be faithful to true Catholic worship and doctrine?

Ÿ How am I witnessing to and defending true Catholic Church teaching on Marriage and the Family?

Ÿ Am I heeding Our Lady’s Message at Fatima for the salvation of souls?

The upcoming Fatima Conference will help you respond to the above in a way that is faithful to God and our holy religion.  Set aside some time for God and our Blessed Mother, and come!

The most holy Mother of God came to Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, to provide the magnificent light of her Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, specifically for our times of extreme spiritual darkness.  Last year was the Centennial Anniversary of her Apparitions at Fatima, and still, her message goes largely unheeded by the world’s Catholics.  This is a providential opportunity for you to take a first step and respond to God, Our Lady, and the Church.

Once again, please make every effort to come to the Fatima Conference, March 9-11, 2018, and invite as many other Catholics as you can!

Grrr I hit post instead of save.  Here are the videos I mentioned:

FSSP Given Indult to Offer Pre-“Reform” Easter Rites February 28, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Francis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Restoration, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I am happy about this permission given to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, to offer the Holy Week and Easter rites according to the 1945 Missal, thus not including the revolutionary changes to the Mass introduced by Pius XII. Even though many traditional Catholics have relatively little problem with the changes Pius performed, it must be made clear that it was these “relatively innocuous” changes that established a precedent for what before had always been seen as out of bounds – making inorganic changes to the structure of the Mass.  Without the Holy Week, or “Easter Rite” changes, there would have been no Novus Ordo, no mutilation of the ancient canon, probably in use since apostolic times or shortly thereafter, and its replacement by modernist fabrications, to paraphrase Pope Benedict.

So Francis of Rome has given permission to go back to the old rite before the revolution against the Liturgy began, but not, it seems, to the SSPX.  Which is actually kind of revealing – the fact that they have not been given this permission argues that they are an organic part of the Church, and being governed similar to other organizations, while not being given this permission may have much to do with internal SSPX politics, where there has long existed some division over whether Archbishop Lefebvre made the right call in settling on the 1962 Missal as the standard for the Society, rather than an earlier, unadulterated version.  I have no real opinion on these matters, save that I very much prefer the 1945 Missal and personally use one.  I also like to hear the Good Friday prayer that calls the Jews, even the perfidious ones, to conversion.

More from Angel Queen, via reader TT:

The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter has been granted an indult by the Vatican Commission Ecclesia Dei to use the liturgical books for Holy Week as they were until the [failed] reform of Pius XII (+1958). The indult is granted ad experimentum for three years. [Isn’t it interesting how the revolutionary changes are always unleashed full force and forever, while any kind of return to tradition must always be furtive, experimental, and non-committal?]

The information was published in several of the Fraternity’s US-parish bulletins. Each church of the Fraternity has to request permission from the superiors before taking advantage of the indult. According to rumours, 25 parishes have been granted permission so far.

However, on Good Friday, the prayer for the Jews published by Pope Benedict XVI must be used.

So it’s not an entire return to the ancient order – Benedict’s highly unfortunate capitulation to worldly opinion will still be used.  So, I’ll just have to read the old style prayer myself again.

I do not know if the local FSSP parish has requested permission to use the pre-1958 Mass.

 

Dr. Jordan Peterson Speaking in Dallas Wed May 30 2018 February 21, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, General Catholic, manhood, secularism, Society.
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At 7:30 at the Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas.  Tickets range from $35-$100.

Peterson remains both fascinating and annoying to me.  He gave an hour long interview with former Catholic Answers regular Patrick Coffin where he talked about his approach to Christianity, and pretty much declared himself an interested and appreciative agnostic.  While he has numerous brilliant takes on a huge array of subjects, and his critique of the Left is among the most powerful and well evidenced I’ve ever heard, his acceptance of evolution and his reliance on the philosophy of Jung and Piaget make him a Gnostic/modernist on the most important subjects.

Nevertheless, he is brilliant and unusually coherent at expressing difficult concepts in a way any layman can reasonably understand, and there is a huge amount of gold among the feldspar – much more gold than feldspar, generally.  I think souls well formed in the Faith can partake of Peterson and sort through the good and the bad with relative ease – ignore the Jungian gnosticism, keep most of the rest.

Below is the Coffin/Peterson interview, which is important because, for the first time, it is a fairly orthodox Catholic interviewing Peterson and trying to pin him down on matters relating to the Faith.  Peterson somewhat maddeningly refuses to be labeled, which I can understand to a degree (because in the current worldly context he only stands to lose if he accepts one, and he is right that many people, myself included, would love to use him as a totem upon which to hang our own particular beliefs), but I continue to be disappointed that interviewers ask such broad questions as: “Are you a Christian,” or “Do you believe in God?”  These are very easily brushed off by Peterson saying “what do you mean by that?”

Here is what I want asked: “Do you, or can you, accept the Doctrine of the Faith as defined in the Apostolic, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds?”  “Have you ever read Pascendi Dominici Gregis and Quanta Cura, and could you faithfully swear the Oath Against Modernism?”  The creeds are extremely specific and were deliberately contrived to avoid obfuscation.  But no one, that I know of, has ever asked such questions.

When Peterson below asserts: “How do you know that you are a ‘true follower’ of Christ, or properly understand what it means to be Christian,” the Catholic can respond with infinite confidence: because Christ created a Church He promised would define the Faith for all time, that Church has 637 defined dogmas, the acceptance and practice of which makes me at least an observant follower of God’s Law for us, if not a “good Christian.”

As to whether Coffin is right, that Peterson is on his way to becoming Catholic, that would be fantastic, but I am not quite so confident.  For all his good, Peterson’s “god” remains the false doctrine of evolution – he will have an exceedingly difficult time becoming a Christian so long as that remains.  At any rate, he also seems much more drawn to Eastern Orthodoxy than Catholicism.

BTW, Peterson will also be speaking in Austin on May 31 as part of a 12 city tour.

UPDATED: Reader Has Questions about The Fatima Center and Upcoming Dallas Conference – Are There Problems with Speakers? February 20, 2018

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UPDATE: I added the video I promised in the original post. There’s not much to it, it’s just a brief 1 minute advert for the conference.

A longtime reader of this blog asked some questions I’m really not the best person to answer.  I did have some knowledge of his concerns, so I include my response to him below, but I offered to open up the matter to the readership in the knowledge that many of you have much deeper familiarity with The Fatima Center, Fr. Gruner, and their history than I do.  First, the questions:

This looks to be a fantastic conference, however, I do have some concerns I was hoping you could address before I commit my wife and I to attending.   Although, it’s be wonderful to listen to and perhaps even chat with Chris Ferrara, who often guests on the Mike Church show, I’ve been concerned with Fr. Gruner’s Fatima Center for several years.  Wasn’t Fr. Gruner disobedient to the Church and was suspended?  I have also found that a majority of those associated with and/or sympathetic with Gruner tend to think that the NO Mass is invalid, and many of those are also perhaps sedevecantists.

Not looking to be combative here at all, just cautious and seeking knowledge and perhaps a correction in what may simply be my misunderstanding.

And here is my brief response:

Like the SSPX, there are many arguments on both sides of the Father Gruner situation, but for the most part I think the accusations that he was disciplined are unfounded.  I haven’t really delved into the subject in that much depth, since the man has been dead for a year or two now.

I don’t believe I’ve personally seen or heard any of the speakers I know who are supposed to be at the conference say the Novus Ordo is invalid.  The claim they are sede vacantist is completely false.

To add a little bit more, I have listened to many talks, and read much material, by several of the conference speakers – Chris Ferrara, Michael Matt, Fr. Michael Rodriguez, and Father Paul MacDonald, and I could not recall any of them declaring the Novus Ordo to be invalid.  I feel very confident reinforcing the statement that there are no sede vacantist views in any of these gentlemen that I have ever seen, read, or heard.  Now many have severe problems with the Novus Ordo, especially as it is commonly offered in most parishes, but I don’t think any have declared it to be invalid in toto or from some fundamental basis.  Many also raise very appropriate and vociferous concerns regarding the current pontificate and the overall pontifical leadership of the Church since the late 50s, but that is quite a different thing from declaring that there have been no valid popes since whatever date.

I know some readers are very familiar with Father Nicholas Gruner and John Vennari (may they rest in peace), Michael Matt, Father Rodriguez, and others, and I ask now for additional information that clarifies their views on the topics in question.  I know the reader in question is well intentioned so I ask that replies be made in a spirit of kindness and generosity, and not take these questions as a personal attack on your own beliefs.  I also think specific evidence is the best kind of reply that directly answers the matters in question.

It should be added, however, that many of the speakers on the conference program have run afoul of the institutional Church at various times and have suffered from campaigns of misinformation and misrepresentation.  I think Fr. Gruner in particular suffered from this.  So I would personally very much appreciate any detailed replies that provide light on any particular beliefs held by these men, as well as specific instances of misrepresentation or falsification that may exist.  I bring this up, because I have a vague memory of seeing some really nasty calumnies against not only Fr. Gruner, but also Fr. Rodriguez and, I think, Matt and Ferrara, on Catholic Answers, things that were really quite disprovable.  There have been similar attacks on Church Militant websites.  But it was years ago that I read these things and I have forgotten the details.

Anyway, if one reader has such questions, it is likely that others do as well, so your response may be benefiting a number of souls, and it is always helpful to put these kinds of questions to rest.  I appreciate the time you spend in your response, and again please be charitable.

Find below a video on the upcoming conference by Fr. Paul MacDonald.  I am looking forward to it with enthusiasm.

I should also make very clear, I personally have no questions about the speakers and trust especially Father Rodriguez explicitly in every regard on matters of faith and morals.  I know his brother David, too, and am completely comfortable there, as well, as I am with Michael Matt and Chris Ferrara.  This post was for the benefit of a reader with questions I am not presently in a position to answer directly with hard data confirming the status of the speaker’s belief.  I used to have some of that info to hand, but that was 4 or 5 years ago and I’ve forgotten or misplaced it.  Thus my request to you, but I want to assure all that I cannot wait to attend this conference and am very much looking to it with no reservations of any kind.

Sorry here is the video I promised:

Awesome Fatima Center Conference Coming to DFW March 9-11 2018 January 31, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Grace, Latin Mass, priests, Restoration, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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The Fatima Center/Our Lady’s Army of Advocates will be holding a conference at the DFW airport Hyatt Regency March 9-11 2018.  A bevy of fantastic speakers are lined up, including this blog’s favorite Father Michael Rodriguez, Fr. Paul McDonald, Father Isaac Mary Relyea, Chris Ferrara, Michael Matt, and many other top speakers.  Rates for the conference vary, the rate for the entire weekend is $270 which includes meals but not lodging, but walk-in rates starting at $20 are available for the main Saturday conference, which, yay! The Sunday conference is also only $20 if you brown bag it.  What a great Lenten retreat!  I pray my wife and I and perhaps some of the kids are able to attend, it should be a fantastic event.

The flyer is below.  The complete list of speakers is here.  Father Rodriguez is mostly speaking on Sunday, for those with a particular interest in hearing him, though I’m certain the entire conference will be wonderful and well worth attending.  We should be able to make at least one of the days.  The rest of the conference schedule is here.

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This conference is not just for locals.  Come in from Waco, Austin, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, El Paso, and much further afield!  If you do plan to attend, please leave a comment and we can try to set up a meeting if you want.  I’m sure I’ll/we’ll be at least one of the days.

What a blessed event for our area and dioceses.  Though Mass will be offered each day of the conference and I’m certain the speakers will be quite busy, it would be wonderful if any of them could take a short trip over to Irving and drop by Mater Dei.  I know their presence would be most appreciated, and it might be interesting for them to see such a large traditional parish.  We’ll see.

I will post additional reminders and announcements as the event nears.  If any of the organizers would like any particular aspects advertised, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact me at larryr103@gmail.com.  I’m eager to spread the word on this great catechetical and social activity.