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Some more good local news……… January 10, 2018

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……….a couple of bits of good local news.  First, starting with the first full week of Lent, Father Jason Cargo, pastor of St. Joseph parish in Richardson, will be having Confession every weekday from 5-6pm.  This will be a permanent change, not just for Lent.  So in addition to Confession at St. Mark in Plano for several hours on Wed, Fri, and Sat, and most days at St. Jude in Allen (usually just a little before Mass, times vary), another parish will be having Confession every day except Sunday.  Which last bit is odd, that seems to be a post-VII thing, not having Confession on Sundays (I understand many priests are overburdened with Masses, but still), whereas in the old days Confession before, during, and after Mass was de rigeuer throughout the Church.  Nevertheless, for those who live and work in the North Dallas area, there are a growing number of options for Confession, and that is a most blessed thing.  Father Cargo is a good priest and I look forward to seeing what other changes he brings to St. Joseph.  Maybe some Latin Mass (probably Novus Ordo) at some point?  It might be a possibility.  Keep praying.

Again, this will start the first full week of Lent (Mon Feb 19), it is not available right now.  I always prefer when Septuagesima starts after Candlemas, so there is no mixing of penitential and joyful seasons.  That won’t be the case this  year, but only by a few days – Septuagesima Sunday is Jan 28.

Another local note, if you are looking for some wholesome family entertainment this weekend (Jan 12/13), the St. Paul Institute is presenting Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore at Faustina Academy in Irving.  Showtime is 7pm both nights. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family, so it’s quite a deal.  The performers are children, mostly high school aged but some  younger.  It should be a most enjoyable performance.  All details below:

A final happy item, one that is not specifically local but most edifying and Catholic, is a Youtube channel I stumbled upon called Tumblar House, which feature a weekly series of video interviews of the well known traditional Catholic writer Charles Coulombe.  I’ve found these video dicussions/question and answer sessions very helpful and enjoyable, and hope you will, too.   They cover a wide range of topics, including some many of those explosive issues related to traditional Catholicism – monarchism, the problems of the cult of democracy, the SSPX, Pope Francis, etc.  Coulombe is both historian and semi-sociologist, and much of his knowledge is well outside the mainstream and covers topics frequently ignored by other specialists in his field.  I don’t always  agree with Dr. Coulombe’s conclusions or advice, but I always find it interesting and informative.  It’s definitely worth a listen (I repeat, I don’t always agree with the conclusions reached or every statement made, but I do think it is all worth your time).  A few of the topics I found interesting:

Anyway, you get the idea, maybe everyone was already aware of this channel, but I just found it a couple of weeks ago.  Good discussion on a range of subjects outside what is normally covered even in the excellent sermons on Sensus Fidelium.  Plus, they have a more conversational tone and many may find them easier to listen to than sermons by priests, or at least as an alternative or in the form of a break.


Join Father Jason Cargo on Rosary Walks in Richardson March 22, 2017

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Continuing a tradition he began a year or two ago while pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Corsicana, Fr. Jason Cargo of St. Joseph parish in Richardson is conducting daily Rosary processions in public this Lent in order to evangelize and witness to our glorious Faith, in addition to rendering publicly the honor and glory rightly due to God.  You have to check Father’s Facebook page for the time and location, which varies from day to day as Father seeks to witness to as much of the city as possible.  Starting times and locations for this week are given below:

Thursday 3/23 at 5:30 pm (Yale Elementary School)
Friday 3/24 at 5:30 pm (Yale Elementary School)
Saturday 3/25 at 5:30 pm (Yale Elementary School)
Sunday 3/26 at 4:00 pm (Lookout Park)
Monday 3/27 at 4:30 pm (Ridgecreek Dr. and Bellview Court)
Tuesday 3/28 at 6:00 pm (Sherrill Park Golf Course)
Wednesday 3/29 at 5:30 pm (Ambleside and Pickwick)

YALE ELEMENT. is on Yale and Collins. meet at parking lot that faces Yale Park.

LOOKOUT PARK can be accessed off of Lookout Drive and Plano

Ridgecreek Dr. and Belleview Court is the intersection of two streets. Its in the neighborhood of Windmill stables off of Jupiter.

SHERRIL PARK GOLF COURSE – is accessed off of Lookout and Jupiter

Ambleside and Pickwick – can be accessed off of Renner and Owens

A nice video on the effort was put out by Texas Catholic, the diocesan media platform:

Good Father Cargo.  Rockin’ the cassock and cappa romana.  He is really a good priest.  I pray he is well received at St. Joseph and that his apostolate reach more and more souls.

I am really sorry I did find out about this sooner, as Lent is about half gone.  I suspected Father Cargo would take up this great work of mercy and faith since his reassignment to St. Joseph around Easter last year, but not being on Facebook I missed it until I saw about this on Youtube. That’s the second time today I’ve missed some big news because I’m not on Facebook.  But I’m setting up a reminder to check Father’s Facebook, which I can do without rejoining, next week to help get the word out.

If you have time and live or work in the Richardson/North Dallas area, consider joining Father on one of his “walks.”  They usually take about 45 minutes and cover 1 1/2 miles, praying all 15 decades of the Rosary.

I really like this kind of effort and it makes me feel rather ashamed I’ve let the prayer vigils outside strip clubs lapse.  As Father Cargo says, we never know what fruit giving such public witness of our Faith will yield – not only for those on the outside, but also for ourselves.  I pray that more priests take the time to do such good works.  Father Cargo is pastor of a huge parish but he is still prioritizing these efforts at evangelization.  May God bless him and all those who participate abundantly.

And please pray for him!  Our good priests are always especially under attack, from both the world and the devil and the fallen angels.  Pray Father is able to do all that good he wants to do, which is substantial.  He was very generous with me in something I was trying to do at one time and I shall not forget that.  Deo Gratias!

Image from Father’s Facebook, I pray he doesn’t mind.

Good Local News – Another Catholic Homeschool Co-Op Starts This Year January 16, 2017

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A hearty thanks go out to Fr. Cliff Smith, pastor of St. Mark parish in Plano, for making this new Catholic homeschool Coop a reality.  Starting next fall, St. Mark in Plano will host the area’s second Catholic homeschool cooperative for older students.  Currently there is one at Mater Dei that meets on Thursdays and is intended primarily for high school students, this new one will meet on Tuesdays and be for grades 7-12.  A few details below:

Several of our group members met with St. Mark the
Evangelist Catholic Church in Plano this week, and they are welcoming us to start a Catholic homeschool co-op next school year to serve students in 7th grade through high school. It has been named the Collin County Catholic Co-op (C4).

We will be meeting in the Smyth Pastoral Center on Tuesdays.
The day will start with morning Mass at 8:30am and have classes following after Mass through the afternoon.

Well that is good news.  As I’m sure almost any homeschooling parents can relate, as kids enter middle and high school teaching all the advanced and complex subjects can be quite taxing.  Cooperatives like this help spread the burden by hiring teachers for these subjects. Without them, a mom might be faced with simultaneously teaching 10 or more high school subjects on her own – a daunting task. Coops also provide a great outlet for kids to meet other kids being raised by parents of good will.

Fr. Smith has long been very supportive of homeschoolers and deserves recognition for that.  He is taking his support a step further by enabling this new co-op to use parish facilities.  I’m sure there will be many local Catholics thankful for his generosity.  Anything that encourages the spread and execution of homeschooling is much appreciated.  I pray even more parents in the North Dallas area will embrace this wonderful way of raising children with this latest opportunity.

Dear Readers, Could You Help Local Catholics in Grave Need? – UPDATED August 23, 2016

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My mom, in spite being 80 herself, volunteers at the Plano Community Home-East.  This is a home for elderly and disabled individuals who need affordable housing.

There is a crisis among some of the elderly there, and it is most heartbreaking.  There is a group of 1o or so Catholics there who have no way to assist at Mass.  They have been unable to attend Mass for months or even years, in some cases.  These are people on decidedly fixed incomes who both cannot afford, and in many cases no longer have the ability, to drive a car.  They have asked for help from local parishes and even the dioceses to provide transportation for them to Mass, or even look into finding souls who might help, but they have received a decidedly cold response (especially from the diocese).

Also, it seems these folks never have priests (or any others) visit them to bring the Blessed Sacrament.  More than the infinite Grace of the Eucharist, however, they long to assist at Mass, any Mass, and partake in the Source and Summit of our glorious Faith again.

I am praying volunteers who live in the Plano area can be found to make arrangements with these souls to provide transportation to assist at Mass.  I know bringing 10 or more souls to Mass may seem a logistical problem, but if even a few could be brought to Mass each week, over a month over a few weeks all could assist at Mass.  Or maybe you have a large van that could take all at once?  A further suggestion might be to see if these souls have any desire to assist at the TLM again, as they did in their youth.  Many Mater Dei families live in the Plano/Allen/McKinney area – perhaps some rides could be arranged that would have minimal impact on everyone’s schedules?

The good news is that all of these people are generally ambulatory, though some need a cane or a walker.  There is no need for wheelchair accessible transportation.

If there are any readers who live near the Plano area who think they could help, please contact me directly at larryr103@gmail.com.  If you belong to a local Catholic e-mail list like PARCH or whatever please consider sending out a link to this post!  The Plano Community Home is located at Ave L and 18th Street, so it is about 5 minutes from St. Mark or maybe 8-9 minutes from Mission of the Sacred Heart, though I imagine the elderly would feel more comfortable at the former.  The desire is most especially for SUNDAY Mass, though there may be an interest for weekday Mass at some point if arrangements could be made.

If any interested parties will get in touch with me, I’ll arrange contact with those needing help at the Plano Community Home to work out arrangements.  God bless you and thank you so much for your consideration.  You would be helping in a spiritual and corporal work of mercy of the highest magnitude.

UPDATE: As often happens when a large number of people are involved, especially elderly people, messages sometimes get confused.  Some people at the home are now claiming a priest DOES come to offer Mass weekly, while others continue to maintain that doesn’t happen.  I am trying to dig through this and find out the truth.  I am waiting for clarification from site staff/management.  However, it seems that even if there is a Mass offered there, some of the elderly are deeply dissatisfied with it, for what are probably the usual reasons.  There may be some interest in the TLM.  Stay tuned, I’ll get back with more details next week, God willing.

REMINDER: Courage Apostolate Dinner at St. Joseph in Richardson Aug 11@6:30p August 9, 2016

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A quick reminder, the only Vatican-approved, and essentially Catholic, apostolate for serving those suffering from same-sex attraction and their families – Courage – will be giving a talk at St. Joseph parish in Richardon on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 pm (buffet dinner – talk starts at 7:15).  The speaker is Fr. Philip Bochanski, associate director of Courage International.

The title of the talk is “Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters Who Experience Same Sex Attraction: Living Our Our Universal Call to Chastity and Speaking Truth in Love.”

The event will be held in the main dining hall.  Enter the “Columbarium Entrance” that faces Spring Valley Road.

If you want to attend the dinner portion, reservations are required.  Contact joannmurray@verizon.net.  $7 for dinner and you may pay at the door.

I am so happy to see this event take place.  After the recent scandal of the episcopal endorsement of the extremely problematic (and that is being kind) “Always Our Children” pro-gay lobby advocacy groups as the preferred “ministry” for those suffering from SSA in this diocese, as announced at a recent conclave of diocesan priests, it is absolutely vital to have the Church’s true message on these subjects presented in charity.  That truth is simply part of the constant belief and practice of the Faith, going back to the earliest days of the Church, when St. Paul castigated the decadent, amoral behavior of so many in the collapsing Greco-Roman civilization around him.

Same sex attraction is disordered, but not necessarily sinful, while the acts associated with this inclination always and everywhere are gravely sinful.  “Always Our Children” tries desperately to pretend this is not so, even to the point of throwing out from its group meetings those who advocate for the constant belief and practice of the Faith.  “Always Our Children,” then, is in actuality an insurgent group inside the Church dedicated to the overthrow of Christ’s Truth and its replacement with the errors of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  They aim, more or less, to turn the Church into a lightly religiously themed agent of the sexular pagan revolution. They must fail, of course, but the damage wrought on souls in the effort has been, and will continue to be, incalculable.

Courage Apostolate Event at St. Joseph Aug 11 June 20, 2016

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A couple of weeks ago I shared with readers the very distressing fact that the frequently heretical, pro-sodomite propaganda group “Always Our Children” had received a strong endorsement from Bishop Kevin Farrell at the most recent conclave of priests, and was thus spreading throughout, at least, the northern part of the Diocese.  I also related that the only faithful apostolate specifically tailored to serve those who struggle with same-sex attraction – COURAGE – had been largely sidelined and ignored in the Diocese.

Since that time, I have learned that a Catholic woman, mother of a family well known in the Diocese for its piety and devotion, had attended an Always Our Children meeting and was told to leave – thrown out, if you will – for the “sin” of having the temerity to suggest that the group might also, in contrast to their general acceptance of pro-sodomite rhetoric, mix in a little bit of Catholic Doctrine on the subject from time to time.  This, alas, was apparently too  much for a group which has taken to casting about for ways to justify gravely disordered and mortally sinful behavior, either on the part of themselves, or their loved ones, and so she was gone.  I can add, without saying too much, that this woman is not the kind who would let zeal get the better of them and charge into a meeting saying harsh or uncharitable things.

I am happy to report, however, that there has recently been a more positive development on this subject, in that St. Joseph’s parish in Richardson has invited Fr. Philip Bochanski, associate director of Courage, to give a talk at his parish on Thursday, Aug. 11 2016.  All details below:

If you are searching for the truly loving, Christian response in interactions with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers who are same sex attracted, or if your children and grandchildren are coming to you with questions about such issues and you have struggled for the right answers, then come! “Courage International”  is the Vatican approved Catholic apostolate ministering to our same sex attracted individuals.  Come benefit from Fr. Bochanski’s great insight and wisdom.  Please forward this information to anyone you think may be interested and could benefit from solid answers to some of today’s most difficult questions.  

Inspiring Speaker Event

Thursday Evening, August 11, 2016

“Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters Who Experience Same Sex Attraction:

Living Out Our Universal Call to Chastity and Speaking Truth in Love”

A timely topic to give us information and guidance in difficult situations facing our families, friends, neighbors, schools, workplaces, and co-workers

Presented by

Fr. Philip Bochanski

Associate Director of Courage International

Location:    St. Joseph Catholic Church in Richardson

Main Dining Hall

600 South Jupiter Road;  Enter the “Columbarium Entrance” that faces Spring Valley Road

Buffet Dinner begins at 6:30pm;  Speaker starts at 7:15pm

Please rsvp to joannmurray@verizon.net so that we may prepare the proper number of seats and dinners. 

$7 for dinner — you may pay at the door; Speaker only is gratis.

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I will try to post reminders closer to the date of the event.  I hope I can find the time to attend, though it would mean missing Mass <sniff> <sniffle>.


Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell Wholeheartedly Endorses Highly Problematic, Scripture Denying “Always Our Children” for “Gay” Ministry May 26, 2016

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It has been reported to me via disparate sources that at the most recent convocation of priests for the Diocese of Dallas, Bishop Kevin Farrell gave strong support to the ministry “Always Our Children,” and encouraged its spread throughout the Diocese. “Always Our Children” is a group which purports to be a support entity for the families of individuals who act out in profound ways on their same sex attraction.  Always our Children is a renaming of the group’s previous title, “Outstretched Hands,” and according to some has links to the heterodox New Ways Ministry and Dignity “gay” lobby front groups.

Before I get into the details, I’ll simply state I’m not talking about intent. The intent behind this may be pure as the driven snow, but the effect I fear will be quite the opposite.  In fact, the evidence already demonstrates that is already the case.

Some history: 6  years ago, I became aware of what was then called Outstretched Hands at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Plano.  I wrote several blog posts on this subject, the two most principal of which are here and here.  As I stated, the problems with “Outstretched Hands/Always Our Children” are manifold, including:

  • Undermining or attempting to refute the plain condemnations of both the inclination towards, and especially the commission of, sexual acts committed between people of the same sex as outlined repeatedly in Sacred Scripture. In doing so, they adopt the language and diabolically erroneous interpretations of Scripture emanating from false, pro-gay sects like the Metropolitan “church.”
  • Basing much of their outlook, and even their name, on an erroneous document produced by a sub-committee of the USCCB in 1997 and never approved by the full body of bishops: “Always Our Children.” This document was so full of error and false moral equivalence, the CDF under then Cardinal Ratzinger demanded it being rewritten and recast under a new title, which document was approved by the USCCB in full in 2006.  The “Always Our Children” website makes no mention of this later, much more faithful document, which condemned the acts of Sodom and Gomorrah in much clearer terms, nor the fact that since the “Always Our Children” document was never approved by the full body of US bishops, it has essentially zero doctrinal or moral authority. The bias of the Always Our Children website is readily apparent from the short list of documents they use for reference, all of which were problematic to one degree or another and all of which are distinguished by their unusual degree of acceptance/support for the arguments of the “gay” lobby.
  • Referencing the problematic 1990/94 version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which erred towards softness on the subject of sodomy and its associated sins. One has to dig far down to find any mention of the revisions made to the 1997 Catechism on the same subject, correcting what many felt was a far too tolerant approach to these sins which cry out to Heaven for vengeance.  The 1997 version of the Catechism is the only “authoritative” version at present, having superseded the earlier versions.
  • Routinely serving as an advocacy group for the LGBT agenda
  • Violently attacking anyone who shows up at an “Always Our Children” group meeting who speaks of chastity, self-denial, living in accord with the Doctrine of the Faith, etc. I have received numerous reports to this effect, and can attest to this truth by personal experience.  In fact, those who present a faithful Catholic perspective at local Always Our Children meetings are routinely told to leave

A bit more history: when I first reported on this matter in 2010, there was a bit of a flap and a number of complaints sent to the Diocese.  Bishop Farrell’s response was not to investigate the problems with the offending group with an eye towards removing them from local parishes, not to counteract their potentially (likely?) harmful influence by supporting the only Vatican-approved outreach ministry for same sex attracted individuals and their families, Courage/Encourage, but to order the deletion of the offending (contrary to doctrine) materials on the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton website!  In other words, a cover up of sorts.  And yet now those same materials have returned!

But that’s not even the half of it.  I can also report to you that this isn’t the case of a bad memory.  Numerous attempts have been made in recent weeks/months by well meaning souls to explain to the Diocese/Bishop Farrell the continuing problems with Always Our Children.  There have also been a number of attempts to garner support for the far more faithful and morally satisfactory Courage group.  Those efforts have met with the usual stonewalling and delay tactics.

It is also reported that most diocesan priests are strongly hostile towards Courage, to the extent that for nearly 3 years, from the departure of former auxiliary Bishop Seitz until very recently, the local Courage ministry could find no priest to serve as spiritual advisor/mentor in either the Dallas or Fort Worth dioceses (that sad situation has now, to my knowledge, been rectified).  I’m sure you can imagine why so many priests might be hostile towards a faithful Catholic ministry that teaches chastity, the denial of sinful urges, and living in accord with the Doctrine of the Faith.

The truly devastating part is that Bishop Farrell’s support has now caused Always Our Children to spread throughout the Diocese.  From being based at only St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in 2010, it is now in four parishes in the north deanery alone: Seton, St. Mark, St. Francis of Assisi (Frisco), and Prince of Peace.  Three of the four are of course in Plano.

It does seem that some “Always Our Children” groups are better than others, but the information I have garnered informs me that the groups in the Diocese of Dallas are quite strongly on the liberal/unquestioning acceptance side of this matter.  Again, I have some experience of this myself, though it is several years old, but I have recent testimony of folks who tried to represent an orthodox Catholic viewpoint in the local Always  Our Children groups who met with a distinctly hostile reaction.  This is not surprising to me, given the long time and overwhelmingly left-liberal influence of the lay ministers who oversee the operation of AOC at the local parishes in question.  The family and adult ministries at three of the four parishes above have long been dominated by women who hold quite heterodox views regarding the Doctrine of the Faith, and whose advice in practical situation is highly questionable.

But at root, what is most upsetting to me, and others, is Bishop Farrell’s choice to so strongly endorse Always Our Children, when an alternative of much more robust orthodoxy, and a far more successful pastoral approach, exists in Courage/Encourage (Courage being the ministry for those with SSA, Encoruage for the families/loved ones of those with SSA).  There are priests in the Diocese of Dallas who would like to see Courage get more support, but they are unfortunately in the distinct minority.  As I mentioned above, many priests, quite possibly the majority, are reported to be quite hostile towards Courage and its approach.  I would not be surprised in the least if this hostility did not influence Bishop Farrell’s decision.  Again, I do not think ignorance can be cited as a defense, as I know problems with the current “gay outreach ministries” and the alternative of Courage have been presented to the chancery for years.

I’m not terribly surprised at all this, though I do find it disappointing.  While the Bishop Farrell may be acting with the best of intentions, given the history and the criticism I know these groups have received, it’s pretty upsetting that he decided to go this route.

I’ve inveighed on people to contact the Diocese in the past on such matters, but having been through that process several times I can’t say it makes much difference (save, perhaps, to remove the public embarrassment by taking down a webpage or two).  But, if you feel motivated to contact the Diocese of Dallas, by all means, knock yourself out, though I ask that you be respectful and to the point, eschewing words like evil or hell (not because I disagree, but because I don’t think they’re very effective).

Contact info below. Bishop Kelly is really the man to contact, since getting to Bishop Farrell is all but impossible unless you leave a trail of gold coins behind you when you walk:

Mary Edlund   Chancellor, Dallas Diocese   chancellor@cathdal.org 214-379-2819

Bishop Greg Kelly Auxiliary Bishop / Vicar of Clergy
(214) 379-2821

Elsa Espinoza: Executive Assistant to the Bishop
(214) 379-2816

Would someone kindly link this to Pewsitter?  God bless you.

Federal judge OK’s Dallas ban on Exxxotica Expo at Convention Center           April 21, 2016

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Federal Judge Sidney Fitzwater issued a judgment early this morning declaring the Dallas’ City Council’s refusal to permit a repeat of last year’s disastrous Exxxotica pornucopia to be legal and constitutional.  Please be aware of the link, there are manifestly immoral images.  Note also, Dallas Morning News opinionist Robert Wilonsky is a secular pagan leftist, or at the least leans heavily that way.  His coverage is far from unbiased (he leans in favor of the “expo”).

I did not get to cover during my break from blogging the news that Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, and the majority of the City Council, had moved to block the “sexpo” from recurring.  This was in the face of very strong public opposition to this immoral activity, where, it is reported, instances of public nudity, immoral acts, and prostitution were observed.  It has not been reported, yet, whether Exxxotica will attempt to appeal this decision.  What the decision does mean, however, is that the event planned for next month has been definitively cancelled:

A federal judge has decided the Dallas City Council is within its rights to ban a sex expo from returning to the city-owned convention center.

In a 32-page opinion issued early Thursday, U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater denied Exxxotica’s request for a preliminary injunction, which was filed in February after seven members of the Dallas City Council sided with Mayor Mike Rawlings’ resolution banning the porn expo from returning to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Exxxotica had hoped to return next month, following last August’s Dallas debut. Today’s ruling means that will not happen.

Exxxotica might appeal the ruling, or simply allow the case to go to trial. We are awaiting comment from its attorneys and organizers.

In a prepared statement, Rawlings said he was “pleased” with the judge’s decision, and said that w”hile this case is not over and this ruling does not guarantee what would happen at trial, I am extremely proud of the seven City Council members who had the courage to support this ban.”…..

…….“As lawyers who litigate constitutional issues, we were convinced that Exxxotica was advancing a unjustifiably expansive view of the First Amendment,” said Rob Walters, who represents the Dallas Citizens Council, which last week filed an amicus brief in support of the city’s position. “We applaud Judge Fitzwater for his careful and well-reasoned opinion and Mayor Rawlings and General Paxton and the State of Texas for their leadership on this important issue.”

Paxton added in a prepared statement that he was “happy to join the Dallas Citizens Council in this effort that allows the city of Dallas to be a place where businesses can continue to flourish.”

I’d like to thank, without naming them, the local parishioners who made up part of the legal team defending the City Council decision.  Dallas’ city attorneys, in another display of the pernicious infiltration of leftists into every imaginable nook and cranny of governance at all levels, had refused to defend the case in court, finding the ban supposedly unconstitutional.  Thus, the city has had to retain private attorneys to argue the case.

I’d like to also note that, contra the rhetoric we’ve heard from city officials in Oklahoma City, it does seem a city can fight a First Amendment case and even win, from time to time.  Prior to all the atrocities committed by satanists against the Lord, His Mother, and His Church in OKC, we were told repeatedly by the mayor and other elected officials that it was simply impossible to stop a black mass or a desecration of a statue of Our Lady because, ummm……First Amendment!  That was always bullocks, as I argued at the time, cities certainly do argue First Amendment cases all the time. We can see from the above that the black mass especially could have been blocked, as it occurred on city property. The fact of the matter is, the WILL to stop the blasphemy from occurring did not exist.

I remain convinced that the heavily evangelical OKC leadership simply did not care to stop this blasphemy due to their latent anti-Catholic bias.  Had it been a more protestant ox being gored, the reaction may well have been different.

I feel I now have even more evidence to support that supposition.  I, therefore, continue to believe that Oklahoma City is a hotbed of seething anti-Catholic bigotry, and should be boycotted by all faithful souls to the maximum extent possible.

I should add that it was up to Catholic laity (and other Christians and even secular groups) to oppose this moral monstrosity. Bishop Farrell was silent, as usual, presumably because the matter did not touch on prudential matters such as guns or immigration, only acts which can send souls  to hell for all eternity.  One must have one’s priorities, after all.

Fr. Jason Cargo to St. Joseph in Richardson? February 1, 2016

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A commenter over the weekend asked what I thought of Fr. Jason Cargo being appointed pastor of the very large St. Joseph parish in Richardson starting March 1.  It was the first I’d heard of it.  A perusal of the St. Joseph website provided no confirmation (N. B.: I attended St. Joseph in the late 90s and went through RCIA there – a most unedifying experience.  The shadow – not an unfair term, from my POV – of former longtime Pastor Don Fischer continues to hang over the parish.  It was  under his pastoring that I entered the Church).

But assuming the report is true, I think that is a very hopeful development.  I know Fr. Cargo well and have a great deal of respect for him. While he is not traditional, per se’, he certainly trends orthodox and is a devoted pastor of souls.  I know he has great love for reverent liturgy including Latin and Chant.  He has done some really positive things like leading Rosary Processions every day of Lent last  year.

If this comes to pass, I’d be very happy to eat my words concerning the assignment of orthodox priests to the periphery of the Diocese.  This has been widely accepted as being a fact of life for many years in this Diocese, but perhaps the growing shortage of priests and the inevitability of the younger generation means that is changing.  Or, it could mean I and others have been all wet.  Which, if true, I’d be happy to be the first to admit.

For now, consider this only an assertion and not verified until confirmed.  Whatever Fr. Cargo’s future holds, he may be assured of my prayers for his apostolate and my heartfelt thanks.



JPII/Benedictine generation of priests will have a hard time saving the Church January 12, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, different religion, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, manhood, mortification, North Deanery, persecution, priests, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition.
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That’s one of the prime takeaways from a post by Rorate Caeli recently.  While the relative orthodoxy of the younger generation of priests certainly does give rise to some hope, both due to their limited numbers and the near-total control of the levers of power by liberals in virtually every diocese, it will be a long, long time before these relatively orthodox men will be in a position to influence the Church on a broad level.  By then, Francis and his successor(s) may well have totally remade the priesthood by allowing priests to marry, admitting openly perverse priests, and even flirting with the idea of women priestesseses.

Long story short, don’t pin your hopes on any biological solution, or on a quick turnaround in the Church.  It is likely things will get a lot worse, before they get better (if’n and a when’n).  I excerpt portions of the post I found particularly meaningful below (my emphasis and comments):

It is said that the John Paul II/Benedict XVI generation of priests will “save” the Church from the straits in which she finds herself. This belief presents an untenable myopic vision of the future. The current generation of younger priests has largely been formed by the previous generation that contributed to the dire straits in the first place. What formation has thus been imparted to our newer generation? It would not be wise to do a happy dance and wave our pompoms while singing “the crisis is over” as Ross Douthat recently indicated[Well, I can say that, locally speaking, most of the young priests ordained in the Diocese of Dallas in the last 6-7 years have been pretty solid.  Some have at least a degree of overt attraction to tradition.  But their numbers are still quite few.  And, as indicated above, their degree of knowledge regarding the constant belief and practice of the Church is often quite limited, owing to the generally still deplorable state of the formation they receive.  So while there is some room for hope, it will be a very long, uphill slog.  The key thing is simple lack of numbers, the priesthood (and especially the office of pastor) is still dominated by liberal clerics of the preceding generation, and, in spite of their rapid aging, that will continue for many years to come]
The fact is that new priests get ordained and find the Communistic environment of fear and silence continues in parish life, albeit modified. Now, instead of seminary formators watching them, they have their secret police parish pastor keeping a sharp eye on them. Do not think for a moment these pastors are not keeping tabs on the “young pups” and making reports to authorities at the Diocesan chancery office(s). [Oh Lord do they!  The stories I could tell.  And not about anything so dramatic as actually offering Mass facing the Lord!  Oh no, I’m talking simple things like adding a single Latin prayer or dressing in traditional vestments!  The drama such instances of “rebellion” cause!]
A young priest wearing the cassock or a biretta will be a conversation piece at the rectory dining room table, followed by such epithets as “rigid,” “overly conservative,” and the like. [Oh indeed.  Such things cause quite a stir]  Moreover, if he likes to celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form, you might as well put the straitjacket on him. In the parlance, these men need to be “broken.” If such tendencies are noted in seminary, they will most likely be assigned to work with a parish priest entrusted (tacitly or overtly) with the task of “breaking” the spirit of the newly-minted priest. [Once again, I don’t know much, but what I do know corresponds so very well to all the above.  First of all, in the Diocese of Dallas, it has been very clearly communicated to young priests that the TLM is expressly forbidden to them outside very unusual circumstances, a private Mass, or something to that effect.  It has been made very clear that there is only ONE parish where the TLM is offered in Dallas, and that will remain the case for a long time to come (certainly as long as our current bishop remains in office).  Even more, the bit about assigning young priests of orthodox tendency to certain parishes, with certain pastors, to be “broken” is very much spot on.  If you track the locales where young priests tend to be assigned in our own diocese, you will find a very clear pattern emerge.  That is not accidental. Even more, I have seen the kind of manipulation, the “breaking,” that goes on a number of times.  Things like shaming a young priest for holding a too orthodox view, making dark hints about the impact such views might have on his career, and using manipulative techniques to remind a  young priest that adhering to more traditional, orthodox beliefs is so very divisive, and won’t that just upset people and cause him a lot of problems in the future? I could be much more specific, but won’t, for now]
Another form of fear that is used by the pastor is a morbid fear of their comrades the people. In other words, “we do not do ‘X’ here in this parish because it will not go over well with the people” (Read: they will not like me and take their money/resources elsewhere). This line of thinking is based upon human respect, which is a condemned practice in the spiritual life, for “we must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). [That’s precisely the kind of manipulation I refer to above]
Human respect has a vicious tendency to neglect the saving truths (and pursuant ways of action) of Christ that lead us to heaven. In the case at hand, a practice (ad orientem) that directs people specifically to the worship of God as opposed to focusing upon man is being neglected because “the people” will not tolerate it. Who is the custodian of the Truths of God and His holy Church here, the priest or the people? [“The people” are just an excuse. The post-conciliar Church is as viciously clericalist as any in her long history, if the people were clamoring for more Tradition, their views wouldn’t count for diddly squat. Unless the money started to suffer, then, maybe, but it would be with great reluctance and fought every step of the way.  References to the concerns of the people are in essence just a mask for a pre-determined ideology of revolutionary origin]
One can certainly understand in the light of the current state of affairs that restoring ad orientem worship of Almighty God would be an uphill battle, one that requires the greatest of caution and care. Few priests, however, are climbing that hill and we need to pray for them. They are horribly brutalized by their respective Dioceses and this is an understatement. In seminary formation, they are socialized or conditioned to fear things like Latin and tradition. [Indeed.  It takes enormous guts and faith to fight through the minefield that is the seminary program, in this diocese as in almost all others, and even if a man manages to hang onto his pre-formation faith, he will face obstacles and opposition at almost every turn.  These young priests need constant prayer, and perhaps even more, penance, as do their often unjust superiors.]
In one case known to this writer, a group of women ran a priest out of a parish by complaining to his Diocese using the right key words to the authorities. This priest did nothing except what he was supposed to be doing as a priest, bring the tradition to the people (Latin, Chant, etc.). He now serves in a parish out in the boonies that is usually assigned to priests who experience troubles with the bottle or pornography. It is unjust, and while such atrocities make saints and are a sign of God’s favor, we must never think that it is acceptable for Ordinaries to persecute their priests as such (i.e. to do evil that good may come about).

Priests are forced to compromise their mission because they do not want to “jeopardize their priesthood” (to use their expression). Let us remember that a priest is a priest. One’s priesthood (in se) is not necessarily jeopardized. It is his ability to exercise the ministry which is at stake. His Ordinary can restrict the priest’s faculties by making him have as little an influence as the Ordinary is canonically able to do (nursing homes and boonie-parishes being likely options).  [Once again, spot on and fully supported by local trends.  Most all of the most orthodox priests, and especially pastors, are relegated to the furthest periphery of this diocese.  Not all priests in the far suburbs/exurbs trend orthodox, but virtually every orthodox pastor (relatively speaking) is consigned to a parish on the periphery.  Young priests undergoing the “breaking” process know that fate awaits them if they steadfastly adhere to their orthodox views.  It is a test of each man’s courage, and not all are able to stand it.]

There is much more.  There are certain highly “desirable” parishes, certain locales that tend to either be seen as very comfortable, or having a lot of resources, or being in a hot location (some priests enjoy a more thrilling nightlife than you or I), or being in a “friendly” neighborhood (ahem), etc.  These are often the same parishes where young priests are assigned, giving them, as it were, the carrot and the stick.  Locals can probably think of some of the more desirable parishes, they tend to be in wealthier parts of town and nicer areas.  Note, a parish does not have to be in the boonies to be  undesirable, being in a rough inner city parish with poor financial prospects is also not always desirable.

Quite worldly concerns, I know.  Diocesan politics are as banal as they are byzantine.  Really, the quoted text, and my comments, only scratch the very surface of this matter.  A priest today has to be as much or more politician, and often of a Machiavellian type, as he is devout man of God and shepherd of souls.  That’s a core aspect of the post-conciliar clericalism that is so rampant today, a priest is often judged by ordinaries less by his devotion and ability to move and save souls than he is by his political and financial acumen, blind obedience to whatever the chancery bureaucracy (dominated by lay liberal types) demands, and his general willingness to go along with the powers that be, and perhaps most especially the post-conciliar zeitgeist.

Of course, things vary.  Some dioceses, some bishops, are better than others.  Dallas has not been blessed with a particularly orthodox bishop in almost 50  years.  Farrell is an improvement over his two disastrous predecessors, but he’s not exactly a Finn, Burke, or Bruskewitz.  So much in the Church depends on the outlook of the bishop, but even with a fairly orthodox/traditional bishop, the unmoving bureaucracy remains overwhelmingly progressive.  The progressives seized almost total control of power in the Church from the national conference level on down in the late 60s, and they have a death grip on it.

It’s going to be a very long row to hoe.  Do pray for the young priests, they may not be explicitly traditional, but, then again, Fr. Michael Rodriguez and Fr. Peter Carota did not start out that way, either.  They face sufferings and pressures we’ll never really know.  Pray that they retain that light of faith and openness to the Church’s great, life-sustaining Tradition.  May God bless them and their apostolates.