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Help Request – translating priest’s sermon into English April 21, 2016

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Could TG or La Gallina – or anyone else – put either a transcript, or a fairly detailed summary, of Fr. Romanowski’s commentary on Amoris Laetitia into English?  From what I could pick up – more than half, but I could be missing key bits – I thought it was very good.  Would anyone like to volunteer to produce a summary/translation of this?  Not sure what I can offer in return.  I do have a gift I could send, if you’re interested in payment.

The talk is below:

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Hand-made wooden cross, laminated from exotic purple heart and white maple, approximately 28" long, normally sells for $200, special blog price $125

Hand-made wooden cross, laminated from exotic purple heart and white maple, approximately 28″ long, normally sells for $200, special blog price $125

You can see the purple better. Other crosses are approximately 15" tall. Two on the bottom are bloodwood and red oak. The top are leopardwood (left) and black palm (right). All types are available for sale. 15" crosses generally sell for $125 ($85 blog price, for now). I can make any size desired, from about 8" up to 48 or more. I am working on making proper crucifixes. Crosses without end caps cost $10 less.

You can see the purple better. Other crosses are approximately 15″ tall. Two on the bottom are both bloodwood (red wood) and red oak (blondish wood). The top are leopardwood (left) and black palm (right) with white maple. All types are available for sale. 15″ crosses generally sell for $125 ($85 blog price, for now). I can make any size desired, from about 8″ up to 48 or more. I am working on making proper crucifixes. Crosses without end caps (triangle pieces top/bottom-left/right) cost $10 less.

I am also building kneelers (prix dieu).  Very high quality, solid oak, artistic embellishments, $250.  Compare to major church supply houses, my kneelers generally run $100+ less and have better design.  I’ll try to add pics soon.

Orders take some weeks to fill.  Especially kneelers.

Oh, if you’re interested, leave a comment or e-mail me: larryr103 at gmail.com

 

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.

More like this: great videos of Bishop Gracida, including a challenge to the faithful to call out heresy during Mass April 19, 2016

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I’ve admired Bishop Rene Gracida Emeritus of Corpus Christi since learning about him shortly after founding this blog.  I was really pleased to learn that because of severe deficiencies he has observed in the Novus Ordo, he only offers the TLM anymore.

Michael Voris has done a good service in posting several Vortex episodes featuring Bishop Gracida.  If the Church had far more shepherds like him over the past several decades (he actually excommunicated pro-aborts), the Church and world would be a far better place.

Some of the info below is biographical, some is timely, and some is inspirational.  Take a few minutes and watch all the videos if you have not already seen them:

OK, I think he undersells matters a bit here regarding Vatican II, but this condemnation is much further than the vast majority of bishops would go:

Now, I really like the idea Bishop Gracida proposes in the video below.  It would take rather weighty stones, but we’re in desperate need of calling a spade a spade in the Church today:

So what do you think of that?  Should laity start calling out – even in the midst of the Holy Sacrifice- when priests or even bishops promote error, heresy, or abuse?  Some might be aghast at the idea of interrupting the sanctity of the Mass, but I can say such interruptions did occur in the early Church, especially in the East.  There were a large number of liturgies at Hagia Sophia interrupted by scandalized laity calling out the proclamations of heretical leadership, especially during the iconoclast heresy.

I can say, I’ve been tempted to do so in the past.  I never assist at locales where heresy and abuse is taught from the pulpit anymore, but I think, at the point of extremis in which the Church finds herself, such drastic action should not be dismissed out of hand.  You don’t need to go charging up to the altar mid-Mass if the priest’s maniple is not tied right, but if Father Dudebro starts waxing about sodomite “love wins” or that the pope has declared divorce to be A-OK for the universal Church………well, we have to push back at some  point, don’t we?  Of course, prudence must guide all and perhaps first attempts should be made at counseling the offender, but for those who recalcitrantly refuse to stop preaching the errors of newchurch, I think such an intervention could certainly be called for.

Always remember: shame works.  There is very little that motivates like shame, and avoidance of it.  I believe the collapse of shame as a motivator has played a significant role in the accelerating downfall of the West.  Now, a strong adherence to ideology can insulate someone from shame, as can having a lot of support from a captive audience, but I have to believe a few public shamings of heresy would have a chilling effect on its being proclaimed abroad.  An interesting experiment to conduct, at any rate.

Bishop Gracida continues to amaze and impress at over 90 years of age.  He looks like he could go another 20. Ad multos annos.

A perfect lamentation for our time from Dom Gueranger April 15, 2016

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A perfect lamentation for our time in the long history of the Church from The Liturgical Year of Dom Prosper Gueranger.  This comes from the reading from the Friday of the Third Week of Easter, which just happens to be today!  Go figure.  Pretty strong stuff below, but so very apropos for the mounting nightmare surrounding episcopal authority:

How much they are to be pitied, O Church, who do not know thee!…..how much they are to be pitied who once knew thee, and afterwards in their pride and ingratitude, denied thee! And yet no one ever fell into such misery, unless he first voluntarily shut his eyes against the light that was within him. [This is truly key, and must never be forgotten. There is always a positive act of the will in the descent into error]  How much they are to be pitied who know thee, and still live enjoying what thou givest thy children, and who yet take side with thine enemies in insulting and betraying thee!  They are men whose character is shallowness of mind; they speak their opinions as though they were oracles; they have contracted the flippant effrontery of our age; and to hear them speak of thee, one would suppose that they look on thee as a human institution, which they may approve or blame according to their own humor. [AHEM! I can’t possible imagine just who such a condemnation might apply to in the Church today!]

Instead of revering whatsoever thou hast taught regarding thyself and thy rights, instead of revering what thou hast ordained, regulated, and practiced; these “Catholics,” whose sympathies are all with thine enemies, would have thee conform thy teachings to the so-called progress of the times.  The whole world is given to thee as thine inheritance; and yet those insolent children would have thee be content with what they think proper to assign to thee.  Thou, the Mother of mankind, must be under their wise care!  It is from them that thou must henceforth learn how best to fulfill thy mission!  Godless men, adorers of what they called the rights of man, dared, a century back, to expel thee from political life, which up till then thou hadst kept in harmony with its Divine Master.  These men have left disciples who would have thee withdraw from everything that regards the outward world, and look on as a mere stranger.  Thou must no longer exercise the rights given thee by the Son of God over both soul and body; this royalty of thine is out of date, and thou must be satisfied to enjoy the liberty which, in virtue of the law of Progress, is granted alike to error and to truth.  The wise and powerful ones of this world have dethroned thy Spouse after two thousand year’s reign; and instead of resenting such a project with holy  indignation, as tending to the destruction of the last bulwark of Christendom, there are many among us who approve of it, and this on principles which are, it is true, in favor with rationalistic politicians and leaders, but which are formally condemned by thy teachings, thy acts, nay, by thy very existence.  How short-sighted are such Catholics as these, who hope to make thee acceptable to the world by giving thee the semblance of a human institution!  The world is too shrewd; it knows thee to be essentially supernatural, and this is what it can never tolerate.

———End Quote———

And so the effort to make the Church acceptable to the world by raping her of her sacred beliefs and cherished practices (a rape all the more horrific as it constitutes incest, a rape committed by son against mother) is doomed to failure, as the world, informed as it is to such a very great extent by satan, knows that the Church is the supernatural entity of God and so can only be destroyed, not transformed into some acceptable human institution. Not that there is ever a want of people to make the attempt.

We can see in the above, however, that the modernist-progressive effort to bring the Church low has been around for 150 years and more, and has always been working against a concerted plan. The bastions served incredibly well for a over a century against this particular threat, till they were pulled down by the defenders themselves, who had absorbed far too much of the lying propaganda they had heard blasted over the Church’s walls.  50 years ago, all those intricate defenses pious minds and the work of Grace could produce were destro50 years ago, all those intricate defenses pious minds and the work of Grace could produce were destroyed, and the Church was left nearly defenseless against her constant enemies of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Even worse, whole generations of men were ordained priests thoroughly infected with diabolical error, and they have now risen to the highest levels of authority.  I don’t despair for the Church – She is the Body of Christ, completely indestructible and beyond taint in her mystical element – but  I do have enormous fears for the souls of millions who will fall into error and even damnation as the shadow of the diabolical spreads ever deeper into the Church.

That’s why I’ve been praying with such fervor these past 20 months or more, but I fear the Church has entered Her passion and what must come will come. That makes prayer and penance all the more necessary, that we may have the Grace to remain faithful in the terrible days already well underway.

God bless you. I pray for you all.

Dwelling in the Heart of Christ and achieving sanctity from St. Alphonsus April 15, 2016

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Just a brief post of a beautiful hymn I found in St. Alphonsus Liguori’s The Holy Eucharist. I follow that with a brief synopsis of the path to sanctity from the same work, but quoting St. Thomas Aquinas.

The hymn is called The Loving Spouse in the Heart of Jesus

I dwell a captive in this heart,
On fire with love divine;
‘Tis here I live alone in peace,
And constant joy is mine.

It is the Heart of God’s own Son,
In His humanity,
Who, all enamored of my soul,
Here burns with love of me.

Here, like the dove within the ark,

Securely I repose;
Since now the Lord is my defense,
I fear no earthly foes.

Now I have found this happy home,
God’s love alone I prize;
All else is torment to my heart,
The world I now despise.

What though I suffer, still in love
I ever true will be;
My love of God shall deeper grow
When crosses fall on me.

Then he who longs with me to seek,
Repose within this nest,
All love that is not love for God,
Must banish from his breast.

Ye haughty lovers of the world,
Full of self-love, depart!
Away, away! No place is found
For you within this Heart.

Each vile and earthly chain impedes
The soul’s true heavenward flight;
All, all the heart belongs to God
Love claims his sovereign right.

From every bond of earth, dear Lord,
Thy Grace has set me free;
My soul, delivered from the snare
Enjoy’s true liberty.

I cannot love Thee as I ought.
This pains me, this alone;
For all my love must have an end;
Thy goodness, Lord, has none.

One thought brings comfort to my heart –
I love a good so great.
That though I love him all I can,
More love he merits yet.

Naught more can I desire than this,
To see His face in Heaven,
And this I hope, since He on earth
His heart in pledge has given.

Now quoting from a different part of the book:

In order to arrive at the perfect love of Jesus Christ, we must adopt the means. Behold, then, the means which St. Thomas Aquinas gives us:

  1. To have a constant remembrance of the benefits of God, both general and particular.
  2. To consider the infinite goodness of God, who is ever waiting to do us good, and who ever loves us, and seeks form us our love.
  3. To avoid even the smallest thing that could offend Him.
  4. To renounce all the sensible goods of this world, riches, honors, and sensual pleasures.

Father Tauler says that meditation on the sacred Passion of Jesus Christ is a great means also for acquiring His perfect love.

———-End Quote———-

Achieving sanctity is not complicated, but it is profoundly difficult.  So many great Saints and other holy personages have struggled with this process – which sounds so simple! – for their entire lives.  Our fallen natures, and the temptations of the world and the devil, make holiness something not often achieved in this life.  Thank God He had compassion on us and gave us a way to expiate our temporal debt due to sin in the sufferings of Purgatory.  That is true godly mercy, not the false worldly variety we hear so much about today.

Francis to extend SSPX faculties for Confession? April 13, 2016

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Beats me.  Nothing would surprise me anymore.  It has long been said of Cardinal Mahony that while he is crazy liberal, he operated his diocese in a kind of “do what feels good” manner that also permitted some freedom of action even to orthodox Catholics.  Perhaps Pope Francis is the same.  While the below does not come from an unbiased source – it comes from the leader of the SSPX, Bishop Bernard Fellay – it is now reported that Francis intends to extend the faculties of the SSPX for Confession beyond the scarifying Year of Mercy:

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX,  celebrated the Mass for Good Shepherd Sunday with his two Assistants General.

A few days earlier he had met with Pope Francis during a very positive meeting which strengthened ties between the Holy See and the Society founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Despite the publication of the Post-Synodal Exhortation, which “makes us cry,” he revealed some “happiness” from the interview

The Pope confirmed that the SSPX was Catholic in his eyes

He confirmed that he never would condemn it

He confided that he wishes to expand the faculties of the SSPX, starting with the authorization of its priests to validly hear confession.

Finally, during the talks in Rome, Bishop Fellay was encouraged to establish a seminary in Italy.

Are heads exploding among the SSPX-SO? I have no idea.  If Francis is succeeded by a similarly progressive pontiff, will he be as inclined to a go-go mentality?  The concern of the SSPX-SO has always been that any “deal” with “modernist Rome” would inevitably lead to an undermining of the SSPX’s mission and immediate attempts at co-opting by the forces of modernism.  Given the experience of Campos, that’s not a totally unfounded fear, but we’re still miles away from that.  I have heard from a number of folks, however, who wonder if it might not paradoxically take a very liberal pope, one not “hung up” on doctrinal definitions and issues of authority and mission, to bring about a reconciliation with the SSPX.

Wonders never cease, I suppose.  Or weird stuff happens.  h/t reader Tim

Start Novena to the Annunciation today! March 17, 2016

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arely made it in time!  Posted almost at midnight!

 

This is an ununusual year in that Easter and the Inc. nation of Christ fall on the same day.  I know some folks are doing some special Novenas focused on praying Rosaries to avail of the graces available on this great dual feast.  Noting Christ’s Incarnation and death together certainly have some powerful pro-life implications.  This Novena can be really mighty against abortion and the whole culture of death.

 

The Novena, which I found beautiful,  is below,  courtesy EWTN:

I greet you, Ever-blessed Virgin, Mother of God, Throne of Grace, miracle of Almighty Power! I greet you, Sanctuary of the Most Holy Trinity and Queen of the Universe, Mother of Mercy and refuge of sinners!

Most loving Mother, attracted by your beauty and sweetness, and by your tender compassion, I confidently turn to you, miserable as I am, and beg of you to obtain for me from your dear Son the favor I request in this novena:

(mention your request).

Obtain for me also, Queen of heaven, the most lively contrition for my many sins and the grace to imitate closely those virtues which you practiced so faithfully, especially humility, purity and obedience. Above all, I beg you to be my Mother and Protectress, to receive me into the number of your devoted children, and to guide me from your high throne of glory.

Do not reject my petitions, Mother of Mercy! Have pity on me, and do not abandon me during life or at the moment of my death. Amen. (more…)

Hero or knave? Man destroys secular, pagan art in cathedral March 13, 2016

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A disgruntled custodian at the Omaha cathedral destroyed secular displays installed in the nave and side chapels of the cathedral for an upcoming flower show.  Why a cathedral would have a flower show is beyond me, but the displays were worse. Now, this man has a bit of troubled history – he has served time in federal prisons for trespassing into secure facilities where nuclear weapons are stored – but he seems to be one of those rare creatures, a relatively orthodox Catholic who happens to be on what many might call the liberal side of things.

I wonder what you think?  Is he a hero for fighting the ongoing secularization and indifferentism in the Church, or is he a wrong for going much too far and physically destroying ostensibly valuable property?  I’ll let you know what I think at the end (my emphasis and comments):

Mark Kenney, 59, who grew up in the parish, had worked at St. Cecilia Cathedral for three years. Around 8 a.m. on Jan. 29, he went to a work shed, picked up a pair of heavy-duty bolt cutters and ascended to a catwalk high above the mostly empty nave, or main sanctuary.

He looked through a peephole, he said, to make sure he wouldn’t hurt any people. And then he cut a steel cable, which sent a suspended, umbrella-carrying, hat-wearing Mary Poppins figure crashing to the floor.

Kenney then went downstairs and removed a cardboard Buddha figure [so this wasn’t just offensive from the sexular pagan perspective, it was indifferent, as well, giving at least tacit support or endorsement for a foreign religion created by devils (Ps xcv:5)] from the Nash Chapel, which also featured costumed mannequins from “The King and I.” He threw the Buddha out one door and proceeded to toss costumed mannequins out two other doors.

Someone alerted the pastor, the Rev. Michael Gutgsell, who ran from the rectory next door to the church and saw Kenney.

“Mark,” he called out, “did you see who did this?”

“Father, it was me. You need to call the police.” [He’s willing to  own up to his crime, such as it was]

Gutgsell had known that his custodian had misgivings about secular displays in the church but says he was dumbfounded and didn’t understand why Kenney would take such drastic action. [Because like a lot of orthodox Catholics, he’s tired of dialogue being a one way liberal harangue and always being expected to just take whatever travesty is visited upon themselves or their parish time after time after time?] In a brief meeting that week, the pastor said, he had asked for Kenney’s promise not to be disruptive.

Now the priest was shocked, saying, “You promised!”

In response, Kenney said, he lashed out. “I started screaming, ‘Father, this is bullshit! We can’t have this in the church. This isn’t culture, it’s Disney crap!’ ” [Maybe this guy’s a nut.  Maybe he’s not really all that faithful. Maybe he has a bunch of bad ideas.  But I have a hard time not liking him from afar, and somewhat admiring him for his willingness to put his faith into action]

……….Damaging items at the flower festival was wrong, and Kenney said in an interview this week that he will make restitution. But he says secular items such as movie characters are inappropriate in the sacred space of the cathedral and amount to sacrilege and idolatry. [I agree]

Gutgsell, a former chancellor of the Omaha Archdiocese and a Catholic University-licensed “canon lawyer,” an expert in church laws and rules, disagrees.

“Obviously, context is everything,” the priest said, noting that the cathedral also is home to about six concerts a year. No sacrilege or disrespect is conveyed, he said, in the concerts or the dozens of exhibits at the flower festival. [Well, a concert is very different from a display of the buddha in a Catholic Church.  As is having Mary Poppins soaring above the nave.  Disrespect may not be deliberate, but that doesn’t make it any less real.  I, for one, believe very strongly that sacred spaces should be reserved for sacred things, entirely.  But we all  know that the Mass has been deliberately denuded of sacrality in a very deliberate effort to fundamentally change the Church, and this is just one more example of that overweening desacralization]

“Cathedrals,” he said, “are kind of the epicenter for culture presentation and development.” [Well, I have a little bit different definition, I’d say cathedrals are the locus of Catholicism in a diocese and the vital center from which the faith emanates to all surrounding regions.  It should be THE most sacred and have THE strongest sense of the Faith – sensus fidei – in the entire diocese.  We can see that this post-conciliar educated canon lawyer obviously has a very different view, that cathedrals are much more about the horizontal, the local “culture,” rather than about the vertical, a focal point of worship  of God and a stronghold of His Church]

Eileen Burke-Sullivan [I like how you render so much honor to your father’s name, even equating it with  your husband’s even though “man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife,” and “the two should become one flesh.” Obviously that’s only for men], a theologian and vice provost for mission and ministry at [Catholic in name only] Creighton University, said she sees no problem. The cathedral and the archdiocese, she said, have supported the arts in Omaha for many years. [As they have bled souls, priests, money, and influence.  Meet the problem, right here]

“In mixing thematic popular culture with the beauty of God’s creation in flowers,” she said, “I don’t think there’s any inherent idolatry.” [Note how she changed the subject, as libs are wont to do, from the banal Disney “art” to flowers and God’s creation.]

The flower festival is produced by the nonprofit Cathedral Arts Project. Its founder and director, Brother William Woeger, each year informs the archbishop of the theme.

Archbishop George Lucas was out of town this week [Of course he was!  I can’t remember the last time a bishop was actually in town to deal with one of these little flaps.  If he wasn’t on his way out of town before, as soon as news broke he was high-tailing to the airport!  I’m not certain if it’s true or not, but it seems the vast majority of bishops spend far less time in their dioceses than they do abroad.  Do you know what Thomas a Kempis says about that.] and unavailable for comment. But spokesman Tim McNeil, the current chancellor, said the archdiocese will review the festival to make sure it is staying within bounds.

He said he sees nothing in “the broad language” of the catechism that would preclude such displays as Mary Poppins being suspended from the ceiling of the cathedral. But he said it would be good to know more specifics in advance. [The catechism is just a handy reference guide.  It is not dogmatic, nor all-inclusive. It’s authors could not foresee every potential abuse even if they wanted to.  But I think many Catholics would be gravely offended to see Mary Poppins or Donald Duck or anything similar hanging over their altar, dominating, as it were] 

………In a letter of termination two days after the festival incident, Gutgsell wrote to Kenney: “None of the florists and none of the volunteers, any number of whom took time off their work or traveled some distance, had the slightest intention or reason to dishonor the Cathedral. You assigned the word ‘desecration’ to the entire project and as a result slandered anyone associated with it.” [This is specious reasoning.  Desecration can occur in absence of deliberate intent, as can scandal. But note the blame-shifting, the real source of problem is with the rector and others who OK’d this production and the “art” displays.  Kenney did not attack the “artists,” per se’, he took a stand against the decisions of the cathedral rector Gutgsell]

………Kenney, who said he confessed his sin to a priest at another Catholic church, feels “closer to God than ever.”[The author of this piece went to some length to paint Kenney as nuts.  This is a continuation of this theme, here he uses left-wing code speak to portray this guy as hearing voices in his head, or nearly so, just as Diane Sawyer tried to do to Bush ’43] He could have handled things differently, he said, and recalls walking through the cathedral in the immediate aftermath and thinking, “What did I do now?”

But he says he is at peace with it, and in a letter to the archbishop objected to “pop art” and “absurd, secular cultural icons” in the cathedral. [+99.  Good on him for the letter]

Kenney hopes that people who agree with him will speak up and that the incident sparks “conversation” about what is appropriate in a church. [Goal achieved]

I’m a bit torn on this.  Destroying property is a form of violence, which I think may have been a bit extreme in this case, but I also am increasingly convinced that the usual faithful Catholic tack of verbal complaint is not going to result in change.  If some future custodians (or anyone else) found ways to destroy objectionable “art” in the cathedral for a few years running, it’s very possible either the art, or the entire festival, would be done away with as too much hassle.  A festival of this kind is just one tiny, relatively innocuous example of the overwhelming tendency in the Church towards secularization and desacralization.  How long will we continue to stand seeing our Church turned into areligious, amoral Amchurch Corp NGO?  What if running away to the TLM isn’t an option at some future date?  What if Amchurch NGO decides to impose the post-conciliar ethos on the TLM/Ecclesia Dei communities?  Is prayer and sacrifice always the only answer?  Did the Church of say, 800 – 1800 always behave in such a pacifist manner? Did not souls carry torches around the 1st Council of Ephesus and threaten to harm the council fathers if they did not name Mary the Mother of God?  Were they wrong to do so?  What about St. Juan de Capistrano and the Crusade in the Balkans, or even St. Francis accompanying the crusade of St. Louis?

The point is, the Church has not always been so pacifist.  Many Saints did not always turn the other cheek when the faith of others was threatened. The Church has been thoroughly feminized over the past 50+ years (a religious brother coming up with a flower festival? Why not a gun show – heh?).  Perhaps this little act of rebellion could also start a conversation on the reassertion of manly virtues in the Church. Yes, you may attract more flies with honey than vinegar, but in the Church today, it’s not real honey, but a false secular saccharine concoction bad for health and worse for the faith.  And sometimes one becomes so overwhelmed with destructive sexularist flies they have to be fought with a strong pesticide.

Personally, I say good on Mark Kenney.  He took his stand, went to confession, and is ready to face the consequences.  Maybe he’s goofy in some other regards, but I don’t categorically repudiate this kind of “extreme” action.  I think if we had seen more of such over the past 50 years, much of the crisis in the Church could have been averted.  Ecclesiastical liberals, like all liberals, are bullies but particularly cowardly bullies.  Maybe there’s a broader lesson here for all of us.

I bet the cathedral does not have secular pop art for next year’s festival.

Hugh Owen giving talk on traditional Catholic approach to marriage Tues Mar 16 March 13, 2016

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Hugh Owen of the very good Kolbe Center for the study of Creation is going to give a talk at Mater Dei parish in Irving, TX from 7-9p this Tuesday, March 16 2016.  The talk will be titled “Marriage Made in Heaven: The Creation of Adam and Eve and the Foundations of Holy Marriage.”  Knowing Owen’s work, it should be a highly informative evening.  I also expect that the ongoing attacks on marriage and the errors from which these attacks stem will also be at least a tangential topic addressed.  There should be some powerful material presented to help comprehend how to resist the attempted destruction of marriage and the family and develop and even stronger conception of God’s intent, as revealed through the Church, towards marriage and the family.

I hope to see you there!

Start Novena to St. Joseph TODAY! March 11, 2016

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Sorry I’m a little late, and that the blog has been in a coma of late.  It will probably stay that way for the foreseeable future (saying such typically being associated with a sudden surge in blogging in the past, but probably not this time).  Between job search, spending time with my family (such a blessing), and various things needing to be done around the house, I just haven”t had much time, nor, I must admit, motivation, for blogging.

BUT………I always try to put out reminders about Novenas and post some from time to time, so here goes. The first one actually came from our local TLM parish, so it will be a repeat for many readers, the other is one I have posted in the past:

O glorious descendant of the kings of Judah, Inheritor of the virtues of all the patriarchs.

Just and happy St. Joseph, listen to my prayer. Thou art my glorious protector, and shall

ever be, after Jesus and Mary the object of my most profound veneration and confidence.

Thou art the most hidden, though the greatest Saint, and art particularly the patron of those

who serve God with the greatest purity and fervor. In union with all those who have ever

been most devoted to thee I now dedicate myself to thy service; beseeching thee, for the

sake of Jesus Christ, who vouchsafed to love and obey thee as a son, to become a father to

me; and to obtain for me the filial respect, confidence and love of a child towards thee.

O powerful advocate of all Christians, whose intercession, as St. Theresa assures us, has

never been found to fail, deign to intercede for me now, and to implore for me the

particular intention of this Novena.

(Mention your intentions here)

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Present me O great Saint to the adorable Trinity, with Whom thou hadst so glorious and so

intimate a correspondence. Obtain that I may never efface by sin the Sacred Image

according to the likeness of which, I was created. Beg for me that my divine Redeemer

would enkindle in my heart and in all hearts, the fire of His Love, and infuse therein the

virtues of His adorable infancy, His purity, simplicity, obedience, and humility.

Obtain for me likewise a lively devotion to thy virgin spouse, and protect me so powerfully

in life and death, that I may have the happiness of dying as thou didst, in the friendship of

my Creator, and under the immediate protection of the Mother of God.

Amen

Another, somewhat shorter Novena:

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the immaculate Virgin, Foster-father of Jesus Christ, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request). Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Prayer: Let us Pray! In Your ineffable providence You were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your Most Holy Mother. Grant, we beg You, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our protector. You who live and reign forever and ever. AMEN

Not sure when I’ll post again, though I have a lot to say.  I think we’re entering a new phase in this nation’s demise with this 2016 presidential election.  Looks like our choice will be Trump or Hillary – two amoral pro-abort filthy rich New York leftists pretending to be friends of the common man.  Hoo boy, such a choice!  I might just stay home.

There won’t be one brick or stand of wire laid for a border fence under Trump.

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