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A final bit from the book Send Me Your Guardian Angel about Padre Pio and his relationship with his and many other Guardian Angels. I already had some relationship with my guardian angel, but this book has inspired me to make that relationship grow. There is a lot of good catechesis below, things about the Angels many don’t know. I pray you find it helpful!
The part of the Angels in Christian life has its origin in the relationship they have with God and with Jesus Christ. They show us God’s greatness and perfection, symbolizing individually some attributes of this Infinite Being. In some, we see His Power, in others, His Love or His Strength. Each one of them is a reproduction of God’s beauty; reflects all His perfection. Their relationship with Jesus is that of being united with Him in Heaven, in order to adore, praise, and glorify the heavenly Father. Hence, when we unite ourselves to Jesus, we join, at the same time, with the Angels to adore, praise, and love God; thus we share with hem in the Divine life. They long for our salvation so that we join with them in the Beatific Vision.
In the history of the Church, devotion to the Guardian Angels goes way back in the centuries, but a special day of devotion was assigned to them on 29 September, the Feast of Saint Michael Archangel…….
This pious devotion to the Guardian Angels is older than that of the Saints, but in the Middle Ages, it took on an extraordinary importance because the Monks, in their silent and recollected lives, deprived of any company, searched for the companionship of these invisible creatures, so that their presence would bring joy and happiness.
In today’s life, we have neglected the company of these angelic creatures; we don’t feel their presence anymore. Even though they are the constant companions of our journeys and the mute witnesses of our everyday lives. It is a Church Dogma, that everyone of us, at the time of Baptism, receives an Angel, who accompanies, inspires, and guides throughout the entire span of one’s life. [Did you know that was a Dogma? I did not. I am gratified to be so edified. How many other Dogmas are we no longer taught? Here is a list of all 357 Dogmas of the Faith. There might be more, I thought I heard there were over 400, but I could be wrong–>>dogmas] The presence of the Guardian Angels at our sides, is an invisible one; they are faithful, mute but eloquent; they are friends who remind us of our Christian duties towards God and towards our neighbors; they are the mirrors in which everyone of us has to reflect on his daily behavior.
Holy Mother Church has developed their veneration and has taught us to live with dignity in their presence; She has taught us to turn to our Guardian Angels in the sad hours of our lives and to abandon ourselves in their arms and bestow on them, all our love, affection, and confidence. Following the encouragement of the Church, let us determine, as Saint Padre Pio did in his lifetime, to communicate more with our Guardian Angels and to unite ourselves with these celestial messengers so that, through their help, we can give praise to God and bring more souls closer to Christ. Let us listen to their beautiful words, accept their holy thoughts and follow their counsel in order that we may do good. We should never forget to thank them as they lead us along the difficult path of this life to the glory of eternal happiness.
I’ve learned quite a bit about the Angels and their involvement in our lives from this little book. And, of course, even more about Padre Pio. What a great Saint! A great deal of his incredible powers stemmed from his close relationship with his Guardian Angel. It wasn’t magic, it was Grace, and it’s available to all of us.
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I’ve blogged a few times on the progress of the “Credopriests” initiative, an online petition/promise to always teach the Church’s constant belief and practice on matters related to the family, divorce, reception of the Blessed Sacrament, etc, and I wanted to give another update.
The number of priests who have signed is at present 1050! Deo Gratias! But given that there are nearly 40,000 priests in the US today, one would hope this number would greatly increase! I am very gratified to see the names of a number of good priests I know on the list. But there are also a good number missing. I’m certain it’s because they simply are not yet aware of this effort.
Given that, would you, in your charity, consider spending a few moments scanning the list for the names of priests you know and love, and, on not finding them, perhaps send them a gentle, charitable note informing them of this effort’s existence? I can think of a half dozen or more really good priest’s names who aren’t on the list, and I am absolutely sure they would want to support this effort if they only knew of it. I’m planning on contacting them myself. The list has gotten much easier to search since all but the most recent names are alphabetized. The entire list can be found here.
Again, we must operate from the assumption that any priest on the petition simply is unaware of it. So please proceed with great kindness if you do take the effort to contact priests you know. May God bless and reward your efforts! May there be thousands of names signed onto the list by the time of the Synod!
Deo Gratias! And thank you Dear Lord for every good, faithful priest you send us, they are gifts beyond human reckoning!
Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
The number of children being homeschooled in the United States exploded between 2003 and 2013, increasing over 60%. Keep up the good work you good moms and dads, not all homeschoolers are faithful Catholics, but I haven’t met many homeschoolers who were not good people:
In the ten-year period from 2003 to 2012, the number of American children 5 through 17 years old who were being homeschooled by their parents climbed by 61.8 percent, according tonewly released data from the U.S. Department of Education.
At the same time, the percentage of all U.S. students in the 5-through-17 age group who were homeschooled increased from 2.2 percent to 3.4 percent.
Homeschooling is most prevalent in two-parent families where one parent works and the other does not, according to the DOE data. Among this type of family, 5.3 percent of all students are homeschooled.
There are also patterns in the data: The more educated the parents, the more likely they are to homeschool their children and middle-income parents are more likely to homeschool than poorer or wealthier parents.
Homeschooling outgrew the rate of increase of the school age population by nearly 2:1. The total number of children aged 5-17 only increased by 2%, whereas homeschooling grew by 3.4%. What that means is that the total number of kids in public and private schools remained almost totally flat over the decade, with homeschooling making up almost all the growth.
If present rates hold – which, they won’t, but what the heck – homeschooling will again be the predominate form of education for children in this country within about 60 years. Won’t that freak the teacher’s unions out (or maybe they’ll just keep getting paid the same amount with really good benefits for teaching classes of 8 kids?).
Just a short post with some good news. It is quite possible the number of homeschooling kids is underestimated, as some large states like Michigan and Texas do not require homeschoolers to register with the state. I have read estimates that the “real” number is over 2 million.
Either way, it is plain more and more parents are rejecting not only the leftist-dominated industrial school system, but also the entire sexular pagan culture. I’m also gratified to see more and more people cutting the cable and ditching their TVs. The main way – one of the only ways – the culture has of influencing us is through the mass media. If we check out on that, they’ve lost their prime means of control over us (short of using naked state power, which is why they’re probably increasingly turning to that).
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And there was a particularly awesome picture that accompanied the article, too:
If one were to judge from the overall media coverage, one would think Archbishop Cordileone is veritably besieged in the chancery building, holding off crazed masses of whooping, dancing Catholics with a flintlock rifle and a bag of powder. Or, alternatively, using his iron hand of repression to destroy the lives of innocent teachers who just happen to oppose virtually the entire moral edifice of the Faith.
Obviously, the situation is not so one-sided. While it is difficult to discern from this distance just how “divided” actual believing Catholics are over Cordileone’s insistence on a bare minimum of doctrinal integrity from the teachers in the Catholic schools in that afflicted city, hundreds of Catholics rallied to his support recently, and I would wager that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It is well past time for Catholics, and especially the leadership, to start making public distinctions between those who call themselves Catholic, but who reject all manner of belief and practice, and those who truly do accept the Faith whole and entire. The latter should receive the praise and thanks of Church leadership, while the former should – must – be told in no uncertain terms that their lack of faith is not only disturbing, but places them outside the Church and on a path towards eternal suffering.
Yeah, I won’t hold my breath, either, but a man can dream. The report:
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone smiled for photos, blessed the faithful and accepted thanks from many among the hundreds of Bay Area Catholics who showed up for a picnic Saturday in San Francisco in support of the religious leader.
For months, the archbishop has been the target of demonstrations by teachers, students, parents and others who disagreed with changes he has proposed for the staff handbook and high school employee contracts atRiordan and Sacred Heart Cathedral high schools in San Francisco, Marin Catholic in Kentfield and Junipero Serra in San Mateo that defined adultery, masturbation, homosexual relations and the viewing of pornography as “gravely evil.”
“He’s like a rock star,” said Eva Muntean of San Francisco, who organized Saturday’s “family picnic day” at Sue Bierman Park near the Ferry Building in support of the archbishop, as she watched Cordileone try to inch his way through the throng of well-wishers. [OK, the ‘rock star’ comparison may be a bit disordered. Move on]
Muntean, who started the website sfcatholics.org, said she organized the event because she believes many Bay Area Catholics feel their support of the archbishop isn’t being heard. [And I’m quite certain that’s true. Did that effort to run an ad supporting Archbishop Cordileone in the San Fran newspaper ever succeed?]
The archbishop appeared to have felt that support Saturday. “I’m just here to thank my supporters,” Cordileone said to a reporter, declining to comment further. He did not speak before the crowd at the picnic.
Cordileone became the center of controversy in one of the country’s most gay-friendly cities for requiring that staff at archdiocese high schools “affirm and believe” what many Catholics say is simply the tenets of their beliefs: that marriage is between a man and a woman, that sexual relations outside of marriage are wrong and that certain types of reproductive technology and surrogacy are against the teaching of the church. [See how the media tries to twist this into a “he said, she said” kind of situation. The Church, even today, even with all the confusion and demonic chaos, does not hide the Doctrine of the Faith. Few prelates and priests convey it whole and entire, and fewer laity accept it, but it still stands, in spite of decades of heresy run amok, in spite, even, of destructively opaque papal statements]
Adele Lindberg of Danville said she wanted to support the archbishop because she feels he’s being “demonized” for being faithful to the church’s doctrine.
“Nobody’s saying you have to be Catholic or that you have to send your children to school,” said Lindberg, 59. “But don’t change something that has stood for more than 2,000 years just to meet your agenda.”
Many in the crowd said the controversy was not about hate or disapproval of gay people or others but rather about loving others despite differences and following the teachings of the church……
…..A small group of protesters stood on the edge of the picnic waving a rainbow flag and holding signs. [It was about 3 or 4 rather pathetic older gentlemen. They held signs saying “Why aren’t gay families welcome here?” which were pregnant with error and demonic oppression. Of course everyone is welcome, but your sin remains a sin, and until you give it up, you continue to place your eternal soul in grave jeopardy. This life is short, eternity is forever, and your existence does not have to revolve around your loins]
It appears Cordileone, in a rare display of episcopal backbone, plans to stick to his guns, which makes Bishop Vasa’s collapse in nearby Santa Rosa Diocese all the more pathetic. I certainly pray he continues to do so. Who knows what heavy pressure he is experiencing behind the scenes, not just from well-heeled San Fran Katholycs who have grown very accustomed to having things their way for decades, but also from his fellow bishops in the USCCB, many of whom are as aggrieved as the San Fran sicko community over +Cordileone’s stand. Which, go figure, right, I’m sure not a one of them has a personal stake in this matter, right?
Stay strong, Archbishop Cordileone. No one can make you do anything. It’s all up to you. Serve God, and not man. And let this not be a single step, may this be the first of many in restoring sanity to the Church and world. One man can make an enormous difference. One man can literally change the world. Keep being a man, brother!
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Another little excerpt below from the book Finding Confidence in Times of Trial: The Letters of St. John of Avila. St. John’s guidance in ten parts to lead a soul in the way of salvation, some of which may seem pretty challenging, but given the source, I wouldn’t discount it:
1. At once to reject from your mind not only rash judgments of your neighbor, but the very thought of his faults or sins. Turn your mind toward God and show Him the wounds of your own soul that He may cure them.
2. If you have not the strength to desire sufferings, censures, affronts, or hard work, at least endure them patiently and in silence: do not concern yourself to know from whom they come, but look upon them as sent from the hand of God. Pray to Him for those who are the cause of these trials and beg Him to give you Grace to bear them for His love, reflecting that patience in suffering is a sign of salvation.
3. Return thanks to God for all your spiritual graces, natural gifts, and every other good that you possess, attributing nothing to yourself except your sins, faults, and imperfections. [I think it’s easy with so much bad news around us to fall into habits of constant criticism and to overlook the countless blessings we all have. Even those in grave situations have many things to be thankful for. It’s easy to forget at times, but always try to express your thanks to God.]
4. When any feeling of jealousy arises in your mind on account of the spiritual, natural, or temporal advantages of your neighbor, lift up your heart to God, begging of Him to increase these gifts in your brethren; rejoice in the well-being of others and be sorry for their shortcomings.
5. Let it be your firm conviction that you should neither desire nor strive for anything but to possess the grace and love of God, to avoid offending Him, and to please Him in all things. Whether death or life, sickness or health, joy or sadness, be your lot – it will matter nothing, except insofar as it brings you nearer to God.
6. Be persuaded of this truth, that as long as you live, you will have to suffer trials, sorrows, temptations, and the cross, for this is the livery of the servants of Jesus Christ our Lord. [I know I forget this a lot, because I’m awesome, and everything should go my way. Right?] Bear these patiently, remembering that your sins are many and deserve far greater punishments: “The life of man upon earth is a warfare,” (Job VII:1) and “He that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.” (Matt X:22) [This is something I should keep much more in mind. Now I’ll go rewrite some posts]
7. Whenever you give way to any thought, word, or work of pride, such as that you are better, or more useful, or in any way preferable to others, reject instantly as most abhorrent to God. Confess your sins and faults to Him and beg Him to remedy them.
8. When reason tells you that others are guilty of some matter as to which you are innocent, do not excuse yourself, even though you are not blameworthy, but accuse yourself and praise your brother, even if it may bring upon you punishment or reproof or pain. Although upon this occasion you have not deserved it, your past sins have merited this penance; thus, you can never suffer as one wholly innocent, and therefore never exculpate yourself. [I said some of this wouldn’t be easy. This was written for religious. Nevertheless, if you want to make a great practice of virtue and be on the path of salvation, as St. John of Avila puts it, I don’t think this advice contrary to that purpose]
9. Frequently during the day, but especially when you make your examination of conscience, remember to render thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ for having redeemed you and made you a friend of God, and for having gained so many benefits for you by His Passion and sufferings. Bless God for having given Him to you; you should also glorify God for His own perfections.
10. The fruit of Holy Communion and of all other spiritual exercises should be to obtain for us greater strength to serve and love our Lord, to resist temptations, to bear our trials with patience, and not to afford us sweetness or pleasant feelings, which are usually signs of imperfection and may even be sent by the Devil to deceive us.
I pray you find all or some of the above helpful! As I said, some of the above is quite challenging and counter to our fallen natures. It is intended for those really committed to growth in virtue, cooperation with Grace, and being on that way of salvation – such a glorious path! May God’s benevolent grace put us there. And keep us there.
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This is basically a repost from last year:
O Holy Spirit, You are the Love of The Father and The Son. Inspire me always in what I should think. Inspire me always in what I should say and how I should say it. Inspire me in what I should keep silence about and how I should do it. Inspire me in what I should do for God’s Honour, for the good of souls and for my own sanctification. Holy Spirit grant me understanding to understand and recognise. Grant me a capacity to remember everything. Teach me the ways and grant me the ability to learn always again. Grant me the acumen to interpret and to discern correctly. Grant me the grace to speak efficaciously. Holy Spirit, grant me confidence and certainty at the beginning. Guide me and lead me during the accomplishment and grant me perfection at the completion. Amen.
The other one is a typically looong EWTN Novena. Too long to copy and paste here, go to the link.
But the longer the prayer is, the more merit there is in praying it, I suppose.
Pray a Novena with your family! Develop in your children a love for this great traditional practice!
If you have Fr. John Hardon’s Catholic Prayer Book, there is also a Novena to the Holy Ghost there, on pp. 309-10. Lots of other prayer books have their own versions.
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Of the souls named Doctor of the Church in the past few years, or proposed to be named as such, John of Avila is to my mind by far the most worthy. No offense to St. Hildegard and Gregory of Narek, but to me, Juan de Avila’s works and influence extend far beyond theirs.
Unfortunately, this great Saint is not too widely known in the Anglosphere. There is a book I’m reading containing some of his letters that goes some ways to dispelling that unfortunate reality. This book is even better, but neither receives quite the traditional translation/interpretation I’d prefer. But, they are a good start.
From the first book, Finding Confidence in Times of Trial, St. John first divides humility into five different grades, and then into 12 degrees. The two different divisions could be viewed as building one on the other. The excerpt below is not long, but I think will provide much fruit for meditation. I tell you, I do think blogging and humility are not very conducive to each other:
Five Grades of Humility
The first grade is that, recognizing his own baseness, a man should treat his own will with contempt
The second is outwardly to show this self-contempt both in dress and manners, and by choosing work of a mean and servile character
The third is to be patient when despised by others.
The fourth is to rejoice in being despised.
The fifth is to desire with the whole heart to be despised by others [I think this is how the early martyrs heaped coals of fire on the heads of their Roman persecutors and worked such enormous miracles of conversion. Their incredible cooperation with Grace and suffering probably powered the subsequent conversion of Empire and Europe to a large degree. We may be blessed to have a similar opportunity! Are we ready?!?]
Twelve Other Degrees of Humility
The first degree is the fear of God
The second is to deny our own will
The third is obedience
The fourth is patience
The fifth is the confession of sins
The sixth is contempt of oneself
The seventh is to prefer others to self, esteeming them more highly
The eighth is to avoid singularity in outward things
The ninth is to be silent unless spoken to
The tenth is not to be prompt to laughter
The eleventh is to speak little and with gravity
The twelfth is to prefer a low estate and occupation
These lists were compiled for consecrated religious, whose existence and correspondence with humility is different from those with lay vocations, but nevertheless, I think the guidance is just right.
Humility is one of those great, forgotten virtues, but it is absolutely vital. Humility leads to self-denial, which leads to charity, which leads to sanctity, which leads to Grace and salvation. Humility really precedes all. And yet, as I said, I am quite convinced blogging is probably fairly opposed to its right practice.
That is why your prayers are so appreciated. God bless you all!
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Below is excerpted a most important post from Fr. Peter Carota. It speaks to a matter of conscience afflicting more and more priests, that is, those priests outside explicitly traditional communities such as the ICRSS or FSSP, who take up offering the TLM and over time find the cognitive dissonance between the pre- and post-conciliar Rites and practice of the Faith almost insurmountable. Some of these generally diocesan priests have come to the conclusion that they cannot, in good conscience, continue to offer the post-conciliar Rites (Novus Ordo Mass and all the rest). This is a problem that will likely only continue to grow if Summorum Pontificum continues to stand and more and more priests take up the traditional practice of the Faith. May God bless all who do with abundantly, with the strength to always act in accord with His Will.
Fr. Carota addresses the matter head on. It is an unanticipated side effect of Summorum Pontificum that priests who come to offer the TLM and the whole traditional practice of the Faith will find the post-conciliar changes deficient.
Excerpts begin below. I add emphasis and comments:
This blog is for all you traditional Catholic priests, or those of you who are just beginning to discover the great treasure of Traditional Catholicism. All over the world, the Holy Spirit is opening priests’ hearts and minds to embrace the great ancient treasures of our Catholic faith that have been buried and discarded for the last 50 or 60 years…….
…..Then we discover the HUGE difference between all that we know; The New Mass, New Sacraments and New Prayers, with these ancient Latin Rites we begin to study and practice. This can bring on a terrible crisis in our priesthood. WE CANNOT DENY WHAT WE ARE DOING EVERYDAY AS NOVUS ORDO PRIESTS, AND THE HUGE DIFFERENCE WE EXPERIENCE DOING THE ANCIENT RITES AS TRADITIONAL PRIESTS. [It’s like it’s two different religions!]
Before, when all we offered and knew was the Novus Ordo New Mass, Sacraments and Prayers, we were satisfied doing our best to offer them according to the rules or rubrics in a sacred way. But then, and especially after we start offering these Tridentine Rites, the difference in the rubrics and prayers, stare us straight in our faces.
Most of us are obliged to offer the Novus Ordo New Sacraments. This is where the crisis begins to effect our conscience and our priesthood. An example are the rubrics that dictate the way that the Host and Precious Blood is handled in the Latin Mass compared with the minimal rubrics contained in the New Mass for handling the Body and Blood of Jesus. The same is to be said about the purification of the Sacred Vessels. [Just a query – is it not possible to use the TLM rubrics with regard to handling the sacred vessels? I know the two Rites are not supposed to mix, that we are not to see hybrids of TLM and Novus Ordo, but is that a blanket prohibition?]
Then, when the rubrics of the Latin Mass explicitly demands that Jesus should only be given kneeling down and on the tongue, yet, in the New Mass, we are obliged to give Holy Communion in the hands and standing. Bishops oblige priests to use Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers to give out Holy Communion and to bless everyone who approaches in sin or who is not Catholic. For us priests, trying to live in these two worlds, it can cause us to become schizophrenic. [Are priests really so “obliged?” I know one Novus Ordo priest who refuses to use EMHCs, for any Mass. If a pastor determined not to use EMHCs, he would probably be disciplined, but since EMHCs are canonically supposed to be only an option for extraordinary situations, and not the everyday abuse we see, could a bishop do more than reassign to a less-then-desirable parish a priest who refused to use them? Could such a priest not install altar rails and have that become the general mode of reception, kneeling and on the tongue? I ask because there are some priests I know who have done all of the above, including one in this Diocese and the MFVA priests associated with EWTN (or, at least, they did as of 3 years ago). As for the schizophrenia, I completely understand.]
……….In the prayers of the New Mass, very rarely is the word ‘Sacrifice’ used. In the Tridentine Mass, it is used very often and is the focus of the whole Mass. It is called the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In the New Mass, it is called the celebrating of the Holy Eucharist.
I will write more on this gradual crisis, that any sincerely holy Catholic priests will go through, as they discover and offer the two rites, The New and the Old Roman Rites, together. I also want to write more on the persecution we priests receive when we dare say the truth, ‘THAT THE LATIN MASS HAS MORE REVERENCE AND PROTECTION FOR GOD/JESUS IN THE HOLY EUCHARIST THAN THE NEW MASS’. [And since that is demonstrably true, should bishops/pastors not permit priests to offer strictly the TLM if they feel so called, especially if there is a group of laity who desire to receive the Sacraments according to the pre-conciliar Rites? Of course, most bishops today refuse to recognize that Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae even exist, so I don’t hold out excess hope for a sudden enlightenment]
What shall we do in this crisis of our Catholic Priesthood? We pray, we keep on learning and we make decisions that take a lot of faith. We must let our pastors and bishops know what our conscience is experiencing. We may have to change parishes or dioceses where we will be able to offer the Latin Mass. We may have to offer the New Rites with great pain, while we continue to offer the Ancient Rites. [This post is, in fact, a public letter with a quite specific target. Please, let’s not bring his name up]
We do not want to jump ship, even though this is very tempting to do. We want to stay in canonically approved Church. We need to have faith that God will take care of us, even if it means being terribly persecuted by our bishops, fellow priests and parishioners.
For all of you wonderful priests who are going through this crisis, God and Mary will sustain you. Let us pray for each other and go steady on. The Catholic truth that we have discovered is TRUE. There is no turning back. God needs us right now in His Church to help reform, renew and remind people of their Catholic Treasures that were almost destroyed, but are now being brought back to life at the great price of great persecution and ostracization.
Now that’s a meaningful post. As I said, individual readers may not agree with Father Carota’s recommendation, but I thank God he has broached the subject, because I think it is one that will become more significant as time goes on.
I guess this post also answers a question I’ve had in my mind for a while, whether Fr. Carota was “required” to offer the Sacraments according to the post-conciliar changes. It seems the answer is yes, but it also seems Fr. Carota has great difficulty doing so. Does anyone know for certain?
I do think a clarification or “improvement” to Summorum Pontificum/Universae Ecclesiae is necessary, that being, do priests who find they obtain such greater edification and fruit from the pre-conciliar Rites, and who have a decent group of laity who desire them, not deserve the ability to offer those Rites as they feel called to do so, according to the “old” Rites and rubrics? Not that I look for that to happen in this pontificate, but then again, our God is a God of surprises, so I may be shocked someday! Heh.
What I’m asking is, if the TLM is to be liberated and treated as fully equal as they are described in Summorum Pontificum, as something never abrogated, how can a priest be denied the right to offer them when he will? Certainly, there may be practical reasons, but what I’m referring to is what seems to be a blanket ban against going full-on TLM/traditional for any priests who are not in explicitly traditional “Ecclesia Dei” groups. Does that not indicate that the TLM is still far from equivalent in the minds of bishops and pastors? Even among those generous enough to allow a priest or two in their diocese to offer the TLM? We are
I have a feeling this matter will be around for a while, and as I said, grow. We are very much surrounded by the “throw the recusants a bone” mentality, instead of a spirit of generosity. Go figure. We had better be praying for our good, holy priests, they are in as desperate need of our prayers, as we are of their apostolates.
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Thanks to reader skeinster for the link. The Texas Senate has apparently “tentatively” passed a bill that clarifies clergy’s right to refuse taking part in a fake marriage for “same sex” couples. The bill would increase legal protections for clergy who find themselves in such situations, making it much more difficult for an aggrieved perverse couple to take legal action against them. Please do read the justifications of the bill’s demonrat opponents, it is incredible in light of the events of the past year that they would still trot out these pathetic arguments:
The so-called Pastor Protection Act — a bill that clarifies clergy members’ right to refuse to marry same-sex couples — tentatively passed the Texas Senate on Monday. [Right off the bat, the quite left of center Texas Tribune stakes out their ideological position on this bill – dramatically opposed]
After a brief debate in which several Democrats questioned the necessity of the measure, lawmakers approved Senate Bill 2065 along nearly party lines with a 21-10 vote. State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, sided with the chamber’s 20 Republicans. Final passage is expected Tuesday.
State Sen. José Rodríguez, an El Paso Democrat who voted against the measure, questioned whether it could be used to justify a refusal to perform interracial marriages — shielding religious officials from prosecution “no matter how extreme [their] views are.” [Please. Can he cite one instance in the past 25 years when a religious figure has refused a marriage on racial grounds? This is just a wicked calumny masquerading as a “concern.” I wonder what role this Rodriguez character played in the drama that has played out in El Paso regarding sodo-marriage and the persecution of a certain priest?]
Pointing out that same-sex marriage is banned in Texas, state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, asked what problem the bill was trying to fix.
Whitmire said it was “unheard of” that a same-sex couple would try to force a pastor to perform a wedding ceremony if that pastor did not accept their marriage. [Really?!? REALLY?! They have shown an unrelenting cruelty and desire to see their opponents not just beaten but crushed to the point of homelessness and abject misery. They have tried to wipe out the existences of florists and bakers and bed and breakfast owners, all related to their attempt to foist the ultimate affirmation of their perversion on the rest of us, their false, damnable “marriages.” In fact, this is so”unheard of,” that right now a Christian “pastor” is being cruelly persecuted in Coeur d’Alene Idaho because of his refusal to take part in this mockery of marriage. The city has declared all pastors “must” perform such false simulations of marriage.]
“They just want to be left alone to love their partner. They want to get married with clergy in a setting that embraces that union,” he said. [so that’s why they’ve tried to destroy any baker, pizzeria owner, florist, or anyone else who doesn’t give them the affirmation they so desperately crave? Pour encourager les autres?]
It’s time like these that I wish Lex was still around to comment. His searing wit would have torn this self-serving movement apart much better than I can. God rest his soul.
How many instances of Alinskyite tactics can you find in the above? Massive misrepresentation of fact, mockery of valid concerns of others, routine use of double standards, and always always always pushing for the progressive cause. The only really heartening bit in the above is to note that the dems are outnumbered over 2:1 in the Senate. But for how long?
So Fr. Z is pumping JPII as a Doctor of the Church now?!? Should we just make every Saint a Doctor and be done with it?