Development of Doctrine? Fr. Hunwicke breaks it down barney style.

Fr. Hunwicke, at his esteemed page, has a cold look at what “development of doctrine” might mean over the last few years.   Accepting, of course, that doctrine can develop, one can ask the question: how much time does it take?

How and how speedily does the Teaching of the Church “develop”?

[…]

TIMELINE

(1) Familiaris consortio was published in 1981; it repeated the Biblical precepts which for centuries had underpinned the Church’s conviction that the Holy Euchatist ought not to be administered to “remarried” divorcees.
(2) Sacramentum caritatis, 2005, repeated this teaching.
(3) Amoris laetitia is dated 19 March 2016, and was released 8 April 2016.
(4) On 5 September 2016 ‘Guidelines’ published by a group of Argentine bishops reached PF. These guidelines are commonly interpreted as allowing some ‘remarried’ divorcees to approach the Sacraments.
(5) On the same day, PF replied to this group of bishops praising their ‘Guidelines’ and saying “There is no other interpretation”.
(6) On 5 June 2017, PF formally instructed Cardinal Parolin in audientia to have these texts published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis as being “Authentic Magisterium”.
(7) They duly appeared in AAS together with the Rescriptum ex audientia Sanctissimi.
(8) Cardinal Kasper, a Great Theologian, subsequently explained that the question was now authoritatively closed. Roma locuta est …

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN …

… gave a rather different, and more painstaking, historical perspective. I expect he was a Silly Fellow, too.

” … the Church of Rome has originated nothing …

” … all through Church history from the first, how slow is authority in intervening! Perhaps a local teacher, or a doctor in some local school, hazards a proposition, and a controversy ensues. It smoulders or burns in one place, no one interposing; Rome simply lets it alone. Then it comes before a bishop; or some priest, or some professor in some other seat of learning takes it up; and there is a second stage of it. Then it comes before a university, and it may be condemned by the theological faculty. So the controversy proceeds year after year, and Rome is still silent. An appeal perhaps is next made to a seat of authority inferior to Rome; and then at last after a long while it comes before the supreme power. Meanwhile, the question has been ventilated and turned over and over again, and viewed on every side of it, and authority is called upon to pronounce a decision, which has already been arrived at by reason. But even then, perhaps the supreme authority hesitates to do so, and nothing is determined on the point for years; or so generally and vaguely, that the whole controversy has to be gone through again, before it is ultimately determined.”

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ADVENTCAzT 2018 17: Conscience and You

Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord.

Here is ADVENTCAzT 17, for Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Advent.

These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for my benefactors.  Thank you!

We are in the time of the O Antiphons.  I have an oooold page about them.  HERE

Have some Mystic Monk Coffee and have a listen!

Chime in if you listened.

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ASK FATHER: Even after continuous sacrileges, Bishop forces Communion in the hand

From a priest…

QUAERITUR:

At my parish since March of this year, the Holy Eucharist has been found on the floor 14+ times. Initially, when our Lord was found, I addressed it from the pulpit, asked certain parishioners to watch, inform me of any suspicious behavior, and wrote about the implications in the parish bulletin. When the sacrileges continued, I required all communicants to receive on the tongue until further notice in light of Redemptoris Sacramentum, 92. [“… If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful.”] A few weeks later, I received a letter from my bishop that stated I must allow parishioners the option to receive on the hand. If parishioners were adamant to receive on the hand, I would give holy Communion on the hand.

However, this past weekend, two sacred hosts were found. Now, I believe the only option is to not distribute holy Communion until the perpetrator is turned in.

Would you know if canonically, I am able to do this?

Please pray for me.

Know of my prayers for you and the Diocese of Madison!

It is hard to imagine how this happens.  At the same time, given our state in the Church after decades of disaster it is not hard at all.  Things will get worse before they get better.

It is also difficult to imagine a bishop not making the connection here.  But it really isn’t, I guess.

Alas, you are in a tough spot.  If the bishop insists that you disobey Redemptionis Sacramentum 92 – I am glad he put that in writing – then you might try one of those old fashioned solutions.   You know the sort I mean, when there are one or two screw up in the platoon, then weekend leave is cancelled for the entire platoon until the screwing up stops.

If the mandate from the bishop is that you must permit reception in the hand, then you might significantly slow down the distribution of Communion.

Have ushers on either side of the priest distributing. As an individual comes up to communicate, require that those who opt to receive in the hand place the Sacred Host in his or her mouth and swallow before the ushers permit the individual to return to the pews.

This will also give the organist time to make it through all 57 verses of “Whatsoever You Do.”

 

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A Rorate Mass for UW students

As we come to the close of the year, you are surely thinking about your end of year charitable giving.

Please remember the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison,  a 501(c)(3) organization.  Your donations are tax-deductible.  Click the link for ways to give.

What does the TMSM do?  According to our charter, we have a task of helping the celebration of and expanding the use of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  We sponsor and organize Masses.  We also give aid to priests who want to use the traditional form.

I was recently contacted by a priest at the St. Paul Catholic Center at the University of Wisconsin in downtown Madison.  The students were asking for a Rorate Mass but they lacked some basic elements.  Enter the TMSM!  We provided some of the useful nuts and bolts and they did the rest.

Here are some photos of the Mass, provided by a student, Derek Ho.  Fr. Andrew Showers was the celebrant.

As you may know, Rorate Masses, celebrated in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, usually begin in candlelit and end at dawn.

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Priest preaches at funeral, world falls on his head – UPDATE – HOMILY TEXT

UPDATE 17 Dec 2018:

Canonist Ed Peters has a post about the text of the sermon that Fr. LaCuesta gave at the funeral for the young man who committed suicide.

The family fueled the usual hyped-up MSM faux reporting.  (NYT … can you believe it?  NYT covered it? was shameless and ultra-lib bedmate La Croix was also dreadfully unfair) The priest’s reputation has been trashed and he was sidelined by the diocese.

Peters received a copy of the text of the sermon.  I’ve read it too.

Peters comments:

[…]

Note, first, how short this homily is. Perfectly in line with canonical and liturgical norms for such cases.

More importantly, and flatly contrary to how LaCuesta’s homily has been portrayed in the media, I don’t see Hell mentioned anywhere, anywhere, nor any language that relegates this poor young man thereto, and instead I see clarion reminders of the mercy of Christ recited at least half-a-dozen times. I see, too, the moral gravity of suicide—itself approaching epidemic proportions among Americans today—directly acknowledged and fears about its eternal consequences candidly admitted, but I also see consoling references to how much more God knows about one’s life than do those even closest to him and how much that deeper, likely mitigating, divine knowledge leaves the rest of us mortals, grieving a suicide, room for real hope. And I see real sympathy for the powerless, abject suffering visited on those left behind by a suicide, on people who would have moved heaven and earth to help a child seriously considering self-destruction, but who are now forever bereft of that chance (save for their prayers for the departed, of course).

And yet these few, balanced, honest, words were twice interrupted by family members for their failure ‘to celebrate the life of the deceased’, and the secular media, always ready to encourage a ‘Let’s you and him fight’ scenario [That’s a huge part of this.] when it comes to Catholics and the Church, fomented a picture of this priest as a heartless thug without citing so much as a single independently-reported word of his homily? Crimeny.

So here’s my suggestion: when the perfect homily for funeral Masses of those who kill themselves is composed we’ll send it right off to all priests ever called upon to deliver one. Till then, parish priests might want to look at Fr. LaCuesta’s homily for some good thoughts and ideas.

Want to read the text of the homily for yourselves?  HERE
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Originally Published on: Dec 15, 2018 

I was sitting in the Delta lounge at LGA this morning waiting for my flight and, across the room, I saw on soundless CNN something about a priest who made a young person’s suicide “worse”.

It seems that, in Michigan, a priest gave a sermon at the funeral of a young man who committed suicide and that people didn’t like it.   Dr. Peters also wrote about this and the canonical aspects of funeral sermons in relation to this incident.  HERE

I haven’t heard a recording, but from what I can tell, the priest spoke about suicide, which caused pain to the loved ones of the young man.  However, from news reports it also seems that they were upset that the priest didn’t treat the funeral as a “celebration of life”.

For example HERE:

A funeral should focus on the way an individual lived, rather than the way he died, Jeff and Linda Hullibarger said.

That’s why they’re upset at the way a local priest, the Rev. Don LaCuesta at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Temperance, Mich., handled the service for their 18-year-old son, Maison, who died on Dec. 4. The couple said the priest disregarded their requests for an uplifting homily and instead chose to sermonize on the morality of suicide.

“He basically called our son a sinner, instead of rejoicing in his life,” Ms. Hullibarger said.

[…]

“We heard he was talking about suicide,” Mr. Hullibarger said. “We looked at each other, and said, ‘What is he doing? We didn’t ask for this.’”

[…]

Mr. Hullibarger approached the priest during the sermon to ask that he end it, but he said the priest did not acknowledge him. The couple said they had to again intervene in order to share their own reflection before the recessional hymn, which they had also previously discussed. They asked that Father LaCuesta not accompany them to the cemetery after the service.

No, a funeral is not a celebration of life.  That doesn’t mean that the priest had to dwell on the issue of suicide.

Also, people don’t get to prescribe what priest’s preach about.

Then the father went up to the priest during the sermon… nope.  You don’t get to do that either.

In another news account HERE,

“He basically called our son a sinner, instead of rejoicing in his life,” said Linda Hullibarger, Maison’s mother, the Toledo Blade reports. “It was what he wanted. He said nothing about what we asked him to say.”

Funerals are delicate and funerals of suicides even more so.   However, I have a sense that, perhaps, there may have been a somewhat comprehensive lack of long term catechesis in the lives of the loved ones of that unfortunate young man.

Of course since this is now the Era of Outrage, some are baying for the priest’s head.   And the diocese has not deemed to give the priest much support.

It is entirely possible that this priest went a bit overboard in what he said.  Again, I have not heard or read that sermon.

However, I would not be surprised if some element in this sad story involves those involved having a presupposition that everyone, except perhaps Hitler, goes to heaven pretty much automatically and that’s why funerals are celebrations of life.  No.  Funerals are for praying for the mercy of God on the soul of the deceased, no matter how he dies.

Finally, I hope that family can find some peace without taking out the rage on that priest and trying to ruin his life – a funny way to “celebrate life”.  I also will say a prayer for that young man who took his own life.

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17 Dec: St. Daniel and the Furnace Boys

Some don’t know, and understandably so, that the Church recognizes many great figures of the Old Testament as saints, and she gives them feast days.

They may not appear on the general calendar for liturgical observation, but they are listed in the Roman Martyrology.

As the first part of Advent closes and we move into the heavier Advent days of final preparation we have three ancient Prophets.

On 16 Dec St. Haggai.

On 18 Dec. St. Malachi.

Today, 17 Dec, we have St. Daniel.

Along with Daniel we celebrate Sts. Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, the three boys in the fiery furnace.

Speaking of Daniel, don’t forget the wonderful artwork of Daniel Mitsui, which would make a fine gift for Christmas or Epiphany.  I’ve had one of his recent prints framed as a gift for someone who has been super helpful lately.

 

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ADVENTCAzT 2018 16: O Antiphons

Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord.

Here is ADVENTCAzT 16, for Monday of the 3rd Week of Advent.

These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for my benefactors.  Thank you!

Today we hear about the O Antiphons.  I have an oooold page about them.  HERE

Have some Mystic Monk Coffee and have a listen!

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Advent Penance Service Idiocy

From a friend.

WARNING TO MALE READERS: Simply reading the text in the images, below, may compromise your testosterone level.   Imagine what reading aloud might do.

This idiocy was perpetrated on the People of God at a parish. It came with the note:

“Just the latest from a parish – the one with 60 minutes of confessions per month.”

Give us a share of that divine innocence that … what?  that… made Zachary a mute until his boy’s bris?

It must have taken monumental self-control not to break out in laughter.

An hour total time for confessions… total… in a month… and then they do this crap?

Priests and bishops who are probably going to Hell

You would think that this sort of thing would have washed out with the demise of cabbage patch kids.

UPDATE:

But wait!  There’s more.  Another sheet came in.

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POLL: Gaudete Rose Vestments and Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard as you fulfilled your Gaudete Sunday Mass obligation?

Let us know.

Meanwhile, lets have a poll.

Choose your best answer. Add interesting and thoughtful comments.  Anyone can participate in the poll, but you must be registered and approved to comment.

For my Roman Rite 2018 'Gaudete' Sunday Mass of Obligation I saw vestments of

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ASK FATHER: Pastor says “Gaudete Sunday, is no more”

From today’s live video stream

This greeted me in my email today.

I pray that you are well. I am a permanent Deacon.  I began my homily today … making mention that today we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, or “Rejoice Sunday.” After Mass my pastor approached me and said the homily was fine, but, I had to make a change. I have to say that today is FORMERLY “Gaudete Sunday. He said, in his words, that, Gaudete Sunday, is no more. Now, all the research I do says that this is isn’t so. I will also mention that our Advent vestments are blue. Nothing much I can do about it.

That is true.  As pastor, Fr. Grinch has the right to be as ignorant and as obtuse as he wishes.

It is NOT true that “Gaudete Sunday ‘is no more'”.

First, the very first word of the Mass, the first word of the antiphon that the Church assigns for today’s Mass, is “Gaudete“.  It may be that the pastor is ignorant of this fact because, at that parish on Sundays, hymns or ditties are used instead of the Church’s true prayers.  The 3rd Sunday of Advent is still called Gaudete Sunday.

Some of our days have nicknames, that are not in the Missal.  I wonder.  Does the pastor also have it in for “Good Friday” and “Easter Sunday”?  How about “Christmas”?  Does he insist on calling it “Nativity of Our Lord”?

Next, Francis, not exactly a liturgical conservative, thinks that Gaudete Sunday is okay.  Last year he referred to it during his Sunday Angelus address.   HERE  Then again, even that term “Angelus”, being Latin, might not be known to the pastor.   Let’s just say that each Sunday Francis shows up at a high window over St. Peter Square, and he talks for a few minutes before saying prayers that people used to say all the time.

Also, our liturgical Ordo (ooops, another Latin word) says that during Advent we are not to have flowers on our altars or to use instrumental music except on this 3rd Sunday.  Why?  Because it is it is “Rejoice” Sunday, and, in parallel with the still existing Laetare Sunday in Lent, that’s what we Catholics do.

In addition, our Ordo also indicates that rose vestments can be used on this Sunday, as well as Laetare.  I wonder why.  By the way, Francis thinks Laetare still exists too.  HERE

As far as blue vestments are concerned, there is a possibility of using this color in some places for Marian feasts, but there is no possibility – at all – period – during Advent.

Anyway, I have commented at length about blue vestments during Advent in the past.  We even have a tune about it.  Perhaps the pastor could ask the choir to sing this next week.

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ADVENTCAzT 2018 15: Joyful Longing, Longing Joy

Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord.

Here is ADVENTCAzT 15, for the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Gaudete!

These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for my benefactors.  Thank you!

Today we hear about joyful longing, longing joy.  My text is from From Advent To Epiphany by Fr. Patrick Troadec – US HERE (English) – UK (French original) HERE

Have some Mystic Monk Coffee and have a listen!

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UPDATE: Sending snail-mail 2018 Christmas cards

UPDATE: 15 Dec 2018

I returned home, and checked the PO Box, which was jammed with cards.  Thank you.

Many of you included kind words about my recent injuries.  Thank you.  Many of you also expressed prayers for Bp. Morlino.  I am very grateful.  Quite of few of you had me enrolled in Masses to be celebrated.  I need every bit I can get.   Some of you sent a gift of money or gift cards.  Warm and cheerful thanks.

Now, places whence your cards have come:

Bend, OR
Middleton, WI
Wheaton, IL
Thaxton, VA
Santa Fe, NM
North Port, FL
Houston, TX (thanks)
Rio Rico, AZ
Columbia, PA
Lafayette, LA
Montauk, NY?
Dayton, OH
Pewamo, MI
Lismore, Ireland
Leawood, KS (nice note)
Ohkay Owingeh, NM
San Diego, CA
Sabattus, ME (73!)
St. Louis, MO
O’Fallon, MO
Flint, MI
Menomonie Falls, WI
St. Benedict, OR (be good!)
Arbor Vitae, WI
Mt Vernon, OH (thanks for that last note and COOL stamps)
York, PA
Howard Beach, NY
Pine Grove, PA
San Juan, PR
Heidelberg, Germany
Leavenworth, KS (good for you!)
Mt. Clemens, MI
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Columbus, IN
Kyoto, Japan (Domo arigato gozaimashita!)

 

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Originally Published on: Dec 4, 2018

Already a couple emails have come in about an address for sending Christmas greetings.

If you would like to send me Christmas greetings or cards, please send by snail mail, if possible with really cool stamps.

As I did last year, I’ll try to post all the places whence they arrived from around the world.  Also, I find the notes and letters which describe the year people have had to be interesting and, often, moving.  I read them all.

I have a US PO BOX address.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf
Tridentine Mass Society of Madison
733 Struck St.
PO BOX 44603
Madison, WI 53744-4603

PAST ADDRESSES ARE VOID

If you need to send anything that requires a signature, such as gold bars, a Bugatti Chiron, bearer bonds, cases of Pappy Van Winkle, complete Pontifical Mass vestment sets … you know, the usual stuff, get in touch with me for an alternate address.

Please! DON’T send perishable food items. I am sure they would be wonderful, and neither poisonous nor hallucinogenic… mostly. But, please, just don’t.

If you put glitter in the card, I’ll recite the Maledictory Psalms against you.

I always enjoy the cards.

Have a wonderful Advent!

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My View For Awhile: Limping Homeward

It has been great, though slow going in NYC.  Time to head home.

I had access to the lounge this time in a new way. I am seriously irritated that Delta club membership will no longer be acknowledged by partner airlines. Therefore I didn’t re-up. Instead I’ll use my AmEx card for access to the club in these USA and also have access to several networks of private clubs at foreign airports I tend to access.

Anyway, in the lounge I had “breakfast”, technically accurate since it broke my fast. I’m not sure what this is, but I have an image of Charlton Heston shouting something….

It was in the place where one might have expected bacon. After a nibble, an essay, a foray, I demurred.

This is, happily, a non-stop trip … which I guess they all are, come to think of it. I don’t have to change planes. Hence I hope I won’t have to post many updates.

UPDATE

I spoke too soon.

My neighbor is, I suspect, rather high strung.

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Newly born religious groups, strangled in their cradles

In July I wrote about a group in Ferrara (HERE) which, having great success, is being treated rather curiously by the local bishop.   The Priestly Brotherhood of the Family of Christ (FSFC) seems to be doing great things.

I read at Fr. Hunwicke’s place that the Holy See has imposed yet another commissar on the FSFC.  That doesn’t bode well.

Fr. H has some sharp comments.  Including…

Readers will remember the regulations according to which diocesan bishops were peremptorily deprived of the right to set up religious communities of diocesan right within their jurisdictions without interference from the Congregation for Religious. I imagine that wise bishops will refrain from canonically erecting any new and orthodox groups, but will instead protect and foster them in an informal uncanonical state until the days of joy and freedom return. Is it a sign of health in an ecclesial body that pastoral and prudent hierarchs will feel the necessity to operate beneath the canonical radar?

It is hardly surprising that, when an orthodox Shepherd dies or retires, there should be such anxieties about what might happen to his diocese. There must be quite a few seedy would-be misthotoi slouching impatiently  behind Roman pillars puffing away at their fags while eagerly awaiting the rewards of sycophancy and networking.

And you should see what follows.

Hard times for traditional religious, my friends.   All the want to be is Catholic, and, as their groups are being born, those who ought to parent them to maturity are strangling them in their cradles.

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ADVENTCAzT 2018 14: LIBERALS!

Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord.

Here is ADVENTCAzT 14, for Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent

These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for my benefactors.  Thank you!

Today we hear from Marcel Lefebvre about the Magnificat (hint: positive).  He has some things to say about liberals and modernists (hint: not positive).

Have some Mystic Monk Coffee and have a listen!

Chime in if you listened.

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