Some positive items

There are so many terrible things going on right now.  How about some good things?

Here is a great quote from St. Briget of Sweden, which I saw at The Back Of The World:

I Believe in Solemn, Reverent Liturgy Because…
…I believe that as Catholics, we need to act like we know this is true:

“One day, when a priest was celebrating Mass, I saw, at the moment of Consecration, how all the powers of heaven were set in motion. I heard, at the same time, a heavenly music, most harmonious, most sweet. Numberless Angels came down, the chant of whom no human understanding could conceive, nor the tongue of man describe. They surrounded and looked upon the priest, bowing towards him in reverential awe. The devils commenced to tremble, and took to flight in greatest confusion and terror.” ~St. Bridget of Sweden

And here is another great thing at Holiness In The Ordinary:

From the Little Soldier, to a newly ordained priest.


It reads, “Father Noe. Congratulations! God called you to the sacred order of Priesthood. I know it is a hard life, but it is a good path to heaven.”

I have to brag just a bit. He just turned 7 last month. He had no help from me or from older brother and sisters. Dear Fathers, take heart, do not be discouraged. This little one loves you and prays for you.

That’s mighty fine.

Speaking of priests, this is from The Tenneseean:

Nashville adds 9 priests in historic Catholic ceremony

Nashville welcomed nine men into the Roman Catholic priesthood Saturday, setting a statewide record and promising relief to overworked priests ministering to some of the fastest-growing congregations in the country.

The gain is good news for the 67 priests already spread across 38 counties in Middle Tennessee. At least 70,000 registered Catholics call Middle Tennessee home, and that number is growing. The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University earlier this year ranked Nashville eighth in the nation for its rate of converts.


And then there’s this:

I will be celebrating the first Solemn High Mass in my parish for the Feast of the Assumption. Would you be so kind as to help promote it? I understand if you are not able.

Thank you!

Solemn High Mass
The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary
August 15th ~ 7:00 pm
Church of the Holy Ghost ~ Tiverton, Rhode Island

Celebrant & Preacher
The Rev’d Father Jay A. Finelli
Pastor of Holy Ghost

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A priest I spoke with yesterday mentioned how clerics should properly use their birettas (hat, not Beretta… which is another post).

I call proper use of the biretta “birettiquette”.

Once upon a time I actually had made a little pamphlet on this… but I can’t find it.  I wonder if there is still a copy in the biretta cupboard back at St. Agnes in St. Paul.

Look, Fathers.  Military personnel need to know what to do with their hats. This varies with the services. The Navy handle covers differently than the Army, for example, when it comes to indoors and outdoors.

The same goes for clergy in choir dress or as sacred ministers, inside or outside.

Here are some rapid notes I sent some time ago to a priest friend who was going to be attending a TLM in choro for the first time and wanted to know what to do.  I think they apply also to the Ordinary Form.

  • Carry the biretta in procession.
  • Only the sacred ministers wear it when walking.
  • Wear it when seated.
  • Remove it BEFORE standing and recover only when seated again.
  • Do not wear it kneeling.
  • Uncover at the Holy Name by removing the biretta and lowering it to your right knee.
  • When covering, for the love of all that’s holy, don’t use both hands.  It ain’t a motorcycle helmet. Right hand only.
  • Tip it in return if ministers bow to your direction as they pass before you or if they are heading to point X across the sanctuary and make the usual honorific bows.
  • When wearing the biretta in choir, it is removed at any point where one would bow the head, e.g. at the Holy Name, or when all three Persons of the Trinity are mentioned together. It should also be removed at the name of the Blessed Virgin and of the Saint of the Day or Titular.
  • Preachers can wear the biretta when preaching.
  • Put it on correctly! If it is a three-horned biretta, what Italians call a “tricorno”, the middle “horn” goes to the right side of your head so you remove and cover using your right hand.  Don’t look like a rube, gentlemen.  Spanish, five-horned? Deal with it.
  • Servers and sacred ministers, such as deacons, should always offer the biretta so that the priest can grasp that middle “horn”.
  • When standing, hold the biretta with hands before your chest, using both hands, holding the bottom edge so that the biretta is above your hands.
  • Servers: know when the “usual oscula” are to be observed.
  • If in procession you are carrying a book, hold the book upright with the pages to the left and hook the top of the biretta in your lower fingers below the book.
  • Hold the biretta before your chest as described above when standing when orations are sung, the Gospel is sung, you are being incensed, the blessing at the end, etc.
  • Do not…do NOT… sit on it!  That crunch sound makes angels weep.

There are some fast tips for your birettiquette!


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Card. Müller’s book-length interview: refutes Communion for divorced and civilly remarried

You will want to look at what Sandro Magister posted today.  HERE

Müller: “These Theories Are Radically Mistaken”

The prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith refutes the ideas of those who want to permit second marriages with the first spouse still alive. He is backed up by Cardinal Sebastián, who also disagrees with Cardinal Kasper. But whose side is Pope Francis on?

ROME, July 29, 2014 – In a book-length interview recently released simultaneously in Italy, Spain, and the United States, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, revisits and develops what he had already reiterated last fall in an article in “L’Osservatore Romano” that made a sensation:

Divorced and Remarried. Müller Writes, Francis Dictates (23.10.2013)

In that article, Müller dwelt above all on the question of communion for the divorced and remarried, reiterating the reasons for the prohibition.

Already at the time, in fact, even at the higher levels of the hierarchy there were some who maintained the need for the Church to remove this ban.

And at the consistory in February of this year this change was upheld by the one whom Pope Francis had charged with introducing the discussion, Cardinal Walter Kasper:

Kasper Changes the Paradigm, Bergoglio Applauds (1.3.2014)

In the following months, Kasper’s ideas prompted particularly vigorous public reactions from cardinals Carlo Caffarra, Velasio De Paolis, Walter Brandmüller, and Thomas Collins.

But now it is again the prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith who is intervening forcefully in defense of the traditional doctrine.

The interview was conducted last June by Carlos Granados, director of the Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos in Madrid. It was reviewed by the cardinal and has as its backdrop the upcoming synod of bishops, dedicated to the theme of the family.

In the preface another cardinal, former Pamplona archbishop Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, writes:

“The main problem present in the Church with regard to the family is not the small number of the divorced and remarried who would like to receive Eucharistic communion. Our most serious problem is the great number of baptized who marry civilly and of sacramentally married spouses who do not live marriage or the marital life in harmony with Christian life and the teachings of the Church, which would have them be living icons of Christ’s love for his Church present and working in the world.”

Cardinal Sebastián received the scarlet from Pope Francis, who has great esteem for him. But he certainly cannot be numbered among the supporters of Kasper’s theses.

In the interview Cardinal Müller also criticizes those who back themselves up with some of the statements of Pope Francis, bending them in support of a “pastoral” change on marriage.

He says, for example:

“The image of the field hospital is very beautiful. Nonetheless we cannot manipulate the pope by reducing the whole reality of the Church to this image. The Church in itself is not a hospital: the Church is also the house of the Father.”

And again:

“A simple ‘adaptation’ of the reality of marriage to the expectations of the world does not bear any fruit, but rather turns out to be counterproductive: the Church cannot respond to the challenges of the modern world with a pragmatic adaptation. In opposing an easy pragmatic adaptation, we are called to choose the prophetic audacity of martyrdom. With this we can bear witness to the Gospel of the holiness of marriage. A lukewarm prophet, through an adjustment to the spirit of the time, would be seeking his own salvation, not the salvation that only God can give.”

The following is an extract of the passages from the interview dedicated to the question of communion for the divorced and remarried, in which Müller also refutes another mantra associated with Pope Francis, that of “mercy”:


Go there to read the whole thing.

Dear readers, there are some things that we sinners get ourselves into which have no easy fixes.  Some things, as a matter of fact, can’t be fixed at all.  We have to accept the consequences of our actions and then get on as best we can, even suffering and asking for grace to bear the burden.  Some people have heavy crosses indeed.  God is with them.  He works with them.  We must be willing to bear crosses and ask God’s help and mercy, sometimes for the remainder of our earthly lives.  I have a doctor friend who once has a dissatisfied patient lament, “Do I have to take these pills forever?”  ”No,” came the answer, “Just until you die.”  This is how it goes for some people.

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His Hermeneuticalness, priest and hacker

I saw at the blog of my friend, (still) the P.P. of Blackfen, His Hermeneuticalness himself, Fr. Finigan, that he has hacked his Kindle.

Don’t have a Kindle yet.  What on earth are you waiting for?  USA HERE (for one type, a Paperwhite, you can surf to others) and UK HERE

Fr. Finigan managed to jailbreak his Kindle and change the screen savers.  I’ve GOT to do this.

Here is a shot he posted:

Fr Z kudos.

Meanwhile… (why not…) my Kindle Wishlist is HERE.

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Your Good News

Do you have some good news you can pass along?

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point or two in the sermon you heard on Sunday?

Let us know what it was!

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2nd Amendment wins one in DC!

This is big news.  Via WaPo:

D.C. police won’t enforce handgun ban; stay of ruling overturning law will be sought

D.C. police were told Sunday not to arrest people for carrying handguns on the street in the wake of a judge’s ruling that overturned the city’s principal gun-control law.

However, the D.C. attorney general’s office said it would seek a stay of the ruling while the city decides whether to appeal.

In an order approved by Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, police were told that District residents are permitted to carry pistols if the weapons are registered. Those who had not registered their handguns could be charged on that ground, the instruction said.

The number of registered pistols is thought to be low.

Lanier’s instructions to police also said that residents of other jurisdictions without felony records would not be charged under the ban on carrying pistols.  [!]


Whoa! The 2nd Amendment wins won in DC!

Via Gun Watch:

Emily Miller reports:

STUNNING DEVELOPMENT: DC Police Chief Lanier just told force not to arrest a person who can legally carry a gun in DC or any state.

As of 6:24 p.m. on July 27, 2014, this is a welcome development. Many have said that the D.C. political establishment will ignore the judges order. This shows that Police Chief Lanier is, at minimum, unwilling to be found in contempt. Notice the broad extent of the order: no arrests for a person who can legally carry a gun in D.C. or any State.

With 30 states having open carry without a permit, [I wonder if these states are permitted or what is meant are people with the actual CCW license.] and over 11 million concealed carry permits valid in the[se] United States, that is a lot of people who may legally carry in the District.

It looks like DC just became a little safer.

Would that Chicago were next.

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28 July 1914 – WORLD AT WAR – 100th anniversay of WWI

One hundred years ago, World War I began. The world hasn’t been the same since.

Today a friend sent a pic from Business Insider which I now share.

The other photos give a sense of what trench warfare was like.

I may have to take another trip to Kansas City soon in order to visit again the World War I Memorial and Museum.  I might have to get some BBQ and then, perhaps, do an exorcism at the offices of the Fishwrap.

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How Fishwrap celebrates Episcopalian “ordination” of women.

Preliminary comments.  Priests are for sacrifice.  Sacrifice requires priesthood.  If you don’t have sacrifice, you don’t need priests.  You can have ministers, instead.  Ministers are fine, but they aren’t priests.

Second, Anglicans/Episcopalians don’t have priests because they don’t have valid orders.  No, they don’t.

Moreover, do Anglican even want to have sacrifice?  Isn’t their “Mass”, their “Eucharist”, a memorial of Christ’s Sacrifice, merely?  Catholics believe that Mass is an objective Sacrifice, the renewal of the once-for-all time event, rather than its mere commemoration. We had this fight in the 16th century.

They reject the notion of objective sacrifice, an understand of Mass as the unbloody renewal of Christ’s bloody Sacrifice on Calvary as propitiation for our sins.  Mass can also be seen as “banquet”, but it is, first and foremost and inextricably Sacrifice.

It seems to me that these women - catholic priest-wannabes too – want to be ordained to the clergy, rather than to the priesthood.  They don’t really want to be ordained to the priesthood, properly understood, because – say it with me – priests are principally for … sacrifice.  A priest who rejects sacrifice is like a potter who condemns clay, a butcher who nixes knives, a fireman who flees fires. Priesthood detached from sacrifice is an absurdity.

Lastly, even if Episcopalians did have valid orders, women couldn’t receive them.  No, they can’t.

Now, I direct your attention to Fishwrap (aka, at least today, the National Episcopalian Reporter) which is celebrating 40 years of Episcopalian women being “ordained” (not) to their “priesthood” (not). The piece as all the right words and phrases: “informal barriers to advancement” … “irregular ordinations” … “brave women deacons and a handful of risk-taking bishops”.  It’s a hoot.

Watch especially for the strange use of “ordain”. Ask yourself along the way: “Ordain … to what, exactly?”  To ministry, perhaps.  There is complete confusion about the concept of “ministry” and “priesthood”. These are NOT the same concept.  They article was, by the way, written by a Presbyterian, so this confusion isn’t really a surprise.  But let’s admit it: lots of Catholics are confused about priesthood and ministry.

As you read, ask yourself another question: “Why do liberals pretend that women can’t do anything valuable if they don’t say Mass? Are women who give their lives in service to the Church simply losers because they don’t say Mass?”  What are we to make of make of this condescending attitude?  For example, from the article: “Would I be the energetic Episcopal church lady that my mother had been, content with teaching Sunday school and organizing the food pantry? Or would I have left the church altogether? I don’t really know.”  My emphasis.

By the way, note how Fishwrap exalts Episcopalian “Bishop” Katharine Jefferts Schori. They splash a big photo of her.

Is this the same Katherine Jefferts Schori who, as “bishop” in Nevada hired a former Benedictine monk from Collegeville knowing that he was a pedophile? Yes, I believe she is the same.   HERE

Have the editors of Fishwrap howled for her chitlins as they have for Bp. Finn’s or Archbp. Nienstedt’s? She did something worse than those real bishops are alleged to have done.

No, she get’s a pass from the Fishwrap.  And she is exalted by them.  Why is that?

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St. John XXIII doesn’t like it when you clap in church. So STOP it! (VIDEO)

Joseph Card. Ratzinger – now Benedict XVI – wrote in his Spirit of the Liturgy:

“Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment. ” (Spirit of the Liturgy p. 198)

I spotted this today at NLM from my friend Greg DiPippo.

His translation of the Italian in the video, below:

The fourth Sunday of Lent, John XXIII was once again among the crowd, at Ostia. (about 15 miles to the south-west of Rome.) Thousands of people were waiting for him along the street, in the piazza, in the church. They wanted to see him, to applaud him. They did not know that afterwards, he would rebuke them, in a good-natured way, in his simple , spontaneous, familiar way of speaking.

“I am very glad to have come here. But if I must express a wish, it is that in church you not shout out, that you not clap your hands, and that you not greet even the Pope, because ‘templum Dei, templum Dei.’ (‘The temple of God is the temple of God.’)

Now, if you are pleased to be in this beautiful church, you must know that the Pope is also pleased to see his children. But as soon as he sees his good children, he certainly does not clap his hands in their faces. And the one who stands before you is the Successor of St. Peter.”

How about this.

If there is applause for the pop-combo at “liturgy” in your “worship space”, get a copy of Spirit of the Liturgy and mark the passage I quoted above.  Give it to the priest.  Then send him a link to the YouTube video, above.


A priest wrote, asking:

What about all the clapping at the Mass of Christian Burial for St. John Paul II?

You mean that Mass which was celebrated out in the big parking lot in front of the Basilica?

St. John XXIII was in a church.  Benedict XVI was talking about “human achievement” (e.g., a well-sung solo).

So, what about it?

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