My View For Awhile: Rapid Western Strike – RETURN TRIP

No, I am not heading to your planet’s moon. I did, however, get up early to watch Super “Snow Moon” set. Quite a sight, all teed up like this.  The largest of 2019.

Parking today was horrid. An advantage of departures at oh-dark is that you get a good spot. Today not so much.

And now they are talking about delays, and I have a tight connection. No bag checked which helps.

UPDATE:

The delay was long enough that even with a cart I just made it as boarding started. At MSP you never know. I have a long-standing habit of coming in and going out from the last, farthest gates.

UPDATE:

This could be a very long flight. More later.

UPDATE:

It’s later.

As it turned out, I had a 3.5 hour flight to LAX surrounded by babies and dogs. I think the total age of the four babies within 2 rows was, perhaps 2… in people years, not dog years. And this DOG thing on the airplane is becoming ridiculous.

And, given the comfort of the seat, this line, from the pre-flight video was a hoot:

Every time we take off, we try to make the world a little smaller.

UPDATE

I gave my talk – a new one with some perennial themes.

Now I’m headed back East to a snow covered car.

Meanwhile, who can interpret what Pius IX wrote in this chirograph?

UPDATE

While I detest still needing a cane for some things, it is good to board a bit early. On the other hand that means more time on the airplane.

It’s always something.

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Bob Hope makes insightful observation

Something to delight the Great Roman™, in gratitude for the video from Nigeria.  I was shown this last night on the way back to LA from a talk I gave.

Enjoy!

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These, ladies and gentlemen, are men.

Nigerian solidiers, fighting the Islamic beasts of Boko Haram, adore the Blessed Sacrament in Zambiza forest.

They seem to know you have to kneel before the Blessed Sacrament. They even found a thurible.

There’s more reverence in the African bush than in most cathedrals of the West.

As the “summit” opens in Rome.

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Mighty St. Thérèse, victim of “fake news” and the cruelty of libs

I am a great fan of St. Joan of Arc, a saint also for our day.  Also, I am indebted to St. Thérèse for help with my vocation in the dark days of my US seminary nightmare.  She was instrumental in my continuation (including sign of roses).

I saw something about St. Thérèse and her photo dressed as Joan of Arc at ChurchPop which I didn’t know.  They picked it up from a tweet or some other such gizmo.

It is poignant.  It is illustrative.

In this brief glimpse into the life of St. Thérèse you can see something of the cruelty of liberals with their “fake news” and others who hate the Church such as those entangled in Freemasonry.

The Surprising Little-Known Story Behind St. Thérèse’s Famous Joan of Arc Photo

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I never knew the background of my favorite photo of Saint Thérèse playing Joan of Arc until recently when a friend told me about it. It’s fascinating. Apparently, a man under the name Leo Taxil published a number of autobiographies featuring Freemason conversions to Catholicism. The most popular was an autobiography of Diana Vaughan, whose conversion she said was influenced by Joan of Arc. Diana’s story was wildly popular and made it inside the Carmel walls. Thérèse loved her story and sent Diana this photo of her playing Joan of Arc.
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In April of 1897, Leo Taxil called a press conference and revealed to the crowd of 400 people that he was Diana Vaughan. The entire thing was a ruse to demonstrate the gullibility of French Catholics. His prop that evening? A giant projected picture of this photograph of Thérèse, a symbol of the naive religious person. It was a terrible humiliation for Thérèse. She tore up the letter she had received from “Diana.”
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Months later, Thérèse would face death. As death approached, she struggled with a great darkness, living the experience of those who do not believe. Certainly this experience was informed by her recent great humiliation. But Thérèse bravely offered this “bread of sorrow” for those who do not believe. Despite her bitter trials, she knew that Light was on the other side of darkness.

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New book from Card. Sarah

I was very pleased to see this tweet:

If you have not read Card. Sarah’s books, give them a try.  They make good gifts to priests.

The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise.

US HERE – UK HERE

And if you haven’t read it yet…

US HERE – UK HERE

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Open Letter From Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller to Conferences of Bishops: “The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church”

Open Letter From Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Brandmüller to Conferences of Bishops

My emphases and comments:

Open Letter to the Presidents of the Conferences of Bishops

Dear Brothers, Presidents of the Conferences of Bishops,

We turn to you with deep distress!

The Catholic world is adrift, and, with anguish, the question is asked: Where is the Church going?

Before the drift in process, it seems that the difficulty is reduced to that of the abuse of minors, a horrible crime, especially when it is perpetrated by a priest, which is, however, only part of a much greater crisis. The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church, promoted by organized networks and protected by a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence. [What I call #sodoclericalism] The roots of this phenomenon are clearly found in that atmosphere of materialism, of relativism and of hedonism, in which the existence of an absolute moral law, that is without exceptions, is openly called into question.

Sexual abuse is blamed on clericalism. But the first and primary fault of the clergy does not rest in the abuse of power but in having gone away from the truth of the Gospel. The even public denial, by words and by acts, of the divine and natural law, is at the root of the evil that corrupts certain circles in the Church.

In the face of this situation, Cardinals and Bishops are silent. Will you also be silent on the occasion of the meeting called in the Vatican for this coming February 21st?

We are among those who in 2016 presented to the Holy Father certain questions, dubia, which were dividing the Church in the wake of the conclusions of the Synod on the Family. Today, those dubia have not only not had any response but are part of a more general crisis of the Faith. Therefore, we encourage you to raise your voice to safeguard and proclaim the integrity of the doctrine of the Church.

We pray to the Holy Spirit, that He may assist the Church and bring light to the Pastors who guide her. A decisive act now is urgent and necessary. We trust in the Lord Who has promised: “Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world” (Mt 28,20).

Walter Cardinal Brandmüller

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

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Fr. Finigan @FatherTF and the importance of memorization

From time to time I comment on the importance of memorization in our life of the Faith.  Memorization was demonized by libs.  The reason is obvious.  Once a person memorizes something, it is his.  It sticks in him, sometimes waiting years or decades to come back.

I have related here in these pages an experience I had with a woman, bitterly angry with God at the time of her father’s death.  At a certain moment I asked her, “Why did God make you?”  The answer came flooding forth.

I have sometimes suggested that priests ought to memorize a couple of Mass formularies, against the day when they may have to flee or live without books.  It could happen.  Don’t kid yourselves.

Today His Hermeneuticalness, the great Fr. Finigan – PLEASE say a prayer for him right now, as he has serious health issues – has a post about memorization.   It is well worth your while.

HERE.

It is interesting that he posted on this just now.  Last night I was thinking about going back to an old practice of memorizing something every day, or working on some longer bit daily.

BTW, Father’s reference to “the American Z” is orthographic, not personal.

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During the Rome “summit” we celebrate the Feast of St Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church

Speaking of homosexuality, during the Rome “summit”, on 23 February, we will celebrate the feast of St Peter Damian (d 1072), Doctor of the Church.

St. Peter was a spectacular theologian and reformer.  One of his hardest hitting works is the Liber Gomorrhianus, which blasts, among other sins, pederasty and homosexuality in the clergy.

Let’s just say that St Peter addresses the problem through language that is atypical these days.  He conveys his, and God’s, thoughts on the matter without the cowering equivocations in which we are lately so mired.

That is the real topic that the “summit” in Rome ought to be tackling head on.  And everyone knows it.

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Rome abuse “summit”, an SSPX video, and an @fatherz Jeremiad

On the brink of the commencement of the sex abuse “summit”, which is organized to speak to a dreadful problem in the Church, but is designed to avoid the root cause, I received this morning a video produced by the US seminary of the SSPX.  In the video SSPX former Superior Bp. Fellay gives some thoughts about the minor orders against the backdrop of men formally receiving the cassock and being tonsured.

While the 1983 Code of Canon Law changed the moment at which a man becomes a cleric to ordination to the diaconate, Fellay speaks about the clerical nature of the rites and minor orders.  Those who want to avoid the true causes of the affliction of sexual abuse today constantly raise the smoke screen of “clericalism“, in which they wrap all the ills of the Church.

As the “summit” revs up, all sorts of carefully crafted statements are being released.  The video has good production values, with fine liturgical images and wonderful chant from the seminary schola.

In any event, it was the juxtaposition of the two events, “summit” and video, which struck me.

I range back in my memory to the horror show that was my US seminary experience, knowing that so many other men endured it as well, and very many didn’t make it through their modernist, heretical and perversion-rife gauntlet.   So many of the deficient and the wicked were promoted.  So many good and earnest men were “deselected”.

We must make reparation for so many sins that have been committed, injustices perpetrated.

This morning Jeremiah comes to mind, the great lament of the prophet in Ch. 8.

In Ch. 7 the prophet, standing at the gate of the Lord’s House, the Temple, gives an oracular sermon about its destruction in 587 BC.  He says that the Temple liturgy will not save them if they continue to break God’s commands and even engage in child sacrifice… that’s how low the People had sunk by the time of Solomon.  Solomon had taken lots of foreign wives and he caved into their alien religions, including that of Moloch.  Other kings  in Judah would also throw children into the demon-god statue’s flaming maw.

Jeremiah begins a kind of chanted lament with:

“You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord:
When men fall, do they not rise again?
    If one turns away, does he not return?
Why then has this people turned away
    in perpetual backsliding?
They hold fast to deceit,
    they refuse to return.”

When someone finds himself on the wrong path, taking him away from his desired destination rather than his true goal, he stops, turns around, and goes back to where he made his mistake and then goes on the correct path.  There is a stopping, a turning, a returning, an exitus, a conversio, a reditus.  Jeremiah uses Hebrew shûwb: a turning around, turning back from evil, conversion.

Jeremiah is relentlessly negative and chiding, because the people have so dreadfully violated the covenant which Moses sealed for the people with God.  However, Jeremiah also uses language which predicts a new covenant.  He returns to the phrase, “I will be your God, and you shall be my people.”  If he is grim, he is also hopeful.

But first, there must be a great stopping, a turning, and a returning.

Thus endeth the jeremiad.

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The Rome “summit”, “gay” priests, and #sodoclericalism – Wherein Fr. Z rants.

You’ve probably heard that a book is timed to be released simultaneously in several languages at the beginning of the Roman episcopal “sex summit”.  Bishops from around the world are to meet to discuss important problems that scandalize and wound the Church so that they don’t have to talk about the real problem, that apparently, can’t be by them named.

The French author of the book is a homosexualist activist.  According to Crux he claims some “4 years of research and interviews with over 1,500 individuals in 30 countries, including 41 cardinals, 52 bishops, and 45 apostolic nuncios.”  One priest interviewed  claimed that 80% of the clergy working in the Vatican are homosexual.

To which I respond B as in B, S as in S.

The number is, if you pardon the pun, preposterous.

To all these claims of a high percentage of queer clergy I say B as in B, S as in S.

What I will admit is that in chanceries, seminary faculties, academia, etc., the percentage is probably higher because of a kind of self-perpetuating nepotism.  Think about it.  Some homosexual bishop picks the pretty – or compliant – young guy to go to the NAC in Rome.  Since they got the Roman experience, the pretty – or compliant guy gets preferment.  And the cycle repeats.  That went on for a long time.  I think the cycle has been broken at the NAC, by the way.  I hope.

So, this book is coming out.  It is timed with the Roman summit as a kind of titillating bait for the gullible.  The lib MSM newsies and the usual catholic media grifters are sure to plump up its sales.  Cum canibus, after all.

Anyway, we are going to be inundated with all sort stories about homosexual clergy.  Some of these stories will be filled with pathos and laments about the poor “gay priest”, so misunderstood, so conflicted.

Right on schedule Hell’s Bible, the NY Times, has a pathetic item that set homosexualist activist Jesuit James Martin all a-flutter on Twitter:

It’s “wise”.

Of course no suggestion in the Hell’s Bible piece of the link between clerical sexual abuse and homosexuality.  Nope.  Not at all.   Just keep sweeping that 9/11 sized pile of rubble under the rug.  “Oh no!”, the homosexualists cry.  “There’s noooo connection!  Shut up or you’ll start witch hunts!”  The next thing they say is that connecting the two issues makes being “gay” more dangerous!

“The real problem is clericalism!”, they repeat. No one really believes that.  It becomes plausible only when another thing is factored in: sodomy.  The problem is #sodoclericalism.

Meanwhile, the “summit” in Rome isn’t going to talk about that.

The title of the NY Times piece was seriously irritating.

‘It Is Not a Closet. It Is a Cage.’

Gay Catholic Priests Speak Out

The crisis over sexuality in the Catholic Church goes beyond abuse. It goes to the heart of the priesthood, into a closet that is trapping thousands of men.

No. NO. NO!

The priesthood is not a cage.  It is not a trap.   The door is over there and it is open.   If it is so horrible, GET OUT.

But you can already hear the wails…

“Oooooo but I wanna staaaaay.  It’s so rewarding making people feel good and being touched by their lives!  (Because it’s all about me in the end, and how good I feel.)  I don’t want to leave the priesthood.  I want to stay and have everyone know that I’m ‘gay’!  (Because it’s all about me.)  Saying that I should leave makes me feel bad, and no one is supposed to feel bad.  We should all be affirmed just as we are! (Because … you know.)

Do I, Fr. Z, want you guys to get out?

Frankly, yes, if you are having sex with men, yes.  GET OUT.   If you are striving to live a holy life, and you are ordained, then get on with your priesthood and stop whining about it and stop rubbing it in people’s faces.

All you are really telling people is that you are not capable of having the proper nuptial relationship with the Church, which Christ Himself has and intends for His priests.   If you have a strong inclination to something that is the opposite of a nuptial relationship, then interiorly your priesthood is short-circuiting.

I just had the image from a re-imagined Star Trek movie.  The ship is going to crash if they can’t get the engines online.  But the huge super-radioactive thingummy is out of alignment.  No power.  Everyone will die.  Captain Kirk decides to try to re-align it by slamming his body into it again and again until it starts zapping correctly.  Of course he sacrificed himself to do it.  He dies.  Too bad.  But it isn’t that bad.  The franchise is really big, so they find a way to bring him back, and he’s all the better for it.

I know, I know.   It’s but a limping analogy.  But there is a point.  In that moment, it wasn’t about Kirk.  It was about everyone, including himself even though he would be dead.  He had to be who he was.  Agere sequitur esse.  In a way, that’s what we priests are doing: slamming our bodies into that thing in a highly toxic environment so that Holy Church has the essential life-force for our mission.  That means being priest and victim.

Speaking of movies, sometimes friends bring up some idiot thing that this pop singer or that athlete has been up to.  If I go to a movie, I don’t want to know about the moronic utterances of the actors on immigration or climate change or the 2nd Amendment.  I just want to enjoy the movie or the game.  When I see these celebrities moronically blurping in public, I want to say, like the book title tells it, “Shut up and sing!”

The same goes for a “gay” (how I hate that word) priest who bares his soul in public about his attraction to men.  Talk about selfish!   Why dump that on people and make them bear it?  I don’t want to hear about the inner struggles of an oppressed gay guy “trapped” in the priesthood.  Shut up and be a priest!  You’re a man, right?  Even if you have a disorder, be a man.  If you have be on the Cross 24/7, shut up and stay on the Cross.  That’s where priests are supposed to be.   When Christ spoke to the Father about allowing Him not to drink of the chalice, the Synoptics say He was sequestered in the Garden.  During His Passion, Our Lord didn’t whine in public about what His tormentors were doing to Him.   “I’m soooo conflicted!  I’m soooo misunderstood!”

You must not commit scandal by blurting all this out in public and confusing the faithful about your ministry and about the Church’s God-affirmed teachings and authority!

The Cross is your path to salvation and a place in heaven, because of faithful suffering.

I sincerely believe that people with same-sex attraction, if they strive to be chaste and bear their subsequent suffering, will have a very high place in heaven.  The greater the burden and suffering, the greater the graces and reward.

Again and again over the years, this has been my position.  For example HERE. I have tremendous respect and admiration for people who strive – and therefore suffer – when overcoming their sinful inclinations, whatever they may be.

Support of homosexual persons is obligatory for true Catholics.  However, also obligatory is the whole truth, which necessarily includes the explicit and clear renunciation of same-sex acts, which violate human dignity and do great harm to individuals and society.  Charity seeks the true good of others, at the expense of self-sacrifice.

On the issue of homosexual priests,

  • No, I don’t think there are many as some claim.
  • No, I don’t think that men with homosexual inclinations should be admitted to seminaries.

However, if they are ordained, and they have taken on the frightening burden of responsibility that comes to those to whom much has been given, then, Yes, if they want to live a continent life and not commit public scandals, I think they should strive with courage and suffering to be the best priests they can be: as all the others must as well in their vocations.

Priests are human beings, after all.  I think the same about homosexual men who are husbands and fathers.

If for some reason you got to the altar through the laying on of hands and the prayer of the bishop, you are a priest forever.  You have to figure out what to do about that.   You will be a priest forever in Hell, too, if you misuse what God gave you.   “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

I remember reading, decades ago, a chapter from the pen of a saint about men who determine after ordination that they made a mistake, or they connived to get ordained for less than proper reasons.  They didn’t have a true vocation.  It’s a conundrum: If they are ordained, they had a vocation… in a sense.  Could such men be saved?  Must they leave the priesthood?  Again it was decades ago, but I remember how the saint – maybe Joseph Cafasso? – essentially said, “Man up.  You’ve made your choice.  Conform yourself to the choice.  You have to conform yourself to priesthood.  Suffer and go forward and you can get to heaven.”

Getting to heaven is the overriding goal.   And, by comparison, life is really short.

Tick… Tick… Tick…

“But Father! But Father!”, the worldly weak-kneed moan, “All the talk about suffering and sacrifice is triggering me!  You are making me feel bad and that’s against Vatican II.   Priests – of every gender – are for people!  They are supposed to be affirming and nice, not mean like YOU.  You’re mean and you hate people because YOU HATE VATICAN II!”

The priest is a priest “for people”, yes.  We hear that so often today it has become like the meaningless bump of a needle stuck on a record… an image that dates me, for sure.  Yes, the priest is “for people”.  The priest is, however, even more fundamentally for himself.  A principle reason why a man says “Yes” is because He wants to do God’s will, without which he puts his own eternal salvation at risk.  Saying No! to God has produced bad results in the course of salvation history.  Read the Old Testament.  Every affliction of God’s people results from their saying No to God’s will.

The priest must conform himself to the altar to which he is inextricably bound.  Priesthood is for sacrifice.  Talking about priesthood without mentioning sacrifice is pointless, which is precisely what a lot of chatter about priesthood is today.  These days, priests are all about making people feel good about themselves.  NO.  Priesthood is – first and foremost – for offering sacrifice.  Priests of Jesus Christ, the true Priest, are simultaneously the one raising the offering and also the sacrificial offering himself.   His whole being is now guided by being priest and victim.

This is the sort of realism that lead Augustine of Hippo to rough up his congregations when they went wrong: because he wanted them to get to heaven. Whether they listened or not, he didn’t want to lose heaven for himself by neglecting to preach the hard stuff.  It was his vocation to preach whatever it took to get them to heaven.   Then Augustine, as priest/victim said, “Nolo salvus esse sine vobis… I don’t want to be saved without you.”  That is the work of the priest/victim.   He would do what it took to help them to heaven, even if that meant making them temporarily angry with him.   He put them before himself.

But…. whining about being a misunderstood gay.   ME ME ME!  It’s all about ME!

Fail.

So, men, shut up and sacrifice.  If you can’t, there’s the door.

Finally, you men out there who are in this “should I stay or should I go” situation.  Before anything else, review yourself.  I would ask: Do you have a devotion to Mary?  Do you include devotion to Mary, Queen of Priests in your life?  Should you, perhaps, before you do anything rash – like a) whine about the priesthood and your gay-ness or b) quit the priesthood because of your gay-ness – give Marian devotion a shot?

Ask Christ’s mother, your mother, to help you.

Thus the rant endeth.

UPDATE:

This is pretty good!

Dear Gay Catholic Priests,

So is this…

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Fr. Rutler’s Weekly Column

Fr. Rutler’s Weekly Column

February, 17, 2019

Like the optimist who sees a glass of water half-full and the pessimist who sees it half-empty, people assess the times in which they live by their personality. Each age has had its crises, but the time in which we live seems especially fit to the description with which Dickens began A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness…”
While other generations have known philosophical and physical conflicts, ours is conspicuous for an evaporation of moral certitudes by which good and bad are judged. Our Lord warned against pessimism (Luke 17:23), but he also cautioned against the deceits of false optimists who would caricature Christ to promote evil (Matthew 24).
The Catechism is clear: “Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the ‘mystery of iniquity’ in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth” (CCC 675).
No cogent veteran of the last century, with its mega-villains, could deny the existence of Satan. But the Lord of Death and Prince of Lies employs his agents to kill babies, shatter families, corrupt priests, and mock the Church. Each modern economic, sexual, and artistic “liberation” has masqueraded as an “angel of Light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).
In the fourteenth century Saint Bridget of Sweden predicted: “During the first part of (the Antichrist’s) reign, he plays more the part of sanctity; but when he gains complete control, he persecutes the Church of God and reveals all his wickedness.”
During the bicentennial of our own nation, the future St. John Paul II said in Philadelphia to a crowd not altogether paying attention: [NB] “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, between the Gospel and the anti-Gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. “
In dealing with “principalities and powers not of this world” (Ephesians 6:12), human politics and social reforms to fight them are as useless as a pea shooter. Spiritual combat begins and ends with worship of the one true God in His one true Church. The prime Antichrist hates that the most. Around the year 300, Abba Apollo said, “The Devil has no knees, . . . he cannot worship, he cannot adore.”

Fr. Rutler has made a point of critical importance to which I shall offer a gloss of my own.

As I have often written in these electronic pages, no initiative that we undertake in the Church – including cleansing – will succeed if it does not begin with and return to our sacred liturgical worship of God.

We must revitalize our liturgical worship.  This is URGENT.   In turn, this revitalization will have a massive knock-on effect on priests and, with them, congregations.

We have to get serious again.  How shall we fulfill our obligations under the virtue of religion both individually and collectively?  Sacred liturgy.

And by liturgy I don’t mean Mass!   PLEASE, people, stop using the word “liturgy”… “the liturgy” … if you are talking about Holy Mass.  Mass is liturgy, but liturgy is more than Mass.  A square is a rectangle, but not all rectangles are squares.  Liturgy includes the liturgical hours and all manner of other rites.  Mass the most important liturgy we have, but not the only liturgy.

We need a restoration of The Liturgy across the board, from top to bottom.

Is it too much to hope that we collectively sobering up after the decades of drifting on the halcyon vapors of the 60’s and the delusions about what was mandated and what was not by the Council Fathers?  With Team Francis prowling through the Church it is hard to say.  It’s like déjà vécu all over again.

The revitalization of our Catholic identity – isn’t that what we are talking about in This Present Crisis? – must come from revitalization of our collective formal liturgical worship of God.  Then it must return to worship in an unending circle.  Christ is the one who is the True Actor in every world and liturgical gesture.  Our participation in those words and gestures have transformative power.   This is TRUE “Liberation Theology”!   Authentic active participation by active receptivity in serious and reverent and time-proven liturgical rites that tie across the gulfs of centuries, regions and even the door of death.

Fathers!  Bishops!

LEARN THE TRADITIONAL ROMAN RITE.

Teach about it.  Make it available.  Use it often and oftener.

This is one of the greatest tools we have in The Present Crisis to help us do what needs to be done.

WE ARE OUR RITES!

 

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BOOK RECEIVED: 1962 Parish Ritual – HUZZAH!

Preserving Christian Publications has reprinted a 1962 Parish Ritual.  Hooray!   This book includes what the Collectio Rituum had but it includes more items and moments useful for parish life.  It’s like the British Sacristy Manual, but it is set up for use in these USA.

US HERE – UK HERE

I am so glad to see this book!  WELL DONE!

Just a while ago I had a post in which I dealt with the Collectio Rituum and what the priest had to say in Latin and what he could say in English.  The problem is, while the later, post-62 versions of the Collectio were available, the 1962 wasn’t.  And there were significant changes by 1965 in what had to remain in Latin.

This volume solves the problem.

Fairly sturdy cover, to the point of being a little stiff.  But it will be durable.

Two ribbons.

This supremely useful book should be ready at hand in every sacristy.  It has common blessings, the rites of sacraments, the prayers for the blessing of Holy Water, for the lifting of censures, for burials and for visits to the sick and the dying.

In the inside cover are emergency forms of sacraments, etc.

In the back, there is the rite for the blessing of Holy Water.  Of course, traditional Catholics are using and, therefore, blessing Holy Water all the time.  As a matter of fact a couple short hours ago I did so myself before Sunday Mass, which has an Asperges.   But people wanted Holy Water back in the day, and so the rite was quickly found in the book.

I note with a bit of a cringe the train-wreck name of the long-time dominating liturgist, in the spirit of V2 liturgist, the late Freddy McManus.  Oh well, being an editor isn’t that hard.

Notice this… the New Latin Psalter was replaced in this volume by the Vulgate Psalter!  HURRAY!

Not so auspicious a beginning, but entirely trivial, is the typo on this page – the first of the intro.  Can you find it, like Waldo?

See how practical this is.  From the onset it indicates the stole color.  The rubrics are translated.  If something can be said in English, you are double columns.  When something must be said in Latin, there is only one column (a small type English translation at the bottom in the footnote area).

I think Homer’s editor might have nodded here.  The Rite indicates “White Stole” but the rubric goes on to say, “The priest, vested in surplice and violet stole…”.

There are a few little things to correct in the subsequent printing.

The rites for FORTY HOURS!   If there were a parish moment to be revived far and wide, I would have to be FORTY HOURS DEVOTION, specifically intended for prayer to avert disaster and/or beg forgiveness from God.

Common and happy rites.  I am glad they call it “Churching”.

Here is one people might not know about!

I enjoyed paging about in this new volume and exploring, reviewing things I haven’t done or haven’t done for a while.

This is a really tool for a priest.  Every priest should have this, just as a carpenter has a hammer and measure on his belt.

 

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Archbp. Viganò offers thoughts on The Present Crisis before the Rome “Summit”

At the National Catholic Register, there is a series of op-ed pieces by well-known figures.

Today they published one by Archbp. Carlo Maria Viganò.

Despite Grave Problems, the Lord Will Never Abandon His Church
REGISTER SYMPOSIUM: I continue to have hope, because the Lord will never abandon his Church.

Archbishop Carlo Viganò

I thank you for inviting me to take part in this symposium on “Abuse and the Way to Healing” in anticipation of the upcoming bishops’ summit at the Vatican. My contribution will draw on my personal experience of 51 years of priesthood.

It is evident to all that a primary cause of the present terrible crisis of sexual abuse committed by ordained clergy, including bishops, is the lack of proper spiritual formation of candidates to the priesthood. That lack, in turn, is largely explained by the doctrinal and moral corruption of many seminary formators, corruption that increased exponentially beginning in the 1960s.

I entered a pontifical seminary in Rome and began my studies at the Gregorian University when I was 25 years old. It was 1965, just months before the end of Vatican II. I couldn’t help but notice, not only in my own college but also in many others in Rome, that some seminarians were very immature and that these houses of formation were marked by a general and very serious lack of discipline.

A few examples will suffice. Seminarians sometimes spent the night outside my seminary, as the supervision was woefully inadequate. Our spiritual director was in favor of priestly ordination ad tempus — the idea that ordained priesthood could be a merely temporary status.  [We got that, too.  We got a lot of Schillebeeckx and that sort of rubbish from a heretic who eventually quit… thanks be to God.]

At the Gregorian, one of the professors of moral theology favored situation ethics. [ditto… and Curran and McCormick, etc.  There was one good prof, however.] And some classmates confided to me that their spiritual directors had no objection to their presenting themselves for priestly ordination despite their unresolved and continual grave sins against chastity.

Certainly, those who suffer from deep-seated same-sex attraction should never be admitted to seminary. [This was a huge problem at SPS in my day.] Moreover, before any seminarian is accepted for ordination, he must not only strive for chastity but actually achieve it. He must already be living chaste celibacy peacefully and for a prolonged period of time, for if this is lacking, the seminarian and his formators cannot have the requisite confidence that he is called to the celibate life.

Bishops have the paramount responsibility for the formation of their candidates to the priesthood. Any bishop who has covered up abuse or seduction of minors, vulnerable adults or adults under a priest’s pastoral care, including seminarians, is not fit for that responsibility or for any episcopal ministry and should be removed from his office.

I am praying intensely for the success of the February summit. Although I would rejoice greatly if the summit were successful, the following questions reveal that there is no sign of a genuine willingness to attend to the real causes of the present situation:

  • Why will the meeting focus exclusively on the abuse of minors? [The reason is obvious.] These crimes are indeed the most horrific, but the crises in the United States and Chile that have largely precipitated the upcoming summit have to do with abuses committed against young adults, including seminarians, not only against minors. Almost nothing has been said about sexual misconduct with adults, which is itself a grave abuse of pastoral authority, whether or not the relationship was “consensual.”
  • Why does the word “homosexuality” never appear in recent official documents of the Holy See? [The reason is obvious.] This is by no means to suggest that most of those with a homosexual inclination are abusers, but the fact remains that the overwhelming majority of abuse has been inflicted on post-pubescent boys by homosexual clerics. It is mere hypocrisy to condemn the abuse and claim to sympathize with the victims without facing up to this fact honestly. A spiritual revitalization of the clergy is necessary, but it will be ultimately ineffectual if it does not address this problem.
  • Why does Pope Francis keep and even call as his close collaborators people who are notorious homosexuals? [They are easily controlled.] Why has he refused to answer legitimate and sincere questions about these appointments? In doing so he has lost credibility on his real will to reform the Curia and fight the corruption.

In my third testimony, I begged the Holy Father to face up to the commitments he himself made in assuming his office as Successor of Peter. I pointed out that he took upon himself the mission of confirming his brothers and guiding all souls in following Christ along the way of the cross. I urged him then, and I now urge him again, to tell the truth, repent, show his willingness to follow the mandate given to Peter and, once converted, to confirm his brothers (Luke 22:32).

I pray that the bishops gathered in Rome will remember the Holy Spirit, whom they received with the imposition of hands, and carry out their responsibility to represent their particular Churches by firmly asking for, and insisting on, an answer to the above questions during the summit.

Indeed, I pray that they will not return to their countries without proper answers to these questions, for to fail in this regard would mean abandoning their own flocks to the wolves and allowing the entire Church to suffer dreadful consequences.

Despite the problems I have described, I continue to have hope, because the Lord will never abandon his Church.

Archbishop Carlo Viganò is the former apostolic nuncio to the United States.

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Suffering and attacks on the Church’s “Eldest Daughter”

What beautiful Faith there was once in France.  So lovely was it, so early in our history was the Faith embraced, that France was called the Church’s Eldest Daughter.

However, for decades now Europe – no, let’s say centuries, since the Cartesian revolution and the Enlightenment – and France in Europe, has been on a suicide mission.  European identity is all but destroyed.  Moreover, the practitioners of the Religion of Peace have been systematically invading Europe and eating her alive from within.  Joseph Ratzinger wrote eloquently about the dissolving identity of Europe.

Today I read at the Catholic Herald of seemingly systematic attack on French Catholic churches.

You might pay attention to this.  You see, people tend to think that these sorts of things, and natural and man-made disasters, won’t happen to them.  It’s always someone else, right?  Until it’s our turn.

From the CH:

At least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported in France since the beginning of February, according to French news sources and watch groups.

Vandals in Catholic churches throughout the country have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist, burnt altar cloths and torn down crosses, among other acts of desecration of religious items.

According to La Croix International, one of the earliest incidents occurred February 4 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Houilles, Yvelines, where a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was found smashed on the ground. The church had experienced earlier incidents of vandalism just weeks prior, when the altar cross was found thrown to the ground and the celebrant’s chair was damaged.

The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, a Christian watchdog group, documented another attack at St. Nicholas Church on February 10, when the tabernacle was found thrown to the ground. A 35 year-old man later confessed to committing the act to police.

On February 5, an altar cloth was found burnt and crosses and statues torn down or disfigured at Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur, in south-central France. The fire was found early by a parish secretary and did not spread, though the smoke damaged the altar and adjacent walls.

The 800 year-old building had also recently undergone renovations, local sources reported.

“I strongly condemn the vandalism of Lavaur Cathedral and I share the outrage aroused by this intolerable act,” Jean Terlier, a local district deputy, said in a statement following the incident, according to La Croix.

“God will forgive. Not me,” the city’s mayor Bernard Carayon said of the vandalism, La Croix reported.

On February 6, just a day after the Saint-Alain Cathedral incident, vandals at a Catholic Church in Nimes broke into the tabernacle and scattered the hosts on the ground, drew a cross on the wall with excrement and damaged other religious items in the church, according to local reports.

In a statement posted to the Diocesan website, Bishop Robert Wattebled of Nimes denounced the desecration, which “greatly affects our diocesan community. The sign of the cross and the Blessed Sacrament have been the subject of serious injurious actions. This act of profanation hurts us all in our deepest convictions,” he said.

The Bishop also announced that a Mass of reparation must be said in the church before regular Masses can continue, and noted that local religious orders of the diocese had already offered to observe days of fasting and prayer in reparation for the act. He encouraged lay Catholics to join in acts of prayer and reparation.

The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe documented another incident on February 9 at the Church of Notre-Dame de Dijon in Côte-d’Or, about 175 miles to the south and east of Paris.

Again in this incident, the tabernacle was opened and the Eucharist scattered. An altar cloth was also stained and a missle book was torn.

Father Emmanuel Pic from Notre-Dame parish told La Bien Public news that since nothing of great monetary value was damaged, it seems the vandals wanted to attack the “heart of the Catholic faith.

Nothing of value has been broken, but it is the intent that is very shocking. This is what characterizes profanation,” Pic said.

The vandals seemed to have known that attacking the altar and the Eucharist would be “a very strong symbol for (parishioners), since the hosts consecrated during the previous Mass are no longer just a piece of bread in the eyes of Christians” but the body of Christ, he added. The priest also posted photos of the desecration to his Twitter account. Mass resumed at the parish after a Mass of reparation was said by the local archbishop.

In a statement posted to the group’s newsletter, Ellen Fantini, executive director of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, joined local priests, bishops and civil authorities in condemning the “shocking” acts of vandalism.

“It is our sincere hope that the perpetrators are brought to justice and that awareness of increasing anti-Christian hostility in France reaches the public square,” she said.

In a statement posted to Twitter on February 13, Prime Minister of France Edouard Philippe also condemned the acts ahead of a meeting with the country’s bishops.

In one week, in France, 5 degraded churches. In our secular Republic, places of worship are respected. Such acts shock me and must be unanimously condemned. I will tell the bishops of France at the meeting of the forum of dialogue with the Catholic Church,” he said.

Besides the confession in the incident at St. Nicholas Church, investigations are ongoing as to the perpetrators of these acts of vandalism.

While it is yet unclear if the incidents are at all related, they recall the series of attacks and vandalism that the Catholic Church in France and Belgium experienced in 2016 by the Islamic State. The worst of those attacks included the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed by jihadists while celebrating Mass at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy. The assailants entered the church and took the priest and four others hostage. Local law enforcement reported that the priest’s throat was slit in the attack, and that both of the hostage takers were shot dead by police.

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Mister McCarrick

McCarrick has been “laicized”, that is, stripped of the clerical state.  While Holy Orders leaves an indelible mark on the souls (meaning that even death doesn’t remove the sacramental character – a priest is a priest forever, even in heaven or… *shudder* in the other place) he may not function in any priestly capacity for the rest of his life.

The Catholic Herald writes:

Pope Francis and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered this week the laicization of Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop emeritus of Washington, and a once powerful figure in ecclesiastical, diplomatic, and political circles in the U.S. and around the world.

The decision followed an administrative penal process conducted by the CDF, which found McCarrick guilty of “solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power,” according to a February 16 Vatican communique.

The conviction was made following an “administrative penal process,”which is a much-abbreviated penal mechanism used in cases in which the evidence is so clear that a full trial is unnecessary.

Because Pope Francis personally approved the guilty verdict and the penalty of laicization, it is formally impossible for the decision to be appealed.

According to a statement from the Vatican on February 16, the decree finding McCarrick guilty was issued on January 11 and followed by an appeal, which was rejected by the CDF on February 13.

McCarrick was notified of the decision on February 15 and Pope Francis “has recognized the definitive nature of this decision made in accord with law, rendering it a res iudicata (i.e., admitting of no further recourse.)”

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While I take little pleasure in any of this, I find it grimly pleasing.  I had long held McCarrick as one of the most loathsome people at large in the Church, based on what I had heard of him decades ago, and on his blatant lying about Ratzinger’s letter to US bishops and about what Arinze said in a presser when I was present.

Good riddance.  The barque is a little less grimy today.

What remains to be determined is to what extent McCarrick was involved with Francis and Team Francis before and after the 2003 conclave.

That will come out.  After all, the Devil makes good frying pan, but he doesn’t make covers for them.  Eventually, things come out.

 

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