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ACTION ITEM! FLOODS! Fr. Z to BISHOPS and PRIESTS – Pray Against Floods

action-item-buttonI have read reports about flooding in Iowa.

I have a STRONG SUGGESTION to the BISHOPS of the areas that are affected by floods.

It sounds as if the pastors of the area and their assistant bishops, the bishops – ESPECIALLY the diocesan bishop! – and religious priests of the region should get out their copy of the traditional Rituale Romanum and use the Benedictio contra inundationes aquarum…. NOW.

Fathers… Bishops… put on all your gear, get some people together, get out there and PRAY!

Benedictio contra inundationes aquarum

Blessing of a community against floods

Sacerdos indutus superpelliceo et stola, populo concomitante, portet ad rivum vel flumen benedicendum Reliquiam sanctae Crucis, ibique in quatuor partibus legat devote initia quatuor Evangeliorum, et post singular Evangelia subjungat sequentes Versiculos et Orationem:

The priest, vested in surplice and stole, accompanied by the people, carries the relic of the True Cross to the river or stream, and there devoutly reads at each of four different spots of the introductions to the four Gospels.  After each Gospel he adds the following verses and prayers:

V. Adjuva nos, Deus, salutaris noster.
R. Et propter gloriam nominis tui libera nos.
V. Salvos fac servos tuos.
R. Deus meus, sperantes in te.
V. Domine, non secundum peccata nostra facias nobis.
R. Neque secondum iniquitates nostras retribuas nobis.

V. Stand by us, O God, our Helper.
R. And for thy name’s sake deliver us.
V. Preserve thy servants.
R. Who trust in thee, my God.
V. Deal not with us, Lord, according to our sins.
R. And take not vengeance on us because of our misdeeds.

V. Mitte nobis, Domine, auxilium de sancto.
R. Et de Sion tuére nos.
V. Domine, exaudi orationem meam.
R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

V. Send us help, O Lord, from thy holy place.
R. And from Sion watch over us.
V. O Lord, hear our prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.


Deus, qui justificas impium, et non vis mortem peccatoris: majestatem tuam suppliciter deprecamur;  ut famulos tuos de tua misericordia confidentes, ab aquarum periculis, caelesti protegas benignus auxilio, et assidua protectione conserves: ut tibi jugiter famulentur, nullisque tentationibus a te separentur.  Per Christum Dominum nostrum.  R. Amen.

Et benedictio Dei omnipotentis, Patris, et Filii + et Spiritus Sancti, descendat super has aquas, easque coerceat.

R. Amen.

Let us pray.

O God, Who dealest justly with the wicked, and dost not will the death of sinners, humbly we entreat they Majesty!  Protect with heavenly aid thy trusting servants from perils of flood, and keep them constantly under thy heavenly protection.  May they at all times serve thee, and never through any temptation be separated from thee.  Through Christ our Lord.  R. Amen.

And may the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit descend upon these waters, and keep them under control.  R. Amen.

From The Romanum Ritual: In Latin and English With Rubrics and Plainchant Notation. Translated and Edited With Introduction and Notes by Philip T. Weller.  Volume III: The Blessings.  Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1946, pp. 161-3.



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Priests can indeed decline to hear confessions face-to-face

confession-731x1024e must revive the Sacrament of Penance.  Fathers!  Preach about it!  Also, make sure that you have usable confessionals. Via California Catholic:

Confessionals required in every parish
Sacramento diocese reminds parishes they must “provide a fixed grille between the penitent and the confessor”

The following is from the Diocese of Sacramento, posted last week on the diocesan website:

Liturgy Reminders:
Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal

Re: Sacrament of Reconciliation: the Confessional

Confessionals should be built so as to give penitents the option making their confession from behind a screen or ‘face-to-face’. Penitents cannot be required to offer their confession in one way or the other.  [Well… I think they can be.  See below.]

From the USCCB, October 20, 2000 –
“Provision must be made in each church or oratory for a sufficient number of places for sacramental confessions which are clearly visible, truly accessible, and which provide a fixed grille between the penitent and the confessor. Provision should also be made for penitents who wish to confess face-to-face, [Ummm … NB] with due regard for the Authentic Interpretation of canon 964, §2 by the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, July 7, 1998” (AAS 90 [1998] 711).

Thank you for all that you do.
James Cavanagh Director of Worship

Let’s drill for a moment.

Back in 1994 the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, with the Holy Father’s approval, published a response to an inquiry posed by several conferences of bishops regarding confessionals. That response said:

“If, according to Canon 964, paragraph 2, of the Code of Canon Law, the minister of the sacrament, for a just cause and excluding cases of necessity, can legitimately decide, even in the eventuality that the penitent ask for the contrary, that sacramental confession be received in a confessional with a fixed grille.”

EXPLANATION: A priest can refuse to hear a confession if there is no confessional with a fixed grate. Even if the person insists that it be face-to-face, the priest can decline.  That means that there doesn’t have to be a provision for face-to-face.

Say some priest or other, just for the heck of it call him Fr. Z, wants to use a confessional that only has the grate and does not have a way to make a confession face-to-face.  That’s fine.  He is within his rights.  At the same time, penitents are also not obliged to go to Fr. Z for confession.  But if they insist on face-to-face and he insists on a fixed grate, they will be at loggerheads.

The response from the Holy See underscores that a) confessionals are important and that b) there should be a grill or grate. The Church considers the grate or grill to be important.  So does the letter from the Diocese of Sacramento, which is a good thing.

That said…


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ASK FATHER: Father says Mass without a chasuble, only a stole over the alb

chasuble_arrow copyFrom a reader…


It is my pastor’s practice to wear only the alb and stole when he says Mass on weekdays. I find this very distracting and irreverent. Is a priest required to wear a chasuble when saying Mass?

Is your parish is so poor that it cannot afford a chasuble?  Perhaps a gift from a wealthier parish can be arranged.

The ever useful document from the CDW Redemptionis Sacramentum helps us out with this question.

4. Liturgical Vesture

[123.] “The vestment proper to the Priest celebrant at Mass, and in other sacred actions directly connected with Mass unless otherwise indicated, is the chasuble, worn over the alb and stole.” Likewise the Priest, in putting on the chasuble according to the rubrics, is not to omit the stole. All Ordinaries should be vigilant in order that all usage to the contrary be eradicated.  [So, this says that the local bishop needs to make sure that priests are properly dressed for Mass.  How odd that that should be necessary, but apparently some priests think they are so wonderful that they can ignore these important requirements.]

[124.] A faculty is given in the Roman Missal for the Priest concelebrants at Mass other than the principal concelebrant (who should always put on a chasuble of the prescribed colour), ….

The rubrics are clear. Weekdays or not, a chasuble is required for the celebration of Mass.

If (when), however, Father is to offer Holy Mass in a prison camp, as many priests may be doing in the near future, he will have to make do with what he has.

Meanwhile, before contacting anyone else (such as the local Bishop – see above), Father should be urged not to go out to say Mass half naked.

It’s embarrassing for everyone!

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Via Michaelica: a “Ley Line” Pilgrimage, and You

Have you ever heard of a “ley line”?   These are straight lines that can be draw on a map linking both man made and natural sites that line up in a significant way.  For example there is a Ley Line of St. Michael in Southern England, which links up various abbeys, etc.

However, there is an even more spectacular Ley Line of St. Michael the Archangel.


This ley line of this Via Michaelica links…

  • Skellig Michael in Ireland
  • Saint Michael’s Mount in Cornwall
  • Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France
  • La Sacra di San Michele in Piemonte, Italy
  • Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo di Monte Sant’Angelo in Gargano, Italy
  • St. Michael Monastery, Panormitis on the Island of Symi, Greece.
  • Ruins of the Carmel on Mount Carmel.

As a friend recently wrote to me about how to get to these places:

Fly to Shannon, from Shannon go to Cork and get a boat to Cornwall, then train to London, chunnel to Paris, bus to Mont St. Michel, then back to Paris and train to Torino, — bus to San Michele — , train/bus to Gargano-Monte Sant’Angelo, back to Rome, then fly to Istanbul, and train or bus to Marmaris and the island of Symi (belongs to Greece, not Turkey — you could even do a side trip to Patmos), then back to Istanbul and a short flight to Tel Aviv.

So… imagine a pilgrimage with daily TLM and really good food.

¡Hagan lío!

Just thinking aloud, as it were.



Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio, contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae caelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in infernum detrude. Amen.

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Michael as Samurai Warrior by Daniel Mitsui

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30 November – MADISON – Confirmation in the Traditional Rite

ConfirmationHis Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, has graciously consented to confer the sacrament of Confirmation according to the traditional form of the Roman Rite on the evening of Wednesday, 30 November 2016 at St. Mary’s Church in Pine Bluff, WI.

Bishop Morlino understands that there may be some confirmands from outside of the Diocese of Madison.

Anyone who is interested in being confirmed, should quickly take steps to make contact and send the proper information by 11 November.

If you are interested in confirmation for yourself or for your child, please take note of this letter from Bp. Morlino. Click  HERE

If you have not been confirmed, consider the graces you are offered in this wonderful sacrament.

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FOLLOW UP POLL: 26 Sept 2016 – Trump v Clinton

We had a poll before the 26 September debate.  I had a pre-debate post (with food) HERE.

Who won the 26 September Debate?

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Was there anything that happened during the debate that moved the needle for you?

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Anyone can vote, but if you are signed up you can use the combox.  Think and breathe first.


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CHICAGO: 26 September – Essential Debate Day FOOD Edition!

I am in Chicago.  More exactly, I am in Park Ridge, the city where the worst of the presidential candidates grew up!  I will be here tonight and will watch the first presidential debate with friends.

There will be cooking.  There will be popcorn, too.  I have seen the actual popcorn to be popped, so I know that’s going to happen.  Despite the gravity of the stakes, popcorn is essential.

For lunch, however, we went to….


This isn’t your average Chicago hot dog shack. Nosirree.

Note the giant hot dogs on top of the restaurant.

This is one of the places where you can still drive up, park, order from your window and the food will be run out to you.

I know you would want a closeup.

NB: W.  It was the Cubs last home game yesterday and they won.   “Cubs win” has not been unusual this year.   They won more home games (57!) than in any season of the storied history of woe and resignation.  Are they Series bound?  Franky, she looks a little apprehensive.   He, on the other hand, is jazzed.

My dining companion informed me (after his own 52 years of dining here) that if you ask for a “hot dog” you will be told that they “don’t have any of those”.  They have, rather,…


I got one with everything.  And, yes, that’s a pickle.  You can’t see the Superdawg itself under all that onion and relish, etc.  I assure you, it’s there.  The fries were greasy but crispy!  NB: hot peppers.

It was really good. And it is owned by… I’m not making this up… Mo and Flo.   You can’t make this up.

Tonight will involve preparation in a large quantity of my good ol’ standby Spaghetti al seminario followed by mastodonic-size pieces of beef from the grill in the Florentine fashion.  We do, after all, want to make American great again and that’s a good way to start.  Or, to revise, not make it as nearly bad as it would be if one in particular of these candidates is elected.

Meanwhile, in regard to making America great again, my friend Fr. Heilman (who always has some project going) now has these.

No.  Neither pumpkin or… hopefully hat will be on the menu this debate night.

Do I hear an “Amen!”?


Second course.

Second course… again.



The debate is on!


A reader wanted to know how I made the gremolata.    It’s easy: chopped flat leaf parsley, minced garlic, lemon zest.  Experiment until they are in the right proportion for your taste.  Easy peasy.

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“If I were a bishop, I would send round formidable, even terrifying, hit squads of young clergy…”

We have to get serious about our sacred liturgical worship.  Every initiative we undertake in the Church must begin in worship and come back to worship.  If our liturgical worship is screwed up, nothing else will work correctly.

From Fr. Hunwicke’s excellent Mutual Enrichment.  Here is only part of what he wrote.  Find the rest there!


I wonder why some priests of a certain generation and a ‘Conciliar’ culture have such a rooted aversion to preaching. This leads me on to wonder what exactly it was that they were taught in the corrupted and emptying seminaries of the post-Conciliar decades. We know that (despite Canon 249 and the Veterum Sapientia of S John XXIII) they were not taught Latin or Greek; because of this, they were blocked from sudying Patristics. [They were kept in the fog…. on purpose!] They did not … clearly … do Liturgy or Liturgical Theology or Practical Liturgy; it appears that they received no education in Scripture, Biblical Theology, or how to open the Word of God for their people. I somehow doubt that they were all given a deep formation in traditional moral theology or the hearing of confessions, because I know of (another) church in the South of England where the priest explained that the difficulty about hearing confessions was that the Confessional had for many years been used for stacking away the unsold debris of Parish bazaars. What, in the Name of God Almighty and God most Adorable, did all those men learn in those seven expensive years of ‘priestly formation’? [It was a horror show, let me tell you.]

I know some traddies cheerfully but (IMHO) irresponsibly point out that Monsignor Time will solve the problem of that generation of clergy; [What I have called the “Biological Solution”.] but, in a decade or two’s time, will the joyless and infantilised congregations still be in existence? These are souls for whom Christ died.  [“But yet the Son of man, when he cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on earth?” Maybe in small communities.  “Base” communities?]


If I were a bishop, I would send round formidable, even terrifying, hit squads of bright, orthodox, and cheerful young clergy with the oil of ordination still damp upon their hands, to teach the dear old gentlemen all the things that their lecturers forgot to mention in the 1970s and 1980s; and to overhaul a radicibus the parish liturgies. [I once thought that we needed a new religious order called The RubriciansThey would go two by two into the world to battle liturgical abuses and teach the erring the error of their ways.] Cardinal Sarah’s recent extremely sound suggestions could provide a lively and exciting start to a programme of restoring catholic authenticity in the desert areas. And His Eminence, with his true and accurate pastoral heart, clearly understands the urgency of this need. Happily, one hears of diocesan bishops loyally responding to his timely initiative. Let us hope that, on Advent Sunday …

But not, sadly, quite all bishops. One or two Ordinarii locorum prefer to resemble stewards careering crazily around on the Great Liner’s dangerously sloping decks while shouting noisily and inaccurately at anyone they meet about the ‘true post-Conciliar’ alignment of deckchairs.

Fathers, yes, we are all busy.  But let’s crack the books again.  Let’s set some priorities and work harder.

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URGENT POLL – 26 Sept 2016 – Trump v Clinton Debate


A great deal hangs on the outcome of tonight’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (boooooooo).  I, for one, would vote for the corpse of Millard Fillmore to keep the later out of office of any kind, much less the White House.

I will watch the debate with popcorn and friends in an unlikely place: Park Ridge, IL.  As you may remember, that is the hometown of the candidate whom I hope to watch self-destruct in front of some 100 million viewers.

Are you planning on watching the debate?

Everyone can vote in these polls.  If you are registered to comment, use the combox, below… but THINK before posting, please.  No one can see how you voted, signed in or not.

Trump v Clinton Debate of 26 Sept 2016

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Let’s have a YUGE turnout for this 2nd edition of this poll today, before the debate.  I’ll post a follow up after.

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Bp. Olmsted (D. Phoenix) interprets ‘Amoris laetitia’

Bp. Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix continues to impress.  Remember that he had the steel to remove the title “Catholic” from a hospital where – at the approval of women religious – a direct abortion was performed.   Lately, Bp. Olmsted has planned to open a seminary.  Take a look at his clarion call to men HERE. Take a look his letter to priests about confession HERE.

Now Bp. Olmsted issued directive about Amoris laetitia and Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried.  Accompaniment, yes. Communion, not yet.

Amoris laetitia was written with great ambiguity.  This ambiguity, which some say is itself an indication of the mind of the writer, allows for those who are faithful to the Church’s teachings to be faithful to the Church’s teachings.  However, it also provides a measure – not complete, but only a little – of cover to those who are not faithful to the Church’s teachings, who want to do something which the Church hasn’t ever approved.

It is possible that things have gotten to such a point that even had Amoris laetitia been crystal clear and in unambiguous continuity with previous doctrine and discipline, both the faithful and the less-than faithful would have simply continued to do what they wanted, in fidelity or not.  However, the studied ambiguity will surely perpetuate the rupture, so that in side-by-side parishes, different practices and messages are found.

From LifeSite:

Bishop Olmsted: Amoris Laetitia does not allow Holy Communion for remarried divorcees

PHOENIX, Arizona, September 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Amoris Laetitiadoes not open the door to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receiving Holy Communion, Bishop Thomas Olmsted told the faithful of his diocese in the diocesan newspaper last week.

Amoris Laetitia “calls for deeper and sustained pastoral accompaniment of … suffering families,” Olmsted, the bishop of Phoenix, wrote in an article reflecting on the controversial exhortation. Pope Francis “[assures] them that they are welcome in the Church family, and that we are eager to seek ways to integrate them more fully into our local communities. … They should be encouraged to pray, attend Mass, and rectify the situation in communication with their pastor, who remains their pastor despite the case of objective sin. Accompaniment is possible and should be the case in our parishes.”

“This does not, however, include receiving Holy Communion for those who are divorced and remarried,” he noted. The bishop said Amoris Laetitia is in continuity “with the Church’s Magisterium especially that of Blessed Paul VI, St. John Paul II, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI which reaffirm the constant tradition of the Church.” [Here is a solid, faithful bishop who has determined to interpret AL in continuity with the Church’s teachings.]

What Pope St. John Paul II laid out in paragraph 84 of Familiaris Consortsio is the “consistent teaching and practice of the Church,” Olmsted wrote. Paragraph 84 explains why it is incompatible with Catholic doctrine to give Holy Communion to those living unrepentantly in objectively sinful relationships. It says in part:

… the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and affected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: If these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage.

In a September 5 letter to Argentine bishops, Pope Francis wrote that there is “no other interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia than one that allows Communion for the divorced and remarried. Vatican Radio confirmed the letter as authentic.

Fr. Z kudos to Bp. Olmsted.


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Your Good News

Do you have good news to share with the readership?

If your life is like mine, you need some!

Let us know.


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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Matthew 22 cast-out-of-the-wedding-feastWas there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass for your Sunday obligation?

Let us know.

For my part – on this 19th Sunday after Pentecost -taking my cue from the Epistle and from the Lord’s parable about the king’s wedding banquet I spoke about the gift garment.  Paul tells us to put on the “new man”.  Our Lord describes how the king who gives the banquet has the man without the wedding garment bound hand and foot and then has him thrown outside to weep and grind his teeth in the darkness of night.

A bit of an over reaction on the king’s part, no?  Why the stern punishment?

As per ancient Eastern custom, kings clothed guests in beautiful gift garments as they entered in order to honor them and to make the occasion more beautiful and decorous.  The man without the garment had no excuse: he was given a garment and he refused to put on the king’s gift, thus insulting the king, the other guests, and the occasion itself.  That’s what we do when we sin and are “bad Catholics”, we dishonor God and other members of the Church.

We are in the banquet on the KING’s terms, not on our terms.  We are in the Church on the Church’s terms, not on our terms.

The Lord puts the new man on us in baptism and the other sacraments.  He gives us the garment.  We must keep it in good order.  But the garment is invisible and inward as well as visible and outward.  We have our baptismal character which is invisible, but outwardly our words and deeds reveal that we are clothed in the gift.   Our behavior can honor God and others.  Our behavior can harm others.  Our behavior can make it easier for others to sin or to be holy.  When we dishonor our gift garment in sin, we are bound and blind, frightened and angry in sin.  That state is only a prelude to the paralyzing terror and fury of the eternal outside which is Hell.  We can choose instead to keep the gift garment in good order and be filled with the light of the feast, in the company of the saints and angels, in the good pleasure of the King who wants to honor us and make us more like Him in splendor.

We can lose what has been given to us.  We can lose the banquet of heaven by neglect of our gift garment, which insults the Giver.  Remember: The king put the man out of the banquet and into Hell.  The Lord wants us inside but He won’t force us.  We are called, but we might not be chosen.  Many are not.

Concretely, I also told the altar boys about how the first line of the Epistle, about putting on the new man, is the prayer we say when we put on our surplice to serve at the altar.  We have to keep it in good order.  We have to be squared away at the altar, where we give honor to the King’s table in the sight of all the other guests.

Also, concretely, I underscored for the congregation Paul’s admonition not to let the sun set on anger, to make amends, not to provoke to anger, which is a foretaste of being bound in the outer darkness.

In any event, for those of who who serve Holy Mass or who train altar boys, it is fitting to be recollected when putting on vestments.  Use these prayers:

Washing hands:

Da, Domine, virtutem manibus meis ad abstergendam omnem maculam ut sine pollutione mentis et corporis valeam tibi servire.

Give virtue to my hands, O Lord, that being cleansed from all stain I might serve you with purity of mind and body.’

For the Cassock:

Dominus, pars haereditatis meae, et calicis mei:  tu es, qui restitues hereditatem meam mihi.

O Lord, the portion of my inheritance, and my chalice:  You are He who will restore my inheritance to me.

For the Surplice:

Indue me, Domine, novum hominem, qui secundum Deum creatus est in iustitia et sanctitate veritatis.  Amen.

Invest me, O Lord, as a new man, who was created by God in justice and the holiness of truth.  Amen.

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ASK FATHER: Will all be saved?

From a reader…


Is there a reasonable hope that all souls will be saved since it is a part of our liturgy?

No.  That is not reasonable.  It is wishful thinking.

Many will be lost.

The feel good of translations and other aspects in our sacred -or not so sacred – worship have given many more than a rosy prospect.

There is no part of our authentic liturgy as Catholics which suggests that “all” will be saved.

It is time to sober up.

We can lose the gift of membership in the Kingdom of God which Christ opened for us.

We can and we do… when we sin.




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We are at a “precarious moment in our history” when churches must speak truth to power

As baptized Catholics we have a role and work to do in the world, each according to our vocations.  We must affect change… as Catholics. How can we imagine that we can do that if we don’t have a clear idea of who we are?  If our Catholic identity is shaky, foggy, vague, superficial, nebulous, ill-defined, why should anyone listen to us?  If we are hesitant, equivocal or hazy in what we know and believe about our Catholic Faith, can we bring about change within the Church and in the public square? Ad intra and ad extra?

Our identity depends in a fundamental way on our sacred liturgical worship of God.  The first thing we owe to God by the virtue of Religion is worship. God must be at the summit of the hierarchy of our relationships. If as individuals and as small groups like parishes, or larger groups like dioceses, and as the greater Church, we have amorphous, lax, ambiguous, muddy, and even puzzling liturgical worship, we will be amorphous, lax, ambiguous, muddy, and even puzzling.  When we speak – or rather squeak like tremulous little gerbils – we will be discounted in the public square, held in contempt and walked on.

We must get back to basics.

  • Get out those Catechisms.
  • Get that sacred worship in order.

I think that two things in our worship will make a huge difference to our Catholic identity.

First, let’s get our altars turned back toward the Lord again.   We need ad orientem worship.  This will require lots of catechesis and guts.

Next, we need more and more priests of the Latin Church to put aside their fear of making mistakes or being criticized, to put aside their nervousness about Latin, put on their big boy pants and learn the Extraordinary Form.

Remember, Fathers, our Latin Rite has two forms.  If you don’t know the Extraordinary Form yet… you don’t know your Rite yet.

We need you now.

Fathers… Bishops… we need you now.

Via LifeSite:

Priest: ‘You might not have a church to go to if you don’t vote the right way in November’

NAPLES, Florida, September 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)—We are at a “precarious moment in our history” when churches must speak truth to power or risk the loss of a lot more than their tax statuses, former Ave Maria Law School chaplain Father Michael Orsi said in a blistering speech at a National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children event on September 10.

Orsi, now on the pastoral team of St. Agnes Church in Naples, Fl said, “For too long, pastors and churches have been bullied into believing that they can say nothing political from the pulpit,” said Orsi. The regulation that is used to silence them “was a piece of spite work” against non-profits that had opposed President Lyndon Johnson, he said.

“Let me remind you: the Bible is a political document,” the priest said. “The prophets, including John the Baptist, and Jesus, lost their lives because they spoke the truth to power.”  [I recently wrote THIS.]

The Constitution is quickly being destroyed,” warned Orsi, and “unless the right choice is made in November, we may not have a court that is fair and balanced in its interpretation of the Constitution.”  [There is it, friends.  SCOTUS.  This is a huge dimension of the election.  Also, I noticed today that the GOP candidate added a few names to the list of potential nominees to the SCOTUS.  He has said that his picks will come from this list.  HERE]

“Too many of the pastors—too many, practically all—in Germany refused to speak against national socialism,” continued Orsi. “And look [at] the result: millions of Jews, pastors, priests, homosexuals, gypsies all lost their lives because everyone was afraid. What are you afraid of, a couple of bucks? Your tax-exempt status? What’s that going to do to you? [NB]Your churches may be closed anyway, because if a certain party gets elected, this certain party said, if the churches do not agree with our interpretation of women’s reproductive rights, they’ll just have to change their doctrine.” [Hillary Clinton said last April that Christians must be forced to change their religious views to accommodate abortions.  HERE]

“If a certain party gets elected, I can assure you what kind of judges are going to be on those appeals courts,” he said. And those judges will be charged with deciding whether the government may force churches and religious institutions to pay for abortion, contraception, and abortifacient drugs, he noted.

Furthermore, “I’m not going to vote for a candidate who decides that we can redefine the meaning of marriage,” proclaimed Orsi. “Our opponents believe once they destroy the family, once they destroy the churches, they can re-create society in their own image and their own likeness. That, my friends, is not just political. That is diabolical. Get it straight, for crying out loud! The devil is in this!

“We are in a battle for the soul of America,” he said.

Somehow, [Christians] have come to buy the story that you cannot be political in church,” said Orsi. “Let me tell you right now, oh yes, you can, and oh, yes, you better be. Because you might not have a church to go to if you don’t vote the right way in November.

¡Hagan lío!

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