My View For Awhile: Jiggity Jig Edition

I completed all my tasks except one and I am on my way home.  

Zipping to the airport we had a couple last sights.

The church in which I was ordained a deacon.

This is also where we had the Pontifical Mass at the faldstool with Card. Burke last January.

And just for nice…


This classic has been translated into Romanesco.


I topped my Italian phone, found my friends for a last coffee (they are off to a different city) and …





Back on the ground.  Customs was really fast and the bag came right away.  

Now for the next leg.


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Rome – Day 5: Galleries and Lessons

This morning I started in the Galleries of the Palace of the Doria Pamphilij. It has been years since my last visit.

I got the audio guide, which was sprinkled through with charming accounts of family history by one of the members of the family who still live in the palace.

It’s quite a treat.  Don’t miss it.  You can get a photo pass.


One of my favorite renditions of a popular theme in it’s era.


When you go to the Gallery, don’t miss learning about this one.  Donna Olimpia.  She must have been a fright to live with.  At one point she talked Innocent X, her brother in law, out of the licenses for the brothels in Rome, arguing that it wasn’t right for the Holy See to have them.  She immediately took the income and put the family crest over the doors.  At one point she locked the Pope in his room.  Interesting.


I told you the other day that my cincture disintegrated.  So… thanks to anyone who made a donation.  I had to buy some new things.

A wall near St. Andrea della Valle where you can still see traces of the graffiti left by invaders from the Sack of Rome.


At Ss. Trinità for Mass, I found Father Vicarius teaching a deacon from the NAC how to say the Extraordinary Form.



On my way back from errands in the evening.   The statues on the “Angel Bridge” are amazing.  You never get tired of them.

The view after supper.  Alas the Jesuits have this one.   For now.

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Mass for Benefactors

I am about to say Mass for my benefactors.

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ASK FATHER: Funerals for those who commit suicide

From a reader…


A long time member at our parish committed suicide just the other week. He was heavily involved in the parish and loved by all. They had a funeral Mass said for him. Why are those souls who commit suicide now allowed to have funeral Masses and a Christian? This didn’t used to be permitted did it?

Canon 1184 is our guide here.

Funerals are to be denied to notorious apostates, heretics, and schismatics, those who choose cremation for anti-Christian motives, and those manifest grave sinners whose funerals would be a cause for scandal among the faithful.

If there is any doubt, the judgment of the local Ordinary is to be sought and followed.

The former prohibition of funerals for suicides is no longer in force.

Someone who kills himself would be, objectively, a manifest grave sinner. However, we also have to consider the person’s active subjectively.  The Church recognizes that many people who commit suicide are in difficult psychological conditions, which might impact their freedom, and therefore their culpability.  While the act of suicide itself is a grave sin, the person might not have been fully guilty of a mortal sin because he did not have full use of will.

No matter what his soul should, most certainly, be prayed for.

Moderation queue is ON.

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Crazy talk from an Italian theologian… just the beginning of crazy

My fear for the last and the upcoming Synod of Bishops has not been that they would suggest to the Holy Father to change doctrine, but that they – and the discussions surrounding them – would raise expectations of things that are impossible, namely, Communion for the divorced and remarried, some sort of approval for homosexual unions, etc.   Clearly that is what some people were pushing in the Synod last October and that is what the press puffed up.

What’s scary about that?  As in the case of Humanae vitae in the 1960’s, when the hopes for change of doctrine are dashed, those who were promoting deviation will just go ahead and do whatever the hell they want anyway.

On this note, I see that Sando Magister has posted something about Basilo Petra, identified as a moral theologian.  Frankly, after reading some of his ideas I wonder if he is a Catholic moral theologian.

This is pretty crazy stuff.

ROME, May 19, 2015 – He was just stating the obvious when during the synod last October South African cardinal Wilfrid Napier he said that “the message has gone out and whatever we say hereafter is going to be as if we’re doing some damage control.”

The “message” was the one issued by proponents of a change in pastoral practice in the matters of homosexuality and divorce.

Such changes, in fact, although they did not gain the approval of the synod fathers last October and are not likely to do so at the next session of the synod, have nevertheless gained indelible prominence in the media circuit.

But above all they have gained de facto citizenship in the Church. They are being spoken of even at the highest levels of the hierarchy. [Here’s the money quote:] They have become debated and therefore debatable matters. Among the bishops, among the clergy, among the theologians many are already theorizing and acting accordingly. [See?]

One of these, Basilio Petrà, president of the Italian moral theologians and an author of reference for “La Civiltà Cattolica,” has set down in black and white that “things have changed” since Cardinal Walter Kasper – with the pope’s approval – spoke out at the consistory of February 2014 in favor of communion for the divorced and remarried.

Since then – Petrà wrote in the important magazine “Il Regno” – “the magisterium has de facto placed in the area of doubt” that which until then had been an indisputable ban. [This is patently false.]

With the result that now “a confessor can serenely hold the prohibitive norm as dubious, and therefore can absolve and admit the divorced and remarried to communion,” without even waiting for the consent of his bishop, which “is not necessary.”  [Again, wrong.]


Magister goes on say that, soon, an examination of the trajectory of this weird flight of fancy, beginning with Card. Kasper’s proposals, will be printed by Catholic World Report.


I must revise and extend two points…

The people who will do, as I put it above, “whatever the hell they want”, do so because of who – or what – they want to have sex with.

However, these same people will ruthlessly stomp on anyone who wants the Extraordinary Form, or classical, traditional catechesis for their children.

Other than that, I guess it’ll be great once we are freed from all our taboos, as Card. Kasper might describe them.

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Card. George’s galero raised to the rafters!

Yesterday was the “month mind” for the late Francis Card. George, Archbishop of Chicago.

As part of the “month mind” they raised his cardinalatial hat, his galoro, to the ceiling of the Cathedral.

Here is a video from WGN: HERE

Also, the Canons at St. John Cantius have something going HERE.

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Rome – Day 4: Of turtles and dead mice

Yesterday we wandered around and saw a few churches in the Ghetto part of town.

On the way we visited one of the “Talking Statues”.

And nearby there is one of the fountains set up during the time of Il Duce for the different regions of Rome.


We visited S. Maria in Campitelli.


St. John Leonardi.

I believe that Henry Card. Stewart was the titular of this church… in his day.


Then we wandered by the wonderful little turtle fountain.


Over to San Carlo ai Catinari and the beautiful painting of Our Lady of Providence.  Many childless couples pray there for children and there are zillions of ex voto offerings left.

I mentioned that there are still church’s around that haven’t changed their coat-of-arms of Pope’s for a long time.   At S. Maria in Monticelli…


Meanwhile, I saw this charming poster on a wall.


One of the errands I had to run was pick up an MC’s cassock, a new alb (mine are pretty much gossamer thin and worn out, and a cincture (the one I travel with literally came apart in my hands while I was in Paris).   In a shop I saw this… someone got his degree!  Congratulations.

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ASK FATHER: To whom does Seal of Confession apply?

seal of confessionFrom a reader…


Does the seal of confession bind the penitent in any way?

Background: Talking with a friend awhile ago I mentioned something I was told in confession. My friend said he was very uncomfortable with this – implying that I was breaking the seal.

Most moralists maintain that the Seal of the confessional only binds the confessor (and anyone else who might overhear the confession – such as a translator or a person standing too close to the confessional or a person in an emergency room), not the penitent. Thus, if one hears something unusual during the sacramental confession, one can ask another priest for guidance, or if one hears something edifying, one can share this with those in need of inspiration.

Prudence, of course, should be one’s guide in this as in all things.

What happens in the sacrament is an intimate conversation between the soul and it’s Savior. Those who regularly and wantonly divulge intimacies were formerly referred to as “twattlers.” Now we call them “reality TV stars” or “celebrities”.

All of that said, there is one really good rule of thumb: Just keep your mouth shut.  Hard to go wrong with that one.

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ASK FATHER: Should we open our business on Sunday?

From a reader…

My family and I are considering buying a business. One point of debate within the family is the idea of opening on Sunday. The business is a candy store, but more than that will also provide a place for people to sit, rest and enjoy each others’ company for a bit.

Is it a greater good to close on Sunday to provide respite for the
owners and employees, or to open for reduced hours later in the day in order to provide a place for families and friends to gather and rest?

Canon 1247 enjoins the faithful, on Sundays and Holy Days, to “abstain from such work or business that would inhibit the worship to be given to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, or the due relaxation of mind and body.”

Exceptions for necessary workers (doctors, nurses, police, firemen, church musicians…) are understood as are the burdens that are placed on the faithful in a non-Christian society.

The witness of a Christian-owned business that closes on Sundays and Holy Days can be a powerful one.

I recommend a conversation with your pastor, your parish priest.  He should be more able to assess your situation and provide insight.

If there are not many wholesome places for friends and family to gather, socialize, and rest, and if you and your employees do not find the work to inhibit their worship of God and due relaxation, then perhaps opening for a few hours could be salubrious.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a GOOD point made during the homily you heard for your 7th Sunday of Easter or Sunday After Ascension (I hope) or for Ascension Thursday Sunday?


Let us know!

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