Saturday, February 17, 2018

THIS YEAR, POPE FRANCIS WILL CANONIZE AS A SAINT BLESSED POPE PAUL VI BECAUSE OF HIS PRE-VATICAN II FLARE AND STYLE

Pope Francis also jokes with the Roman clergy that he and Pope Emeritus Benedict are on the waiting list for canonization.







PRE-VATICAN II CHURCH WAS WAY MORE INCLUSIVE THAN ANY PROGRESSIVE OR CONSERVATIVE CONGREGATION-EMPHASIZED PARISH TODAY




It seems to me when the emphasis is on the congregation as is the case in many Ordinary Form parishes, factions do develop both on the left and the right. By this I mean that those on the left encourage those who do not conform to Church teaching to be flamboyant about it by making it known they are gay, or bi or trans or lgbtq and to look the part if they so desire. In allowing this the parish is  being  very inclusive not only of the person(s) but also the sin(s) of the person.

On the right in these kinds of parishes, with the focus on the congregation, one only wants those who are like them and don't want to be associated with those who flaunt their sins in a public way. In this scenario where even conservative Catholics in ordinary form parishes focus on who belongs to the parish, there is an exclusivity of sorts.

Whereas prior to Vatican II, Catholics and their visitors knew to go to Church in their Sunday best to please the Lord and not offend the sensitivities of reverence and awe before God or scandalize others.

A homosexual Catholic in the 50's who might have been living a secret life but going to confession regularly about it, no one would have known his sex life business or try to "out" the person or peer into the person's personal life. And no one would have cared to know about anyone's sex life in or out of marriage. Voyeurism was frowned upon. And certainly voyeurs would have kept it a secret from the congregation if they were one.

Thus, I would say the inclusiveness of the pre-Vatican II Church was expected. All Catholics, be they sinners, even public sinners, were required to attend Mass by way of fear of mortal sin and eternal punishment if one freely chose not to attend Sunday Mass.

But there was respect and prudence for the Church, her teachings and expectations about proper attire and not impinging on other people's space by hand holding, kissing, touching, and revealing the details of one's life be it holy or not. 

In other words, pre-Vatican II inclusiveness was and is more inclusive than the faux inclusiveness of today's Church.

NO DESIRE BY MAJORITY FOR ANY ACTUAL RENEWAL IN CONTINUITY REFORM?

An example of a "Mass" in desperate need of renewal in continuity; is this in any way visually appealing, inspiring or satisfactory?

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Paul Knitter presides at a service at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, Wisconsin. (NCR photo/Peter Feuerherd)


















While there are pockets of renewal of the Ordinary Form of the Mass, I often wonder just how prevalent it is. I don't think that it is very prevalent nor a desire to change the bland status quo.

I was on vacation last weekend and attended Mass in a very large parish with almost 900 people there. The priest in his homily lamented that so many people don't go to Mass anymore despite the fact that his Mass was packed with people who do go.

But the Mass was blah and visually uninspiring. Thus I kept my eyes closed for the most part and only looked in adoration during the elevations and "Behold the Lamb of God." I found nothing edifying to my personal sanctification by looking at the face of the priest who was front and center the entire time.

The two major renewals that could increase the visual appeal of the Mass and and bring about the traditional devotional qualities and reverence for the reception of Holy Communion are despised by way too many people in places where these decisions could be made.

What are these two reforms? Ad Orientem and Kneeling for Holy Communion. These two powerful helps for the renewal of the Mass are totally dismissed by the majority of people, in particular bishops, in a phobic sort of way or a prejudice towards anything that appears to be pre-Vatican II.

Until hearts of bishops and lower clergy are renewed and there is a willingness to have a powerful catechesis about these two awesome ways to renew the Mass in our day, the status quo  of  the blah and uninspiring will continue unabated.

Friday, February 16, 2018

PROGRESSIVES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MOST GHASTLY DEFORMED POST VATICAN II LITURGIES; IS THERE ANY WONDER WHY THERE MIGHT BE AN OVER CORRECTION IN THIS DIOCESE?

This article from The National Chismatic Reporter (NCR) tells you why there is what some might call an over correction because of progressive/heterodox so called liturgies but called "services" in the article below.

Please note how the article denigrates traditional forms of the Mass and upholds as ideal the aging hippies having a "Service." These photos are worth a thousand words as to the wisdom of the need for a radical correction that some might say is an over correction:

Disenchanted Catholics look afield in Madison's Morlino era

This article appears in the The Field Hospital feature series. View the full series.

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The community at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, Wisconsin, holds a worship service. (NCR photo/Peter Feuerherd)
The community at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, Wisconsin, holds a worship service. (NCR photo/Peter Feuerherd) 
PLATTEVILLE, WIS. — At the 4 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass at St. Mary Church here, Fr. John Blewett recites the prayers with his back to the congregation. Only occasionally does he turn around to face the worshipers gathered on this typical Wisconsin winter afternoon of 9-degree temperatures.
Blewett is accompanied by three altar boys (the parish prohibits girls from serving). His hands are neatly folded in the formal prayer position. At Communion, there are no lay ministers to dispense the sacrament.
There is no small-talk banter among the congregation about the weather or football. The Mass is preceded by a half-hour recitation of the rosary, setting the somber liturgical mood.
Before Mass, some parishioners turn to the parish bulletin, which features an article arguing that a Milwaukee pastor — who declared himself gay in an NCR article — has endorsed sin.
Blewett is a member of the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, a community based in Spain brought to the Madison Diocese eight years ago by Bishop Robert Morlino. Blewett oversees a parish recovering from turmoil, riven by a gap between those uncomfortable with pre-Second Vatican Council practices and supporters who welcome a more traditional flavor of Catholicism.
Located 71 miles southwest of Madison, near the Iowa border, the parish is the centerpiece in Morlino's efforts to reshape the diocese after arriving in 2003 from Helena, Montana. As Pope Francis declares a welcoming church, the parish leadership here has dug in its heels. Morlino, a former Jesuit and seminarian professor with roots in Scranton, Pennsylvania, publicly says he is in accord with Francis. At the same time, he embraces the concept that the church is better off smaller in number if its adherents remain zealous.
"Who am I to judge?" has become the emblematic public utterance of Francis. By contrast, critics see a regular cascade of judgments from the chancery offices and Morlino himself. During his 15-year tenure in Madison, Morlino has:
  • Endorsed the diocesan chancery's letter to priests denying Catholic funeral ritesto LGBT people;
  • Stopped the distribution of eucharistic wine, saying Wisconsin Catholics lacked sufficient devotion;
  • Recruited a cadre of young priests, particularly those from the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, who embrace a return to pre-Vatican II liturgical practices;
  • Fired a director of religious education for her refusal to recant an academic dissertation that discussed the ordination of women;
  • Opined that the hymn "All Are Welcome" contains a wrong message — Morlino argued that the church is a community that embraces only those willing to accept its precepts;
  • Castigated the values of Madison, arguing that the college town and state capital's liberal attitudes were contrary to Catholic faith;
  • Wrote a column in his diocesan newspaper before the 2016 election widely interpreted as an endorsement of presidential candidate Donald Trump;
  • Provided a diocesan home for Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, a blogger and frequent critic of Francis.
Regarding St. Mary and St. Augustine, an adjacent parish that serves the university community at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Morlino has held firm, resisting petitions to change the priests there.

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St. Mary Church in Platteville, Wisconsin (NCR photo/Peter Feuerherd)
St. Mary Church in Platteville, Wisconsin (NCR photo/Peter Feuerherd) 
Liturgy frequently becomes a battleground when Catholics argue with each other, and so it has at St. Mary. When the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest came here in 2010, controversy over changes they instituted filled the pages of the local Platteville Journal. The priests of Society of Jesus Christ the Priest instituted Mass in Latin, and while the Saturday vigil Mass remains in English, the celebrant's back to the congregation is a pre-Vatican II practice largely abandoned in most American parishes.
Parishioners were told that non-Catholics were going to hell. Liturgical rubrics were enforced in a restrictive manner. A confirmation sponsor requesting Communion in the hand, a common practice in most U.S. dioceses, was refused the sacrament.
The reaction was swift. Forty percent of the parishioners signed a petition urging the bishop to oust the new leadership. Morlino responded by threatening an interdict, a punishment rarely invoked, that would deny the sacraments to those opposed to the pastors he installed.
St. Mary suffered a decline in attendance and finances. Weekly collections went from $11,500 to below $3,000. The parish school closed, with many of its supporters blaming the uproar in the parish created by the new clerical team.
Many of the parishioners who were upset with the direction of the parish moved on to other congregations. Richard Wagner, a member of a local Presbyterian church, estimated that his congregation has brought in some 30 families who used to attend St. Mary.
"They're not being fed," he said over lunch at a local restaurant, describing why some Catholics exited the parish. At St. Mary, "you have to eat Latin."
His wife, Kristie, raised a Catholic, is a Sunday school teacher at the Presbyterian church, assisting fellow teachers there in understanding the Catholic questions of some of the students.
Other former St. Mary parishioners have landed at the local Methodist congregation. Some attend Mass at Catholic parishes in nearby towns not under the jurisdiction of the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest priests.
One former parishioner, a local business owner who wanted to remain anonymous, told NCR that the Catholics in Platteville are still divided. Even after eight years, emotions are still raw.
He was bothered by the priests of the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest regularly repeating that non-Catholics were damned.
"I'm not a hypocrite. I don't believe that. I have a lot of friends who are non-Catholic. I don't believe they are going to hell," he said.
If St. Mary is the prototypical parish for the Morlino era, the community at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, on a hilltop overlooking the city of Madison and its picturesque lakes, is its antithesis.
The Sunday service at Holy Wisdom retains most of the Catholic liturgy, but includes women preaching and presiding. Congregants pass the eucharistic bread and wine among themselves. Holy Wisdom declared itself an ecumenical community in 2006, with a congregation drawn from many faith backgrounds. It is independent of the diocese and Morlino has warned priests to stay away.
For some Catholics disenchanted with Morlino, the community has become a spiritual home. Yet members of the congregation emphasize that the ecumenical thrust of the community, rooted in the Benedictine tradition, is not just a haven for those opposed to Morlino.
"It's much more than that," said Dick Wagner (not related to the previously-quoted Richard Wagner), a member who was attracted to the community by its prayer rituals, including Taizé days of reflection and other forms of monastic prayer. The monastery community bulletin notes a series of parish-like activities, including religious education for children, social justice committee meetings, and pastoral support for those encountering difficult times.

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Paul Knitter presides at a service at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, Wisconsin. (NCR photo/Peter Feuerherd)
Paul Knitter presides at a service at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, Wisconsin. (NCR photo/Peter Feuerherd) 
Joyce Wodka said the Wisdom community experiences an increase in membership whenever Morlino issues another controversial edict or makes an inflammatory statement. On one recent Sunday, the meeting space was nearly filled with more than 200 congregants.
"Since Morlino has been our bishop, the Catholic Church has become less inclusive," said Wodka.
The Wisdom community tries to fill that void. Welcome are Methodists, Lutherans, other Protestants and the occasional Buddhist. Sometimes the Sunday service is led by an ordained Protestant minister (the duty of Sunday presiding and preaching is rotated among members, with 16 homilists and six presiders). Maintenance of the expansive grounds focuses on the environment, keeping it as close as possible to its natural Wisconsin prairie state.
"It's catholic with a small c," said Wodka. She added that the Wisdom community is about "imagining the church of the future."
A particular sore point in the Morlino tenure has been strained relations with the LGBT community. The Wisdom community consciously offers welcome.
Vicki Clark, who is in a same-sex civil marriage with her partner, Lynn Lemberger, said that the Wisdom community is accepting. "People know us as a gay married couple. We are allowed to be who we are," she said.
If the Wisdom community is the church of the future, for many Madison diocesan Catholics the church of the present continues in their parishes. Some pastors take the suggestions of the bishop seriously. Others less so.
Joseph Hasler, a Reedsburg attorney and Catholic, said that Morlino has introduced to the diocese a vision of 15th-century Catholicism. "He believes he is the sole arbiter of all that is Catholic," he said.
"You hear the positive news emanating from Rome," said Hasler, referring to the direction Francis has taken the wider church. "But it isn't going to happen here." 

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Madison, Wisconsin, is seen from nearby Middleton. (NCR photo/Peter Feuerherd)
Madison, Wisconsin, is seen from nearby Middleton. (NCR photo/Peter Feuerherd) 
Morlino, by contrast, has brought a culture-warrior emphasis to the diocese, focused on sexual morality and using demands for reverence at Mass as a way to exclude, said Hasler.
Groups such as Call to Action, once active in opposition in the early Morlino years, have largely dropped their efforts. A frequent complaint among them is that the optimism Francis has brought to the wider church has largely bypassed southwest Wisconsin. They await four years for the retirement of Morlino when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 75.
Morlino and the priests of the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest declined NCR requests for comments.
Meanwhile, the work of the diocese and parish continues. St. Mary is marking its 175th anniversary. A banner outside St. Mary promotes a planned re-opening of the parish school this year. The campus ministry at nearby St. Augustine has been infused with new building projects despite the decline in income. Still, priestly edicts struggle to find an audience at the parish.
Parishioners are urged to kneel for Communion and receive the host on the tongue. At St. Mary, many parishioners still accept the option of Communion in the hand. At each Communion post are temporary kneelers, used by some before receiving the sacrament. The congregation is split, as the options can be bewildering.
Parish shopping is a regular endeavor. "There are many Catholic churches. I can go down the road 10 minutes from here and go to a church that doesn't preach what these guys preach," said the estranged St. Mary parishioner quoted earlier.
Perhaps the divisions in the Madison Diocese are best reflected in differing metaphors about smells, both pleasing and rancid.
In a 2009 ordination ceremony for the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, Morlino congratulated the new clergymen. He offered some advice, telling them that their goal should be "to smell good to the people. You will be aromatherapy for those of a spiritual sort."
By contrast, four years later, Francis suggested that pastors should accompany their people, welcoming both saints and sinners. He urged them not to be "collectors of antiquities or novelties." Rather, he said, they should be like shepherds who take on the smell of their sheep. He did not mention aromatherapy.
[Peter Feuerherd is a correspondent for NCR's Field Hospital series on parish life.]

Thursday, February 15, 2018

THE MEDIA PUNDITS AND POLITICIANS, NOT TO MENTION CELEBRITIES, HAVE BEGUN THEIR BLABBER AND THEY ARE TRULY BLIND GUIDES


We have always had mentally ill and maniacal people in the world who act out in violent, murderous ways. In times past we had Jack the Ripper, Son of Sam and John Wayne Gacy, all mass murderers.

We have always had mentally ill students. Usually they take their own life not others.

But there is a sea change in our culture that enables the maniacal   to go out in a blaze of glory and encourages them to imitate behavior they find in the media both old and new. In other words, the medias now weaponize/radicalize the mentally ill, give them ideas, brainwash them,  fulfill their hope of a glorious notoriety and the worse kind of narcissism.

The media, all of it, new, old, on-line, video games and the like, are very, very violent. Even the warning of "violent content not suited for some" is an enticement to watch or purchase. We, and I include myself, are cooked today in the crockpot of real and make-believe violence, death and chaos.

The 24 hour news channels make these tragedies into a reality show for rating not just for information and the promotion of their particular political ideologies.  It began on CNN even before the gunman was captured.

The Walking Dead, a horribly violent show has very high ratings and it is tame to some of the things our young can access.

And yes, automatic, military-like weapons in the hands of these kinds of people exacerbates the situation when they become radicalized or spiral out of mental control.  There must be laws outlawing military weapons in the hands of civilians who in a fit of temporary rage or severe mental illness kill so many.

As with so much in our society, from the Playboy lifestyle that denigrates the Church's sure and certain Faith about human sexuality in all aspects that then snowballed into the degradation of woman and men exploited and abused by others in and out of power to the violence portrayed on all medias, the blame must be fixed directly on "Hollywood" which I use in the generic/ pejorative sense. And the root of all this immorality and amorality is the almighty buck that can be traced to the wallet of these capitalists and their industries industries.

In addition to this, we are no longer watching the medias together, each has his own "channel." Compare this to the golden years of TV and movies. There were only three or four networks, no tape machines and we basically watched the same thing and talked about what we watched and critiqued it too with others.  We also had breakfast, lunch and supper with our family, we didn't eat alone or at different times as many families do today.

Individualism without others to supervise, talk about or critique is bad for everyone especially the young who are so easily influenced and indoctrinated by what they hear and watch.


IF THIS IS A REFORM OF VATICAN II, RESIST, RESIST, RESIST



ALL PAPACIES AS WITH ALL HUMAN BEINGS ARE A MIX OF THE GOOD, BAD AND THE UGLY. THE LAST THREE PAPACIES TO INCLUDE THE CURRENT ONE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS

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We have new insights from Pope Francis in this morning's Crux article. These revelations are very   clearly an attempt at damage control concerning the worst scandal in Catholic history which Pope Francis' recent pilgrimage to CHILE exacerbated.

My own evaluation of Pope Francis is that His Holiness is a caricature of the very things His Holiness condemns over and over again, talks too much, isn't really humble but arrogant, is too judgmental, shuts down dialogue with those who have legitimate concerns about Amoris Laetitia and some aspects of the very poor and  chaotic implementation of Vatican II in a hermeneutic of rupture destructive of the Faith.

In terms of  being judgemental,  it seems His Holiness has castigated and thrown under the bus the four Cardinals, two now dead, who served the Church in exemplary ways. In terms of some questionable aspects of the implementation of Vatican II, His Holiness seems to imply that even Pope Benedict XVI was a part of the resistance to Vatican II and thus he is not to be trusted. Pope Francis' words seem to dig a deeper hole each time His Holiness speaks off the cuff. Traditionalists should be heard and allowed to speak unless they themselves are seeking schism or are heretical.

Here is a sound bite from the Crux article:
But “when I become aware of true resistance, I suffer,” he said. It was particularly troubling when “someone joins a campaign of resistance” to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, he added.
While he knew about the websites of traditionalist organizations, he preferred not to read them “to preserve my mental health,” adding that historians believe it takes a century to absorb an ecumenical council, and therefore “we are still halfway there.”
In what will be seen as a reference to so-called “dubia letter” written to him by four  cardinals protesting Amoris Laetitia, he said that when he became aware of doctrinal 
resistance, “I seek dialogue whenever it is possible; but some resistance comes from people who believe they possess the true doctrine and accuse you of being a heretic.”
“When I cannot see spiritual goodness in what these people say or write,” he added, “I simply pray for them. I find it sad, but don’t dwell on this feeling for the sake of my psychological well-being.”

Press the title for the complete article from Crux:

Pope Francis reveals he meets with victims of sex abuse on Fridays

Pope Francis reveals he meets with victims of sex abuse on Fridays
In this file photo, Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with Jesuits and laypeople associated with Jesuit institutions in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 10. Also pictured is Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, editor of the Rome-based Jesuit journal, La Civilta Cattolica. On Thursday, the magazine published the accounts of his meetings with Jesuits during his visit to Chile and Peru. (Credit: CNS photo/courtesy La Civilta Cattolica.)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

PRAY FOR OUR KIDS, PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, PRAY FOR THE CONVERSION OF SINNERS


Ash Wednesday often is just symbolic and in theory for most. For many today in South Florida, the reality of evil, human disorders that lead to maniacal killings is not a theory or symbolic.

In a day and age where so many young people who are parents, religion, any religion is put on the back burner or simply given a nod in some sort of spirituality of positive thinking.

There are way too many "nones" out there.

Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return. 

We need a kinder, gentler nation, one that reveres God, allows Jesus to talk to us and where celebrity figures don't denigrate what they don't understand.

We need to be pro-life. If an inconvenient child in her mother's womb can be conveniently removed through legal killing, what does that say to our "disordered" younger and older people who see pro-choice advocates advocating for the most heinous right to choose to kill and conditioning them to make the logical leap to take out those they find inconvenient and the source of their problems?

Repent and believe the Good News! 

Pray for all victims of violence, those who were killed and loved ones who grieve. Deliver us, O God,  from evil. 

WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING LIVES AND PREVENTING ILLNESS, EVEN FOR ONE PERSON, NO ONE IS EVER TOO SCRUPULOUS BUT THE UNSCRUPULOUS IGNORE HEALTH HAZZARDS AT MASS AND MOCK THOSE WHO ARE CONCERNED, LIKE ME!

Below is an article from the National Catholic Register concerning the flu epidemic. It concerns the Diocese of Buffalo and their precautions during the flu season.

Interestingly enough, our very own bishop, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer is from Buffalo. However, his recommendation is somewhat left to each priest and communicant. We can elimiante the common chalice or we don't have to if we warn people. Holding hands or shaking them should not be foisted on anyone, etc.

I decided to simply warn my parishioners about the danger of germs and told them one can contract the flu or any other communicable diseases from the common chalice no matter the season but I was not going to eliminate the common chalice until there was a common sense year round policy concerning it. In other words, I'm leaving it to the communicant to decide.

But in the EF Mass all of this is so foreign as there is no common chalice, no extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion in the congregation glad handing everyone and no shaking of hands or holding hands during Mass. In other words the EF Mass is healthier (on many fronts I might add).

The only disagreement I have with the article below is that one diocese is telling communicants to receive on the hand rather than the tongue out of germ concerns.

However, when I distribute Holy Communion into someone's palm, my fingers or part of them always touches their hand in one way or antoher. I don't drop the Host into anyone's hand.

But when I distribute Holy Communion to kneeling communicants, the fact they are keeling, stick their tongue out, tilt their head back means that I never have to touch their tongue even accidentally. This is not true, though, when one receives on the tongue while standing, especially if the person is taller than me. It's the kneeling that prevents the tongue touching!

BY THE WAY, GUESS WHICH PRIEST WHO HAS CRITICIZED ME FOR MY GERM CONCERNS HAS BANNED THE COMMON CHALICE IN HIS PARISH DURING THE FLU CRISIS? JUST GUESS! 



Feb. 12, 2018
Flu Season Prompts Dioceses to Take Measures at Mass
Preventive actions include skipping the sign of peace or exchanging only verbal greetings and offering the Eucharist only in the form of hosts — and advising sick parishioners to stay home.
As the nation deals with a severe flu outbreak, Catholics in some dioceses are being asked to abstain from shaking hands and drinking from a common Communion cup at Mass.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the current flu season is approaching the peak of the 2009 pandemic, with a high hospitalization rate and more than 53 pediatric deaths so far. The CDC says all U.S. states, except Hawaii and Oregon, are reporting widespread flu, and the number with a high incidence of flu-like illness has risen to 42, plus New York City and the District of Columbia.

In response, some dioceses are directing parishes to temporarily skip the sign of peace or instruct parishioners to exchange only verbal greetings instead of handshakes. Other measures being implemented include offering the Eucharist only in the form of hosts and suspending the use of the common Communion cup.

Among the dioceses that have issued such directives is Buffalo, New York, which, besides suspending distribution of the Precious Blood during Communion, has reminded extraordinary ministers of Communion to wash their hands before Mass and to avoid touching the tongue or the hand of each communicant. The sign of peace is to be offered without any physical contact, and the diocese has suggested bowing in place of shaking hands.

Parishes in the western New York diocese also are being told to drain their holy water fonts regularly and clean them with disinfecting soap before refilling them. Finally, parishioners are being reminded that if they have a contagious illness, they are absolved from the Sunday Mass obligation and should stay home.

“We felt this was a commonsense response to some of the news we had been hearing about how serious the flu had become statewide,” said George Richert, director of communications for the Diocese of Buffalo. He added that the guidelines mirror some of those offered by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and include a few of the diocese’s own.

Dioceses that have announced similar directives include Rochester, New York; Allentown, Pennsylvania; Sacramento, California; and Norwich, Connecticut. In addition to the other precautions, Sacramento has told parishioners not to hold hands during the Our Father, and Norwich is asking parishioners to receive the Communion host in their hand, instead of on the tongue.

ASH WEDNESDAY WITH POPE FRANCIS IN THE ETERNAL CITY



Pope invites the faithful to "Pause", "See" and "Return" to the tenderness of God during Lent

Pope Francis celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass in the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome. As per tradition the ceremony started at the Basilica of St. Anselm where the Pope led a penitential procession to the nearby St. Sabina, marking the beginning Lent, the time of preparation for Holy Week.

Pope Francis urged believers to unmask the demons that deaden and paralyze the soul to allow their hearts to beat in tune with the vibrant heart of Jesus.

The Pope was speaking during the homily as he celebrated Holy Mass for Ash Wednesday at the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine hill in Rome.

During the homily which resounded with the invitation to “Pause” in order to look and contemplate, to “See” the real face of Jesus and to “Return” without fear, to experience the healing and reconciling tenderness of God, the Pope said the season of Lent is a time “to remedy the dissonant chords of our Christian life.”

Please find below the full text of Pope Francis’ homily:

The season of Lent is a favourable time to remedy the dissonant chords of our Christian life and to receive the ever new, joyful and hope-filled proclamation of the Lord’s Passover. The Church in her maternal wisdom invites us to pay special attention to anything that could dampen or even corrode our believing heart.

We are subject to numerous temptations. Each of us knows the difficulties we have to face. And it is sad to note that, when faced with the ever-varying circumstances of our daily lives, there are voices raised that take advantage of pain and uncertainty; the only thing they aim to do is sow distrust. If the fruit of faith is charity – as Mother Teresa often used to say – then the fruit of distrust is apathy and resignation. Distrust, apathy and resignation: these are demons that deaden and paralyze the soul of a believing people.

Lent is the ideal time to unmask these and other temptations, to allow our hearts to beat once more in tune with the vibrant heart of Jesus. The whole of the Lenten season is imbued with this conviction, which we could say is echoed by three words offered to us in order to rekindle the heart of the believer: pause, see and return.

Pause a little, leave behind the unrest and commotion that fill the soul with bitter feelings which never get us anywhere. Pause from this compulsion to a fast-paced life that scatters, divides and ultimately destroys time with family, with friends, with children, with grandparents, and time as a gift… time with God.

Pause for a little while, refrain from the need to show off and be seen by all, to continually appear on the “noticeboard” that makes us forget the value of intimacy and recollection.

Pause for a little while, refrain from haughty looks, from fleeting and pejorative comments that arise from forgetting tenderness, compassion and reverence for the encounter with others, particularly those who are vulnerable, hurt and even immersed in sin and error.

Pause for a little while, refrain from the urge to want to control everything, know everything, destroy everything; this comes from overlooking gratitude for the gift of life and all the good we receive.

Pause for a little while, refrain from the deafening noise that weakens and confuses our hearing, that makes us forget the fruitful and creative power of silence.

Pause for a little while, refrain from the attitude which promotes sterile and unproductive thoughts that arise from isolation and self-pity, and that cause us to forget going out to encounter others to share their burdens and suffering.

Pause for a little while, refrain from the emptiness of everything that is instantaneous, momentary and fleeting, that deprives us of our roots, our ties, of the value of continuity and the awareness of our ongoing journey.

Pause in order to look and contemplate!

See the gestures that prevent the extinguishing of charity, that keep the flame of faith and hope alive. Look at faces alive with God’s tenderness and goodness working in our midst.

See the face of our families who continue striving, day by day, with great effort, in order to move forward in life, and who, despite many concerns and much hardship, are committed to making their homes a school of love.

See the faces of our children and young people filled with yearning for the future and hope, filled with “tomorrows” and opportunities that demand dedication and protection. Living shoots of love and life that always open up a path in the midst of our selfish and meagre calculations.

See our elderly whose faces are marked by the passage of time, faces that reveal the living memory of our people. Faces that reflect God’s wisdom at work.

See the faces of our sick people and the many who take care of them; faces which in their vulnerability and service remind us that the value of each person can never be reduced to a question of calculation or utility.

See the remorseful faces of so many who try to repair their errors and mistakes, and who from their misfortune and suffering fight to transform their situations and move forward.

See and contemplate the face of Crucified Love, who today from the cross continues to bring us hope, his hand held out to those who feel crucified, who experience in their lives the burden of failure, disappointment and heartbreak.

See and contemplate the real face of Christ crucified out of love for everyone, without exception. For everyone? Yes, for everyone. To see his face is an invitation filled with hope for this Lenten time, in order to defeat the demons of distrust, apathy and resignation. The face that invites us to cry out: “The Kingdom of God is possible!”

Pause, see and return. Return to the house of your Father. Return without fear to those outstretched, eager arms of your Father, who is rich in mercy (cf. Eph 2:4), who awaits you.

Return without fear, for this is the favourable time to come home, to the home of my Father and your Father (cf. Jn 20:17). It is the time for allowing one’s heart to be touched… Persisting on the path of evil only gives rise to disappointment and sadness. True life is something quite distinct and our heart indeed knows this. God does not tire, nor will he tire, of holding out his hand (cf. Misericordiae Vultus, 19).

Return without fear, to join in the celebration of those who are forgiven.

Return without fear, to experience the healing and reconciling tenderness of God. Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfil the prophecy made to our fathers: “A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezek 36: 26).

Pause, see and return!

DUST UP FROM THE PAST! KNEELING FOR ASHES AT NEW ALTAR RAILING, 2016!

FIRST ASH WEDNESDAY WITH OUR NEWLY RESTORED ALTAR RAILING; KNEELING IS SO PENITENTIAL!

Woody Marshall of the Macon Telegraph was present for our school Mass at 10 AM this Ash Wednesday. These are his photos!

Powerful preaching! 
Awesome blessing!
Imposing Blessed Ashes:





Tuesday, February 13, 2018

IS POPE FRANCIS BEING BETRAYED BY HIS OWN STAFF SEEKING THEIR OWN AGENDA?

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun speaks at the Asianews Conference at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome.
Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun speaks at the Asianews Conference at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome. (2014 Bohumil Petrik/CNA)
There is major push back against Pope Francis concerning what many believe to be a betrayal of the underground Catholic Church in favor of the Chinese Government controlled Church.

The strongest voice against Cardinal Parolin who evidently spearheaded the betrayal is retired Cardinal Zen. He has had unbelievably strong words against a brother Cardinal and semi directly against Pope Francis. You can read the entire article HERE.

Here's the bombshell statement in the longer article:

Given the recent controversies, I feel the desire to clarify my relationship with Pope Francis who, whenever I meet him, fills me with tenderness.
It is true that my revelations of a private interviews may have caused him embarrassment and for this I am sorry. But I am still convinced that there is a void between the way of thinking of His Holiness and the way of thinking of his collaborators, who readily take advantage of the Pope's optimism to pursue their goals. Until proven otherwise I am convinced that I have defended the good name of the Pope from the responsibility of the erroneous judgement of his collaborators and that he has communicated his encouragement to my brothers in China who are, as we say in China, "in the burning fire and in deep water".
If, by chance, one day a bad agreement is signed with China, obviously with the approval of the Pope, I will withdraw in silence to "monastic life". Certainly as a son, even if unworthy, of Don Bosco I will not make myself the head of a rebellion against the Roman Pontiff, Vicar of Christ on earth.
Let us pray for Pope Francis "that the Lord will preserve him, give him strength, make him happy, and save him from the hands of his enemies."

WELL, WELL, WELL! I AM FAMOUS, AT LEAST MADE IN MY IMAGE IS! BUT I DO HAVE A NAME YOU KNOW!

 As it appears on the Yahoo page:

A former parishioner just alerted me to what he saw on Yahoo and sure enough here it is which Yahoo copied from Miami! WOW!

AT THE MIAMI HERALD, YOU CAN PRESS THE PHOTO WHICH IS A VIDEO. THIS VIDEO WAS A MACON TELEGRAPH'S INTERVIEW TWO ASH WEDNESDAYS AGO, I THINK IN 2016 AT ST. JOSEPH CHURCH IN MACON. PRESS HERE TO SEE VIDEO. THE MIAMI HERALD IS OWNED BY THE SAME COMPANY THAT OWNS THE MACON TELEGRAPH.

Why this Valentine’s Day is challenging for Catholics — and how they can celebrate

Miami Herald 13 hours ago

WHY IN THE NAME OF GOD AND ALL THAT IS HOLY, DON'T CATHOLICS AROUND THE WORLD DO WHAT SHROVE TUESDAY IS MEANT TO DO? WHY O WHY?


How did Shrove Tuesday become Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras and a day of excess rather than a day to prepare for Ash Wednesday. How did pancakes fits into all of this as well?

On Shrove Tuesday, we should be shriven not fattened! We should recover this venerable tradition:

Shrove is the past tense of the word shrive, which means to hear a confession, assign penance, and absolve from sin. In the Middle Ages, especially in Northern Europe and England, it became the custom to confess one's sins on the day before Lent began in order to enter the penitential season in the right spirit.

And do Catholics eat pancakes today????????????????????????????????????????????
 

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION


Today's daily Mass reading from the Letter to St. James, tells us that God does not lead us into temptation.

Thus is Pope Francis right in suggesting that the English translation of the Our Father is misleading or have we forgotten about the "understood you" in English grammar?

Of course I don't expect Pope Francis to understand the "understood" you in English grammar, although it may be present in other languages. But who am I to judge.

But English speakers may no longer remember the understood "you" or may never have been taught it.

But when "you" put the "you" into the Lord's Prayer controversial petition, you begin to see what the true meaning our our ecumenical Lord's Prayer is actually telling you.

(You) lead us not into temptation but (You) deliver us from evil. 

Those of you who understand the understood you have never had a problem with this translation of the Our Father. But those of you who are clueless about this rule in English grammer, you misunderstand the Our Father as does our Holy Father.

Thus a grammatical correction for you who misunderstand. 

An example for you from literature and [] read it below:

"I don't care if she's a murderer! [] Leave her alone! [] Get out of here and [] leave her alone! All of you! [] Get out of here!"
(Bethany Wiggins, Shifting. Bloomsbury, 2011)  

Monday, February 12, 2018

IN THIS ERA OF HYPER-CONSCIOUSNESS ON ALL SORTS OF ABUSE, IS IT AN ABUSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CLAIM THAT HE, THE HOLY SPIRIT, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE POLARIZATION IN THE CHURCH TODAY WHICH IS WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WANTS?

Malaysian bishop says Pope Francis is ‘what the Holy Spirit is saying today’
Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang, Malaysia, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. (Credit: Crux/John Allen.)
The following is what a Malaysian bishop is saying about the leadership of Pope Francis--that it is of the Holy Spirit.

I might be wrong, but I thought we could only claim the Holy Spirit's guidance in actual Magisterial teachings and only say that it is of the Holy Spirit when a pope or an ecumenical council with the pope declares something to be infallible in the areas of faith and morals.

We can't say that all things that a pope or council says or does is led by the Holy Spirit. In fact this would seem to me to be the so-called "blasphemy" of the Holy Spirit.

It would would be patently blasphemous to say that Pope Francis' recent comments about Bishop Baros and how he has handled this situation since day one is the work of the Holy Spirit.

However, the evil or wrong-headed things that popes and bishops as well as priests do, the Holy Spirit can bring good to the Church. But that's another discussion.

Malaysian bishop says Pope Francis is ‘what the Holy Spirit is saying today’

FIVE YEARS AND ONE DAY OUT, WHAT IF?



What if Pope Francis would have been Pope Francis in all the good and questionable things His Holiness has accomplished except for the following:

1. He had worn the Mozzetta since day one
2. Had maintained the the restoration of papal optics
3. Had continued the direction of Pope Benedict's liturgical renewal in continuity and promotion of the EF Mass

Would traditionalists and neo-traditionalists winked and nodded at the other stuff if they got their stuff?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

GOING OUT IN PAPAL STYLE: 2013'S VATICAN II MOMENT

WHAT WOULD THE CHURCH LOOK LIKE TODAY IF THERE HAD NOT BEEN THE ABDICATION AND POPE BENEDICT IN HIS 90'S AND ENFEEBLED? 
Five years ago today, the lightening bolt video and English text of Benedict's announcement as it happened:


Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.

However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.

For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

Friday, February 9, 2018

PROGRESSIVE CATHOLICISM ONCE AGAIN IN THE FOREFRONT AS THE CULPRIT OF THE DECLINE OF CATHOLICISM AS IT WAS IN THE 1960'S


As even the secular media turns a negative eye toward progressive Catholicism which fomented the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, everyone is now seeing, as in a time warp, that progressive Catholicism is the cause of the current state  of decline of the Church some fifty years of the liberalizing pastoral Council of the Vatican II.

What do I mean? First, as it concerns the sexual abuse scandal, it is primarily how bishops handled these cases from the 1970's through the early 2000's. It was based upon a pastoral model that was more concerned with the priest abuser and his vocation, than the abused victims and their families.

Priest psychiatrists in most of the mental institutions that priests were sent for healing, believed in a progressive way that through prayer, thereapy, medication and support groups, like sex anonymous, priest who abused minors and usually homosexual priests, could be changed and returned to active ministry and not just one time, but time after time.

In fact, when I was vocation director, I asked a very famous priest, known very well by every bishop in this country, who was promoting being more public with the laity about priest abusers being returned to active ministry, similar to alcoholic priests returned in a public way to ministry and even their same parish, about actual victims and/or potential future victims of these kinds of priests. He was very ambiguous about the answer to that question and did not seem to give much tought to it.

Liberalism is always more concerned about abusers and their rights rather than victims. Think of the illegal alien who murdered a young woman in San Francisico and was recently found innocent!

Secondly we are seeing yet again in the present, how liberal or progressive Catholicism is so very polarizing in the Catholic Church. Those my age and older know this from our first hand experiences and memories of the 1960's, but younger Catholics are absolutely clueless and others in denial.

Who are the ones being alienated the most in the present experience of polarizing liberalism as was the case in the 1960's? Committed, traditional, conservative Catholics, so much so they leave the Church and liberal Catholics remain becasue for them the Church is simply a NGO that provides community for them and good works--the horizontal Church if you will.

Yes, we are heading once again for a smaller but not more faithful Church. I suggest a smaller more faithful Church is what is required if we are to shrink ourselves in an misguided intentional way.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

AS HIS HOLINESS 5TH ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES, THE LOVE AFFAIR THE SECULAR, LIBERAL PRESS AND NON CATHOLIC AND CATHOLIC LIBERALS HAS COLLASPED

We are witnessing not the melt down of the Church, but the meltdown of an incoherent, progressive papacy and progressive Catholicism. This is from Time Magazine:

By CHRISTOPHER J. HALE
February 6, 2018
IDEAS
Hale is a political strategist who helped lead Catholic outreach for President Obama and is the co-founder of Millennial.
This week it came to light that Pope Francis received an eight-page letter from a Chilean man in 2015 that detailed how a priest sexually abused him, and how other priests ignored and concealed the crime, including then-Father Juan Barros, a man Francis had just months earlier appointed to be the bishop of Osorno, Chile.
This revelation comes weeks after Pope Francis called accusations against Bishop Barros “calumny” and said he had received no credible evidence that Barros had covered up abuse. Francis eventually walked back his claims of calumny and sent a Vatican special prosecutor to Chile to investigate the claims of coverup. But the fact that Francis received the letter by hand by from Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, one of the Church’s top-ranking officials, and either did not read the letter or did not act on it, is a stunning development that represents the biggest crisis of Francis’s nearly five year papacy.
Francis’s surprise March 2013 election as the universal leader of the Catholic Church came on the heels of four-minute speech he gaveat the conclave where he derided Church’s self-obsession. In what many have described as Francis’s Gettysburg Address, the future pope said that “when the Church is self-referential, inadvertently, she believes she has her own light.” Francis called this oversized self-importance that “worst evil” which could befall the Church.
His election was seen as a rebuke of that self-referentialism and he was expected to operate an agenda of reform. In countless ways, he has furthered that agenda. The Catholic Church of 2018 looks very different from the one he inherited nearly five years ago. From everything from the new focus on the environment and the poor to an emphasis on simplicity and sobriety among the clergy, Francis has reformed nearly every corner of the Catholic Church in his image.
But all that is for naught if Francis doesn’t finally address the sexual abuse scandal head-on. I’ve been one of the Pope’s biggest cheerleaders in American and global media the past five years, but I can say with conviction that if Francis doesn’t transform his focus and practice on ending the systematic cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, his papacy will be a tragic failure. Sadly, his record on this issue is worse than his immediate predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who despite his many shortcomings on the issue, was the first pope to take the cover-up scandal seriously.
Pope Francis’s legacy is at stake, but more importantly, the viability of the Catholic Church itself and its gospel mission is as at stake. To put it simply, a Church that systematically covers up the abuse of children by its ministers is a Church without a future. It was that way in 2002 when this scandal first exploded. It’s even more so the case in 2018, when the Church’s popular reformist pope has failed to accurately assess the gravity and effectively address this issue.