See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Obedience

Obedience and duty.

Returning from confession at St. Agnes I felt a little more saddened, someone was missing. The lower Church was not nearly as full as it normally was when Fr. Altier was there. Nevertheless he had two lines of about eight penitents waiting. They eventually spread out to the other confessional lines.

My Confessor suggested that I might want to impress upon the blogger world that each priest is under obedience to his Bishop. When Harry Flynn had been rector of Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, his Bishop transferred him from that position and made him a hospital chaplain. Monsignor Flynn neither considered the move as a demotion nor a punishment. Father also mentioned that fourteen years is a long time for any assistant to remain in one place.

"A change will do you good..." -who sang that song?

More World Cup BS!

It's hard out there to be a pimp...especially when it's Germany!

Yesterday someone at work wanted me write a post about the German skin-heads or neo-Nazis that were going to be harrassing people at the games. Today I read on Zenit News about the prostitution going on there. I thought to myself, well what else is new - there are always prostitutes working the crowds at these things. After reading the article I can see why the Vatican is concerned and voicing their protests. The birthplace of Nazism has legalized prostitution, something many people want to happen world-wide. The catch is that if a woman is out of work and under age 55 she must take a job to maintain her government benefits. Even if it means going to work in a brothel. Western Civilization has degenerated back to the standards of pagan Rome - next they'll probably try to make it a hate crime for Churches not to bless same-sex marriages! Check this out from Zenit News:

Wide-scale Prostitution Taints Tournament in Germany:

Prostitution was legalized in Germany in 2002 and already by last year the situation for women was dramatic, warned the British newspaper Telegraph in an article Jan. 30, 2005. The article recounted the experience of a 25-year-old woman who, after turning down a job providing "sexual services" at a brothel in Berlin, faced possible cuts to her unemployment benefits.

Brothel owners enjoy access to official databases of those registered for unemployment benefits. The woman, unnamed in the article, had said that she was willing to work in a bar at night and had worked in a café. Later she received a letter from the job center saying that an employer was interested in her and that she should ring them. Only then did she realize that she was calling a brothel.

Germany's welfare laws oblige woman under 55 who have been out of work for more than a year to take an available job -- including in the sex industry -- or lose benefits, the Telegraph reported. The government had considered making brothels an exception, but eventually ruled this out. Brunhilde Raiser, director of the National Council of German Women's Organizations, declared that in her country, "Forced prostitution has yet to become a public issue of concern as a severe violation of human and women's rights." Her remarks appeared May 5 in the Christian Science Monitor, ahead of the June 9-July 9 World Cup. [snip] Zenit.org

"How gay is that?" - Bart Simpson


Pictured, priests marching in a 1985 gay pride parade.

Is there really a gay subculture here?

Did you know this is Gay Pride month? This makes the article from Elizabeth Schwab in Spero News much more appropriate. There's a war on with the exile of Fr. Altier, and Mrs Schwab has some excellent 'shots' on the Spero Forum. Check out the excerpt below:

The homosexual subculture in the Church today

It was discovered that Minneapolis priest Fr. Leo Tibesar is on the National Leadership Team for Dignity USA, a lobby group committed to the inclusion of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender persons in the Catholic Church.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
by Elizabeth Schwab

An explosion of homosexuality is occurring in our midst. Flaunted by the mass media and promoted throughout our society, it has suddenly become a high profile issue. Yet this “coming out” is no surprise to those who have diligently worked for years to advance the cause of homosexuality, and this is especially true for the proponents of homosexuality that we find entrenched in the Catholic Church today. [snip] - Spero News Commentary

The prophet can leg press a ton...


"There is great gain in religion provided one is content with a sufficiency." - 1 Timothy 6:6

How many times are we going to hear about how much Pat Robertson can leg press? I couldn't figure out why it was such a big deal - who the hell cares? I took the time to read the article - it looks like Pat is endorsing health drink products. He's making more money for himself. I wonder if he'll soon start a sort of psychic phone line thing going now - people may call him up (for a fee) to get his various prophecies on the calamities that are heading our way. (Give Dionne Warwick and the other 'pagans' a run for the money.) Yes, there certainly is great profit in religion, isn't there?

Here is a snippet from the Associated Press article I read on Mr. Robertson's feat:

"Robertson said his doctor encouraged him to leg-press weights to strengthen his bad knees.
But he said he did the 2,000-pound lift on an incline leg press with the machine's brake on, which means he did not have to lift the weight the whole way.
"When the professionals do it, they take the brake off and let the weight come all the way down on them. And if you don't have a lot of help, you've got a Volkswagen sitting on your hips. I didn't do that," he said.
CBN's Web site has a video showing Robertson leg-pressing 1,000 pounds. The Web site attributes Robertson's energy in part to "his age-defying protein shake." The site offers a free recipe for the shake, with ingredients including soy and whey protein, flaxseed oil and apple cider vinegar.
Robertson also has licensed his name to Columbus, Ohio-based Basic Organics Inc., which makes a similar product called Pat's Diet Shake.
"We're selling the thing like crazy. There are thousands of people who want to get it. They think the shake had something to do with my ability to lift weights, and I don't think it did," he said, chuckling."

Oh that Pat! He's just so darn humble!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Who wants to jump in on this one?



New rumors of major changes in Roman Curia

Vatican, Jun. 09 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) met on June 9 with two key members of the Roman Curia, giving new life to the persistent rumors that the Holy Father is planning major staff changes at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict met on Friday with Cardinal Francis Arinze (bio - news), the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, and Cardinal Walter Kasper (bio - news), the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. Although such meetings are common, it is somewhat unusual for the Pontiff to meet with the heads of two different dicasteries in close succession.

(Taken verbatum from http://www.cwnews.com/index.cfm )

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Terrorist leader killed - but what about the others?



His Beatitude Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon

Reprinted below is an article from the Catholic News Agency with the Patriarch's views on the current situation in Iraq. The Church under Saddam lived in relative peace, now they are threatened with persecution if not possible annihilation.



Iraqi Archbishop says al-Zarqawi death brings hope

Baghdad, Jun. 08, 2006 (CNA) - Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of the Caldean Catholic Church in Iraq, told AsiaNews today that while Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death brings hope for the future, ultimately dialogue and the way of love must conquer the hearts of the Iraqi people. The death of the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq was confirmed by US and Iraqi officials today. Officials of both governments were overjoyed at killing the most wanted man in Iraq, who was the mastermind of several terrorist attacks and multiple violent murders in Iraq. President Bush, commenting on the death said, "The ideology of terror has lost one of its most visible and aggressive leaders. Zarqawi's death is a severe blow to al Qaeda."However, while the killing does deal a blow to the major terrorist organization in the world, the threat of terror still exists in a very real way in Iraq and abroad and Archbishop Delly hopes that new ways are found to bring peace in his country“This is a great hope for the end of violence which torments,” the Archbishop said. “but we repeat that the best solution is always in dialogue and not in killing. Killing each other for personal reasons can not bring anything good,” Delly continued, “loving each other and not killing - this is the way to keep in mind.”It is clearly not the way Al Qaeda is keeping in mind. Al-Qaeda in Iraq confirmed the death of its leader and vowed it will continue its "holy war" in a statement posted on the Web on Thursday."We want to give you the joyous news of the martyrdom of the mujahed sheik Abu Musab al-Zarqawi," said the statement, signed by "Abu Abdel- Rahman al-Iraqi," identified as the deputy "emir" or leader of al- Qaida in Iraq."The death of our leaders is life for us. It will only increase our persistence in continuing holy war so that the word of God will be supreme," it said.U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, said the demise of al-Zarqawi won't end the violence in Iraq, but it is "an important step in the right direction” CNN reported."This is,” Khalizad said, “a message to all those who take violence as a path."

Gerald from The Cafeteria is Closed has a simple post entitled "Justice". I suppose it is. But what about the others? Zarqawi's followers? And Bin Laden? And his followers, his sleeper cells in our country?

We may deserve whatever we get...


"The Waiting Room," by George Tooker

Yeah, we're all just back to waiting to hear who the Coadjutor is going to be - I'm keeping my mouth shut about it all from now on.

An Archbishop,
is an Archbishop,
is an Archbishop,
is an Archbishop...

By any other name...

As good as it gets!


Channel 5 keeps talkin' but they ain't sayin' nothin'...

For weeks now, or at least days and days, speculation in the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis has been rife with names of contenders for the the throne of the Archbishop. Actually, men do not compete for the position, The Archbishop signals the Vatican that the time is right to look for a coadjutor, Rome sends out feelers and asks for nominations - all very secretly, some say with penalties of excomunication for those who violate confidentiality, and then, eventually Rome decides - the Pope chooses - or at least signs off on the new guy.

This entire rumor mill began in mid-May in Rome, from a knowledgeable priest who has a blog. Supposedly this week was going to be the announcement of who the coadjutor would be. Every blogger I know, and a great many others, have been scrambling to get the scoop. Yesterday it became a bit frezied, a local News channel announced that at their news broadcast at 10PM they would reveal big changes for the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. Some bloggers went nuts! I know one guy who called every news station in town - got on the net and searched every website and blog possible. (Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" did involve madness, didn't it? I think this guy has been temporarily insane for the past couple of weeks, although I know he was having fun pretending to be an investigative reporter...who came up with NOTHING!)

So anyway, this very lame news channel, with it's temporary anchor people - they fire people right and left - had about as much information as every blogger in the country. No - they had less - we knew about it almost a month ago, and we knew who the top pick for the coadjutor would be for almost a week, well, for 3 days. They essentially told us nothing new.

Yesterday's admonition from the Gospel of Mark resonates true today, "You are greatly misled." I better keep my day job. (Copied from my other blog, "Rome-ing Catholics" )

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I found out for sure!!!!





It is Joseph Poole!
He is the next Coadjutor!
He's been kissed by
two Popes you know.
He is coming back
in July!

What if this was an interview with...



The new Coadjutor?


What was your reaction when you discovered that the Church was calling you to serve as a bishop?
On May 31, 2001, Archbishop Chaput called me from Las Vegas. He was there for the ordination of Bishop Joseph Pepe. “I need to talk with you,” he said. When we later sat down together, we began by talking about the seminary. When we finished, he looked at me and said, “Now for the real reason I called you over here. The Holy Father has called you to become the coadjutor bishop of Fargo, North Dakota.” I am not usually at a loss for words, but my response was one of total silence. He looked at me and said, “You’re not responding.” And I said, “No.” He said, “I’m serious; I’m not joking.” And I said, “I realize that. That’s why I’m not responding.” The first thing that ran through my mind was that my life has changed forever. The reality of giving my life totally to the Church became even more real. I was going to be taken somewhere I really didn’t know. I sensed a strong call to obedience in a way that I never experienced it before. After prayer, I could see the providence of God in it. In the fall of 2000, I had been the speaker for the clergy days up in Fargo. So at least I had visited North Dakota once prior to being assigned there as bishop! This was God’s way of preparing the way for me.

How would you describe your goals in North Dakota?
My primary goal is getting to know the people of the diocese I am called to serve. I am very impressed with the depth of their faith and their commitment to the dignity of human life and the family. One can sense in them a great love for the Church.My priorities include evangelization and encouraging participation in the sacraments – especially the Eucharist and Penance. These two sacraments instill within us a deep sense, that no matter what vocation we are living, each of us is called to holiness and to bring the presence of Christ into the world. (taken from: The Weight of Glory)

Who will it be now? -Men at Work


Sittin' around waitin' for the name.

So - I saw nothing in the Vatican Press release today - no nominations for Minnesota. Many people are saying they know who it is but they aren't sharing the information. A very reputable priest told me that when letters are sent out about nominees for a post, the person filling out the questionaire is bound to secrecy under pain of excommunication. So it is not likely someone is going to divulge who it is before the Archdiocese anounces it. I also believe the local Archdiocese announces it before the Vatican does. It may be likened to the third secret of Fatima - before it was revealed everyone speculated about it's contents and many were dissapointed it did not fit in with their own predictions - it will be the same way in this case. (But if anyone knows - will you tell me first so I can get the scoop? Thanks!)

Monday, June 05, 2006

Last 6:30AM Mass with Fr. Altier


Now he is something of a Carmelite hermit...

I was at the 6:30AM Mass at St. Agnes yesterday. One of Fr. Altier's last Masses there for now. There was a hint of sadness in the air. When the bells rang out from the tower to announce the Mass, they ceased down to one bell that dribbled off in a sort of toll, as it does at a funeral. Fr. Welzbacher spoke a farewell at the end of Mass. Altier had read a statement before his homily from Welzbacher about the health of Monsignor Schuller, who is currently staying with his nephew, Fr. Hogan, but it looks as if he will be moving into assisted living sometime soon. How amazing is that, all three priests are leaving St. Agnes at virtually the same time? Would anyone have ever guessed it would happen like this, and so quickly? It is truly the end of an era for St. Agnes. How inscrutable the workings of God.

I thought how perhaps Fr. Altier, basking in the joy and consolation of obedience, which renders the soul free from any impediments, will maybe 'fly away' as if he has 'the wings of a dove' -as the psalmist writes - to go into his solitude. As a Third Order Discalced Carmelite, this can be for him a wonderful time of prayer and even greater spiritual growth. I'm certain those of us who love him will still encounter him at St. Augustine's or when we make an occassional pilgrimage to Hastings. I'm sure there is no prohibition against that.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

All-rightey then...

Monsignor Kevin McCoy, former Rector of the North American College in Rome.

What would you think?
Archbishop Flynn is moving out of his residence and into another house in Northfield. (Bishop Pates has said as much to other people.)
Rumors have beed circulating that the coadjutor is coming - but no one knows who it is.
Many agree the person is coming from Rome.
One name at the top of the list is Monsignor McCoy, former Rector of NAC. Another name is Archbishop Chaput, which seems unlikely to me because it would mean a lateral move for him, not that it matters.

Then, a notable person in Rome, from out of nowhere, discusses the pronunciation of 'coadjutor' on his website (albeit an old post - 5/23/06 - so did he know then? Exactly what did he know and when, can we find this out?). Anyway - this person is a sort of, ex-patriot in exile in Rome, and he is from our Archdiocese. (Think of 'Liza' with a 'Z'!)
Now what would you think?

Shirley - insiders know who the coadjutor is already!
And Shirley! His arrival (or the announcement) is imminent!
(Shirley, do you think that if anyone 'has to take a leak' they would post it here? I mean, after-all, John Hastreiter is going to Rome Tuesday morning...could it be for a briefing?)

Here's the only quote I could get from Msgr. McCoy:
(After the sex abuse scandal in the US broke.)

>In the past three years since the sex abuse scandal exploded in the United States, the seminarians, whether they will return to be diocesan officials or parish priests, have had to deal with it.

Msgr. McCoy recalls: "I told the first class that returned to the States after the scandal broke: 'I don't know what you are going to find at home but go there, you know who you are, be what you need to be. Be priests for these people. Do what we've trained you to do.'
"Now, in 2004, the newest classes are not so concerned because they have been home since then, they've done parish work, they know the people and they know the people love the priest." < - 2004 Knights of Columbus newsletter.

And for the record Shirley, one may pronounce 'coadjutor' with the emphasis on 'co-ad' or one may say it with the emphasis on 'jutor' - both are correct. It's like, "you say tomaaato and I say tomato." Then there is 'coadjutrix' - oh Shirley that could never happen!

Let's all pray for a good and holy new Archbishop.