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, October 23, 2010

Children of homosexuals.



The corruption and change which fell on marriage among the Gentiles seem almost incredible, inasmuch as it was exposed in every land to floods of error and of the most shameful lusts. - Pope Leo XIII
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Manhattan, Kans., Oct 22, 2010 / 06:04 am (CNA).- Social scientist Walter Schumm doesn't think his forthcoming paper ought to be provoking outraged responses he has already received.


For years, researchers have admitted the possibility that he says he has now confirmed -- that children raised by homosexual parents are more apt to become homosexual themselves. - CNA

Thoughts on Marriage

From Leo XIII.
In choosing a state of life, it is indisputable that all are at full liberty to follow the counsel of Jesus Christ as to observing virginity, or to bind themselves by the marriage tie. No human law can abolish the natural and original right of marriage, nor in any way limit the chief and principal purpose of marriage ordained by God's authority from the beginning: "Increase and multiply."(3) Hence we have the family, the "society" of a man's house - a society very small, one must admit, but none the less a true society, and one older than any State. Consequently, it has rights and duties peculiar to itself which are quite independent of the State. - Leo XIII Rerum Novarum
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On the true origin of marriage.
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The true origin of marriage, venerable brothers, is well known to all. Though revilers of the Christian faith refuse to acknowledge the never-interrupted doctrine of the Church on this subject, and have long striven to destroy the testimony of all nations and of all times, they have nevertheless failed not only to quench the powerful light of truth, but even to lessen it. We record what is to all known, and cannot be doubted by any, that God, on the sixth day of creation, having made man from the slime of the earth, and having breathed into his face the breath of life, gave him a companion, whom He miraculously took from the side of Adam when he was locked in sleep. God thus, in His most far-reaching foresight, decreed that this husband and wife should be the natural beginning of the human race, from whom it might be propagated and preserved by an unfailing fruitfulness throughout all futurity of time. And this union of man and woman, that it might answer more fittingly to the infinite wise counsels of God, even from the beginning manifested chiefly two most excellent properties - deeply sealed, as it were, and signed upon it-namely, unity and perpetuity. From the Gospel we see clearly that this doctrine was declared and openly confirmed by the divine authority of Jesus Christ. He bore witness to the Jews and to His Apostles that marriage, from its institution, should exist between two only, that is, between one man and one woman; that of two they are made, so to say, one flesh; and that the marriage bond is by the will of God so closely and strongly made fast that no man may dissolve it or render it asunder. "For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What, therefore, God bath joined together, let no man put asunder."(2)

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6. This form of marriage, however, so excellent and so pre-eminent, began to be corrupted by degrees, and to disappear among the heathen; and became even among the Jewish race clouded in a measure and obscured. For in their midst a common custom was gradually introduced, by which it was accounted as lawful for a man to have more than one wife; and eventually when "by reason of the hardness of their heart,"(3) Moses indulgently permitted them to put away their wives, the way was open to divorce.

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7. But the corruption and change which fell on marriage among the Gentiles seem almost incredible, inasmuch as it was exposed in every land to floods of error and of the most shameful lusts. All nations seem, more or less, to have forgotten the true notion and origin of marriage; and thus everywhere laws were enacted with reference to marriage, prompted to all appearance by State reasons, but not such as nature required. Solemn rites, invented at will of the law-givers, brought about that women should, as might be, bear either the honorable name of wife or the disgraceful name of concubine; and things came to such a pitch that permission to marry, or the refusal of the permission, depended on the will of the heads of the State, whose laws were greatly against equity or even to the highest degree unjust. Moreover, plurality of wives and husbands, as well as divorce, caused the nuptial bond to be relaxed exceedingly. Hence, too, sprang up the greatest confusion as to the mutual rights and duties of husbands and wives, inasmuch as a man assumed right of dominion over his wife, ordering her to go about her business, often without any just cause; while he was himself at liberty "to run headlong with impunity into lust, unbridled and unrestrained, in houses of ill-fame and amongst his female slaves, as if the dignity of the persons sinned with, and not the will of the sinner, made the guilt."(4) When the licentiousness of a husband thus showed itself, nothing could be more piteous than the wife, sunk so low as to be all but reckoned as a means for the gratification of passion, or for the production of offspring. Without any feeling of shame, marriageable girls were bought and sold, tike so much merchandise,(5) and power was sometimes given to the father and to the husband to inflict capital punishment on the wife. Of necessity, the offspring of such marriages as these were either reckoned among the stock in trade of the common-wealth or held to be the property of the father of the family;(6) and the law permitted him to make and unmake the marriages of his children at his mere will, and even to exercise against them the monstrous power of life and death.
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8. So manifold being the vices and so great the ignominies with which marriage was defiled, an alleviation and a remedy were at length bestowed from on high. Jesus Christ, who restored our human dignity and who perfected the Mosaic law, applied early in His ministry no little solicitude to the question of marriage. He ennobled the marriage in Cana of Galilee by His presence, and made it memorable by the first of the miracles which he wrought;(7) and for this reason, even from that day forth, it seemed as if the beginning of new holiness had been conferred on human marriages. Later on He brought back matrimony to the nobility of its primeval origin by condemning the customs of the Jews in their abuse of the plurality of wives and of the power of giving bills of divorce; and still more by commanding most strictly that no one should dare to dissolve that union which God Himself had sanctioned by a bond perpetual. Hence, having set aside the difficulties which were adduced from the law of Moses, He, in character of supreme Lawgiver, decreed as follows concerning husbands and wives, "I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery; and he that shall marry her that is put away committeth adultery."(8) - Leo XIII Arcanum Divinae

Friday, October 22, 2010

What Happened to John Sonnen and his blog Orbis Catholicus?


It's gone!  Did you ever see The Talented Mr. Ripley?  I'm worried.

Burke's Law: Simpson's to be denied communion. (JK)


The producer of the show said they are not Catholic.
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It's one hell of a mess - an entire family denied communion, raked over the coals by Catholic media - just because they are a bad example of family life.  The Simpson's never pretended to be faithful Catholics, but that didn't stop some Italian Jesuit nobody trying to recruit them - what these religious guys won't do for donations and a little taste of celebrity.  As it turns out, now Fr. Orchetta denies he meant what he said:
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"I wouldn't say they're Catholic, I would say they're people of faith," said Occhetta. Watching the Simpsons "could help us" spiritually, he added. - Sydney Morning Herald
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Oh really?  What next?  Homer is gay?  D'oh!  Try sellin' coffee instead.
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Photo:  Fr. Sirico in his gay-marriage days at Metropolitan Community Church.
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What?

Self opinion and pride.

What is blogging?

What if contraception is responsible for the increase in...


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Fill in the blank  _____________________

Thursday, October 21, 2010

More on the Intercessors.


The good news is that a vast majority support the archbishop's decision, and are apparently happy to move on.
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The bad news is they need donations to start a new life - I find it curious that the corporation/foundation that 'operated/owned'  them isn't held responsible for their welfare.
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"Those who wish to support approximately fifty of the former members who are now being cared for by the Archdiocese of Omaha can send donations for this specific purpose to: Intercessor Relief, c/o Archdiocese of Omaha, 100 N. 62nd St., Omaha, NE 68132. Checks should be made payable to the "Archdiocese of Omaha" with a notation made in the memo field for "Intercessor Relief."

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Top photo:  The fashion industry rushes clothing to the former community members.  Fashion guru Tim Gunn started the emergency airlift saying, "We've got to get those poor souls out of that habit!"  In an interview Gunn suggested that interventions such as these may be planned for the Amish, Bruderhoffs, and some fundamentalist Mormon communities as well. (JK)
Tim Gunn

First Sister, Carol Keehan

White House visitor logs just released!  What's the deal, Deal?
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Sr. Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, has been a frequent guest at the Obama White House.  Visitor logs just released reveal that Sr. Keehan visited the White House 15 times since the beginning of the present administration.  However, on seven occasions, Sr. Keehan met with President Obama himself -- that's a remarkable level of access.  It reflects Sr. Carol's importance in the eyes of the administration in both passing the health care bill and controlling the ongoing health care debate. InsideCatholic

Due to the Obama-Keehan health care agreement, Catholic seniors just might be sleeping in their cars. (JK)


Nursing home closures:
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St. Paul-based Franciscan Health Community said it will close its St. Mary's Home in Highland Park because of financial challenges that officials say span the nursing home industry.  "This was an extremely difficult decision to make, but the current model of care is no longer viable given changes in health care funding combined with the costly improvements needed to our 74-year-old facility," Stanislav said. - Story here.

Cardinal Burke: The backlash?


Churchmen and their rivalries.
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Fr. Z seems to be the first to mention it, citing the response from National Catholic Reporter in his post "NCR bitter about Cardinal Burke" which was also picked up by Pewsitters.  Will more be forthcoming?  Cardinal Burke has made some enemies - in high places mind you.  Who will come out of the wood work next?
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Cardinal Burke is not only a champion of the Extraordinary Form Mass and all things baroque, he has become something of a hero to faithful Catholics.  He has also found himself at political odds with a fellow bishop or two, as well as liberal Catholics.  While bishop of LaCrosse, Burke also became a patron of what many of his clerical critics describe as fringe religious communities, including a community of two teaching sisters, one of whom happened to be a transgendered male.  That particular story became well known despite the fact the community was quickly disbanded - after a 'concerned' albeit 'devout' traditional Catholic woman went over Burke's head in a canonical complaint to the Vatican.  The woman enthusiastically, but discreetly broadcast the details of her triumph in religious goods stores and at church donuts and coffee events throughout the area.  The irony is that the whistle-blower and her audience were people who ought to have been Bishop Burke's closest allies!  Now that he is named Cardinal, I'm sure they will claim to be just that, but you have to wonder - with friends like that, just imagine what his enemies will do. 
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As the most outspoken American bishop on moral and political issues affecting Catholics, it is only to be expected the new Cardinal will be scrutinized, vilified, and attacked.  I think it is safe to say Cardinal Burke is very much in need of our prayers. 
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And maybe keep in mind that Cardinals do not wear the red for fashion.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

An authentic manly life.


The safe harbor of monastic life.
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I've been reading the chapter talks by the abbott of New Melleray, Fr. Brendan.  They are very Trappist; plain and simple and straightforward.  Now that I am older, I appreciate spiritual discourse like this very much... after everything else has failed.  
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"Ordinary, obscure and laborious"

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Our Cistercian life has been described as ordinary, obscure and laborious in our Constitutions, no. 3:5.
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[L]et's look at the description of our life a little closer. Ordinary lets us occupy ourselves with things of the spirit; laborious keeps us from getting lazy and obscure keeps us sharp and focused; it keeps us searching. We cannot settle down when something important in our life is obscure. We want to clarify it, get rid of the ambiguity and vagueness. If it is really important, we search for answers until we are satisfied.
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We have to admit that many things in our life are obscure but we can live with that because they are not that personally important. Almost anything that has to do with numbers, mathematics, chemistry, in fact, science in general, is obscure to me. This doesn't matter because it is not essential that I understand it. If a person wanted to be a doctor, then it is a different story. We have chosen to focus our lives in a different way. We have made the search for God primary in our life. This would be our passion. To do this we have chosen a way of life that is ordinary. In other words, there is not a lot of excitement. Having Vespers like we did during the solemn blessing of the icons last May 12, 2006 was exciting but we wouldn't want it every week or every month or every year for that matter. I know many monks whose favorite days are ferial days in Lent! They have a simple liturgy with the focused Gospel message of repentance. Our contemplative life cannot tolerate a lot of distractions. In fact, we have chosen to live in an enclosure—a cloistered life to keep distractions out.
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Ora et labora—prayer and work make up the rhythm of our days, very ordinary, all at the service of the inner life. I like a few statements from Cassian, "Those who are full jeer at the honey comb." When we are filled with all kinds of exciting things we can easily forget about God. We lose our hunger and thirst for God. The other statement has to do with his long description of the prayer, "O God, come to my assistance, O Lord, make haste to help me." He says something like the "poverty" of this phrase will keep us in close contact with God. In other words, we don't need a lot of diversity in our prayer. We don't need a lot of information in our reading. We do need what seems like a poor few words to form our hearts in the ways of prayer—"the poverty of the phrase". This keeps our mind sharp and wanting more. It is a fasting of the mind, not the stomach.
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When we say our life is obscure, we mean this in a few different levels. It is obscure to the people who see or hear about monks. We are often asked, "What is the purpose of your life?" No matter how much we try to give a clear answer to this question, it is still obscure. Why is this? Because the object of our life is obscure to us. Obscure means it is not readily understood or hidden, vague, even dark. The dictionary says dark in this definition implies an imperfect or clouded revelation. God, the object of our life is obscure to us; hidden not readily understood. I believe it was St. Hilary who said, "I have a firm grasp on something I do not understand." St. John of the Cross says faith is a night to our intellect. So yes, our life is obscure, hidden from others and even hidden from ourselves. It is difficult to live in an obscure place. Our intellects demand clarity. We cannot easily settle down or rest in obscurity but it is the lot of all who live by faith and not by vision.
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This is especially difficult to our modern minds that have been formed by the scientific outlook. We are children of our culture and are accustomed t finding answers to every life situation. Our culture is good at this until it comes up against illness and death. Many people can live most of the lives in the obscurity of faith without realizing it. What shakes them out of their torpor is a life threatening illness or the death of a loved one. Then they search for answers and there are not satisfying answers on the level of science and technology. It is only the certainty of faith, more certain than science but more difficult to understand. - Dom Brendan Freeman, O.C.S.O

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I would strongly advise/recommend any man seeking a monastic vocation to contact New Melleray Abbey in Dubuque, Iowa.

Burke made it.

Congratulations!
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Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Raymond Burke, archbishop emeritus of St. Louis and prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, as a cardinal. - St. Louis Review
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He made it!
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St. Paul of the Cross

Founder of the Passionists.
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St. Paul of the Cross was a great mystic.  I think most of us lay people - who on occasion imagine we know something about the spiritual life, mystical theology, contemplation and the dark night are terribly, grossly misled.  From Garrigou-Lagrange:
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His life was truly a life of reparation in all its depth and elevation; it was the apostolate by spiritual suffering to an exceptional degree. This suffering consisted not only in the subtraction of sensible consolations, but, as it were, in the eclipse of the virtues of faith, hope, and charity. The saint believed himself abandoned by God, he believed that God was irritated with him. His temptations to despair and sadness were overwhelming; and yet in this interminable trial, St. Paul showed great patience, perfect resignation to the divine will, and extreme kindness to all who approached him, as Father Cajetan relates.(20) In the Summary of the ordinary processes in view of his canonization, are the following declarations: "One day St. Paul said to his director: 'If anyone should ask me at any time what I was thinking about, it seems to me that I could reply that I was thinking of God.' " (21) This was likewise the case even in his greatest spiritual desolations, at a time when it seemed to him that he no longer had faith, hope, or charity. (22) He was accustomed to say: "It seems to me impossible not to think of God, since our spirit is wholly filled with God and we are entirely in Him." (23)
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Actually, when St. Paul of the Cross went through the streets of Rome exclaiming: "A via Pauli, libera nos, Domine," he was unable to breathe spiritually except in God. Day and night for fortyfive years his prayer was a painful, heroic, incessant prayer, which sought God ardently, and which sought Him to give Him to the souls for whom this great saint suffered. More fruitful than years of preaching inspired by a lesser love, these painful years were a sublime realization of the Master's words: "We ought always to pray, and not to faint." (24) The saint's life and trials throw light on the import of the following thought of St. John of the Cross: "A single act of pure love can do more good in the Church than many exterior works". - Three Ages of the Interior Life: Part four: Ch 49: The life of Reparation

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Simpson's are Catholic? D'oh!



The ever hip L’Osservatore Romano lauds Homer Simpson as a model Catholic.
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What is going on with that Vatican rag?  How lame is the editor?  How lame is the article they cite from the Jesuit magazine La Civilita Cattolica?   What has happened to the Church in Italy?  Sheesh!
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L’Osservatore Romano marked the 20th anniversary of “The Simpsons” in its Oct. 17 edition by lauding the popular television show for taking religious faith seriously, although often irreverently.

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And, although "few know it, and he does everything to hide it ... it's true: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic," according to newspaper.
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The newspaper cited an analysis in the Oct. 16 issue of the Italian Jesuit magazine, La Civilita Cattolica.
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In it, Father Francesco Occhetta examined a Catholic-themed episode from 2005, "The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star," in which Homer and his son Bart are befriended by a priest named Father Sean, and consider conversion to Catholicism.  "The Simpsons remain among the few TV programs for kids in which the Christian faith, religion and the question on God are recurrent themes," Father Occhetta wrote. - CNA
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I like The Simpsons just as much as any other mindless, dysfunctional, adult-child of alcoholic mental cases, but Homer and his family are so not Catholic role-models.  And the show is not my idea of an appropriate kids show. 
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Monday, October 18, 2010

The suppression of religious houses: Thinking about the Intercessors of the Lamb.


"If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor..." Ps. 126

I'm not sure if the average Catholic is able to grasp how devastating the suppression of a religious order, house, association of the faithful must be to the members.  These people of good will felt called to a particular way of life, gave up home and possessions, consecrated themselves by vows to God to live a faithful religious life with the approval of the local bishop, only to be told their vows were annulled and their community no longer exists.  These people in effect have lost everything.*  All of their supports, their structures have been taken away.  Rightly or wrongly enacted, the effects of suppression must be soul wrenching for those who no longer have a community or a place to live.
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"They go out, they go out, full of tears..." Ps. 125
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In Europe over the centuries, especially during times of upheaval such as the reformation and the French Revolution, religious orders were suppressed and disbanded by the government.  The religious were literally turned out on the street if not put to death.
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Throughout the centuries the Church has suppressed various groups as well - probably never more frequently than in the Middle Ages and later - times of tumult much like our own when well intentioned souls sought to live the Gospel more authentically.  At other times hermits were corralled in and required to enter established religious houses or cease their observance.  More notably the Franciscan Spirituals and a few other reform minded Franciscans were suppressed, while in other instances, monasteries of nuns or monks were dissolved and disbanded.  Usually because of heresy or disobedience to the Holy See.
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"Alas, I abide a stranger in Meshech, dwell among the tents of Kedar..." Ps. 119
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Anyway - these things have historical precedence, but how challenging it can be to one's faith.  I have to wonder how it affects the many other diocesan communities and associations of the faithful around the country?  How will new groups attract members when the stability of the association can be so easily dissolved?  How about those seeking donations to build facilities and to exist?  The recent suppression of the Intercessors of the Lamb should be cause for concern for these folks.
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I lift up my eyes to the mountains, from where shall come my help?" Ps. 120
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Take for instance the Carmelite Hermits in Wyoming (the group in Minnesota not long ago associated itself with the 'calced' Carmelites).  They do not belong to either of the two great Carmelite orders, they are an independent association of the faithful - I'm not quite certain they are even canonically permitted to be called monks.  They exist at the behest of the local ordinary.  The Wyoming group is a new group, an untested group, and they are building a big expensive monastery.  Think about it - that's all I'm doing here.
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"I bind myself to do your will, Lord, do not disappoint me." Ps. 118:31
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While Blessed Mother Teresa was seeking permission to found the Missionaries of Charity, she encountered resistance and delays by her bishop.  He explained to her what a great risk it is to give permission to found a new order, considering the souls involved.  What would happen to those who dedicate their lives to the apostolate, having given up home and property?  What would happen to them if the endeavor failed?  Mother Teresa had a very wise and prudent bishop - I wonder about those bishops who so eagerly permitted so many 'fringe' communities in their diocese.  Did they give much thought to what would happen to these souls after they had moved on and a new bishop took over?  Did they properly vet the candidates?
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All things considered, we know it is all in God's hands, and his loving providence: 'God  gives the lonely a home to live in." - Ps. 67:7
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Photo:  What a monk without a monastery might look like in a homeless shelter 'refectory'.
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"I would rather lie abject on the threshold of the house of God than dwell in the dwellings of the wicked." - Ps. 83:11  


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*Update:  I'm not sure if the Intercessors as a group actually lost everything.  See news report.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The devil is a liar and the father of lies.


Remember the film Emily Rose?  A companion book purported to be the 'real' transcripts of the conversations between the demon, the victim, and the exorcist were made available through a couple of Catholic booksellers.  Supposedly the demon was forced to admit things - like communion in the hand was evil, and other stuff.  Throughout the centuries devils were supposed to have been forced to say all sorts of things.*  Were they true?  Maybe - but truth mixed with lies is never something to put faith in...  I found the following on Dr. Edward Peters blog, In the Light of the Law:
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Exorcists telling their stories...
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Finally, it is very important not to believe or disclose any comments made by the devil/possessed during the rites. Falsehoods are bad, but falsehoods mixed with truths can be devastating. No matter how many truths about oneself or about others that one might hear during the rites, one should not assume that any other comments are, or even might be, true. Nothing disclosed or even intimated by the possessed can be trusted. Absolutely nothing.
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Heresy is just like that.  Intercessors and mystics, beware of playing the prophet.
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Just sayin'.
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*Yes, Christ forced devils to identify themselves and so on, and a priest acting in persona Christi and authorized to perform the exorcism can do likewise - but the results or transcripts should not be broadcast, lest the faithful be confused or scandalized.

Mass Chat: Bishops will be bishops.



I should probably change the title of these posts to "Church Chat".
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So, this joint is jumpin' - the Church I mean.  Lambs chopped, churches closing in MPLS/STP.  Somehow it seems appropriate all of this should take place on the weekend commemorating St. Ignatius of Antioch - the saint who said, "Where the bishop is, there is the Church."  Difficult as all of these developments are, Catholics must have faith... these are days when our faith is tested.  Even as our structures, our supports are torn away... it is like a chastisement, wouldn't you agree?
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The strangest thing of all:  The suppression of the Intercessors, and Fr. Euteneuer's book on exorcism.
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It appears there is some connection?  Or not?  Though I haven't studied the reports - I'm just going by what Spirit Daily reports as well as a couple of emails I received on the matter.
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An old lady forced out onto the street.  From Spirit Daily:
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Former superior of the Intercessors, M. Nadine Brown, who turns 81 next week and whose group specialized in deliverance, discernment, and "spiritual warfare" -- described the actions as "drastic" and asserts that "I've never, ever been disobedient to a bishop ever." She said that out of the fifty, forty sisters have gone with the archdiocese and are now being housed in a monastery just outside of Omaha while 11 others chose to return home or are staying with her in a motel. The former mother superior asserts that the canonical lawyer "was not interested in our charism," disapproved of receiving "words of knowledge," and that on the following Monday she was ordered to leave the premises by noon without being given any means of financial support. She also says she was threatened with excommunication if she left the diocese -- although that may now be allowed since the suppression has nullified vows. - Spirit Daily 
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That's cold.  Evidently these people didn't see this coming.  Approved by two former bishops, Brown and the congregation were evidently seeking further canonical approval when the Archbishop ordered her resignation and the visitation.  How could the Intercessors have been so oblivious that something was brewing against them?  How strange is it that an archdiocese moves so quickly to break up a particular community heretofore well known and respected?   There are a lot of questions to this story - another one is:  "Do the Intercessors have recourse to appeal the decision?  After all - the Church is governed by Canon Law... or is this case some how exempt, and people can just be thrown out on the street over night?"
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Devil stuff.
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In our own archdiocese, a priest active in deliverance ministry was transferred from his parish to another facility as a chaplain, and at that time he was no longer permitted to do radio or allow his homilies to be published.  As far as I know - the priest is still on the sidelines.  Deliverance ministry is pretty touchy stuff.
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Take Fr. Euteneuer for instance.  Was he called back from the lecture/book tour circuit to his diocese because his exorcist status was taking precedence over his Human Life International work?  Euteneuer evidently lauded the work done by the Intercessors... is there some connection to his being pulled back into obscurity.  It appears his book will no longer be published either.  Again, from Spirit Daily:
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In a development that had no apparent connection, it was also announced last week that a book by Father Thomas Euteneuer, the former head of the large pro-life group, Human Life International, will be discontinued. The book, Exorcism and the Church Militant, which ironically lauded the Intercessors, was in wide circulation. Weeks before, Father Euteneuer left the organization when he was recalled to his home diocese after a reported controversy. A spokesman for HLI told Spirit Daily that the organization simply decided it was not its role to promote material on exorcism. "There was no problem fatal to the book," said the spokesman, Stephen Phelan, adding however that had it been reprinted, several changes would have been necessary. Limited copies remain available through Ignatius Press. - Spirit Daily 
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The plot thickens... 
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But I doubt there is a connection - I'm not sure bishops 'conspire' like some of their critics would suggest.
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As for new orders or communities being reined in or suppressed - happened all the time in the history of the Church - especially in Europe.  At the time of St. Francis there were extreme penitent groups, at other times, lots of hermits here and there whose religious observance was questionable, attracting a cult following.  Reformers of the great orders were also under scrutiny, and sometimes founders of orders were even excommunicated, expelled from the community, or silenced.  Bishops have to safeguard the faithful from error and heresy.  And face it - sometimes people need to be saved from their own delusions. 
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In days to come however, we are going to hear some bad stuff about the bishops - suggestions of Masonic influences, heresy, gay stuff...  __it's hitting the fan now.
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