Saturday, October 13, 2012

Holy Father: "In the net of Peter there are bad fish."



"Pope Benedict urged lapsed and lukewarm Roman Catholics on Thursday to rediscover their faith but acknowledged there are "bad fish" in the Church itself." - Source

I know!

The Holy Father repeatedly uses the traditional metaphor of the Church as a ship, aka the barque of Peter.  Naturally, I am once again reminded of the dream of St. John Bosco, which seems to be playing out these days, though skeptics of private revelations would dispute that.

I love how the Holy Father acknowledges the 'filth' in the Church once again, this time speaking more directly and acknowledging there are individuals or 'bad fish' amongst us... "that human fragility exists even in the Church." he said.

"The ship of the Church is navigating in strong headwinds, in storms that threaten the ship and sometimes we have gone as far as thinking that God is sleeping and he has forgotten us," he said.

I have a feeling the pope is very much aware of the Bosco prophecy.

Perhaps we ought to think of the rosary as our lifeline.  Pray the rosary every day for the conversion of sinners - the lost sheep.  Throw out your lifeline to help people return to the Church and the sacraments.  Don't throw them overboard and tell them to go to another church.  In Don Bosco's dream, the other churches - ships, were coming back to the barque of Peter.  We must do what we can to attract souls, not repel them.

How difficult it is for secular minds to accept Church teaching as grace and mercy, as light and love, when otherwise faithful Catholics demean and insult them.  Treating our so-called enemies with contempt, calling them names, telling them to get out of the Church and go to another sect.   How is that even Christian?
The fire of the Holy Spirit, the fire of Christ is never one that devours nor a destructive one. It's a quiet fire, a small flame of goodness, of goodness and truth, that transforms with its light and warmth. We have seen that the Lord doesn't forget us – even today, his way is humble. The Lord is present, he gives warmth to our hearts, shows us life, creates charisms of goodness and charity that shine in our world, which are for us a guarantee of the goodness of God. - Benedict XVI, 'Moonlight Encore'
 
Pray the Rosary every day.

Memento


"The documents of Vatican Council II are, even in our own time, a compass guiding the ship of the Church as she sails on the open seas, amidst tempests or peaceful waves, to reach her destination". - Benedict XVI

"The salient point of this Council is not, therefore, a discussion of one article or another of the fundamental doctrine of the Church which has repeatedly been taught by the Fathers and by ancient and modern theologians, and which is presumed to be well known and familiar to all. For this a Council was not necessary. But from the renewed, serene, and tranquil adherence to all the teaching of the Church in its entirety and preciseness, as it still shines forth in the Acts of the Council of Trent and First Vatican Council, the Christian, Catholic, and apostolic spirit of the whole world expects a step forward toward a doctrinal penetration and a formation of consciousness in faithful and perfect conformity to the authentic doctrine, which, however, should be studied and expounded through the methods of research and through the literary forms of modern thought." Bl. John XXIII: Opening Speech of Second Vatican Council

Ninety Five Years Ago: The Great Miracle of Fatima

Newspaper photo of pilgrims experiencing
 the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima in 1917.



The Miracle of the Sun:

"The proclamation of a public miracle caused the most intense speculation throughout Portugal. People from all parts of the country descended, in their tens of thousands, on the Cova, despite the terrible storm that lashed the mountain country around Fatima, on the eve of October 13.

A page from Ilustracao Portugueza, October 29, 1917, showing the crowd.

The children reached the place around noon, and then saw the flash of light as Mary appeared before them. For the last time, Lucia asked what she wanted: "I want to tell you that a chapel is to be built here in my honour. I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue always to pray the Rosary every day. The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes.

"Then rising into the air and opening her hands towards the sun, growing more brilliant as she did, she disappeared, being replaced by various visions seen only by the children.At the same time the vast crowd of approximately 70.000 people experienced a visible miracle.

The black clouds parted, and the sun became visible, looking like a dull grey disc that could be looked at directly quite easily.

A journalist, Avelino de Almeida, described the event as follows: "...one could see the immense multitude turn towards the sun, which appeared free from clouds and at its zenith. It looked like a plaque of dull silver and it was possible to look at it without the least discomfort. It might have been an eclipse which was taking place. But at that moment a great shout went up and one could hear the spectators nearest at hand shouting: "A miracle! A miracle!" Before the astonished eyes of the crowd, whose aspect was Biblical as they stood bareheaded, eagerly searching the sky, the sun trembled, made sudden incredible movements outside all cosmic laws - the sun "danced" according to the typical expression of the people..."

"People then began to ask each other what they had seen. The great majority admitted to having seen the trembling and dancing of the sun; others affirmed that they saw the face of the Blessed Virgin; others, again, swore that the sun whirled on itself like a giant Catherine wheel and that it lowered itself to the earth as if to burn it with its rays. Some said they saw it change colors successively..."

The crowd experiencing the Miracle of the Sun.

Many other witnesses testified to the terrifying nature of the solar miracle: "It turned everything different colours, yellow, blue, white, and it shook and trembled; it seemed like a wheel of fire which was going to fall on the people. They cried out: 'We shall all be killed, we shall all be killed!' ... At last the sun stopped moving and we all breathed a sigh of relief. We were still alive and the miracle which the children had foretold had taken place.

"Other people witnessed the solar miracle from a distance thus ruling out the possibility of any type of collective hallucination. A final intriguing, and important, point was that the heat of the sun, as it descended on the people, also had the effect of drying their clothes and the ground, so that they went from being completely soaked to being dry in about ten minutes." - Courtesy, "Living Miracles" website.

At the time, the New York Times also reported upon the event.

Apostasy, the loss of the faith, is spreading throughout the world and into the highest levels within the Church.POPE PAUL VI, Address on the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions, October 13, 1977


 

Friday, October 12, 2012

World Numb-Nutz Daily: Obama's Wedding Ring Debunked.



Attention WND Followers:

The story about Obama's wedding ring is not true.
Something very interesting from WND:
NEW YORK – As a student at Harvard Law School, then-bachelor Barack Obama’s practice of wearing a gold band on his wedding-ring finger puzzled his colleagues.

Now, newly published photographs of Obama from the 1980s show that the ring Obama wore on his wedding-ring finger as an unmarried student is the same ring Michelle Robinson put on his finger at the couple’s wedding ceremony in 1992.

Moreover, according to Arabic-language and Islamic experts, the ring Obama has been wearing for more than 30 years is adorned with the first part of the Islamic declaration of faith, the Shahada: “There is no God except Allah.”
 
So anyway.
Contrary to what has been claimed in various online sources, President Obama's gold wedding ring does not feature the Muslim saying "No God but Allah" in Arabic script. It bears no visible inscription at all, only an abstract design.

So, the allegation is that Barack Obama's wedding ring, made in Indonesia, bears an inscription of the Shahada (Islamic declaration of faith) in Arabic (never mind that practically everyone in Indonesia, including Muslims, speaks Indonesian). The Shahada is typically rendered in English as follows: "There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah." The idea, of course, is that this proves Obama is a Muslim, not the Christian he claims to be. - Urban Legends.
 

Listen up:  If you want people to believe you when you say things like "Same sex marriage will cause the collapse of civilization."  Or, "The Liturgy will save the world."  Or as you make your living blogging with the desire to be taken seriously, don't go posting that kind of crap - especially if you are a priest.

H/T Thom

Something to keep in mind:  Obama is NOT a religious man.

I am so sorry...



Heartbreaking news.
A 10-year-old Colorado girl reported missing one week ago is dead, police said Friday, spurring a manhunt for the person who killed her.
Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk told reporters that a body found earlier this week "has been positively identified" as that of Jessica Ridgeway.
"Our focus has changed from a search for Jessica to a mission of justice for Jessica," Birk said.
Jessica was last seen by her mother as she left for school October 5. Authorities then issued a statewide Amber Alert for the girl.
On Sunday, a man in a subdivision in Superior discovered Jessica's backpack outside his house about 7 miles from the girl's hometown of Westminster, said Westminster Police Investigator Trevor Materasso. Both towns are along the Denver-Boulder Turnpike.
A body -- which was "not intact," according to police -- was found Wednesday at a park in Arvada, a Denver suburb just five miles from Westminster. The body was identified Friday as that of Jessica. - CNN
 
O my God, why?   Why?

May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen

Driving out demons in the blogosphere.



Or discernment of spirits.

Today's Magnificat offers a good reading from Fr. Jordan Aumann, O.P. on the various signs of the diabolical spirit.  He's not discussing possession, but the signs of a bad spirit at work - more about discernment of spirits as related to mystical phenomena.  Although, some of the symptoms remind me of symptoms for bipolar disorder, as well as examples of typical behavior traits in a lot of people I have known - lived with, worked with, played with, encountered online and in the bathroom - you name it.

Here is a list with the symptoms, accompanied by my editorial comments and possible examples:
Spirit of falsity... The devil is the father of lies... he cleverly conceals his deceit by half-truths...
This strikes me as being the reality of every day life - pretty much the news of the day, as well as anything written by Anne Rice.

Morbid curiosity... the characteristic of those who seek out esoteric aspects of mystical phenomena or have a fascination for the occult of preternatural.
Spirit Daily.  Anyone who reads Abbey Roads. 
Confusion, anxiety, and deep depression.
I just read a statistic on how many people in the world are depressed - it was huge - and obviously most of us are confused and anxious.  Baby-Boomers.  Joe Biden. 
Obstinacy.  One of the surest signs of the diabolical spirit.
The Obama administration.  Islam.  Planned Parenthood. Gay Pride. Novus Ordo Watch. Nan.
Constant indiscretion and restless spirit.
Most bloggers, but Acts of the Apostasy really stands out.
Spirit of pride and vanity.  Very anxious to publicize their gifts of grace and mystical experiences.
Catholic conversion blogs.  Mommie dearest blogs. Catholic Vote blog.  Me. 
False humility - the disguise for their pride and self love.
Me. 
Despair, lack of confidence and discouragement.  A chronic characteristic that alternates with presumption.
All bipolar readers.

Disobedience and hardness of heart.
Gay blogs, LCWR, Priest for SS Marriage, Women Priest Movement, Catholics for Choice.  Disgruntled poodles.  Jesuits.
Impatience in suffering and stubborn resentment.
Traditionalist Catholics and bloggers with very low stats - and traditionalist Catholics.  The unemployed.
Uncontrolled passions, and strong inclination to sensuality...
Gay blogs, Theology of the Body think tanks, art blogs, recovering alcoholic blogs, Patheos.

Hypocrisy, simulation, and duplicity.
Me.
Excessive attachment to sensible consolations...
Pious blogs, contemplative-eremetical bloggers, Recovering Dissident blog.
Lack of deep devotion to Jesus and Mary.
Spiritual but not religious blogs.
Scrupulous adherence to the letter of the law and fanatical zeal in promoting a cause.  This characteristic readily opens the door to diabolical influence in reformers and demagogues...
WDTPRS. Michael Voris. National Catholic Reporter.
 

And this explains why every Catholic blog should post the prayer of St. Michael on their site.

Disclaimer:  Dear friends, I apologize that I did not have the time to link to all of your wonderful blogs and websites.  We love you family!
Bob and Penny Lord.

 

Were there nuns and abbesses in attendance at Vatican II?

Nuns at Vatican II.


What was the role of women religious at the Council?

I don't know.  Were they there as observers?  Were they seated? 

I know when I was in school, the sisters had us pray for the success of the Council - but I don't know if women were represented by women in any way.  Abbots were in attendance, but I don't know if abbesses or religious superiors were.  Anyone?

Just curious.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Biden vs Ryan




What I got from the debate ...

The Baby-boomer hold is over...  Biden is condescending and old.

Ryan is one smart guy.   

Pope Benedict XVI, the Council and the Year of Faith and... and...

 
"This is how we can picture the Year of Faith: a pilgrimage in the deserts of today’s world, taking with us only what is necessary: ... the Gospel and the faith of the Church, of which the Council documents are a luminous expression, as is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, published twenty years ago." - Benedict XVI


At the onset of the Year of Faith, the Holy Father is praising the Council, the Conciliar Popes, the Documents.

How will the critics of the Council wiggle out of this?  How many times I have heard extremely disparaging remarks from the pillars of orthodoxy of the Blogisterium regarding the Council?  "It wasn't the most important council!"  "It wasn't a doctrinal council!"  "The council was a rupture!"  "The council was infiltrated by Masons and protestants."  "The council was protestant."  "It was simply a pastoral counsel!"  "Pope Paul VI was a bad pope."  "John XXIII didn't intend this or that" - or worse.  In the past 6 years of blogging I have heard these things and so many more condemnations and name-calling - yes - even from blogging priests, Walmart stock boys with distance-theological degrees, and unfortunately, I too came under their influence at times.

Thank God for Pope Benedict XVI who strengthens the faith of the brethren, and confirms the faith of those who have accepted Church teaching and remained faithful throughout the liturgical wars and doctrinal chaos. 

Habemas Papam... listen to him.

Extracts from Benedict XVI's homily are given below.

"The Year of Faith which we launch today is linked harmoniously with the Church’s whole path over the last fifty years: from the Council, through the Magisterium of the Servant of God Paul VI, who proclaimed a Year of Faith in 1967, up to the Great Jubilee of the year 2000, with which Blessed John Paul II re-proposed to all humanity Jesus Christ as the one Saviour, yesterday, today and forever. Between these two Popes, Paul VI and John Paul II, there was a deep and profound convergence, precisely upon Christ as the centre of the cosmos and of history, and upon the apostolic eagerness to announce Him to the world. Jesus is the centre of the Christian faith. The Christian believes in God Whose face was revealed by Jesus Christ. He is the fulfilment of the Scriptures and their definitive interpreter".

"Vatican Council II did not wish to deal with the theme of faith in one specific document. It was, however, animated by a desire, as it were, to immerse itself anew in the Christian mystery so as to re-propose it fruitfully to contemporary man. ... In his opening speech Blessed John XXIII presented the principal purpose of the Council in this way: “What above all concerns the Ecumenical Council is this: that the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine be safeguarded and taught more effectively. … Therefore, the principal purpose of this Council is not the discussion of this or that doctrinal theme, a Council is not required for that, ... [but] this certain and immutable doctrine, which is to be faithfully respected, needs to be explored and presented in a way which responds to the needs of our time”.

"I have often insisted on the need to return, as it were, to the “letter” of the Council - that is to its texts - also to draw from them its authentic spirit, and why I have repeated that the true legacy of Vatican II is to be found in them". 
"The Council did not formulate anything new in matters of faith, nor did it wish to replace what was ancient. Rather, it concerned itself with seeing that the same faith might continue to be lived in the present day, that it might remain a living faith in a world of change. ... The Council Fathers wished to present the faith in a meaningful way; and if they opened themselves trustingly to dialogue with the modern world it is because they were certain of their faith, of the solid rock on which they stood. In the years following, however, many embraced uncritically the dominant mentality, placing in doubt the very foundations of the deposit of faith, which they sadly no longer felt able to accept as truths.

"If today the Church proposes a new Year of Faith and a new evangelisation, it is not to honour an anniversary, but because there is more need of it, even more than there was fifty years ago! ... Even the initiative to create a pontifical council for the promotion of the new evangelisation ... is to be understood in this context. Recent decades have seen the advance of a spiritual “desertification”. In the Council’s time it was already possible from a few tragic pages of history to know what a life or a world without God looked like, but now we see it every day around us. ... But it is in starting from the experience of this desert ... that we can again discover the joy of believing, its vital importance for us". - Vatican Information Service
One cannot help but be impressed and deeply moved when one considers that this Pope was not only around, but already an esteemed theologian at the time of the Council, he was made a Cardinal in 1977, and since 1981 he was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, until becoming Pope in 2005.  He has been at the center of the Church since 1981, indeed, defending the Faith ever since.

Listen to him. 

Allow yourself to be taught.
 

Traditional Liturgical Dance




What?

There is an awful lot of bowing and bobbing around while assisting the Bishop as he vests.  It made me think of liturgical dance.  It just seems like a lot to have to go through - or get used to - and a lot to wear.

H/T Rorate

Sorry.

The Year of Faith



From my friend Angelo.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Blogs and Same Sex marriage



Not a lot to say I guess.

I read somewhere a complaint that gay people are not depicted in the pro-same sex marriage ads currently airing in some states around the country where the issue is on the ballot for November.  In fact, both sides of the issue pretty much feature traditional family types speaking their pro and cons on the issue.  Likewise, I find very few Catholic blogs spending much time on the issue, yet more notably, fewer Catholic blogs from SSA persons covering same sex marriage issues.  (My neighbor, Michael Bayly is the exception in this area - opposing views of course.)  Maybe I don't get out enough, or rather, step out of my little circle, but I really don't see much activity online about the issue.  Granted, I don't always check the group blogs to know if anything is being said, yet rarely do I see the popular Catholic news portals linking to sites which discuss the issue beyond reporting what the bishops have to say.

That said, it seems to me most self-identified "gay" Catholic blogs avoid the discussion all together since it is deemed too political and is considered a turn off for most SSA persons to be constantly  challenged by 'homophobic' legislation and attitudes.  However, I do not see it as homophobic to be speaking in defense of traditional marriage, and I agree with the bishops who believe it is a serious issue which ought to concern Catholics. 

I know of some blogs written by ssa/gay/queer people who are in heterosexual marriages.  I would think these people might have something to add to the conversation, but I haven't come across much.  I know Spiritual Friendship blog deals with issues related to faithful gay Catholics, but the contributors seem to avoid getting caught up in the 'politics' of the marriage debate.  I searched for a reason and found this from one of the contributors:
Politics: At the present time, Christian attention on homosexuality is overwhelmingly political. Donations to groups opposing same-sex marriage are orders of magnitude larger than donations to ministries offering support and counselling to Christians trying to integrate their faith and sexuality. This is obviously wrong: Christ consistently refused the role of political Messiah, even though his followers repeatedly tried to push Him into that role. He also consistently took time to seek out those who were marginalized, including those involved in sexual sin, even though the religious leaders of His day sharply criticized Him for doing so. It is important to call the Church away from its misguided investment in politics, and remind it of Christ’s love for the prodigal, for the outcast, for the lost sheep. This also means asking more broadly what role the Gospel has in the public sphere. I do not think we should legislate our faith; but I also do not believe that our faith is something purely private, with no public implications. These are deep questions, but I think that part of our current quagmire results from a lack of adequate answers to these deep questions. Because faith is universal, not private, many Christians believe that its teachings must be written into public law (although this rhetoric gets rather inconsistently applied in practice). Because Christ’s kingdom is not of this world, other Christians confine their faith to the private sphere. Because each of these premises has some truth to it, we fight interminably over who is right. And issues that primarily affect gays and lesbians are a convenient battleground for this fight, because keeping gay marriage illegal is a lot less painful to most participants than, say, eliminating no-fault divorce. And punishing sodomy is a lot easier for the majority than, for example, punishing fornication. The present focus on politics is far removed from Christ’s approach; but if we want to change the Church’s approach, we will have to be prepared to answer the questions our fellow-Christians will raise, and offer them a new way of thinking that is neither the militancy of the Christian Right, nor a surrender to the Secular Left that privatizes faith and seeks to live our public life as if it did not matter whether God exists or not. - Ron Belgau
 
The About page from Spiritual Friendship pretty much sums up what I think is a general attitude amongst most gay-Christian writers:
We embrace the traditional understanding that God created us male and female, and that His plan for sexual intimacy is only properly fulfilled in the union of husband and wife in marriage. However, this blog was born out of frustration with the prevailing narratives about homosexuality from those who embrace this traditionally Christian sexual ethic: an excessive focus on political issues, and the ubiquity of reparative therapy in one form or another.

We want to see more discussion of celibacy, friendship, the value of the single life, and similar topics. - Spiritual Friendship
 
That's cool, and it seems to answer my question.


It also explains why not a few ssa Catholics dislike Abbey Roads.


Photo credit.

Catholics love to drink: Nun shoplifting beer.



I'm not sure this is part of that vow of poverty thing.

I think I should start drinking again for Octoberfest....

A few of my favs:  LaTrappe Quadruple for winter
is the best!
 

What I think about that.


"One must in no way overlook the negative consequences that can derive from the ordination of persons with deep-seated homosexual tendencies."


I've written a ton of stuff on the subject of SSA priests...  You know that.  But let's revue.  What follows is an excerpt from an earlier post on the subject. 

The Church does indeed ordain men who are SSA.  Despite former documents discouraging it, many priests and bishops insist the Holy See permits it.  From recently retired Bishop Matthew Clark of Rochester:
There was, as you know, a lot of attention given to that by the Holy See over the years, and one of their statements left the impression that under no circumstances could a person of gay orientation be ordained a priest. And that's not so.
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If a person's sense of himself as a gay individual inevitably leads him to campaign against the Church's formal teachings or live a lifestyle that is upsetting to the community or scandalous, such a person would not be an apt candidate for the priesthood. But if a person understands that and lives a lifestyle that is compatible with what we ask of all of our priests, then I'm happy to receive them.
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“The fundamental concern of formation for a life of celibate chastity is for sexual maturity, not sexual orientation,” he said at the time. “Good seminary formation needs to provide an environment in which both heterosexual and homosexual candidates can grow to commit themselves wholeheartedly, even joyfully, to chaste and faithful celibacy.” - Source
But what does the Holy See really say?  Well.  It kind of does say that SSA men can be ordained: 
Deep-seated homosexual tendencies, which are found in a number of men and women, are also objectively disordered and, for those same people, often constitute a trial. Such persons must be accepted with respect and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. They are called to fulfil God's will in their lives and to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter[8].

In the light of such teaching, this Dicastery, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question[9], cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called "gay culture"[10].

Such persons, in fact, find themselves in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women. One must in no way overlook the negative consequences that can derive from the ordination of persons with deep-seated homosexual tendencies.

Different, however, would be the case in which one were dealing with homosexual tendencies that were only the expression of a transitory problem - for example, that of an adolescence not yet superseded. Nevertheless, such tendencies must be clearly overcome at least three years before ordination to the diaconate.

[...] 
It goes without saying that the candidate himself has the primary responsibility for his own formation[21]. He must offer himself trustingly to the discernment of the Church, of the Bishop who calls him to orders, of the rector of the seminary, of his spiritual director and of the other seminary educators to whom the Bishop or major superior has entrusted the task of forming future priests. It would be gravely dishonest for a candidate to hide his own homosexuality in order to proceed, despite everything, towards ordination. Such a deceitful attitude does not correspond to the spirit of truth, loyalty and openness that must characterize the personality of him who believes he is called to serve Christ and his Church in the ministerial priesthood. - Criteria for the Discernment

 

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Wehmeyer and porn.



Fr. Wehmeyer now faces child porn charges.
A priest who had been charged with criminal sexual misconduct now faces 17 counts of possessing child pornography, Ramsey County authorities said Tuesday.

The complaint filed Monday details pornographic images showing nude prepubscent boys alone and engaged in sexual acts with each other.

Investigators allegedly found the videos and photos on the priest's laptop computer, in a closet in the rectory, while executing a search warrant last July. - StarTribune
 
I may be wrong, but I think there may have been some people who would not have recommended that Wehmeyer be ordained.

I think men who have sexual impediments, sexual disorders, or sexual disabilities - call it what you will - should have the honesty, integrity and generosity of spirit not to pursue priesthood.  I think vocation directors and seminary rectors and spiritual directors need to be much more vigilant about ordaining men with homosexual tendencies.  Few young people today even realize that at one time a man who had the habit of masturbation would not even be considered for seminary, much less ordination.  That was way before the days of Internet porn, or any thought of acceptance of ssa candidates. 

Real quick like: Celebrity perverts in the news.




Blaming the victims.

Sandusky gets 30 to 60 years - proclaiming his innocence, and pretty much blaming the victims:
In a recorded statement posted on the Penn State ComRadio News website yesterday, Sandusky blamed his conviction on a“well-orchestrated effort” by the media, investigators, “the system,” Penn State, his accusers, civil attorneys and psychologists. The “attention, financial gain and prestige”they won will “all be temporary,” Sandusky said. He said his lawyers didn’t have time to prepare for a trial. - Bloomberg

Archbishop Weakland suggested the victims were at times seducers as well.

Sounds like Fr. Groeschel, huh?  Fr. Benedict really did not mis-speak - like I've said before - that is how these things were handled - or swept under the rug.  There was always sympathy and protection for homosexual religious and priests, but not for kids.

"In the early years of the sex abuse scandal in Milwaukee, retired Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland says in his soon-to-be released memoir, he did not comprehend the potential harm to victims or understand that what the priests had done constituted a crime.
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"We all considered sexual abuse of minors as a moral evil, but had no understanding of its criminal nature," Weakland says in the book, "A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church," due out in June.
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Weakland said he initially "accepted naively the common view that it was not necessary to worry about the effects on the youngsters: either they would not remember or they would 'grow out of it.'" - Source
 
Lynn Seibel as naked professor
on "Big Bang Theory"
- talk about type-casting.

Locally a new case has emerged involving a celebrity-teacher whose school did little to nothing about the complaints and warning signs which emerged.
A former drama teacher at Shattuck-St. Mary's School is accused of sexually assaulting at least six former students during his decade-long tenure at the prestigious private college preparatory school in Faribault, Minn. 
On Monday, Oct. 8, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension outlined 17 counts of criminal sexual conduct against Lynn Seibel, 70, involving six former male students, who are now 28 to 30 years old.
The allegations, which came to light in June when a former student disclosed them to authorities, detail incidents taking place from 1999 to 2003, when most of the students were ages 16 to 18.  - Pioneer Press
Prosperity and celebrity... motives for protecting reputations of institutions and perpetrators instead of protecting young people and children.

Today's prayer for the feast of St. Denis ought to be prayed with the greatest fervor:
Grant, we pray, that we may imitate St. Denis and his companions in disdaining prosperity in this world and in being undaunted by any trial...
 

 Art: Evasion, Jared French

God loves you as you are...

St. John of Avila, Doctor of the Church


God Loves You Because He Is Good, Not Because You Are.

As I have often repeated, God loves you as you are. Be content that His love should come from His goodness, and not from your merits. What does it matter to a bride if she is not beautiful, if the bridegroom's affection for her makes her seem so in his eyes? If you look only on yourself, you will loathe yourself and your many defects will take away all your courage. - Letters of Saint John of Avila



H/T Dom Mark Kirby

Monday, October 08, 2012

Remembering a friend.




We knew one another since I was about nineteen or twenty.

He was part of my circle of friends and acquaintances.

At one time

      we worked for the same company.

Attended the same parties,

    dinner guests at one another's home.


We're from the same place...

But...

Something about him always reminded me of Gig Young.

Everyone thought he was an heir to a great fortune...
     independently wealthy.

Very Brooks Brothers,
     very much a gentleman,
             refined and well spoken.

Always a gentleman who made everyone feel comfortable and accepted.

A friend, Ralph Dostal died a week ago... he was older than me,
     older than I thought.

I had no idea.

Everyone thought he was much younger.

Just like they thought he was aristocracy...


               He was.



 

The other Terry...



Archbishop Terrence Pendergast speaks out in defense of marriage.

The Archbishop is here in the Twin Cities as a guest of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.  The Archbishop knows  first hand the consequences and limitations to religious freedom State-imposed same-sex marriage laws will effect.
MINNEAPOLIS — A religious leader from Canada visited the Twin Cities Monday to speak out in defense of marriage and families.

The Archbishop of Ottawa spoke at the University of St. Thomas, where the Minnesota Catholic Conference is underway.

Archbishop Terrance Prendergast says he’s here because of Minnesota’s upcoming vote on a constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage, and he’s encouraging citizens to vote yes in November.

Canada’s parliament legalized same sex marriage several years ago. Prendergast says since then, the people of Canada’s religious freedoms have been under attack.

Prendergast was among several guests from Canada who talked about what they say are consequences of legalizing gay marriage.

The archbishop says businesses have been fined for turning away same sex couples. He claims Catholic schools that are publicly funded have no choice but to allow students to be a part of gay and lesbian clubs, even though it’s something they don’t believe in.
He points out voters in Canada didn’t get a choice, but voters in Minnesota do.

“They have the chance to say that in my conscience that I really believe the best thing for society or the better thing for society is to continue with the traditional meaning of marriage between a man and a woman,” said Prendergast. “For the good of society, for the good of children, for the good of everyone.” - Source

 

Here's a thought...

Maybe several thoughts....

I'm getting ready to paint and do fall yard work, so my posts may be short and quick, or long and unedited.  Kind of like how I used to post.  I left a comment on a young bloggers site urging him to stay pure - meaning to keep his writing as clean as it is now - sort of like saying - don't get too polished or audience driven in your writing.  Which reminds me of today's first reading wherein Paul points out that he is not trying to please people, but God.  Ah!  If we all could be so pure.

So anyway.  I don't believe in addictions.  That was how this post was supposed to start - because I told someone I wish I wasn't addicted to blogging.  But I don't believe in addictions per se.  I think we get ourselves habituated to behaviors and substances, and then become a slave to it, and if it is a chemical dependency, it becomes addictive - but other behaviors identified as addictions, not so much.  Habitual sinner works for me.  One can be a slave to sin, shackled to the point it seems freewill is gone, but Christ can free us - if we want him to.  Sometimes he lets us struggle for a really long time though. 

Thus I must want to blog and do not want to give it up.  Therefore I may simply need to mortify the vain joy I derive from it... or something like that.

Blogger editor is not cooperating today so I can't waste anymore time on this.  FYI: It now takes twice as long to compose a post on new Blogger.

Art:  Minnesota artist, Luke Hillestad.  Hillestad studied with Odd Nerdrum.  Hillestad is now one of my favorite artists.

Are Raccoons Gay?

50th Anniversary of Vatican II



Believe it or not, I'm re-reading sections of Archbishop Weakland's memoirs concerning the events which took place and/or resulted because of Vatican II.  I'm reading Weakland's memoirs as the synod in Rome convenes and bishops wonder how it all went so wrong. Smile. Like they don't know

While Cardinal Wuerl puzzles:
"Somehow we were to be catechizing without content," the cardinal said, describing what he called a widespread attitude at the time. "Somehow there was supposed to be communicated some experience, some idea that God loves us, we love God, but it wasn't rooted in the creed..." - CNS

 
You don't say.

Editor's note: I apologize if I sound negative, but someone just sent me a link to a defamatory article about a retired Cardinal.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Ask Archbishop Nienstedt about marriage...



And he will tell you.

Q: Catholic observers point out that other U.S. bishops involved in fighting same-sex marriage in other states have been promoted within the hierarchy and that you too would be well-positioned for a promotion. What's your response to that? Do you see yourself going to another diocese at a later time?

A: I explain and defend the teaching of the Church because I have been ordained to do so and I believe those teachings with all of my heart. It is regrettable that some attribute ulterior motives to my doing so. I do not see myself going to another diocese. I believe I have already passed the age for doing so.

Q: When it comes to the marriage amendment, why should a religious view of what constitutes marriage and family life be enshrined into civil law?
 
A: Marriage defined as a union between one man and one woman is a reality that predates any government or religious denomination. Marriage is meant for children and children flourish best with a mother and a father.
 
Q: The Catholic Church has taken a strong stand against gay marriage politically because the church says it violates natural order. Some critics note that you are silent when it comes to marriages between infertile couples beyond childbearing years. Are you similarly opposed to those marriages as well? Why not include them in the amendment?
 
A: Marriage between infertile couples reflects the complementarity of the sexes, which is an essential component in understanding what marriage is meant to be. An infertile couple is still able to achieve such organic bodily union whereas two persons with the same sexual bodies are not.
 
Q: Have you always felt this strongly about same-sex marriage issues? Or has this issue grown in intensity for you? Why or why not?
 
A: I have always believed that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.
 
Q: Do you believe loyal and devoted Catholics can vote against the amendment and still be considered Catholics?
 
A: It would be difficult to comprehend how a person could not believe that marriage is anything but a union between one man and one woman. On this point, Catholic teaching is clear.  - More at StarTribune

Marriage: It's the Gospel for today.




Marriage is a vocation... yadda, yadda, tadda ...

I know that already.  Although, personally, I think it is ordinary life - one is either married or single - thus, for  me the  'original' vocation is best described - and distinguished - by the Catechism:
2331 "God is love and in himself he lives a mystery of personal loving communion. Creating the human race in his own image . . .. God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation, and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and communion."115  "God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them";116 He blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply";117 "When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created."118 - CCC 
 
The Pharisees approached asked, "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" They were testing him.

Yet like the Pharisees of old, many today question the whole concept of marriage and vocation, not a few seeking perhaps to justify themselves - for instance, in the single state.  I say it like that because some people may not have the ability or generosity to commit themselves to follow a deeper call or vocation.  I know!  I'm sure that statement makes people mad - because some people make the excuse that they just can't find the right person to marry, or the right religious community to enter, or the right seminary to study in.  Of course others may have legitimate impediments, and they ought to just let the question go.  But I digress.  My intention is to talk about marriage here.

So yeah, marriage is a vocation - when it is in accord with God's will of course.  I'm not a theologian so I'm not attempting to define anything here - go to the Catechism for clear teaching on the subject.
 
Quite seriously, I see life more in terms of God's will, which I suppose is the same as his call - and that call originates in baptism - therein is vocation.  So whatever state in life I find myself - I am single - I am called.  The call exists within that context or state of being.  Perhaps I am not saying it well, but, as I said in a comment on another post, personally I am not interested in hairsplitting definitions of vocation - and some people waste time and procrastinate doing that - it's a form of evasion.

Random: Divorce harms children.

I believe the married state is the normal, ordinary state most men and women are called to, priesthood is the highest call or vocation, religious life is essentially consecrated single life lived in community - it too is a well defined vocation.  For those who are single, they too can consecrate their lives by fully living their baptismal vows - hence they can call it a vocation if they need too.  Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with ordinary life - as the Holy Family of Nazareth demonstrated.  Christ was never married - which means he was single.  Thus wouldn't it follow he sanctified single life?  If you need a pedigree, add IAS after your name - I Am Single.

I'm not sure why we try so hard to define ourselves, or seek to complicate our lives by making ourselves more special than we already are: beloved sons and daughters of God, in and through Jesus Christ.  I must be getting simple minded.

"Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate."

In Christ's time he spoke of a man issuing a decree of divorce, and although today's Gospel mentions the women suing for divorce, yet I think it wasn't all that common or easy for women to do so, since women had few, if any rights.  Today it is completely different.  Women have equal rights - which just may explain why so many Catholic bachelor-ettes want single life to be called a vocation.  It also explains why there are a lot of divorces and annulments. 

I had a friend who married a Guatemalan woman.  They had kids and she went to school.  She got a degree, got a job and adopted feminist attitudes towards marriage and reproductive rights.  She left my friend and the kids and moved in with a woman.  Similarly, not a few Catholic men have wives who left them because the husbands may have been too Catholic for them - in as much as the wife rejected Church teaching on contraception and abortion.  Modern reasons for divorce are different today, and the petitioner of divorce has changed - Christ's teaching has not.

Divorce has undermined the sanctity of marriage for decades.  Modern life and poular culture has as well - insofar as it has changed the mindset of people who prefer to be single rather than to be married; people who live together rather than be married; and those who divorce rather than accept the truth about marriage.  I think such people undermine and help to redefine marriage as much as gay activists do.


Today's Gospel also explains why same sex marriage can't exist:
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
So they are no longer two but one flesh. - Mark 10: 2-16
 

Works for me.


Disclaimer: I may be way off base here - so pay no attention to me and drop me from your reading list if you don't like what I say. Consult your Catechism and Scripture and Diocesan Tribunal instead of wasting your time with a blogging-busy-body, narcissistic hypocrite like me.  Thank you.

Mass Chat: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary



"Those who openly wear the Holy Rosary out of devotion, and to set a good example, may gain one hundred days' indulgence." (The Secret of The Rosary, De Montfort, 72).


"Through the prayers of the Rosary:

  1. Sinners are forgiven;
  2. Souls that thirst are refreshed;
  3. Those who are fettered have their bonds broken;
  4. Those who weep find happiness;
  5. Those who are tempted find peace;
  6. The poor find help;
  7. Religious are reformed;
  8. Those who are ignorant are instructed;
  9. The living learn to overcome pride;
  10. The dead (the Holy Souls) have their pains eased by suffrages." - (The Secret of The Rosary, De Montfort, 86).

"To encourage you still more in this devotion practiced by so many holy people, I should like to add that the Rosary recited with the meditation of the mysteries brings about the following marvelous results:
  1. It gradually brings us a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ;
  2. It purifies our souls from sin;
  3. It gives us victory over all our enemies;
  4. It makes the practice of virtue easy'
  5. It sets us on fire with the love of our Lord;
  6. It enriches us with graces and merits;
  7. It supplies us with what is needed to pay all our debts to God and to our fellowmen, and finally, it obtains all kinds of graces from God." (The Secret of the Rosary, De Montfort, 27 Rose)

Believe it - or not.  Just pray the rosary every day - and you will see.


[The 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time takes precedence over the feast day.]