Friday, February 9, 2018

IMPORTANT: Catholic Action League denounces bill forcing Christians to bake gay wedding cakes in Mass.; Archdiocese allows bill sponsor to remain in good standing, etc...

Please read the following News Release from the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts. Apparently, when you have a pope selling-out the faithful Chinese Catholics in catacombs, it's not surprising that one of his top lieutenants, the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston, would sell the handful of Faithful Catholics remaining the the Commonwealth (like myself) to the commies on Beacon Hill:

NEWS RELEASE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CRITICIZES HOUSE BILL TARGETING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RIGHTS

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized House Bill 767, AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN CIVIL RIGHTS, which is being characterized by its proponents as the "No Religious Excuses for Corporate Discrimination Act."

The legislation would prohibit corporations, and their officers and directors, from refusing to comply with anti-discrimination law based on "purported religious belief or moral conviction." The presumed targets of the measure are those businesses which may decline to service same gender "marriage" ceremonies.

The proposed law, sponsored by State Representative Michael S. Day (D-Stoneham), was favorably reported by the Legislature's Joint Committee on the Judiciary on February 7th. It now moves to a floor vote in the House of Representatives.

The Catholic Action League called the bill "a punitive, coercive proposal intended to disenfranchise those business owners who organize themselves as corporations from exercising their constitutional rights."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "Sexual orientation and so-called gender identity are, already, protected categories in the Commonwealth's civil rights statute pertaining to public accommodations. Both the Superior Court and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination---a civil enforcement agency---have held, in various decisions, that anti-discrimination law prevails over claims of religious freedom."

"It would seem that this legislation has been crafted in response to a possible, perhaps likely, U. S. Supreme Court decision affirming religious liberty, founded upon the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment, in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commissionthe Colorado baker's case."

"If the Supreme Court finds that an individual business owner, like baker Jack Phillips, or, as in the Hobby Lobby case, a closely held corporation, cannot be compelled to act against sincerely held moral and religious beliefs, then other corporate actors, in the Bay State, at least, can still be dragooned into servicing same sex ceremonies, and penalized if they refuse."

"Under this proposed law, if a Massachusetts business owner chooses to incorporate, for tax or investment reasons, then he or she would forfeit certain legal protections guaranteeing their rights of conscience. This creates a materiel incentive to abandon Christian convictions and conform to the dominant, post-Christian culture and accept its secular ideology." 

"The underlying principle in all of this is that those who believe in what everyone, always and everywhere believed about marriage, from the beginning of recorded history until now, are bigots who ought to be punished. This is one more attempt to criminalize the perennial moral wisdom of Western Civilization."

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Michael Day, serves on the Elementary School Advisory Board of Saint Mary's Parish in Winchester.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Lack of morals on Beacon Hill continue...

Every sane person not living under a rock knows that Beacon Hill is broke, and will take Federal intervention to fix it. The most recent two policy items show that the super-duper majority doesn't believe in God, faith, morals, and integrity of the political process. 

First, under Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler, the Massachusetts Senate voted ceremoniously to abolish the criminal penalties from the 1850's against abortion. Bear in mind that Congregationalist Yankees passed these laws, not Catholics. 

Secondly, Secretary of State Bill Galvin is proposing walk-up voter registration similar to what stole Kelly Ayotte's New Hampshire U.S. Senate seat. He presumably is counter-proposing his Democratic primary challenger Josh Zakim, who wants everyone (including illegals) automatically registered to vote at age 18. Current law says you must (re-)register  20 days before an election and 10 days before a special town meeting, which is one of the more generous ones in the country. 

If this bill becomes law in time before this November's election, Gov. Charlie Baker will be taking the Lone Walk in January. Geoff Diehl will never get elected to the U.S. Senate, nor will Rick Green or Carlos Hernandez have a chance at getting elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito can forget making a future run for the Corner Office and could focus more on dolling-up. 

Why? Because the Democrats and their associates will bus people in from Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and maybe New Jersey on Election Day to polling places, fill-out fake affidavits, and kick all the few Massachusetts Republicans out of office. They don't have to steal New Hampshire anymore! With about 7 million Massachusetts residents and 4 million registered voters, if over 7 million cast ballots you know it's stolen. It will be very difficult to request a recount. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

1.8 million peasant native-born Americans lose out if DACA passes

The White House announced yesterday that in exchange for $25 billion in the Wall funding, it will grant amnesty to the DACA kids (i.e. young adults in their 20's and 30's) and immediate family members (parents and siblings), which includes about 1.8 million persons in total.  Eventually they would be eligible to apply for citizenship in 10-12 years. 

I'm beyond appalled. 

This is what you get when you have one major political party favoring illegals and enemies of the United States, and another that many of its members lie just to get elected. 

It won't matter if these "Dreamers" ever get citizenship, their native-born kids will be citizens and will likely vote Democrat. If this is the case, Donald Trump will be the last Republican President. 

We did not elect Jeb! "Press 2 for English" Bush, Marco Rubio or John Kasich in 2016. 

This is another reason why I cast a protest vote for Rick Santorum in the 2016 primary. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Life Matters TV Tribute to Gov. Ed King (last practicing Catholic Governor of Mass.) from 2006

In honor of today's March for Life in D.C., I'm embedding this Life Matters TV archive from 2006 remembering the late Massachusetts Governor Edward J. King (served 1979-83), who died shortly before this taping. Gov. King was elected 40-years ago this coming November and was (and will most likely be) the last lunch-bucket Reagan Democrat ever to sit in the Corner Office of the State House. He is the last pro-life and practicing Catholic Governor the Commonwealth has ever seen, and is the real person responsible for the Massachusetts Miracle. 

Host: John J. Fahey
Guest: C.J. Doyle, Executive Director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts


Requesicat in Pace. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Recusancy rising...

Three years ago this week I wrote a post on why Latin Mass weddings could be possibly sent to the catacombs (either actual catacombs or at neutral sites with a portable altar setup). 

Three years later my predictions are, sadly, coming true. The official church will allow the divorced and remarried at the communion rail and possibly gay weddings inside the church building in the near future. The only thing for sure is that a valid TLM wedding without heretical Pre-Cana porno classes within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires recusancy, sad to say. (Hint: SSPX) 

Within the next few months Novus Ordo Conservatives Catholics who still uphold the Church's teaching on marriage and family values will have to decide whether or not resist, just as a handful of bishops have already done. These also include young adult groups who promote Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body

The following Remnant Underground episode sums it up:



UPDATE 1/14/2018: Remnant TV posted on YouTube the following full keynote address by Bishop Athanasius Schneider at the 2017 Catholic Identity Conference, which is related to the original statement of this post: 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! You helped do it! The Saint Benedict Center closed on their new 77 acres!

On the First of January 2018, the Feast of Jesus' Circumcision, I am happy to announce this follow-up: 

Last October 16th I asked my readers (according to their means) to donate to the Saint Benedict Center before their October 31st deadline to make escrow on their Purchase and Sales Agreement to purchase the former 77 acre Evans Farm next door to their school and chapel. They needed $11,509 to make their first escrow (with a matching donation) to get their first $200,000 to stay under contract. 

However, the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the religious order who run the Saint Benedict Center, received well-beyond their goal, up to half of their ultimate goal of $1.75 million. Due to this, they took out a mortgage for the remaining balance and closed on the property on December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! 

On these 77 acres, the Brothers plan to renovate and expand the farmhouse on the property to accommodate for the growing number of vocations, landscape a Stations of the Cross with 9 foot headstones, and potentially a baseball field for their high school team, amongst other projects. 

Since the Saint Benedict Center operates Immaculate Heart of Mary School, the only truly Catholic school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts today, and is the only shining light in the Diocese of Worcester, Bishop Robert J. McManus issued a decree on October 27, 2017 erecting the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as a "Public Association of the Christian Faithful" under Canons 301-4. (I first heard this through Fr. Z and Fr. Finelli of Holy Ghost Parish in Tiverton, RI.) 

What I don't understand is why the Slaves (Latin initials MICM) were not given canonical recognition as an Institute of Consecrated Life (Canon 579) or a Religious Institute (Canons 607-13)? 

In order to give some perspective, here is a brief history of the Saint Benedict Center:

  • Father Leonard Feeney, S.J., and Mrs. Catherine Goddard Clarke, widow and professor at Wellesley College, started the Saint Benedict Center in 1943 as a student center at Harvard University to defend the dogma Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus ("Outside the Church there's no salvation") and to provide Catholic instruction to college students from the non-Catholic colleges in the Boston area. 
  • Fr. Feeney was censured by the Archdiocese of Boston after Cardinal Cushing's chancery received several complaints from Harvard officials of students withdrawing and joining the Center. 
  • In 1949, Cardinal Cushing puts the Saint Benedict Center under interdict, false claims of him being excommunicated were rumored. Meanwhile, Fr. Feeney and Mrs. Clarke decide to take religious vows as Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, living the spiritual life of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort  Mrs. Clarke becomes Sister Catherine; the other main players are Br. Francis Maluf, an MIT Ph.D. originally from Lebanon, Br. Hugh MacIssac, and Sr. Ann Mary Cobb. 
  • After nearly a decade operating "illegally," the Saint Benedict Center decides to sell their Harvard Square building and move to the village of Still River in the Town of Harvard, Mass., near the old Shaker village, in 1958. 
  • Sister Catherine died in 1968. In 1972 Fr. Feeney recited the Athanasian Creed with Boston Auxiliary Bishop Lawerence Riley and was absolved from all censures that may have been incured on him. Father loses control over the order due to this advanced age; some of the followers chose to become Benedictine Monks and start what is now Saint Benedict Abbey (they use the Novus Ordo in Latin). Br. Hugh MacIssac, MICM, becomes the second superior in 1976, builds Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel and starts Immaculate Heart of Mary School at the request of the concerned parents who attend what is now the longest-running Traditional Latin Mass in the United States. From The Housetops quarterly magazine debuts. 
  • Fr. Feeney dies on Jan. 30, 1978 (40-years ago this month). A year later Br. Hugh dies of cancer and is succeeded by the current superior, Br. Thomas Augustine. 
  • Sister Ann's convent splits from Br. Hugh's/Br. Thomas Augustine's congregation, and Saint Ann's Convent at 254 Still River Road is established under the title "Sisters of the Saint Benedict Center."  The Sisters who are part of Br. Thomas' congregation open Saint Elizabeth's Convent, who's prioress is currently Sister Katherine Maria, MICM. 
  • During the early 1980's Br. Francis sues Br. Thomas in civil court for the superiorship because he was one of original followers of Fr. Feeney. After a five-year court battle the jury ruled in favor of Br. Thomas. Br. Francis and his supporting members move to Richmond, New Hampshire in agony. (He died in 1999 and is succeeded by Br. Andre Marie, who currently runs that order, which is totally disassociated from the Still River order today.) 
  • In 2002 Bishop Daniel P. Reilly declares the Saint Benedict Center as Catholics in good standing. 
  • In 2007 Montfort Retreat Center in Washington, NH opens for Montfort Camp for Boys and Morningstar Camp for Girls (which had previously been held on monastery grounds and rented spaces since the mid-1980's). 
  • In 2016, Immaculate Heart of Mary School moves its high school classes to the newly-built MacIssac Hall (named after Brother Hugh), which includes classrooms and auditorium/gymnasium. 
Since the Slaves take vows of poverty, chasity, and obedience, they're a religious order, period. The nuns wear full habits, so they're real nuns, period, and canonically should be recognized as such. They run a school, but so do other orders. They open their chapel to the public, which they aren't required to do as a monastery, but do so anyway...

In either event, it took the Saint Benedict Center 68 years after it's first religious professions to gain canonical recognition as an order. See, there's no rush for full approval from ecclesiastical authorities. 

In 2018, please assist the Brothers and Sisters in paying off their mortgage by making donations and purchasing from their online gift shop, truedevotionals.com. If you prefer just to donate, please mail your check to: Saint Benedict Center, P.O. Box 1000, Still River, MA 02467.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Pontifical High Mass on Epiphany morning in NH

The following ad is from the Facebook account for St. Stanislaus Parish in Nashua, NH, administered by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter since reconciled in 2016:

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Yes, that's right! 

The first Pontifical High Mass said by a New England bishop in his own diocese in at least 50 years! 😃🙏⚓

Please go if you can, especially if you live in New Hampshire or near the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts.