Monday, October 31, 2011

WARNING

I issue this warning today because according to my stat viewer, this blog is appearing after a Google Search of "catholic traditionalist abusing wife."

Please note that these are not the intentions of this blog! My goal is not to find a wife and abuse it, but to find a Catholic wife who upholds the orthodox teachings of the Church as stated in the Catechism of the Council of Trent. While my post on Ephesians 5 states that "wives be subordinate to thy husbands", that does not mean that the wife is to be abused. All this means is that the husband/father is the head of household, and holds all final authority in the household, with only legitimate civil and ecclesiastical authority above him.

Catholic men who attend the Tridentine Latin Mass do not abuse their wives, commit adultery, and divorce them to seek another. However, many Novus Ordo men and women do so.

I am not writing this blog to say that my [future] wife will have no civil rights. She has rights according the U.S. Constitution, the Massachusetts Constitution, and under the provisions of Summorum Pontificum, the right to practice Traditional Catholicism.

I'm a gentleman. I would never treat a wife like most abusive husbands do today. I open doors and hold them open for girls. I let ladies go ahead of me in line if we are both tied. If a girl needs a hand, I carry part of their luggage for her.

My regular readers would know better, but if you have any questions or concerns, please email me.

Please pray a Hail Mary so that Google will get this blog off that query.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Weather alert!

There is supposed to be a foot of snow in the Northeast this weekend, and it may impact your Mass attendance this Sunday, Oct. 30, Feast of Christ the King. If you have to shovel out and travel a long way to get to Mass, then chances are you are excused from Mass due to inclement weather. Instead, please go over the Mass Propers in your missal. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Examining the Epistles (Ephesians 5)

The following chapter is about the role of the husband and wife, father and mother, and man and woman. The last verses (21-33) are the Epistle for the Nuptial Mass.

Exhortations to a virtuous life. The mutual duties of man and wife,
by the example of Christ and of the Church.
[1] Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children; [2] And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.[3] But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints: [4] Or obscenity, or foolish talking, or scurrility, which is to no purpose; but rather giving of thanks. [5] For know you this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person (which is a serving of idols), hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
No porn, swearing, or cursing, for it is blasphemous. You should have the likeness of Christ. 
[6] Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the children of unbelief. [7] Be ye not therefore partakers with them. [8] For you were heretofore darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk then as children of the light. [9] For the fruit of the light is in all goodness, and justice, and truth; [10] Proving what is well pleasing to God:
[11] And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. [12] For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of. [13] But all things that are reproved, are made manifest by the light; for all that is made manifest is light. [14] Wherefore he saith: Rise thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead: and Christ shall enlighten thee. [15] See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise,
[16] But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil. [17] Wherefore become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God. [18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury; but be ye filled with the holy Spirit, [19] Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord; [20] Giving thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God and the Father:
Do not drink. (Here begins the Epistle:)
[21] Being subject one to another, in the fear of Christ. [22] Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord: [23] Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body. [24] Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things. [25] Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it:
[24] Church is subject to Christ: The church then, according to St. Paul, is ever obedient to Christ, and can never fall from him, but remain faithful to him, unspotted and unchanged to the end of the world.
[26] That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life: [27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any; such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish. [28] So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself. [29] For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church: [30] Because we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
[31] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh. [32] This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church. [33] Nevertheless let every one of you in particular love his wife as himself: and let the wife fear her husband.
The husband and wife are supposed to sleep together and have sex as part of their marital duties. They are to pray together and worship the Lord together. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

SPREDing heresy

A few weeks ago, I read in a local magazine about a Novus Ordo-sponsored program called SPRED (Special Religious Education Development), a program based in the Archdiocese of Chicago that deals with children and adults with developmental disabilities. In the New England area there are locations in the Portland, ME, Worcester, MA (3) and Providence, RI dioceses. (More info is on their website.)

Well, you make think it's clear cut and dry that this program teaches these special ed children the Catholic Faith. It does not. No Lives of the Saints, no Canterbury Tales, no Imitation of Christ, no Illustrated Catechism for Little Children, and certainly no The Mass Explained to Children by Maria Montessori and her movement when it was truely Catholic way back when. Not even a Bible is in the syllabus.

Instead, these kids are learning basic "life skills"; ones that are done in government-run instiutions. If a child were in special ed in a public school, and if he does not receive his high school diploma before his 22nd birthday, he is sent to a residential program for adults to learn basic life skills such as cooking, cleaning, personal hygine, and personal managment. If he graduates from high school, he is off any special ed services for the rest of his life.

Now, when I'm talking about "developmental disabilities", I mean, kids who are really severely handicapped. Not the ones who are smart and on crutches, but the ones who often stay back in school and don't have any intellect.

These kids, when in these SPRED classes, are not learning anything about Catholicism, other than the "What Would Jesus Do" slogan. They play with play-do all day. They are not being taught anything about Jesus Christ and the Church he founded on the Rock of Peter. They have no clue what the Mass really is; for them it is just a gathering in a room with sing-alongs.

Does all this mean that we can't teach special ed kids the True Faith? The answer is no. We can. Montessori did it for years at the turn of the 20th century. But who will do it the 21st century?

Besides, learning disabilites and juvenile illnesses can be prevented provided that your newborn child is baptized within 3 days of birth (based on a hospital recovery of 3 days). A newborn is always at danger of death, because he is born with Original Sin. Baptizing immediately after birth has been the practice of the Roman Catholic Church since day one, and the "as soon as possible after birth" policy was dogmatically defined at the Council of Florence:

"As regards children this Holy Synod admonishes people that owing to the danger of death, as may often happen, then, since children can be helped by no other remedy that Baptism whereby they are delievered from the power of the devil, and made adopted children of God, their Baptism is not to be deferred for forty or eighty days as is done by some, but ought to be conferred as soon as can conveniently be done; and when there is imminent danger of death they should be baptized at once without any delay and, in the absence of a priest, even lay people, by men or by women, in the form of the Church (Father, Son, & Holy Ghost)." (Decree for the Jacobites, Feb. 4, 1442; G354)
Enough said. Every time a parents of a newborn delay Baptism, the child is at risk of childhood disorders that I wish not to mention here.

We must pray for these poor souls, including the ones who do not have developmental disabilities, that they get to know the True Faith and at least are able to read The Baltimore Catehcism.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Where art thou...?

The upcoming week will feature three feasts that are very important in the Church calendar.

First of all, Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday in October. (Yes, this is the day, not the "Last Sunday in ordinary time" as the newchurch calls it and commemorates it.)

Tues. Nov. 1 is All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation. If you live in an area where you safely can't get to [Latin] Mass that day, then you're excused. Otherwise, it's a sin if you don't.

Wed. Nov 2 is All Souls Day. Most real parishes will offer a Requiem Mass for all the souls who passed away within the past year. And yes, this is a real Requiem, with the catafalque, 6 candles besides it, all candles made of beeswax, and black vestements. My ex-parish did not offer any Mass for the repose of any soul on this day; nor did they make Nov. 2 a big deal, but it is supposed to get the poor souls out of purgatory!

Now the most important thing to ask is "Where art thou [insert girl's name here]?"

Time is ticking away, and I still have not met my future Catholic wife. Could she be in church this Sunday?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Examining the Epistles (I Cor. 11:1-34)

Today, and periodically for the next few weeks, I will be posting important passages from the Epistles of Paul and the First Letter of John; for which these are really important in terms of Catholic Tradition. The purpose is the show that the Catholic Church is based on the Bible, and the ideas of liturgical abuse are not a recent issue in the Church. All scripture passages are from the Douay-Rheims Version of the Bible, the most accurate English translation and the official Catholic Bible for English-speaking Catholics. My summaries are in green text bold

I Corinthians 11:1-34

Women must have a covering over their heads. He blameth the abuses of their love feasts and upon that occasion treats of the Blessed Sacrament.
[1] Be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ. [2] Now I praise you, brethren, that in all things you are mindful of me: and keep my ordinances as I have delivered them to you. [3] But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.[4] Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered, disgraceth his head. [5] But every woman praying or prophesying with her head not covered, disgraceth her head: for it is all one as if she were shaven.
Women are to cover their heads, and men are to take their hats off inside the church building. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Bishop's Throne (Cathedra)

Fr. Z is reporting that in his hometown of Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Paul's Cathedral has recently restored its throne to the Gospel side of the sanctuary. (Click here to see Father's post and photos of the restoration.) With that regard, let me take some time to explain why there is a throne in a church.

First of all, the throne is the seat of the diocesan bishop, located in the cathedral, the main church of the diocese. (The word cathedra is Greek and Latin for "chair." So the cathedral is the location of the chair, or throne, of the bishop. Whereas, the cathedral is the "throne room," not a "big church." The size of church does not matter, as long as a throne is permanently displayed inside the sanctuary, the church is a cathedral church.)

The bishop is the monarch of his diocese; the Pope is the monarch of the Universal Church. The Church is a monarchy, so the leaders are monarchs. Hence, the term throne is often used to describe the seat of the bishop inside the cathedral. 

Most thrones before V2 were just like the ones of kings and queens, except a king and a queen would sit in a double. There are at least three steps to the throne, just like the high altar, but may not exceed the amount of the high altar. The three steps are representative of the Holy Trinity. 

The throne at the
Cathedral of the Holy Cross,
Boston, Massachusetts
Photo by Chris Whittle
During a Pontifical High Mass, the bishop presides from here after he incenses the altar, and stays here until the Offertory. He may go to the pulpit to preach the sermon, however. This is where he vests before and after Mass and Divine Office. He excommunicates heretics from here. He makes proclamations here, ex cathedra.  

When the diocesan bishop visits a parish, a makeshift throne is set up on the Gospel side of the sanctuary. (Most Anglican parishes have a permanent throne in parish churches, as it is their custom.) 

When an auxiliary bishop is present, he does not use the throne, but instead uses the faldstool. The same rule applies for a visiting bishop. An archbishop uses the throne if he is in his metropolitan province. A cardinal uses the throne anywhere outside the city of Rome. 

Sadly, most V2 cathedrals have the throne in the middle of the sanctuary where the altar/tabernacle should be. This is part of the Freemasonic plan to destroy the Catholic Church, and must be avoided. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Heresy of Protestantism

Below is a recent Vortex explaining that the system of Protestantism, not individual Protestants, is full of heresy. The title of this episode is what Evangelical megachurch pastors often call the Roman Catholic Church:

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fr. Joseph Coonan, R.I.P., 1947-2011

Last weekend, funeral services were held for Father Joseph A. Coonan and his mother, Mabel, who passed away within days apart. Father was the former pastor of SJ's parish from 1995 until he was ousted in 2002 for allegations of sexual abuse as a teacher at Oxford High School, long before he entered the seminary. He was ordained in 1989 and his unorthodoxy brought thousands of people back to "church", although it was not what you would expect. There were too many liturgical abuses. Sad. Even though he taught Latin and possibly could have said the Latin Mass, their service was done in the ordinary form, and was not a traditional Requiem Mass. Hopefully, I hope a priest (rebel or not) can do a Requiem for him and his mother at a later date. (You may read the full obituary and sign the guestbook here.)

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Bishop Finn charged with failing to report crime

His Excellency, Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, MO, has been charged with failing to report child pornography that was posted on a priest's computer. He plead not guilty. He faces one year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted. Instead of reporting the crime to the police directly, he had a cop, who is a parishioner who is on a diocesan review board, view it to see if it was porn. Apparently, the cop didn't think so. (You may read the full article by MSNBC here.)

Ironically, the SSPX U.S. District Headquarters are located in Kansas City, where their annual conference was held last weekend. Although Bishop Finn has said Tridentine Masses and staffs priests to traditional convents throught his diocese, the SSPX is more popular and influential in KC.

A Catechism of the Bible

Christina Helena Beattie has posted on her blog Fr. John O'Brien's A Catechism of the Bible. This Baltimore-styled Q&A format has 17 lessons teaching students that the Bible is a Catholic book, contrary to what some people think. (You may read the catechism here.)

Way to go, Christina!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Social Kingship of Christ

Angelus Press held their second annual conference in Kansas City, MO this past weekend (Oct. 7-9). The theme was on the Lefebvrite doctrine on "The Social Kingship of Christ." Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerias, SSPX, was the keynote speaker and celebrant of the Pontifical High Mass on Sunday. His Excellency pointed out the Freemasonic plan to destroy the concept of Jesus Christ out of the public square:

As Marcel Lefebrve was taught in the seminary:

1) The banishment of Christ the King by governments by the secularization of the state;

2) Suppression of the Holy Mass. This has been accomplished in the past by persecution (and is accomplished in our day, noted Bishop Tissier, by the establishment of the New Mass);

3) The suppression of the grace of Jesus Christ High Priest in souls – the secularization of souls.

As Bishop Tissier (the seminarian) was taught by Archbishop Lefebvre:

1) Secularization of the state; to make a state without Christ;
2) Secularization of the Church, a focus more on human goals;
3) Secularization of souls – to make secularized souls indifferent to Jesus Christ and the life of sanctifying grace.

Therefore, the contrary virtues as taught by Archbishop Lefebvre:

1) To restore to the faithful the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (the Tridentine Mass) which is the source and expression of the reign of Jesus Christ;

2) By the grace of the Holy Mass, to build up a cadre of dedicated Catholic souls living in the state of grace;

3) The work of these dedicated souls in public institutions, as well as ecclesiastical organizations, is “to re-crown our Lord Jesus Christ in society”; to labor for the reestablishment of the Social Reign of Our Lord.

(The following was originally reported by John Vennari of Catholic Family News. You may read this full report on the conference here.)

Here are some points to think about:

1) If God is removed from the Pledge of Allegiance and our currency, then how can we make up the difference?

2) If the Mass was destroyed after Vatican II, why did they approve a "New English Translation" based on the errors of Vatican II, set to be released Nov. 27, to be used in parishes throughout the world?

3) If we never knew Christ, then who would we know?

4) How many families are consecrated to Christ the King every October (the last Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King)? If so, are they done publicly (in church before or after Mass) or privately (in the living room or family domestic chapel, if applicable)?

5) If we make the Sign of the Cross when we pass by a Novus Ordo Church, is it a sacrilige? Same for bowing our head at the name of Jesus when we talk about religion in the public square?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Federal Taxation

I have found this very interesting Vortex explaining the differences between family taxation in the Baby Boomer era and today:

Friday, October 7, 2011

No Obama next year

With the Presidential Election 13 months away, it is fair to say that Obama doesn't deserve re-election. From an economic perspective, he should have suspended all Bush tax cuts for anyone. But from a moral perspective, he's got it wrong. He is allowing sodomy in the military and wants to repeal DOMA, which defines marriage between a man and a woman, and requiring homosexuality as a civil right under Federal Law, so everything a Traditionalist Catholic says will cause him to be prosecuted. For more on this, please watch this Vortex below:


Also, Archbishop Timothy Dolan is pretty upset about the Administration's policies, so he made a letter he wrote to the President asking him to stop PUBLIC. (You may access the letter here.) 

Please also email the Archbishop telling him you have his support and prayers. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Where is the Catholic girl?

As my regular readers know by now, I have been having such a difficult task finding and keeping the Tridentine Catholic wife. Where is she? That is a good question, but the answer is very hard to compute.

Finding a Catholic girlfriend today who for the most part rejects Vatican II and attends only the Traditional Latin Mass and not the new is very difficult. While there are a bunch of young women at my parish church, they're either married or underage. While Canon Law says that men can marry and be a godfather at 16 and women can marry and be a godmother at 14, Massachusetts General Laws state that both the male and female parties must be 18 on the day they take out a marriage license. Okay, I can live with that.

But sadly, most marry because they only follow the minimum age requirement. Some don't recognize the insitution of a sacrament by Jesus Christ when they say "marriage." They don't understand that it is a sin to sleep with anyone other than their own spouse (before, during, and after marriage), to marry someone of the same sex, and for Catholics, they don't understand that it's an impediment to marriage to wed someone who is not Roman Catholic. Plain and simple.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

2 years of disapproval

Two years ago today, I wrote a letter to Bishop McManus asking if there can be a Latin Mass in Worcester. He responded with a handwritten note:

"Before I would begin a Mass in the Extraordinary Form, I would have to be assured that there are more than a few [than] several people who wish to attend. Another consideration is that it is very difficult to find a priest in our diocese who is either willing or able to celebrate the Mass in the Extraordinary Form."

I wrote this letter because of an anniversary Novus Ordo Mass that went totally wrong. SJ's had their so-called 175th, where auxiliary emertitus Bishop George Rueger had to celebrate the Mass, but with some planned and unplanned liturgical abuses.