With Labor Day weekend approaching, it's the end of the vacationing summer. Back to school for most children, and for me back to my architecture program. I hope the fortunes with finding my Catholic sweetheart grow as the season changes.
Friday, August 30, 2013
While many real and fake "Professional Catholics" make six figure salaries (e.g. Boston), Michael Voris reveals that his salary, the highest as President of Saint Michael's Media, is only $40,000 per year!
Also, word just got out that Boston Catholic Media head Scot Landry, who makes $250,000 per year to host an afternoon drive show that doesn't proclaim any dogmas of the Church, is stepping down! So here is what the Wall of Shame looks like now:
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
On March 7, 1950, the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor of the Church, Pope Pius XII canonically established the Diocese of Worcester, which is co-terminal with Worcester County, Massachusetts. Auxiliary Bishop John Wright of Boston (who later became a Cardinal and head of the CDF) was named Worcester's first Bishop, and was installed by Archbishop Richard J. Cushing in the newly named Cathedral of Saint Paul, for which before was a regular parish church.
Prior to the establishment of the Diocese, Worcester County belonged to the Springfield Diocese since 1870 and prior to that the Archdiocese of Boston. The Worcester Diocese was established because there were a lot of Catholics back then, and it was too much to handle for the Springfield Bishop to handle.
Bishop Wright established several suburban and neighborhood parishes as middle class Catholics moved to the suburbs and had several children after the post-World War II Baby Boom. (My mother is one of six children, and having four children was considered "too little" in number.) The Catholic Schools actually had real nuns teaching in them, and my father reported that his kindergarten tuition was $5 per year! And Saint Vincent's Hospital (in those days located on Vernon Hill) was actually a Catholic hospital, where nuns where the RNs and a priest would be called for Extreme Unction when necessary.
Bishop Wright was transferred to Pittsburgh in 1959, and would later become a Cardinal and head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. He died in 1979 and is buried in Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts. As head of the CDF, he endorsed the work of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and his establishment of the Society of Saint Pius X.
Bishop Wright's successor in Worcester, Bernard Flanagan, was present at Vatican II and many implemented many changes in the liturgy before everyone else did. He trashed the high altar quicker than you can imagine. And eventually, he ordained a string of unorthodox priests that are still in ministry today.
By the 1980's, many parochial schools closed and young people slowly but surely stopped going to church. In result, the preaching and theology became fuzzy. The Last Four Things were gone. Then we fast forward to 2013, 63 years after the Diocese was established. Under Bishop McManus alone, several parishes have closed and sold to heretics, and the quality of the domestic church life is pathetic. Most "Catholics" are on the Pill, support sodomy, abortion, and not having any children. If they are it's done illegitimately.
Most importantly, the Traditional Latin Mass has been said at a diocesan parish within the city limits of Worcester for several years now, and there are no signs of improvement.
Paul Melanson of La Sallette Journey has been writing several posts on the implosion of the Diocese of Worcester recently. One commenter named "Michelle" wrote the following:
Bishop McManus refuses to even acknowledge the letters written by Catholics faithful to the Church regarding their concerns over doctrinal dissent and liturgical abuses and so forth. The feeling among many is that we do not have a spiritual father. Merely a CEO who will do everything in his power to protect the reputation of renegade priests, deacons and religious and who is more intent on presreving the dissident status quo.
I agree 100%. The same thing is happen to the Archdiocese of Boston as well, but Boston will not be suppressed anytime soon. I think Worcester should be suppressed and merged with Boston with a new Archbishop that I have been praying for.
Friday, August 23, 2013
The following Vortex explains why most American bishops in the "Church of Nice", also known as the "Church of Dolan" or the "American Patriotic Church" (which is not patriotic), need to be replaced:
If your bishop doesn't celebrate the Tridentine Mass, then he needs to go. No questions asked.
If your bishop illegally blocks the Tridentine Mass, then he needs to go. No questions asked.
If your bishop is absent from his diocese too much, then he is disobeying the Council of Trent, which must be upheld by ALL.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Those who live in the Diocese of Worcester know that the folks at the Chancery do not care about the Traditional Latin Mass and the accompanying rites that go with them. But now there is a scandal of misdeeds by a parish priest where 8 teachers resigned from the parochial school.
Fr. Paul LaPalme, pastor of both Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Brigid parishes and the clerical supervisor of Assumption School in Millbury (a bordering town south of Worcester), was accused of torturing and hugging the eight teachers who eventually resigned, all of them lay women. The news broke last week in the fake Catholic Free Press, and has got regular newspaper attention. (Read this one)
Assumption School first opened in 1925 and was staffed by the Assumptionist Sisters until they all died out after Vatican II. (Our Lady of the Assumption Parish was the French-Canadian national parish in Millbury, while St. Brigid's historically had English speaking parishioners.) Today, the school serves 190 students in grades Pre-K to 8 and costs $4,000 per child to attend. Now how can a good Catholic family afford to send multiples there at the same time?
With this unprofessional behavior by Fr. LaPalme, letters of complaint were sent to Bishop Robert J. McManus, who never responded. This tells us all that Fr. LaPalme is a favorite of the Bishop and appears to be considered an untouchable, whereas, misdemeanors like this one will not be acted upon if the Bishop really "loves" them.
As a parochial school operated by a diocesan parish, the Bishop is ultimately responsible for the school. As long as Bishop McManus is around, unacceptable behavior like this will still be tolerated.
Several parents have pulled their children from Assumption School because of this incident. If I were a parent, I would have never sent my children to this school to begin with because they do not practice Traditional Catholicism.
Speaking of the Bishop, he has been absent from the diocese this week.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law that bans "gay conversion therapy" for minors under the age of 18 in the Garden State, citing that "it's not a sin to be gay."
Well, I got news for you Governor, you're dead wrong.
The Governor, who claims to be a Catholic, is a potential GOP presidential nominee in 2016, when the incumbent (if the Constitution has it's way) is termed-out. I don't know if he is regular Mass attendee, but if he is, he must have not learned about the story of Sodom & Gorherra. Something like this tells us that being a Republican doesn't mean you are pro-life and pro-marriage (Just ask Romney).
Obviously, the New Jersey bishops have not said anything publicly on this issue, and if they don't, it is their own fault.
I just hope the Governor is not subscribing to Dolanism across the Hudson River. In either case, the next step for him inside a church should be the confessional.
Friday, August 16, 2013
In Today's world where most "mainstream" religious orders for women will simply not accept new members and are full of Sister Pantsuits, there is actually a traditional order that accepts young women as postulants.
On Thursday, August 15, 2013, the Feast of Our Lady's Assumption, the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Still River, Massachusetts accepted two new members:
Congratulations to Miss Erin Kelly, a postulant who became a novice and is now known as Sister Marie Celine, and to Miss Claire Sonnier, who entered the convent as a postulant.
For those who are unfamiliar with this religious order, the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (MICM) consists of Brothers and Sisters who operate the Saint Benedict Center and Immaculate Heart of Mary School on monastery grounds. The order was founded by Fr. Leonard Feeney after he was expelled from the Jesuits for upholding the dogma that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church. Saint Benedict Center has one of the oldest continuous Traditional Latin Masses in the United States, which dates before the Second Vatican Council.
Let us pray for these two young women that they eventually live their vocations as nuns and profess their perpetual vows someday. I will most certainly keep them in my prayers.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Today marks the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Our Lady of Snows (Santa Maria Maggiore), as Tradition says that it snowed on this August day in Rome when this major basilica was consecrated. Upon writing this post, despite being a sunny day, it is a chilly August New England day, and I am wearing a sweatshirt because it is so cold! (But there is no snow in the forecast.)
The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the titular feast is observed as the octave of Our Lady's Assumption (August 22nd). The actual feast of the Assumption is August 15th, a holy day of obligation.
During the summer months of June, July, and August, the Church dedicates these months to parts of arguably the most important organ in the human body: the cardiovascular system. However, the hearts commemorated are not that of any ordinary human beings. June is the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. July is the Month of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord. And August commemorates Our Lady's Immaculate Heart. While these hearts have never sinned and ever needed contrition, everyone else's hearts need contrition through fasting and the Sacrament of Penance.
At the end of the month, many schoolchildren will return to the classroom to begin the next academic year. Every morning, the pupils will rise and place their right hands across their hearts, and they will pledge to God to be morally true to their country. They will do this every day throughout the year. The simple reason of covering the heart for the Pledge, National Anthem, moments of silence, Taps, at the flagpole, and at parades is a belief in God, as God comes from the heart.
Once I graduated from high school, I never recited the Pledge of Allegiance on any regular basis (i.e. daily). I would like this to become part of my daily routine with my future wife, along with Morning and Evening prayers.