Saturday, October 26, 2013

R.I.P. Miss Colleen Ritzer

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Miss Colleen Ritzer, age 24, a math teacher at Danvers High School who was slain by one of her pupils after school this past week. Please pray that she receives a Requiem Mass that she deserves. 

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

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Update on my situation

If you have been a regular reader of this blog in the last six months, you have noticed I have been focusing on the crisis that plagues the Church, both globally and locally where I live. While it is hard for someone to go off tangent a little bit and not talk about marriage and family, I believe that exposing the particular local ecclesial crises shows that I, as an orthodox Catholic who attends the Tridentine Mass out of doctrine, has greatly affected the former two topics.

In my particular case, I have not found the Catholic sweetheart yet, and there have been some side effects that go along with this. In recent weeks, I have not been able to attend Mass for consecutive Sundays because of my ongoing medical issues. To put matters in perspective, I have a 70 mile round-trip by train five days per week to study to become an architect as an older, wiser, non-traditional student. This takes a lot out of me since I spend eight hours per day doing academics and am nauseous come the weekend. So my parish is actually 30 miles away from my home, a shorter distance, but I have to get a ride because I still can't drive due to those medical issues. 

I am not alone when it comes to not being able to attend Sunday Mass on a regular basis. There are healthy people with no Mass on a weekly basis available to them, so they are stuck reading the propers from their hand missals. But on the other hand, nobody should have to travel 30 miles one way on a regular basis to attend Mass. 

Combined with several factors, even when I attend Mass at my parish, I cannot stay after because I have to get home. So this interferes with my ability to meet new people.

I am not giving up this Crusade. I believe I am being called by God to be a husband, father, and possibly (if I make it) a church architect. God has someone for me, who is unknown to me at this time. But if I meet her, go on a few dates (including Sunday Mass on a weekly basis), propose to her, and she says "yes", then it will be God's will. 

Some people have asked me why I don't consider a priestly vocation. The short answer for that is that I am clearly not priestly material, as this blog shows. While I am not against priestly vocations, I do not believe that God wants me to be a priest, but rather be married and raise a Catholic family, for which those are in dire need in our times. I watched CNN last night, and they mentioned that 40% of the children alive today were born out of wedlock, and this is 40% too many. 

This past week marked the six month anniversary of the Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack, and it has been tough for a Bostonian to live during these times. But the collage banner on the front page of this blog is a tribute to the victims of this attack. The women saluting the flag demonstrate something not only women are more likely to do, but what I would my Catholic wife to do on a daily basis to honor our war dead. 

So to end, in this month of October, the Month of the Holy Rosary, to offer some Rosaries so I get to meet the young women whom God wants me to be with for the rest of my life. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Priest gambles $230K from parish; placed in looney bin

Another sad story from the Diocese of Worcester. 

Fr. Stephen Gemme of Saint Bernadette Parish in Northborough was placed on administrative leave recently after it was learned that he took over $230,000 from the parish and its parochial grammar school and went on gambling. He was later sent to a medical facility for treatment, and was placed on medical leave. (News story here

I weep for the children who attend the parochial school because not only it is in danger of closing because all this money is missing, but to the fact that their parents paid all this money to send them to this school thinking that they their children would learn the Catholic faith. 

This is a Novus Ordo School. Don't expect children to learn the True Faith here. This assures that I will not be going to visit this parish, ever. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pope calls Synod, not Ecumenical Council

There has been some confusion again on the meeting of bishops that the Pope will have next year in regards to the topics of Marriage and Family. 

First of all to clarify, the this meeting of Bishops will be a synod, not an ecumenical council. This means that only certain bishops will be invited. If the Pope calls a council, then all of the world's bishops are to be invited. 

With the Pope calling this special synod on these two particular topics, then only these particular topics will be discussed in further detail. In all likelihood other topics will not be on the docket. 

While it is unknown at this time who will be going, to be for certain this meeting will generally impact how today's bishops treat faithful, solid orthodox Catholics who uphold the Church teachings on marriage today. 

For example, in practically all the dioceses in New England (and many places elsewhere), if you and your future spouse wish to marry in the Church at your typical diocesan parish, then the priest (or married deacon) will send you to a Pre-Cana class that is not orthodox and is taught by a "deacon couple" or fake lesbian nun who doesn't really care about the Church in general. Often times you will be sent on retreat with no choice but forced into attending the Novus Ordo Cookie service on Sunday morning. 

To make matters worse, they might have the unmarried couple sleep together with condoms, and will not condemn them cohabiting for the past x amount of years. The parish priest (or married deacon) at the local level will fail to inform the couple that because they slept together, doing so is an impediment to the Sacrament of Marriage. Is this why there are so many annulments today? 

Additionally, the parish priest will not care whether or not one of the parties is not Catholic, as he will perform the ceremony anyway not to offend anyone.

In terms of the liturgy itself, most couples will choose to have a ceremony and not a full Nuptial Mass because they have not gone to Mass in years, nor they will attend Mass on any regular basis in the future. They will not have their babies baptized as soon as mother and child leave the hospital. They will be on the Pill to prevent more children after number two or three. They will not force their kids to maintain the Catholic Faith. And finally, they will tell their kids that it's okay to be gay and limit the number of kids they could have. 

The old practice of Catholics marrying only Catholics needs to be enforced rigorously. And when I mean Catholic, I mean one who actually practices the Faith and believes in all dogmas of the Church as codified during the Council of Trent. This includes attending the Traditional Latin Mass and receiving the unaltered Sacraments. 

As a Catholic man who has been suffering for five and a half years now without a serious girlfriend, I have been experiencing the side effects that go with such absence. As I am aging by the day, I don't know if I will even see a Catholic girl marry me since most my age are already married with children. 

For the record, I am not priestly material. While there is a drastic shortage of priests and the Church needs vocations to the priesthood, vocations to marriage are the basis of our future, and I believe I am best suited to live in that role. 

The divorce, abortion, and contraceptive rates are at all-time highs, and it is mostly Novus Ordo Catholics who either have committed these sins or support them with enthusiasm. Our Lady of Fatima predicted this. We need to go back to traditional moral values now. Bishops and priests who refuse to preach against these intrinsic evils need to be removed from their posts immediately. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Female Cardinal?

On the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Sephardic Doctor of the Church, I happen to come across this article which reports that Pope Francis might appoint a female cardinal. He happened to mention such action indirectly in "The Interview." 

To clarify some talking points, being a Cardinal is not synonymous with the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Since only baptized men can validly receive Holy Orders, and that the Pope is Bishop of Rome, he must be consecrated a bishop before being seated on the Chair of Peter. So therefore it is not possible for a Pope Joan to appear on the loggia. 

In terms of the Cardinal-electors, there are no defined requirements on who can be Cardinals. In the Pre-Reformation Renaissance, many of the Cardinals were Medici relatives who were often married and not clerics. Even 10-year-old boys became cardinals and they didn't even receive Confirmation yet! Even counts, dukes, and princes were cardinals! 

Now if a woman were to become a Cardinal, she might vote, but is ineligible for the Papacy because she is not a man. But Canon Law states that any baptized man can become Pope, so that means I could have been elected.

Since there are 4 minor orders and 4 major orders of Ordination, only men can receive them, and once a man is ordained to the subdiaconate (the first major order), he traditionally takes a vow of celibacy. While the Greek Orthodox Church allows married priests, they do not allow married bishops for the same reasons the Roman Catholic Church: Jesus Christ was never married, and the Bishop possesses the fullness of the priesthood of Jesus Christ. To that end, if a married man is elected Pope, he cannot be seated because he cannot be validly consecrated a bishop. 

In terms of a female cardinal, I don't see it happening. While some Mother Superiors were petitioning to have some input the last time, it will not happen as long as the Holy Ghost protects the Church. Would Sister Mary Cardinal Smith wear a red habit? Maybe for Halloween, but not in real life.