Saturday, March 29, 2014

R.I.P. Boston Fallen Heroes

This past Thursday, two Boston Firefighters, Lt. Edward Walsh, Jr., and Michael Kennedy were killed while putting out a fire at 298 Beacon Street.

Funerals arrangements are now complete, and it appears that both will be getting Novus Ordo "celebrations of life" Masses and not Traditional Requiem Masses.

While the Fire Department did a good job yesterday at a somber tribute at City Hall, I am afraid that the funerals of these heroes, like most "Catholic" funerals today, are going to be politicized.

While we thank our fallen heroes for their service and their bravery, there is no guarantee that they will make it to heaven. (I never knew these men, so I couldn't tell you any biographies.)

Since they were both baptized Catholics, these men are entitled to, and deserve Requiem Masses. Please pray for the repose of their souls. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Marriage under attack within the Church

First, watch this Vortex carefully:


Secondly, think about what would happen if the practice of denying Holy Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics were modified?

Thirdly, think about what could happen if the Vatican issued instructions to give Holy Communion to anyone who comes in the door?

What did you think will happen if the Vatican made every parish perform gay marriages upon request?

Either way, the Sacrament of Marriage is under attack!

For someone who has been soul-searching for six years now, I will need to find a Catholic sweetheart who actually believes what the Church has always taught by Easter. If not, my chances of ever finding someone will decrease.

Please pray not only for my own situation, but for the Holy Father that he might have the apostolic zeal to uphold the Church's teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dominican in favor of Tradition named Liverpool Archbishop

Rorate Caeli is reporting that the newly-appointed Archbishop of Liverpool, Malcom Patrick McMahon, O.P., is absolutely in favor of the Traditional Latin Mass and has regularly said it pontifically in his old Diocese of Nottingham.

This is very encouraging news for Britain's largest Catholic-populated diocese, which has an ugly 1960's modernist cathedral. Who knows, he might rebuild...

We have to pray that Boston gets a new Archbishop just like Archbishop McMahon.

Reportedly, Cardinal Sean has given every Boston priest a copy of Rebuild, a heretical book that suggests that Catholic parishes should put projection screens in the sanctuary and employ rock bands and dancers. It has the "imprimatur" of Cardinal Dolan.

Pray for a new archbishop for Boston.   

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Prodgical Daughter

When I heard the news that Rachel Canning, the 18-year-old Catholic high school senior from New Jersey who sued her parents for tuition (who lost the preliminary injunction), returned to her parents' home last week, I started to include her in my nightly prayers.

Even though she is legally an adult and had the right to move out of her parents' house, suing for private school tuition was over the top. While I don't know the whole situation of what caused her to move out in the first place, I believe such actions were uncalled for. Since she is still a high school senior, at a private school, being paid for by her wealthy parents who care, she should have waited until she graduates before even thinking about relocating.

While there were accusations of Rachel drinking and having an immoral boyfriend (for which Mr. & Mrs. Canning asked her not to date), she will have to go to confession and have her sin of disobeying her parents absolved from before she can once again receive Holy Communion.

It is my hope that Rachel and her parents fully reconcile and receive full family support, financially and emotionally. I hope that Rachel will resume practicing her faith and find a husband that will actually care for her for the love of God.




Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cancel all Saint Patrick's Day Parades

This year there has been several disputes on over whether LGBT groups should openly march in the South Boston Saint Patrick's Day Parade. The politicians are boycotting the event because the organizers stand for traditional marriage.


First of all, the Parade is celebrating a canonized saint: Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland and the First Archbishop of Armagh. How would St. Patrick feel if anti-Catholics would be disrupting an event in his honor on his feast day?


Secondly, St. Patrick's Day always falls during Lent. He died and went to heaven on March 17th, 461. March 17th always falls during Lent. Because of his heavenly birthdate, his feast is commemorated liturgically. During the month of March, St. Casimir (4th), St. Thomas Aquinas (7th), St. Gregory the Great (12th), St. Cyril of Jerusalem (18th), St. Joseph (19th), St. Benedict (21st), St. Catherine of Sweden (22nd), St. Gabriel the Archangel (24th), and The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (25th) are always commemorated during Lent because they are very important saints.


Because St. Patrick's Day always falls during Lent, it should be noted that he spent the night in an ice tub as his penance before meeting to convert or baptize pagans. We should observe it as a day of penance as well.


For a long time, Ireland was 100% Catholic, and the Irish immigrants were chiefly responsible for bringing Catholicism to America in the early 19th century. The Irish were peasant railroad workers who had no food back home. They came to America just to eat.


Eventually, when Irish America became a political power, their cultural influence was seen at every level. (Irishmen were eager to become firefighters, cops, ambulance drivers, soldiers, and later politicians.) The Shamrock (which represents the Holy Trinity) was placed on all firetrucks and firemen's helmets, and eventually they began to march in parades on St. Patrick's Day.


Because of the significant Irish-American population in Boston, St. Patrick's Day is a holiday in Suffolk County. Liturgically, because St. Patrick is one of the patron saints of the Archdiocese of Boston, his feast is to be celebrated as a Double of the First Class (except Sundays in Lent or during Holy Week), and therefore the obligation to fast and abstain from meat is suspended. So eventually, the Parade route got longer and beer sales skyrocketed, courtesy of Irish Catholics who got away with one day with corned beef and cabbage.
 

Today, St. Patrick's Day has been secularized so much that most people (even of Irish decent) have no clue who he really was. They don't know that his feast is supposed to be a religious one.


Today, most Catholics in Ireland don't practice the Faith, and if they do, it is blended with New-Age spirituality. Most of the baptized Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston are of Irish decent, as so as most of the priests. Most of the politicians support the pro-gay and pro-death agenda because they belong to the party that most of their ancestors belong to, whether or not they would do these things themselves. It is the Boston curia whom made this a secularized holiday, and it is the people who bought into the Spirit of Vatican II who destroyed the local church.


Cancel the Parade and make Saint Patrick's Day a Holy Day of Obligation.  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pope might consider gay civil unions: schism in action

One year ago today, Pope Francis walked onto the loggia of Saint Peter's Basilica as the new head of the Roman Catholic Church.

One year later, there are reports out of Rome that the Holy Father might approve same sex civil unions. Such approval is scandalous and blasphemous.

When Francis walked onto the loggia with only his white cassock, and that Benedict's coat of arms was not unveiled, tells us something fishy. Every pope has walked on the loggia with the red mozzetta and papal stole over the cassock when he is first elected and says "Yes." But Francis not doing so has many Catholics (both Traditional and Novus Ordo conservatives) scandalized.

On Dogma 101, the Catholic teaching is that the Sacraments cannot change, either in essential matter, form, or number. Jesus Christ instituted seven sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony), not two, not four, not eight, but seven. This number cannot be infringed upon, whereas, a pope cannot add or delete any rite to be a sacrament.

The forms used for the Sacraments have been traced down from apostolic times, and the essential ingredients and the necessary words used are as old as the Church itself. Up until Vatican II, the Roman Rite sacraments and ceremonies remained unchanged. After Vatican II, all of the ceremonies of all the Sacraments were altered. The examples are stunning for someone who believes that the Church was founded in 1965:

  • Baptisms were always done privately as soon as possible after birth. Currently, Baptisms are performed once a month in Novus Ordo Churches; there are no exorcisms; and the emphasis on Original Sin is omitted.
  • Confirmation was always administered with olive oil. Today, Confirmation may not include olive oil (essential matter), as many bishops consecrate something else at the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass. So therefore, if olive oil was not used, your confirmation is invalid.
  • Confessions were always heard inside a confessional with anonymity. Today, "face-to-face" confessions are more common, and the priest and penitent socialize instead of giving absolution.
  • Extreme Unction was only giving at danger of death. Today, the "Anointing of the Sick" is given weekly to all senior citizens, regardless of wellness.

Now, what are the essential matter and form for the Sacrament of Matrimony? A baptized man and a baptized woman who, of a certain age, freely and willingly enter this union before God, with the intention of being open to children (provided she is of child-bearing age), for their own mutual assistance, and with the intention of staying married until one of them dies. These vows must be said before a priest, who is the official witness on behalf of the Church.

This is a Dogma of the Church, and every Catholic must believe in it. The Pope cannot, under any circumstances, change defined Dogma, which includes all Seven Sacraments, with the greatest one the Rite of Mass defined at the Council of Trent.

To put the marriage issue in perspective, watch this video from the Fatima Center, where Fr. Nicholas Gruner and John Vennari discuss this serious issue:

)

Just because most "Catholic" parishes do not use the Traditional Sacraments, they are in "de-facto" schism. There could be another Great Schism coming if Francis actually changes some dogmatic practices.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Follow-up on the 2014 Boston "Catholic" Appeal

I am following up today on the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas about the fake Boston "Catholic" Appeal that the Archdiocese conducts every Lent. Like last year, there are brochures all over the place. But this year, Cardinal Sean actually sent out letters and pledge cards/donation envelopes in the mail!

This year's theme is "Forward In Hope," but I don't believe there is much hope in the Archdiocese unless Tradition is adopted and mandated on all priests and parishes. The brochure card also states the statistics from 2013:

  • 31,000 volunteers in ministry (there is no indication what this means)
  • 638 Diocesan priests (active and retired; but only about five actually practice the Faith)
  • Mass said 19 languages (I bet you Latin doesn't count here)
  • 1,000+ people (or 500+ couples) prepared for marriage in the heretical Transformed in Love program.
  • 7,000 participants in the Why Catholic? program, a development of the Church of Nice
  • 750 took the bus to the March for Life, the only one of merit, but were not allowed to attend the Traditional Latin Mass while in D.C.
  • 264 permanent deacons (A ministry that is inconsistent with Tradition; subdeacons always took a vow of celibacy.)
  • 114,000 Religious Education students who have no clue what the Church really teaches
  • 1,800+ Religious priests, brothers, and nuns

This year, Catholic Appeal monies are part of the 18% church tax that each parish in the Archdiocese must pay. 10% comes from the Sunday collections, while 8% is the Catholic Appeal money. Each parish is set a "goal", and if that goal is not raised by the parishioners, then the parish will get a bill for the balance. 

So under the heretics who run the place, parishes cannot get around not paying their bills to these same people who make hundreds of thousands of dollars destroying the local church. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fisher More College illegally banned from TLM

Catholic Family News and Rorate Caeli have reported that Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth, Texas has illegally banned the Traditional Latin Mass from the College of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, the only accredited true Catholic college in the United States today that has been offering the True Mass daily.

This is the same school that raised over $300,000 just to stay open for this Spring's semester (for I donated $25 of it). Now, it is quite possible that the college will be shut down by the Bishop. His Excellency, in writing to College president Michael King, stated that "I make these norms out of my pastoral solicitude and care for the students of Fisher-More College as well as for your own soul."

Bull. The student body comes from Traditional Catholic families all over the country. They are accustomed to exclusively attending the Traditional Latin Mass as part of their ways of life.

The student body and the faculty know better. They have the right to recruit a priest-chaplain to offer the Traditional Latin Mass. If need be, they should try to find a canon lawyer for advice, and more importantly, try to have the Bishop reprimanded or removed. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Reaction to Creative Minority Report on asking Pope Francis to regularize SSPX

I was watching a Mic'd Up episode on Church Militant TV this morning, where Michael Voris interviews Creative Minority Report blog administrator Patrick Archbold, who wrote an article asking for Pope Francis to regularize the Society of Saint Pius X. Voris did make a comment that they are outside the Church (apparently he doesn't attend Mass there). 

This complicated issue, while a valid Catholic topic for discussion, is actually not the main issue that the Church is facing today. There are more serious issues in morality and behavior of MOST Catholics who where baptized but then think that going to heaven is a walk in the park. The recent Vatican surveys in preparation for the Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and Family scheduled for October state that there is global apostasy:

  • 78% (including 98% of the Novus Ordoians) are on or support the Pill
  • 65% (including 76% of American "Patriotic" Dolanists) support abortion in some way, shape, and form, even in limited circumstances
  • 54% of Dolanists support gay marriage
  • Almost half believe that divorced and remarried Catholics should be able to receive the Sacraments
  • 33% living in the Western world believe in an all-male priesthood, while 80% of Africans do!
Then we have the issue of two living popes, one who is acting as the "Bishop of Rome" as Francis wants to be known as (including unnecessarily renewing his Argentinian passport under Jorge Mario Bergoglio), and then one who did a lot for traditionalists and there are wonders whether Benedict was forced off the Chair of Peter (in this case, such an "abuction" or exile would not revoke his Petrine office and he would still be the canonically elected pope).

The SSPX issue has been in play for years, and I don't believe they will sit at the table for negotiations with the Vatican for regulation if the Synod recommends to give Holy Communion to everyone. It was noted that Cardinal Bergoglio did not offer a diocesan Traditional Latin Mass in Buenos Aires, but did not interfere in the business of the SSPX. This is the reason why Mr. Archbold thinks that Pope Francis will regularize them with a stroke of a pen and let them run like his own religious order (the Jesuits), that is autonomous without interference with the local ordinary.

This brings this to my main point of supplied jurisdiction in Canon Law. Supplied jurisdiction means that the Church exists everywhere, even without a priest. To put this in more of a perspective, every Catholic who is baptized belongs to the Universal Church, which is seated in Eternal Rome. If your child was baptized according to the Rituale Romanum, he is a Catholic of the Roman Rite. (Likewise, if he is baptized in an Eastern Rite, he is a member of that ritual church.) So he is to receive the Sacraments according to the Roman Rite for the rest of his life.

Any priest who is validly ordained may baptize, whether or not the parents are that priest's parishioners. In an event a priest or deacon cannot be contacted, or there is a clear and present danger of death (mostly for adult catechumens), any layperson, male or female, Catholic or not, may validly baptize, provided they pour water three times on the forehead and saying: "N., I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."

Every Catholic is a member of a parish and every parish is part of a diocese. Your parish is where you live. Ordinarily, you should be attending Sunday Mass in your residential parish. But if your parish doesn't offer the Traditional Latin Mass, you are not required to go there in accordance with Quo Primum Tempore of Saint Pius V (July 14, 1570).

There are also provisions in Canon Law that allow the Diocesan Bishop to establish a "personal parish" for a special apostolate. This began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States, when the Catholic Church was acting the way it should be. Often times the Church in America was the only organization that aided immigrants back then, and most of them where from several ethnic groups and did not speak English like the Irish and British, so in order to help these people, Bishops generally established "ethnic parishes", and you had to be of that descent to register in that parish (which today would be called racism). However, in Europe, this never happened.

However, when most American Catholics spoke English at home, the need for personal parish succumbed. This explains why in many major cities there could be two or three Catholic churches next to each other, and the seeking of indults of having Mass in several languages.

It is up to the Bishop to decide who belongs to which parish and where the boundaries lie. But also there is something called a "canonically-open" parish, where anyone can register regardless of where they live (which is my current situation).