Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all

2014 was the worst year of my life. I was forced to drop out of college, saw several deaths of family and friends, the illness of my mother, and still stuck without work. More importantly, I have not been able to find my Catholic sweetheart. 

While 2014 will be gone shortly, I hope that all the havoc that took place goes away with it. As Christmas comes, I have to thank Our Lord, who we celebrate as a little boy in the crib, that I have survived. 

I hope and pray (and that you will to) 2015 will be a total turn around. With all that said, I wish everyone of good will a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Boycott all secularized celebrations for Saint Patrick

I am very critical of the fact that Saint Patrick's Day parades no longer honor Saint Patrick himself. Because Cardinal Dolan will be the grand marshal of the gay-friendly NYC parade in 2015 and the South Boston parade will now allow gay groups to march, I have asked that all parades in honor of Saint Patrick be cancelled and March 17th to be designated as a Holy Day of Obligation in the Archdiocese of Boston (one of the co-patrons). 

But this won't happen. Cardinal Sean spends more time promoting Obamacare and liberal politics than the Catholic Church. If he had any Catholic sense, he would condemn the move immediately and excommunicate anyone who goes to the parade. As a matter of fact, since this is a multi-diocesan problem, I want Pope Francis to bar Catholics from attending events that mock Saint Patrick. 

Even though it is now less than three months away, make plans not to go to any Saint Patrick's Day Parade and instead spend March 17th in church (even if Lent is observed). Save the corned beef and cabbage until Easter, and abstain from meat like a normal Lenten day. No Guinness!  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

R.I.P. Bill Buckingham (1944-2014), architect friend

It is with great sadness to report that Boston architect William Buckingham passed away this weekend at the age of 70. (His Requiem Mass at All Saints Anglo-Catholic parish in Ashmont is today scheduled for 2PM today; I regret that I just got word a few hours ago...)

I got to know Bill when I chaired a religious architecture committee, and he was against modernist building for sure. For over 40 years Bill designed in traditional styles when it was (and still somewhat is) very unpopular to do so. He mentored and helped me through the tough times I had going at architecture school.

I most recently saw Bill at his office a couple of weeks ago and despite using a respirator, he was working and never thinking about retirement like many architects do. This really shows since when he co-founded Sullivan Buckingham Architects at age 67 to try to preserve traditional building techniques. 

The architecture profession has lost one of its most valuable members. I have the honor and the privilege to know him as a friend and colleague. 

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requesicat in pace. Amen. Anima ejus et animae ominum fidelium defunctorum per misericordiam Dei Requesicat in pace. Amen. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Illicit Catholic wedding on TLC

Four Weddings is a reality show on TLC where four brides who are total strangers attend each others weddings and judge them according to certain criteria. The winning bride and her groom with the most points win a honeymoon. 

This afternoon I happened to watch an episode of Four Weddings where one of the weddings took place at a horse racetrack in the Miami Beach area on Christmas Day. The things that really upset me were that the bride wore a rosary around her wrist and that a priest came to the track to officiate. That's right: a Catholic priest went to a racetrack on Christmas Day to officiate at a wedding.

I cannot believe that a priest (even by Novus Ordo standards) would officiate not only outside the church building, but on one of the holiest days of the year! Christmas is when we celebrate the birthday of Our Lord Jesus Christ, not our conjugal lives. According to the Missale Romanum, Christmas is a Double of the First Class feast, which means no other feast can supersede it. Even thought our Advent preparation is complete, the solemn nature of the feast does not permit the use of the Nuptial Mass, and therefore it is still a forbidden time to marry (the Sixth Precept of the Church). 

Additionally, besides the purple vestment days of Septuagesima and Lent, the Nuptial Mass is still forbidden on the following non-penitential days: 
  • All Sundays (yes, even the green ones) 
  • During the Octaves of Easter and Pentecost (Yes, even though Alleluia and white or gold vestments are back, Easter's octave is that of the First Class, and therefore you cannot ordinarily marry until the Monday after Low Sunday. Pentecost historically ranks higher than Christmas, and it's octave [which includes the summer Ember Days] ranks the same.)
  • The Feast of the Circumcision (Jan. 1)
  • The Feast of the Epiphany (Jan. 6)
  • Ascension Day
  • Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday, even if the feast is transferred to Sunday as is in the USA)
  • Birthday of St. John the Baptist (June 24)
  • Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul (June 29)
  • Feast of the Most Precious Blood (July 1)
  • Feast of the Assumption (Aug. 15)
  • Feast of St. Michael the Archangel (Sept. 29)
  • All Saints Day (Nov. 1)
  • All Souls Day (Nov. 2; or 3 if 2nd falls on Sunday)
  • Patronal feasts of a nation, state, city, diocese, cathedral church, or parochial patron
The feasts above are all Doubles of the First Class. In Medieval times they where all Holy Days of Obligation (including The Immaculate Conception, which always falls during Advent; and Ash Wednesday, St. Joseph's Day, and the Annunciation, which pretty much always fall during Lent.) 

Catholics are to marry before a Nuptial Mass, period. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Fr. Gruner: "We have the obligation to oppose and to speak out" against heresy

Fr. Nicholas Gruner agrees with Cardinal Burke's comments that criticize the Pope. It is not a sin to criticize the Pope (or any cleric for that matter) when they say heretical things.