Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cathedral of the Holy Cross to build apartments on parking lot

The Associated Press reported today in my local newspaper that the Archdiocese of Boston has signed a 99-year lease with a developer to build rental housing, retail space and a garage on the Cathedral of the Holy Cross back parking lot. Most of the details are confidential, but the building is to include 160 units and 70 parking spaces for the Cathedral.

This is a disturbing project that is totally unnecessary. This is one of Cardinal Sean's pet projects to try to get more income for the Cathedral, which only averages $1200 per week in offertory plus the parish taxes.

How is building apartments on an existing parking lot really going to aid the Archdiocese? It's not. This is a stupid move on the cronies in Braintree. This is a bonehead play on that of the Cardinal and rector Fr. Kevin O'Leary. (Mr. Wonderful from Shark Tank would not do such a deal.)

Don't expect low-income or Section 8 tenants in these units! A one-bedroom in Boston could go from $2000-$4000 per month, depending on the amenities. Lucky you can get a studio for $1500. And don't expect good Catholics to rent here either. With all the fiscal and moral problems the Archdiocese has, and a combination with anti-discriminatory housing laws, anyone regardless of...must be able to rent as long they pay rent. I would not rent here, since the rent will most likely be over $5000 for a one-bedroom because the landlord (the Archbishop of Boston)  have to pay the developer/property manager, so he will most likely get $2500 per unit, which would be $400,000 per month and $4.8 million per year!  

Retail space? Forget about it, unless it is a Catholic gift shop staffed by nuns.

Only 70 parking spaces in the garage? Not nearly enough for the many people who can fit in the Cathedral. What the Cathedral really needs is to build a multi-story garage instead of rental housing to accommodate the parking situation. Then this would not force people to take the broken MBTA to church.

Finally, this is a pet project. It is a joke before a shovel breaks ground. Besides a parking garage, what the Cathedral really needs is the high altar and rail restored and the Traditional Latin Mass restored to the main sanctuary and not left in the basement. The Cathedral needs to be the holy place it was consecrated for. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

CMTV attacks Angelus Press, The Remnant, & Catholic Family News

Michael Voris & Co. are at it again. They simply attack the modern-day forefathers of Catholic Tradition, including (but not limited to) Archbishop Lefebvre, Michael Davies, and Walter Matt for standing up for the Traditional Latin Mass when it was practically wiped-out of the parishes over 45 years ago.

I understand Voris' position that you need to be in full communion with your diocesan bishop in order to be considered a Catholic. But things are more complicated today than one thinks. For example, Archbishop Lefebvre founded the SSPX because practically every priest abandoned the administration of the undoubtedly valid sacraments. It became more evident as the Archbishop aged that doctrine and morality were declining along with the sacraments, that he needed to be assured that priests were able to be validly ordained without question. So in 1988 he consecrated four bishops for the administration of the sacraments, more specifically the ones reserved to a bishop: Confirmation and Holy Orders.

The SSPX bishops do not have any particular jurisdiction over anyone. When referring to the fact that "they have no authority in the Church", this particularly applies to the other administrative duties an ordinary would have. For example, they cannot authorize exorcisms, grant annulments, or excommunicate. They are only equivalents of auxiliary bishops, who possess no authority in governance of a diocese.

Any bishop can administer the Sacrament of Confirmation, but that is normally reserved to the local ordinary. Auxiliary bishops and retired bishops validly confirm. So do the SSPX bishops, especially when the actual bishops will not confirm anyone validly. Any bishop can ordain.

In terms of hearing confessions and officiating at marriages, normally you need faculties to perform these sacraments validly. But today's church is anything but normal. When you go to your typical Novus Ordo confessional and the priest says it's not a sin to eat meat on Friday, use birth control, or miss Sunday Mass without a good health or safety reason, then he is not a reliable confessor. Going to a traditional priest (SSPX or otherwise) who hears sins as sins and gives absolution is the natural, safer option. (As far as marriages are concerned, see my Jan. 9th post.)

Most importantly, lex orandi, lex credenti, lex vivendi. How you pray at Sunday Mass reflects on what you believe and is supposed to reflect on how you live away from the church property. If you go to the abusive Novus Ordo Mass, then chances are you don't believe in the Real Presence because the prayers and music do not reflect the sacrificial nature of the Catholic priesthood. Many of those Catholics simply spend an hour in church on Sunday and live in sin the rest of the week. Whereas, if you attend the Traditional Mass (or an Eastern Rite Mass in communion with Rome), then the prayers the priest says on our behalf reflect and express the Catholic Faith; Traditional Catholics live according to the teachings of the Church.

It is very important to attend the Traditional Latin Mass as this is a dogma of the Church. If you are a Novus Ordo Catholic and you want to live your faith, then it is now time to stop attending the Novus Ordo Mass and change over to the TLM. (I did it five years ago.)

Some people, even traditional priests, think it's A-Okay to go to the New Mass. Don't fall for it! Angelus Press, The Remnant, Catholic Family News, and other publications who editorially defend the TLM and Archbishop Lefebvre's work have been around before the internet, and they are theologically sound. The Archbishop knew it was necessary to preserve "the Mass of the Ages" to preserve the Catholic Faith. These same publications never believed that the Chair of Peter has been vacant since 1958 (neither do I).

In a perfect world, I wish Pope Francis would say the TLM. In a perfect world, I wish I could go back to my neighborhood parish. I wish I could easily attend Sunday Mass in my residential diocese and financially support the diocese. I wish more young men could pursue their vocation as diocesan priests. I wish I could contribute to second collections. I wish I could not tell parents not to send their children to the "Catholic" schools. I wish I could take someone's word for saying they're Catholic.

The list goes on and on. Archbishop Lefebvre was only a prophet when he did his work. Today, Cardinal Burke, an exiled prelate, and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, an auxiliary bishop, are two bishops who have no (longer) governing authority in the Church. They are forced to globetrot like the SSPX bishops just to defend the faith. If they all be co-consecrators for traditional bishops in the future, so be it.

Finally, a simple message to Novus Ordo Catholics ages 18-35: It's not your fault that you attend the New Mass. Start attending the TLM and gain the Faith. Go to it, even if it's frowned upon by the diocesan bishop.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Please be my valentine (needed more than ever)!

Where I live almost 50" of snow have fallen to the ground over the past two weeks. Other than shoveling I have cabin fever. Obviously it is the best option to stay indoors if possible.

I have never seen so much snow at once on the ground despite living in New England all my life. While our winters might seem painful every year, they are more tolerable than tornadoes in the Midwest, earthquakes in California, and hurricanes in Florida.

50" could be a whole season's total, but we got it in two weeks this time. The Groundhog saw his shadow, so expect six more weeks of this stuff.

Sunday (yes, I made it to Mass) was Septuagesima Sunday, the third Sunday before Ash Wednesday and approximately the 70th day before Easter. The vestments are purple and the Alleluia is suppressed until the Easter Vigil. The organ is not played in church. The Gloria is not sung during Mass except on doubles of the first class. 

Overlapping the beginning of the Easter cycle of the ecclesiastical year was yesterday's feast, Candlemas. The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (which commemorates the presentation of Baby Jesus into the Temple according to Mosaic Law) on February 2nd officially ends all feasts of the Christmas cycle. The tradition in our household is that the manger and tree do not come down from decoration until the Patriots win the Super Bowl. They did at the last minute, so at our leisure we can take the Christmas stuff down! 

Starting on Ash Wednesday I will not eat any meat products until Easter. The Saturday beforehand happens to be St. Valentine's Day this year. With all the snow and cold weather, I have not been able to complete a lot of things, including finding my Catholic sweetheart. I think finding one in the next ten days will be fitting. I do want to have a Happy Easter this year, which would include attending Mass with my future sweetheart.

Unless the snow melts before March 1st, consider these two snow storms punishment for the sins of man. Consider them as punishment for all who are ordained who don't uphold Catholic truth. Consider them as God's punishment for going against His commandments.

Until then, we are stuck. I am stuck without a valentine, a job, and easy access towards the sacraments. Nothing is going to change at-large without divine intervention. But there is something a young single Catholic woman can do: date a single Catholic man just like her.