Friday, September 25, 2015

100% Free Catholic Dating Website

I have started a profile on Latin-Mass-Dating.com, a 100% free Traditionalist Catholic dating website. You can chat and email the profilers with no cost to you! 

The good news is that it's 100% free, which dating should be. The bad news is that the site is new and and is not concentrated regionally. It has members scattered all over the globe.

The mainstream Catholic websites, such as Catholicmatch.com, Catholicsingles.com, or AveMariaSingles.com, charge you to be a premium member in order to email members. Also there are some who openly are dissidents to the Catholic Faith. 

This website hopefully will grow and create more Catholic marriages in these dark days. 

As someone who prefers to date locally, there are some growing pains on a new site like this. But this blog was created for me to and to the one who hopefully wants me and wants to be openly to live in the Boston area, despite the ecclesiastical problems. No profile creation necessary if you want me, just email me! 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Latin Confirmation Novus Ordoized

When I was confirmed a decade ago in the Novus Ordo (a sacrament which I have doubts about the validity), the ceremony took place during a Novus Ordo Mass. After the Gospel, the parish priest "presented" the confirmandi to the Bishop by asking them to stand up when their names were called. After a round of applause and the Bishop's sermon, the ceremony of Confirmation was conducted. 

Unfortunately, at a parish church the only place five out of the seven traditional sacraments are regularly administered (I will withhold the names; those who know me or were present know what I am referring to.), Confirmation was offered in the Tridentine form since 2008 by an auxiliary bishop. But what puzzled me, that the Rite of Confirmation, despite being offered in conjunction with the regular Sunday Mass, was held during the Mass and not before the Mass, as the Roman Ritual prescribes. 

Just like my Novus Ordo confirmation, the candidates names were announced after the Gospel (without applause) and the bishop's sermon and the rite were performed, albeit with some imperfections. While the actual conferral of the sacrament was in Latin and was valid, the schola kept singing over the prescription prayers and the bishop had to gesture to the choir loft to pretty much shut-up. These regular schola members should be suspended by the parish for a couple of weeks for disrupting a pontifical ceremony.

In the old days and today by far more experienced celebrants of Tridentine Confirmations (Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Cordileone, Bishop Schneider, Bishop Perry, Bishop Fellay, Bishop Tissier de Mallarias, etc.), the rite of Confirmation would be conducted separate from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which would not always be said afterwards. Benediction might be held afterwards, if any other liturgical function occurs at all. (The above usually say a Pontifical Mass after a Confirmation.) As with Baptism, Confession, Extreme Unction and Matrimony, the rites are separate from the Mass (although the Nuptial Mass that takes place after the couple has been married goes hand-in-hand with the Ritual of Holy Matrimony). 

I don't know why the Confirmation ceremony was inserted into the Mass for this one, but it must have something to do that this was the Archdiocese of Boston. I don't know if permission was granted to do this from some higher ecclesiastical authority, but it is still a liturgical abuse. Summorum Pontificum explicitly says that the liturgical books in use in A.D. 1962 are to be used as the "extraordinary form", not the hybrid 1965 liturgies. Ironically, Pope Francis' buddy Cardinal O'Malley, who was with His Holiness in Communist Cuba, had respect for the rubrics when he celebrated a Tridentine Confirmation in 2011 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross; Mass was celebrated after the ceremony. (I had the privilege of attending that one.) If His Eminence really cared about orthodoxy and Sacred Tradition he would be operating the Archdiocese as such. 

I am not going to report anyone to the liturgical police because there are more serious issues with the Church at hand within the next five weeks. However, I hope that next time that the rubrics are followed, if there is a next time. 

(P.S. Rorate Caeli has an article on the Novus Ordoizing the Eastern rites of the Church, they are about to be destroyed fifty years after the Roman.) 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Being without a companion is a cross

Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. I have a cross to bear, which is singlehood. It is not fun, especially in these dark times. It seems like that I am not allowed to introduce myself to a young woman, even if she appears to be single. Often times I am uncertain. Sometimes they might look at me as "too old", even at church. 

With the new streamlined annulment process which now allows for pretty much any escape route, plus the Synod Against the Family, we are all in trouble. I am most especially in trouble because I have no one, and can be taken advantaged of. It actually doesn't help when I go to a parish church where most of the young women my age are already married with more than one child.

If a young woman enters church with other family members, then they will not even speak to me if I say "hello" after Mass. It also doesn't help that I have to travel miles away from home just to fulfill my Sunday obligation. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

A very important sermon on education

Please listen to this sermon from a priest on why, in these days, parents should not send their children to public schools or "approved" "Catholic" schools:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pope Francis gives SSPX priests faculties to grant absolution from sins

Rorate Caeli has posted a letter from Pope Francis stating that SSPX priests can now validly hear confessions (officially). Nobody saw this coming, which was issued in conjunction with the the so-called "Year of Mercy" that starts on Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015. 

SSPX priests have been hearing confessions and granting absolution for forty-five years, especially when your neighborhood parish priest thinks this and that is not a sin. 

This is the second major positive news item from the Holy See regarding the SSPX; the first earlier this summer was the appointment of Bishop Fellay by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith to be the first-instance judge of a disciplinary hearing for a Society priest. And the folks at the Detroit Warehouse still believe that they are in schism? Give me a break. 

Secondly, the Pope also held a satellite forum hosted by ABC News, where he spoke to Catholic school students from Chicago, a border town in Texas, and Los Angeles. I promised to give my opinion on his visit to the United States, which I will express:

I believe the Holy Father should stay home and don't waste the energy addressing Congress and the United Nations. Unless he is going to excommunicate all those "Catholic" politicians who regularly vote to fund Planned Parenthood, sodomy, and all other problems, then he should cancel his speech. 

As far as the SSPX are concerned, they do not need a preamble with the Vatican if they already do what canon law allows them to do: give the sacraments via supplied jurisdiction.