Monday, October 16, 2017

PLEASE help the Saint Benedict Center in Still River expand their monastery

The Saint Benedict Center in Still River, Mass., the monastic home to the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, needs your financial help in trying to expand their monastery. 

The Center is home to one of the longest-continuous locations for the Traditional Latin Mass in the United States and the only thoroughly-Catholic school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, serving Grades 1-12 and has record enrollment this academic year. 

The Brothers and Sisters signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement this past Spring to purchase 77 acres from a farmer who recently passed away, whose family can no longer upkeep the property. According to their Oct. 12th announcement, they need $11,509 to make the first stage of escrow, which will be doubled with a grant from the Father Sipperly Foundation. They need to make this goal by the end of this month or they will not be able to expand their monastery to accommodate for more vocations to their monastery et. al.! 

The ultimate goal is $1.75 million to complete the sale. 

This monastery is the only Catholic entity within the Diocese of Worcester that actually deserves your tithe money, so please give what you can! If you are unable to visit the Saint Benedict Center, you may purchase items from their True Devotionals web shop, donate via their Go Fund Me campaign, or mail a check payable to:

Saint Benedict Center 
P.O. Box 1000
Still River, MA 01467


Friday, October 13, 2017

A special treat for the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, I share this week's Remnant TV video of the Mike & Chris Show (The Remnant Editor Michael Matt and Correctio Filialis co-signatory Christopher Ferrara, Esq.) taped in the Catacomb. Enjoy!

Monday, September 25, 2017

NO ABLE-BODIED PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO SIT OR KNEEL DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!!!!

When the President made the rightful comments that NFL players should be cut from their teams for allowing players to seat their rear-ends of the bench during the National Anthem, both the League and the Players Union decided to have a league-wide sanctioned protest. 

Unfortunately, 12 Patriots players took a knee before yesterday's game, with the support of longtime friend of the President, Bob Kraft. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers decided not to be present on the field during the Anthem to avoid scandal, while at the London Game players kneeled for the "Star-Spangled Banner" while they stood for "God Save the Queen." (If they knelt for the UK Anthem Theresa May would make sure the game would be cancelled, I'm sure.) 

You see, this is what the NFL under Globalist Goodell, who makes $40 million in salary, look like. Spoiled ungrateful brats making more $$$ than their non-athletic peers ever will. 

Wherever the National Anthem et. al. are played, unless you're in a wheelchair, YOU HAVE ABSOULTELY NO RIGHT TO SIT DOWN! 

Anyone who sits during the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the school day needs to be reprimanded as well, especially at the junior high and high school levels. 

In either event, I am very disappointed that Congress will not propose and send to the states for ratification this or a similarly-worded Constitutional Amendment:

§1. The United States shall have a code on the proper dignity of the Flag for military and civilian usage. 

§2. Civilians who are citizens of the United States shall stand upright and place their right hands across their hearts for:

(a)  The National Anthem and any other auxiliary songs of patriotic nature as declared by an Act of Congress or the President;

(b)  The Pledge of Allegiance, which shall include the words: 

“I pledge allegiance 
to the Flag 
of the United States 
of America 
and to the Republic 
for which it stands 
one nation 
under God 
indivisible 
with liberty 
and justice 
for all.”

(c)  A moment of silence in conjunction with the Flag;
(d)  The playing of “Taps”;
(e)  The hoisting and lowering of the Flag on a flagpole;
(f)   The passer-by display of the Flag during a parade. 

§3.  No person shall be denied to express devotion to the Flag while in the United States, which includes saluting in section two, the public display, and the affixment of a pin or patch on regular clothing on the left side of the person above the heart. 

§4.  Congress and state legislatures shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation, which shall be irrevocable.

😍👮

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dubia remains unanswered after one year

Today marks the anniversary of the Dubia towards Amoris Laetitia (lit. "The Joy of Sex"), asking whether or not the document actually states that adulterers and divorcees can actually receive the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. 

Since then, two of the four Dubia Brothers, Cardinals Caffarra and Meisner have died within two months of each other recently, while Cardinals Burke and Brandmuller are still living. 

Pope Francis refuses to answer the Dubia, and after one year elapsed, it's time for Cardinals Burke and Brandmuller to finally issue the formal correction to Amoris

Post-conciliar Popes refusing to answer Dubiae is nothing new. Archbishop Lefebvre and Bishop Castro Mayer never received a response from Pope John Paul II regarding the signature Vatican II errors of the New Mass, Ecumenism, Collegiality, and a perverted Catholic view of Religious Liberty (not the same as the government guaranteeing your right to practice your faith). This resulted in the 1986 Assisi Meetings sponsored by the Vatican and eventually the 1988 Econe Episcopal Consecrations for the SSPX. 

Most recently, Bergoglio's new bull, Magnum Principum, which takes effect October 1st, rewrites Canon 838 and essentially allows bishop's conferences to write their own missals. There's also talk of an "International Curia," whatever that means. In either event, if Francis is truly indeed the canonically elected Pope, this means the end of Catholicity (universality) of the Catholic Church. Our only safeguard right now is Benedict XVI still being alive. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Please sign Massachusetts Ad Hoc Pro-Life Coalition to Mass. Bishops to Stop Betraying Pro-Life Catholics et. al.

I've signed the CitizenGO petition sponsored by the Massachusetts Ad Hoc Pro-Life Coalition (Catholic Action League, MassResistance, and Operation Rescue Boston) addressed to the Massachusetts Catholic Bishops to quit betraying pro-lifers, by primarily recinding the signature drive ban on church property issued this past summer. You don't have to be Catholic to sign, just supportive. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

If Congress passes DACA I will suffer, thanks to the Catholic bishops

Following-up from my last post, there is bi-partisan support in Congress for making DACA permanent. If amnesty is granted to these 2 million persons (both the "kids" and their wrongful parents), there will never be a chance I will able to get a real job, thanks to the bishops of the Catholic Church. 

Steve Bannon was correct to say on last Sunday's 60 Minutes that immigration "is not doctrine." The bishops are profiteering on settling illegal immigrants and refugees just to keep the pew counts up, which in the long-run will not work. Most of the bishops are not only usurpers and apostates for not doing their episcopal duties like saying Pontifical High Masses et. al., but most of the U.S. bishops are anti-American and traitors for NOT preserving the laws and customs of the United States. 

As someone who has been not allowed to participate in today's society and workforce for being a real Catholic, DACA would end the chances for millions of native-born Americans and I at the things Americans have done for generations.

If President Trump signs DACA he will get primaried, I guarantee it.

Why in the world would the GOP put true marriage, defunding Planned Parenthood, repeal of Obamacare, the Wall, and tax reform in their platform and  cannot act with full control of the Federal Government? Because they use Christians, conservatives, and  constitutionalists as props for votes and once they're the governing party they are do-nothings. The Establishment Republicans only care about the cheap labor and open borders, while the Democrats simply hate America. 

At this time I don't think starting a new conservative third-party is viable without actually having clear direction. Another major consideration is Bernie Sanders' most diehard supporters are petitioning him to run as an independent for President in 2020. If the Bern decides to proceed, then we'll be forced to vote Republican again, regardless if it's the incumbent or a totally new ticket. But either way DACA will cause a GOP primary challenge by someone who's actually conservative and is not bought-off by anyone. As it turned-out my endorsement and protest vote for Rick Santorum in the primary were actually the right things to do! 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

DACA scrapped, Mass. liberals don't care for Real Americans

This morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the unconstitutional DACA program, which gave amnesty and work permits to 800,000 illegals (known as DREAMERS) who were thrown over the border as children by their parents, will end and that broad enforcement and deportations will take effect in six months (March 2018) unless Congress passes such amnesty otherwise. (There is bi-partisan opposition in Congress to the Administration's position on this issue.)

Here in Massachusetts, our incompetent state Attorney General Maura Healey is filing a lawsuit against the administration to protect the 8,000 DREAMERS living in Mass., with the blessing of RINO Gov. Charlie Baker. To make matters worse, she was quoted at a Labor Day Breakfast yesterday in my local newspaper this morning that she is working with the Archdiocese of Boston to protect illegal immigrants.

You heard that right: Cardinal Sean is working with the well-known lesbian Attorney General to protect illegals from deportation! 

This must explain why none of the Massachusetts Catholic bishops openly opposed the Bathroom Bill; they support Maura Healey's infamous quote to "Hold It." 

The only religious organizations in Mass. openly against men using the ladies room are the few Evangelical Protestants and storefront churches. I don't know if the AG was ever baptized a Catholic, but if she was, a serious bishop would excommunicate her et. al. on several grounds. 

As so far as immigration is concerned, it's not the role of state government, county governments, municipal governments, nor the Catholic Church to dictate the foreign policy of the United States by the constitutionally elected administration. 

What doesn't help is that about 60% of my neighbors in my state voted for treason last fall. Instead of helping out real Catholic Americans who are orthodox (native-born and those who spent thousands on immigration attorneys), the bishops would rather see amnesty to those who broke our laws and give them scholarships to Catholic schools and colleges. 

Without a doubt people like myself have been blackmailed by our state government and Catholic bishops. If the bishops cared about the education and welfare of their own subjects in their diocese (who are in good standing, practicing, and lawfully present), then low-income Catholic kids would receive scholarships to Catholic school regardless of race or ethnicity. Catholic Charities would be for Catholics only. 

Congressionally, if a bill is passed within six months with veto-proof majorities, and President Trump vetoes, an override would be the end of our law and order in terms of immigration and naturalization. To make matters worse, as I stated above, there's bi-partisan support for amnesty for the DREAMERS. If the Republican Party were united and serious about saving this nation, they, with the majority rule in both chambers of Congress, would declare war on the treasonous D-party and their associates. The only loyal opposition are the minor parties who can't make the debate stage right now (Libertarian, Green, Constitution Parties, and those not registered with a party.) 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Saturday's violent counter-protests show why Bostonians must vote Bob Cappucci for Mayor this fall

Bostonians should be ashamed of their Mayor and city government based on what happened last Saturday. "Mohammed" Marty Walsh tried revoke a permit for the small Free Speech rally to use the Boston Common's Parkham Bandstand for a group nobody really cared about. But Mayor Walsh doesn't believe in the First Amendment and free speech, but instead incites 30,000 to 40,000 people to protest a group that had no affiliation with the previous week's Charlottesville riots, trying to shut it down. 

The riots could have been prevented as only 33 people were arrested. Mayor Walsh and Gov. "Chicken" Charlie Baker (RINO) could have justifiably ordered excessive force, but they were both in favor of the protestors. 

As I mentioned in my May 26th post, Bostonians actually have the chance to elect Bob Cappucci, a retired BPD officer and former Boston School Committee member who is pro-life, pro-American, pro-veterans, and truly BOSTON STRONG. He will not  allow illegals to roam around the city under his watch! 

For more info please visit his website bobcappucciformayor.org

Primary day is Tuesday Sept. 26th. If Bob finishes in 1st or 2nd place (out of 4 candidates) he makes the November 7th General Election ballot. If you have any family or friends, etc. who live and registered to vote in Boston please spread the word! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

U.S. Catholic bishops partly to blame for Charlottesville, historically and presently

Last weekend's violent and deadly White Nationalist protest of the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia undoubtedly shows America is in another Civil War between patriots and domestic terrorists. Even though the original Civil War was won by the Union (North) states, we Yanks have never forcefully told the Southerners to dump their historical artifacts and (often sad) reminders of what took place. 

In the case of General Lee, he was actually a hero in the Mexican-American War and buddies with Ulysses S. Grant at one time. Due to this Congress actually voted to pardon him by posthumously restoring his U.S. citizenship back in the 1970's after the Jim Crow South was finally desegregated. 

Old State House, Boston
(Photo taken by author in 2009)
The Left is successfully removing the statues of former slave owners, including President Andrew Jackson in New Orleans (who was the General who won the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812). Who's next? George Washington? John Adams? Ben Franklin? Thomas Jefferson (the founder of the University of Virginia)? George Mason? Abraham Lincoln? 

On State Street in Boston sits the Old State House, the seat of the colonial government of Massachusetts. Now privately owned, the original exterior remains in-tact, with a lion and a unicorn on each side of the roof facade. Guess what these character symbols are? They're that of Coat of Arms of Great Britain, with the lion symbolizing England and the unicorn Wales. Yes, we fought two wars against King George III and later forgave each other permanently during the reign of Queen Victoria, but the Boston patriots who assisted in winning American Independence never dumped their former motherland's symbol. 

Now how does the Catholic hierarchy have a piece of the blame pie? It all started during the Civil War when Pope Pius IX (a Jeffersonian libertarian by today's standards) wrote a letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis stating that the Holy See recognized the C.S.A. as a sovereign nation, despite legal slavery as one of the major topics of this "country's" existence. Once the Democratic Party regained control of the Southern states and implemented Jim Crow laws against blacks, the Catholic bishops did not fight them but instead established negro parishes to enforce segregation. Up North where most of the Catholics lived (native born and immigrant) ethnic parishes were established to help assimilate immigrants into American society. Hence, while every parish had the Traditional Latin Mass like every other English-speaking parish, these parishes were "de-facto" segregation not envisioned in Canon Law nor had any historical precedence in Catholicism. This is part of the Americanist Heresy. 

Ethnic parishes, predominately located in big and medium-sized cities, faded-out by the post-World War II Baby Boom when Catholics (like their other fellow Americans) started to build in the suburbs, which prompted the building of new parish churches without regard to race or ethnicity. 

Vatican II's allowance of native-tongue liturgies did not and still to this day make all U.S. Catholics assimilate into American culture. Ethnic parishes that had the Tridentine Mass (like all their Catholic peers worldwide) switched to scheduling Masses in the language of the ethnic group. Since many native-born white Catholics have left the Church for various reasons, the bishops have been fighting for lenient immigration laws to refill the pews with immigrants from historically Catholic countries, which hasn't been working. This explains why in the Archdiocese of Boston Mass is offered in 19 different languages besides Latin or English! 

Canon 518 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law states: 

As a general rule a parish is to be territorial, that is it embraces all the Christian faithful within a certain territory; whenever it is judged useful, however, personal parishes are to be established based upon rite, language, the nationality of the Christian faithful within some territory or even upon some other determining factor. 

Yes, unfortunately balkanization is allowed under the present Canon Law. It also doesn't help when all Catholics don't believe in the same faith and morals and don't worship the in same manner. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

One Peter Five: H. received $1 million campaign donation from 2016 Peter's Pence

One Peter Five has an article suggesting that the Obama Administration forced Benedict XVI off the Papal Throne and that Peter's Pence, under Francis, gave $1 million to Hillary Clinton's campaign last year. (Ouch!) (Click here to read the article for yourself

Why am I not surprised? This seems to be the most logical thesis since the previous administration appeased Radical Islam with calling ISIS the "JV team" and the $150 billion Iran deal which will force the United States into a future war in the Middle East beyond our children's control. The current occupant in the Vatican doesn't defend the Catholic Faith and appeases Islam, along with most occupants of episcopal chairs in the West. 

With evidence gaining day-by-day, I have held the suspicion that Pope Benedict was forced out by the bogeyman, which might have been Obama of all people! 

Taking foreign donations for political campaigns are against Federal Law, period. Another reason why I refuse to give something to Peter's Pence! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Something non-traditional: Could you, the young Catholic single sweetheart, propose (with my counter of course!:)?

Today, the Feast of Saint James the Greater is also the lesser feast of Saint Christopher, my "name day," a Catholic custom often lost that often is more important than your actual birthday. St. Christopher, the patron of travels and lost persons, is not in the new calendar, which is a shame.

Tomorrow marks seven years since my first post of this blog, initially asking for a date to the Tridentine Mass on Sunday. Since then, things have turned for the worse in the Church and for me personally. Supporting God and country has cost me everything. Living in an area of the United States where over sixty percent of my peers voted for treason last year certainly doesn't help. 

Most young Catholic women under the age of 25 are not conservative politically, never mind traditional. They are sympathetic to gay "marriage" and contraception, and may support abortion in limited cases of rape and incest. They would flirt with Socialism, secularism, and atheism. Two prime examples are a couple of events that took place in the Archdiocese of Boston this month: the Steubenville East at U.Mass Lowell and an event for Hispanic Youth. Both events, while only with language differences, shared the same activities: rock concerts at the Novus Ordo and "adoration" of the Blessed Sacrament in the LifeTeen format. 

It's not the fault of these young adults who love God
and their country. 
I feel bad for today's teenage and young adult Catholics. They are being taught this is compatible with Catholic Tradition by their CCD teachers. They're chauffeured to their suburban parish church by their parents who spoil them with iPhones and iPads, and often don't treat Sunday with uttermost sanctimony. Unfortunately with most of these parents born after the New Mass cook book was issued, they don't have a clue that the TLM is a matter of Catholic dogma. 

I'm not questioning these young women and their love for God. Many of them also love their country. It's not their fault that they don't know what Catholicism looks like with doctrinal and liturgical orthodoxy. 

In either case, it might be possible that if a young woman who meets the criteria (even someone who currently attends the N.O.) who wants me and wants to practice Traditional Catholicism to email me for initiation. This might be the only way for me to survive the tyrants  up in these parts (civil, ecclesiastical, and corporate) who hate God, country, and family and want to favor bergoglios over people like me. 


There's no big secret that as a man, I am naturally attracted to the female sex. This blog clearly shows I have no priestly or religious order vocation, so the only other acceptable option for Catholics is to marry OTHER CATHOLICS. The summer season more amplifies this with more tank tops, t-shirts, and bikinis. At least I have never slept with someone and never entertained to live with someone I'm not married to! 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Vatican: Bishops may not say "Missa Cantata"

Rorate Caeli has posted a letter from the Pontifical Commission on Ecclesia Dei addressed to a church choir in the Philippines stating that bishops may not say the "Missa Cantata", only a Low Mass or a Pontifical High Mass, due to the rubrics of the 1962 Missale Romanum

This decision (although not a Papal Bull with full force of the law) is a blow to the all bishops who say the "Pontifical Sung Mass" as the letter describes, due to the lack of the full amount of sacred ministers in major orders which prevent the chanting of the Epistle by a subdeacon  and the Gospel by the deacon when the Bishop is celebrant. Both SSPX and diocesan bishops have to offer the Missa Cantata on these occasions, especially after they administer Confirmation, which the ceremony is chanted and the organ is often played. It's not meus culpus that bishops have to modify their Masses due to the lack of personnel in these dark days. 

Yes, Solemn High Mass said by a priest is the original form of Mass, the others are abbreviations. Same with the Pontifical High Mass, but if the bishop is not a cardinal, metropolitan, or the local ordinary, he cannot pontificate from the throne unless he is granted permission or ordains. The Pontifical High Mass at the faldstool (on the Epistle side of the church) is considered an abbreviation and applies to visiting and auxiliary bishops. 

The rubrics have always allowed for priests to say the Missa Cantata because most parishes only have one priest. If the modern-day permanent diaconate were a true diaconate every parish would have a Solemn High Mass every Sunday. The same with Bishops, if they actually pontificated every Sunday in their cathedrals then such a question would have never been asked. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum

Today, July 7, 2017, marks the tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, the most important Papal Bull (issued by Benedict XVI) of the 21st century. Because of this, priests (even those ordained in the new rites) can freely say the Traditional Latin Mass without canonical penalty on paper. As someone who was raised in the paganized Vatican II church, if it weren't for this Bull I would not be a Catholic today! 

Unfortunately, most bishops and priests have no interest in saying the TLM, even on a part-time basis, and with a few exceptions the trend is going in the opposite direction. While there might now be approximately 400-500 Mass locations in the United States and Canada, if Frankenpope has his way this could decrease dramatically. 

If you live in New England, Sean Cardinal O'Malley is your Metropolitan Archbishop. Other than allowing a Sunday TLM in the basement chapel of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and once performed a confirmation in the old rite, he is generally against it. The Cathedral is ready to undergo a multi-million dollar facelift, and by next summer this is what the interior is scheduled to look like (screenshots from promo video by the Connecticut-based Baker Liturgical Art, LLC):


 There will be no restoration of the altar rail, but instead a permanent marble N.O. altar and a lower marble pulpit replacing the stately wood one. The red carpeting will be torn apart in favor of Italian marble in the sanctuary. Many pews near the front will be removed. 


A newly-designed cathedra (throne) with a full backing, extending to protect also the deacons' chairs. As see on the right, the Blessed Sacrament will once again be reserved in the  tabernacle built-in the high altar, but the shallow placement of a protective rail will not allow for Holy Mass to be said on it.

If the Cathedral (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) were to be authentically restored, it would look like this:


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

No surprises here...

Today's post could easily be the second part of my "Independence Day Message" from yesterday, considering what I am about to say:

The Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular, founded by Arthur Fiedler in 1976, is usually broadcast live in it's entirety on local television. I remember as a little kid watching it originally on WCVB-TV Channel 5, and in recent years it aired on WBZ-TV Channel 4. 

BUT NOT THIS YEAR! 

The event, which takes place on the DCR-owned Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, has always been free and open to the public, thanks to generous sponsors. In the old days the gates used to open at 6 A.M. where people would run to the front row and pinch a tent until 6 P.M., where the immediate show prep began. Ever since the Boston Marathon Bombings you cannot do this anymore for understandable reasons, which has discouraged many from attending. But the fact that it was not broadcast live on local TV this year in the city America began is a disappointment. In a way I'm not surprised because sponsorship must have been low and most people from Mass. voted for treason in the previous election, which effects it's ability to air on television (no TV station is going to air it for free!). Eventually they might have to charge admission in the future. 

Secondly, I'm suffering because of my beliefs. I doubt that I would be able find a young woman from New England with the exact same religious and political beliefs and practices. I don't know any "hand-over-heart" young Catholic American girls up here in liberal land who are available. 

Lastly, please pray for the repose of the soul of Dubia Brother Joachim Cardinal Meisner, who passed away yesterday at the age of 83. The East German anticommunist fought for Sacramental Marriage with Cardinal Burke et. al. against heresy until his very last day on earth. Requesicat in Pace. Amen

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day Message

On America's Birthday, I am ashamed to announce that the state I was born in, currently reside, and where America was born was ranked second-to-last in a national survey on patriotism. Ideally, all 13 original states should have a 100% patriotic rating, but that's another story.

The fact that only 39% of Bay State citizens voted for allegiance to the USA last election is troubling, but it didn't happen overnight. It has an impact on my state of life. God and country are very important to me, and unfortunately I'm only a handful of people in Liberal Land (e.g. not Jeffersonian, but Marxist) that insists daily patriotism at the beginning of the workday in office environments. 


In the photo above, unfortunately one can infer party affiliation by the posture of each of the graduates. There was once upon a time when both major parties behaved the same way before Old Glory. In the title banner above, all the women and girls pictured are doing it the right way. This is how all Americans used to do it

Starting the day with the Pledge of Allegiance at school or work is only one simple way to keep a United States together. Article V will eventually save it. 

Indeed, being a Traditionalist Catholic is not easy anywhere on Planet Earth these days, but thank God for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution that allow me to do so! I know being one has cost me a lot, even respect of "approved" Catholic clergy, but I believe it's necessary for salvation. 

God Bless America! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Feast of Saints Peter & Paul, the Princes of the Apostles

Today is the Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul, the Princes of the Apostles: a Jew and Gentile, the first Pope and the first-ranked missionary bishop. In honor of this Double of the First Class Feast and (historically and still in Rome) a Holy Day of Obligation, I post a make I have delineated of the Catholic Dioceses of the United States: 


A few questions linger:

  1. If only 1/4th of the supposed 70 million U.S. Catholics attend Sunday Mass, why are there still all these dioceses and ecclesiastical provinces headed by archdioceses/archbishops?
  2. If many Catholics (of all ranks and classes) support abortion, contraception, and gay marriage, why aren't they excommunicated?
  3. Why hasn't the Church been purified liturgically and doctrinally in all it's institutions? 
The simple answer is Vatican II. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish in Newton to be spared, but don't hold your breath

Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish in Newton, Mass., the main Traditional Latin Mass parish in the Archdiocese of Boston, will be spared from the Archdiocesan "Disciples in Mission" clustering program and will not be clustered when the program is completed in 2023, according to announcements in the parish bulletin and from the pulpit. The parish was originally going to be clustered with neighboring parishes after a draft plan in 2013, but the Archdiocese recently decided otherwise. 

This is good news, but don't hold your breath. Several things could happen between now and 2023. 

This clustering plan, spearheaded by Cardinal Sean, is code for the closing of more parishes. Since the Cardinal turns 75 in 2019, and if he retires in a couple of years at the canonical age for retirement of bishops, Boston will have a new archbishop, who could scrap this program altogether. If Francis is still around, Sean's successor will be worse than him, so Mary Immaculate of Lourdes might end up closed anyhow, since most younger bishops have no living memory of the TLM as the universal norm. If Francis isn't around in two years and a much better Pope is around (even a John Paul II-type would be a significant improvement), things could be much different. If a bona-fide traditionalist like Cardinals Burke or Sarah ascend to the Papal Throne, and dump the Novus Ordo, then we can all eventually attend Holy Mass in our hometown parishes!

Iraqi Catholic Refugees saving the place?

Since 2014 Iraqi Catholic refugees who've been in the the Boston area for several years have been renting Mary Immaculate by having a monthly Mass in the Chaldean Rite of the Catholic Church under the name "Our Lady of Mesopotamia." Their mission was recently placed under the jurisdiction of the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas in Detroit. 

Since most U.S. Catholic bishops are for open borders, they favor foreigners over native-born U.S. citizens. This could be a factor why the Cardinal decided to issue a stay. 

Ultimately, since many Novus Ordo parishes are folding, it would be better off to grant the Iraqi Catholic Community their own parish church and facility, just like St. Jeremiah's in Framingham was sold to a Syro-Marabar Catholic group and St. Charles Borromeo Parish in the Diocese of Worcester was sold to Our Lady of Mercy Maronite Parish in recent years. At least they can have their own sanctuary customized to the Chaldean liturgy. 

SSPX purchase?

To any sane person, the rumored SSPX regularization is not going to happen anytime soon. I doubt the Archdiocese will sell property to the SSPX or any Traditionalist order, even for more than assessed value, because of the Traditional Latin Mass and the (presumed) total rejection of Vatican II and the New Mass of the occupants. If Francis decides to do it, knowing his track record, he'll likely revoke Summorum Pontificum and canonically suppress the FSSP, ICKSP, etc., which then could lead to property transfer to the SSPX. Otherwise, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes is going to remain property of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, a Corporation Sole. 

Unfortunately, because Mary Immaculate is a diocesan parish, the Archdiocese is requiring that the Novus Ordo be offered, which is stupid since you can go to a Novus Ordo elsewhere. At least the elimination of the Novus Ordo Masses would add a Low Mass on Sunday morning, but offering cookies to keep faculties is not good. 

Stay Tuned. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Hampshire becomes to 11th diocese to confirm children before First Communion

Manchester, New Hampshire Bishop Peter Libasci has decided to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to children before receiving their First Communion, according to a syndicated National Catholic Register article. This is the 11th Latin rite diocese worldwide to initiate such change, with most recently the Archdiocese of Denver to do so in the United States. 

Lay proponents of this reshuffling believe this is theologically-correct, and the order of the Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist in that order. They are if you're an adult convert, since anyone over the age of reason (7) must go through this order, even if they're a teenager. An adult must consent to his baptism, a prerequisite for all the other Sacraments. 

In the Eastern Church the priest confirms immediately after infant baptism, and there is not much of a big deal with First Communion that I'm aware of. In the Western Tradition you are not Confirmed until much older and are fully responsible for your own salvation. Traditionally the minimum age is 12 (when my mother was confirmed), but most often it's more like 14 or 15 when teens are confirmed. Seven-year-olds may be confirmed at the danger of death provided they've received their First Communion. 

Since most adult converts are Baptized at the Easter Vigil, they are also confirmed thereafter (often by the parish priest with faculties from the Bishop), and receive their First Holy Communion at the First Mass of Easter. However, adults may be baptized anytime as long as they're catechized (and/or also at the danger of death), which automatically makes them eligible to receive Holy Communion provided they're in the state of grace. They'll get confirmed later on. 

Originally children didn't receive their First Communion until 9 or 10 years old. Pope St. Pius X changed this to 7 in his 1910 Papal Bull Quam Singulari, in reaction to Little Nellie receiving 5 of the 7 Sacraments before dying at age five just a few years beforehand. 

Today, unfortunately, Confirmation has become a laughing stock Sacrament, in the sense that parents, grandparents, and godparents have to force their youngsters into taking the classes. The use of red and white graduation robes (which aren't in the rubrics) has indeed turned Confirmation into a graduation ceremony from CCD. (Additionally, in the Novus Ordo, the sacrament might be doubtful because of the oil used.) There are some who complentate whether or not to raise the Confirmation age to 18 when the persons are legal adults. Either way, I don't think confirming 7 year-olds who don't have full faculties is a good idea. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Catholic school teachers have no business being unionized

The schoolteachers of the Diocese of Worcester who teach at the Central, chancery-run schools (Holy Name H.S., St. Bernard's H.S. in Fitchburg, St. Peter's Elementary School, and St. Peter-Marian) are part of a union called the Diocesan Educators Lay Teachers Association (DELTA). Yesterday, they walked the picket lines with their pupils after authorizing a strike vote while negotiating a new contract. (Pictures of the picketing appeared in today's Local section of the Telegram & Gazette; the article states the salary ranges are from $33,990 to $61,660.)

The Diocese has responded on their website, which can be accessed here. Apparently the teachers have a generous health insurance plan (85% paid by the Diocese), free tuition for teachers' kids after one year of service, and a 401k matching retirement plan. 

First of all, one of the last major decrees issued by Benedict XVI before the bogeyman forced him out was a salary cap on lay employees. Lay employees should not make more in a salary than double that of a diocesan priest's salary. (Last to my knowledge, Worcester priests made $25,000, so lay employees shouldn't make more than $50,000.) Since these schools are operated by the Diocese, the teachers are church employees. 

Secondly, raises haven't been given in a while because Catholic school enrollments are down, not because only because good Catholic families can't afford it, but because they don't teach from the Baltimore Catechism. Neither the TLM has been said in 50+ years for school liturgies. With orthodoxy in question, you're going to lose customers. 

Finally, church employees work for the Church. They have no business being unionized. Quadragesimo Anno only applies to private secular industry, not Church lay employees. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

"Millionaire Tax" to appear on Mass. 2018 ballot

The Massachusetts Legislature approved yesterday the "Millionaire Tax" constitutional amendment for the ballot in 2018. Likely to be Question 1, below are a couple of slides (the text and a chart of what actually could happen):




If you read the text carefully, the proposal is worse than thought. The second to last sentence says that the surtax bracket is to "be adjusted annually." This will destroy the Commonwealth. 

There were 15,422 real millionaire taxpayers in Massachusetts in 2014. If this tax passes, most of them at the lower end ($1.1, 1.2, etc.) will pack-up and move to more tax-friendly states, like:

  • New Hampshire (No ordinary income or sales tax, 5% on interest and dividends)
  • Rhode Island (Highest rate 5.99%)
  • Pennsylvania (3.99% flat tax)
  • Michigan (4.25& flat tax)
  • Illinois (3.75% state flat tax)
  • Indiana (3.23& flat tax)
  • Utah (5% flat tax)
  • Colorado (4.63% flat tax)
  • Tennessee (Same as New Hampshire)
  • Florida (No income tax)
  • Texas (No state income tax)
  • Nevada (No income tax)
  • Wyoming (No income tax)
  • South Dakota (No income tax)
  • Washington state (No income tax)
  • Alaska (No income tax)
  • (Source: Tax Foundation)

The list goes on and on, but the individual rate in Mass. is currently 5.1%, with the exception of some capital gains 12%. The corporate rate is 8%. If this ballot initiative passes, the rates will jack-up 4% to 9.1% for individuals, 12% for business (if applied), and 16% of those certain capital gains (if applied).

Say for example, according to the chart, all the actual millionaires and their businesses leave Massachusetts (which will be no surprise). The surtax bracket will be required to be adjusted to make sure the top 15,000 tax filers pay the extra 4%, so potentially $100,000 earners could be classified as "millionaires" for purposes of this amendment! 

This amendment must be defeated. If it does indeed pass (which unfortunately is very likely), it's permanent. This is a Constitutional Amendment to the state constitution and not a regular ballot question for a law, which will very hard to undo. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Who cares if the Article V Convention is a "runaway convention!"

On this Flag Day, I confess that I support Article V Convention of States, and could care less if it's a "runaway convention!" For those who are unfamiliar, Article V of the U.S. Constitution reads: 

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths thereof, as one or the other Mode of Ratification may proposed by the Congress; Provided no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article, and that no State, without consent of Congress, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate. 

So there are two constitutional ways amendments can be proposed: the Congressional method, which is how the first 27 amendments became part of the Constitution. The other method, which has never been done, is where 2/3rds (34) of the states pass resolutions agreeing to participate in an Amendments Convention, where each state sends a delegate. Any proposed amendments would have to be ratified by 3/4ths (38) of the states, just like the Congressional method. (As of this post 12 states have passed Article V.)

The Left obviously opposes the Constitutional Government, so they could care less about Article V. Some conservative groups, such as Concerned Women of America, the John Birch Society (which some SSPX priests are members of), and Eagle Forum (which has gone unhinged since Phyllis Schlafly passed away last year) over the fear of the "Runaway Convention." The Convention of States Project, who is behind the legislative process in the states, believes it's impossible since if all 34 resolutions include the same certain topics, the Convention must deal with the topics approved by the states and nothing else? 

The topics focused on by the Convention of States Project are Limited Federal Power, term limits, and fiscal discipline. These topics need to be discussed, no doubt. But I am disappointed that other topics on restoring our moral values will likely won't be discussed, so I could care less if Article V is a runaway convention! If 38 states must ratify proposals anyhow, the Convention wouldn't hurt. 

What about American essentials being Constitutionalized, such as the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, the Flag, English as the official language, etc.? With no language currently in the Constitution about these, a future Supreme Court could put them at-risk (and ruin America permanently). 

What about amendments overturning Roe v. Wade and defining civil marriage as heterosexual? What about banning men from using the ladies room? With the current makeup of Congress the marriage amendment would've passed 15-20 years ago but not today! Even if the GOP ends up with 67 Senators in 2018 they still won't passes these amendments because of John McCain's girlfriend Lindsey Graham, who would vote against it. 

I know Mark Levin proposed in his Liberty Amendments an amendment that would allow state legislatures to propose amendments to the Constitution. Is there the social issue amendments are to be proposed? 

Technically, any amendment proposal is allowed except two U.S. Senators from each state. They could propose abolishing everything, which won't fly. 

Also, Article V itself doesn't specify that only certain topics must be discussed. It's quite possible that pro-life groups could challenge the constitutionality of limiting certain topics, where the Supreme Court would have immediate jurisdiction. (See. Article III, Sec.2, Cl. 2)

Article V is the only peaceful way the United States of America is going to be saved. Otherwise, be prepared for another Civil War. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bernie's people now in charge of Mass. D-party; Mass. Bishops support abortion rights

Massachusetts Democrats have moved on from their electoral loss last fall by embracing Bernie Sanders' platform for the 2018 state election. At the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday, 3300 Democrats attended the State Convention (the most ever for an odd-numbered year), and the speakers ripped President Trump and RINO Gov. Charlie Baker and approved a Soviet-style platform at the state level going forward (my commentary in red):

  • $15/hour minimum wage ($15 just to flip a hamburger? I don't think so, since Mass. just had a min. wage increase to $11/hour this past January. If this passes, more high school kids looking for summer jobs will be out of work. This hurts working families who actually need their kids to work on summer vacations.
  • Free UMass and state colleges to all residents (See my note below)
  • A single-payer MassHealth system for all (MassHealth is currently 40% of the state budget and was originally for those in poverty, now mostly illegals are on it. This mimics Bernie's Medicare for All, which wouldn've worked. When the state that Bernie represents in the Senate, Vermont, passed Green Mountain Care for 600,000 people, it was scrapped because it would have doubled taxes. There is simply no way it would work for the 7,000,000 people in Massachusetts.
  • Carbon emissions reductions 
  • Demilitarizing the police (The reason why the state and some local police are militarized because of 9/11 et. al. If people actually behaved maybe the cops wouldn't have to ride in tanks and wear riot gear.

These nullifiers are no joke. They are ready to run primary challengers against more moderate Democrats in the Legislature who would not vote for such things and those who voted against the Bathroom Bill and the obscene pay raise. 

What would end the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the voter approval of the Millionaire Tax to the state constitution, which would levy a 4% surcharge for millionaires to be earmarked for education and transportation. The organizers backing the question think they're going to raise $2 billion in extra revenue for these two purposes, but I don't think it will work. Once passed, millionaires at the low-end will just pack-up and leave for states with lower or no income taxes. This is a gimmick posed by the teachers' union thinking that the extra money will go to the schools, which is no guarantee! (The way Beacon Hill works, and in theory, a tax can be used for any purpose.) 

Free UMass is another gimmick that will not be served by the passage of the Millionaire Tax. Since illegals (who have no business being present in the country) are already receiving in-state tuition, there is no way tuition free UMass or state college for lawful residents will work. According to Maddie Kilgannon's Get Smart column in the April 5, 2017 edition of The Boston Globe ("Tuition hikes. Oh, my!"), UMass Amherst tuition this upcoming academic year will be $15,345 in-state (a 2.5% increase) and $33,492 out of state (a 0.9% increase). Based on calculations, room and board should be $12,253. 

Free college, like free K-12, could lead to legally mandatory college. Think about it.

Finally, everyone knows the Massachusetts Catholic Bishops are a joke because they don't act like and govern as bishops. Now they are ok with abortion rights, and in particular, taxpayer funded abortions. Since there is an effort to amend the state constitution to ban taxpayer funding of abortion and signatures were being collected, the Bishops banned collecting signatures for political purposes on June 1st on church property for this reason:
Church functions are a place to experience the fullness of community and parish life. In particular, Holy Mass is a place to encounter God through the reception of the Eucharist. The celebration of Holy Mass is a place for prayer, reflection, Reconciliation and hope.
Yeah right. Holy Mass is not said validly in 99% of the parishes, so don't give us lectures on the sacraments when your excellencies don't even dispense them yourselves! Then again, most Catholic clergy are, unfortunately, Democrats, despite the platform going against God and country.