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. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

New "Order of Celebrating Matrimony" is perverted

June is the month of the brides, or at least it used to be. 

For Catholics who bother to marry in the mainstream church these days, your new "Order of Celebrating Matrimony", mandated by the USCCB last September, is perverted. Below are some slides from a presentation made by Msgr. James P. Moroney, Rector of Saint John's Seminary in Brighton, Mass., to priests of the Diocese of Worcester in October 2016:


So according to No. 29, the parish priest will determine whether or not the couple will be married with a Nuptial Mass or just with a simple ceremony. 




No. 45 insists that the priest meet the wedding party at the church door! The procession chart suggests BOTH sets of parents walk their children up to the altar! (Not quite a Jewish wedding, where the grandparents are also involved, but inconsistent with Catholic Tradition.) 


No. 48 (second form) says that the couple should process-in together.


Notice on this slide the words "for ever" are stricken-out of the opening greeting. This approves of divorce. Do you have your divorce attorney ready? 


The Arras are coins that represent the dowry. Today commonly only used by Hispanics. Since the rings are made of metal (gold and silver alloys) they represent these in part. 


The Lazo is a common custom in Hispanic communities. Usually in the from of a Rosary, it is placed on the couple after the marriage service in the Traditional Rite. The picture above shows a Latina bride marrying a white groom, so do we all have to perform this custom? 

Finally, if you want to know what the REAL Catholic Marriage rite is, take a look for yourself:


Friday, May 26, 2017

Pro-life Boston Mayoral candidate Bob Cappucci qualifies for the ballot

Since I'm not a Boston resident, I officially don't have any skin in this game, but every Boston registered voter should pay attention to the fact that they'll have a chance to elect a pro-life Mayor this fall. 

Bob Cappucci entered the Mayor's race at the last minute after being appalled by incumbent "Mohammed" Marty Walsh's plan to make Boston a place for abortion tourism. Mr. Cappucci was an elected School Committee member in the late 1980's before the City Charter was changed to have a Mayor-appointed board, and was the only member to oppose sex ed. in the Boston Public Schools. 

Mr. Cappucci is a daily communicant, according to C.J. Doyle of the Catholic Action League. Mass Resistance (led by Brian Camenker) is also backing him, and also noted that they've received a notice from a Charlie Baker supporter that she wouldn't support Bob because he's a registered Democrat, and would flip-flop on the issues of abortion and gay marriage if elected because of his affiliation. (Gov. Baker is pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, and signed the Bathroom Bill that allows men to use the ladies room.) 

Technically, Boston Mayoral elections are "non-partisan" where political parties cannot nominate single candidates. This format has been around since 1949 because Boston has been a one-party city forever and has not seen a GOP Mayor since Malcolm Nichols during the 1920's; it would be a waste of taxpayers' dollars to have an uncontested November election! 

So there will be 3 (Democratic) candidates in the Mayor's race: Walsh, City Councilor Tito Jackson, and Cappucci. The Primary on Sept. 26 will determine the top two for November. If Mr. Cappucci makes it the General Election, the DNC might run TV ads disavowing him because he doesn't fit the party's platform, which is a valid concern. 

I know Mr. Cappucci's candidacy can be considered a throwback to the Ray Flynn era, but there are currently no pro-life and pro-marriage and family office holders in Boston, and there haven't been any for over a decade. 

Good Luck Bob! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Why I won't be in Pittsburgh tomorrow night

Tomorrow evening, the dating website Catholic Match will be conducting the semi-annual National Catholic Singles Conference, with the East coast edition in Pittsburgh this weekend. Other than the costs, there is no reason for a single Catholic to attend. 

While the schedule advertises a Byzantine Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning (not Sunday), the event is hosting dances that have nothing to do with Catholicism, plus the other speakers are Theology of the Body experts. This alone should deter any single Catholic who is serious about finding a spouse and planning on living according to the real Magisterium of the Church. 

The advertised Closing Mass I would presume is the Novus Ordo, since many pictures of previous NCSCs show Novus Ordo Masses. Not worth the money spent. If the Byzantine Mass were moved to Sunday morning it would fulfill the obligation and there is no question of validity of the Eucharist. 

Since the Pittsburgh Diocese is an official sponsor, this is the reason why there's not even an option to attend a TLM for this conference on Sunday. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

FATIMA 100

Fatima Statue from CFN Conference
Today is the day many Traditional Catholics have been waiting for: the one-hundredth anniversary of the First Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.

Rorate Caeli is reporting that in the official program for Francis' visit to the Fatima Basilica, Bergoglio himself is "the bishop dressed in white" as published in the abridged Third Secret released by the Vatican in 2000. This explains a lot why Francis does not want to be referred to as "Pope." 

More and more evidence is out that the Consecration of Russia has not been done properly. After a century of warning the Popes, bishops, and priests and laymen have ignored Our Lady's request that "Russia" be consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart, and therefore, we have the following problems:

  • Unjust, endless wars
  • Weather not in tune with the seasons
  • Abortion, contraception, and same-sex marriage
  • Most Catholic churches, schools, seminaries, hospitals, social services have closed; the ones which remain are gravely compromised. 
  • True Catholic clergy who say the Tridentine Mass and administer the unaltered sacraments are endangered species. 
  • Christians (regardless of denomination) and Jews are persecuted in various forms, violent and un-violent. 
  • Poor economics
Once Our Lady's request is fulfilled, Her Immaculate Heart will Triumph! 


Friday, May 5, 2017

Yes, the TLM is the Mass of the Church

Until a future Pope requires Mass be said this way,
problems will persist. 
Today is the feast of Pope St. Pius V, the pontiff who codified the Traditional Latin Mass as a dogma of the Catholic Faith. 

Yes, the TLM is a matter of dogma. It must be believed by all Catholics. Quo Primum Tempore (July 14, 1570) issued by the same Holy Roman Pontiff states the wrath of Saints Peter and Paul will incur if clerics of any rank refuse to say the Mass and administer the Sacraments according to the ancient liturgical books, which actually date from Apostolic Times (hence the name "Tridentine" an improper and misleading adjective, since the Roman Rite was not invented during the Council of Trent). This includes the Pope, cardinals, and bishops who prevent their priests from doing so without just cause. 

Unfortunately, the crisis in the Church is worse than thought, and very likely we are living the Full Third Secret of Fatima. Nobody thought we'd have two living popes, one who said the True Mass (privately) and the other who's a puppet of George Soros. 

Most Catholic news outlets are discussing Phil Lawler's most recent Catholic Culture article regarding the 90% decline in active priests of the Archdiocese of Boston since 1967 and the official Catholic population in the Archdiocese a net increase of 100,000 to 1.9 million. (If you include the smaller suffragan dioceses Massachusetts has about 2.5 million Catholics on the rolls [36% of the total population].) With the exception of recent ordinands within the last decade, most of the 300 active archdiocesan priests are over 70 and there are simply not enough replacements. All three seminaries are full but none of the seminarians will be ordained to say the TLM; many of them are part of the pizza-loving Neo-Catechumemnal Way. Hence, any young man with a priestly vocation who wants to say the TLM is not going to become a diocesan priest, it's that simple. 

The SSPX only has a part-time rented office catacomb in the Archdiocese while the FSSP is no longer accepting applications to their U.S. seminary because (according to their bylaws) there are no more places to send them, Boston included. The only full-time TLM is at a parish that has been under the chopping block for four years now. If you travel to the Worcester Diocese (Central Mass.) there is nothing within the city limits or bordering suburbs. There is the Saint Benedict Center but as a monastery lay visitors who attend Mass there are not parishioners. There's no trace of Catholicism in Western Mass. and only not much down the Cape. 

Even in the Southern states there are more doctrinally faithful Catholics (less in overall population) and more priestly vocations, pretty much all dioceses are Novus Ordo (even if said revenently ad orientem), and will not get ordained in the Traditional rite. This should automatically turn-off plenty of more vocations to the diocesan priesthood. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ivanka is ruining her dad's Presidency

The Trump Administration has announced that they will continue to defend the Obama HHS mandate in court. (Life Site News) Dreamers will not be deported and the Wall will not be started. Locally yesterday a graduating East Boston High School senior, who is a Dreamer and is not eligible for Federal Student Aid, was given a surprise full scholarship to Regis College, a "Catholic" college in the Metrowest area. 

Ivanka Trump is ruining her dad's Presidency and has no business advising him at the White House. She and her hubby are uber-liberal New York City Democrats. She is a beautiful young lady, but should go back to Trump Tower and stay there. 

Then you have a Federal Judge in San Francisco ruling that withholding DOJ grants to sanctuary cities is unconstitutional. Take a look at this bipartisan poster of the neo-conferderates from Taxachusetts:





































President Trump's 100-day grade: B-

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Rorate Caeli: Only Institute of Christ the King left in Limerick, Ireland Diocese

First reported by Rorate Caeli; apparently the Limerick Diocese (west coast of Ireland) has no more diocesan priests left and effective this Tuesday there will be no more (N.O.) Masses said at diocesan parishes, where the national online newspaper The Irish Times originally reported that the Catholic Church went out of business in this diocese! 😡

THIS IS VERY FAKE NEWS because the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is present in the Diocese and the Tridentine Mass will be the only available Mass in the diocese! 😊 (Click here for their Irish apostolate website

Ireland has roughly a population of 4 million and 22 dioceses, many of which are medieval and have no need for existence. On the other hand, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a general population of almost 7 million, a supposed Catholic population of 2.75 million and only has 4 dioceses. 

This weekend the $10 million replacement Our Lady of Good Voyage Seaport Chapel in Boston will be consecrated. (While architect Cram & Ferguson did a classy job as always, because the Novus Ordo will be said there I have to disavow it.) Instead of blowing $10 million on a small dinky chapel to replace a dinkier one, why not spend the $10 million to help real Catholics go to college? 

A new chapel was unnecessary since nobody actually will attend Sunday Mass at this chapel. Most people who work in Downtown Boston are priced-out of the city to begin with. 

As far as Ireland is concerned, this is what you do for disrespecting St. Patrick by partying on his feast day instead of abstaining from meat (since March 17th always falls during Lent). If the Diocese of Limerick really needs Novus Ordo presbyters, then why don't the IRA-sympathic ones from Boston move to Limerick? How about the ones disrespectful of the U.S. Constitution too?

Nice going liberals. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

I hope you had a good Easter

I hope all my readers had a good and blessed Easter Sunday! 🙏

Unfortunately, my situation has not changed. Hope does spring eternal, but up here in New England it's less likely. It was 80°F yesterday, the first time in a while it was that hot on an April Easter up here. I went to a restaurant for dinner, my first meat products since Mardi Gras were lamb, roast beef, and pork. At this place there were plenty of pregnant mommies and women (young to middle-aged) wearing sleeveless dresses, something I've not seen on Easter ever. (I went to an Easter Vigil the previous night.) 

As a man it is very natural to be attracted to women and smile at baby bumps, knowing that Mrs. X is going to give birth in the near future. I would consider myself hyper-attractive, and therefore would not make it as a priest or monk. (Don't get me started about married priests!) This is another reason why God created marriage. 

We are all called to celibacy at some point, for which I am discriminated against for holding this viewpoint. I can say that I have been chaste all my life and will not change until I find that Catholic sweetheart, if I do find her.

Because I support the institution of Holy Matrimony and loathe divorce, etc., I am also discriminated against, not only by some older liberal folks, but by persons my age, and also, yes, the modern-day Catholic hierarchy. There is one major U.S. archdiocese (which I will not disclose the city) that requires a pornographic Pre-Cana course and retreat where the engaged couple sleeps together with free condoms provided. This archdiocese also doesn't allow parish priests to schedule weddings for their own parishioners! (Quite a few Canon Law violations) 

May 13th is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Fatima Apparitions. Priests have been granted permission to use the Mass texts from the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Aug. 22nd) to say a Votive Mass of the First Class in lieu of the Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine (who wrote several theological opinions on how to depose a Pope). Please pray. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Catholic Family News Editor John Vennari dies after long battle with cancer

I am saddened to hear that John Vennari, Editor of Catholic Family News, had passed away this morning in his hospital bed. According to the family statement, he wore the Brown Scapular, held a St. Benedict Crucifix, and received Exterme Unction and Apostolic Pardon. Sunday Mass was said on April 2nd in his hospital room for his family. Please pray for the repose of one of the most important Catholic journalists in today's English-speaking world. 

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requesicat in pace. Amen. 

Anime ei, et ánimæ ómnium fidélium defunctórum, per misericórdiam Dei requiéscant in pace. Amen. 

CDF issues new guidelines for SSPX marriages

Today, Cardinal Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has issued new guidelines for marriages for those who attend Mass said by priests of the Society of Saint Pius X. (Read the report and text of the letter on Rorate Caeli here)

The guidelines call for the local ordinary to grant faculties to the SSPX priest to officiate as normal. Bishops (and episcopal conferences) may also require a priest of the diocese (i.e. the territorial parish priest) to perform the Rite of Matrimony (provided it's the traditional rite) while allowing the SSPX priest to say the Nuptial Mass right after. 

In another words, it calls for a sloppy wedding day. Why would a Novus Ordo priest bother coming into an SSPX chapel for five minutes to receive vows of a couple he doesn't not know or care for the salvation of their souls, and leaves like Elvis to allow the SSPX priest to say the Nuptial Mass as normal? 

I know in the Traditional rites of the Church the administration of the other Sacraments are separate from the Holy Mass (except for Holy Orders), which is why the marriage ceremony is conducted before the Nuptial Mass itself. In extreme circumstances the rubrics allow for vows to be received by a deacon in the absence of a priest, with the understanding a priest will say the "Mass for a Bridegroom and Bride" at a later date. But these arrangements are not much different than weddings performed in certain countries where a religious ceremony is not a legally-binding contract, and vows also must be exchanged before civil authorities in order for the marriage to be legal. 

At the end of the day, if Bergoglio actually grants the SSPX official status and gets rid of Summorum Pontificum, don't expect a diocesan priest to say the TLM they're already saying, never mind weddings. This is just another scare tactic for Traditionalists to go to the Novus Ordo. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Worcester Diocese not requiring new school supt. to defend the Faith; caterers to Spanish-speakers

The deadline to apply to be the next Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Worcester is April 28th. If you read the Search Prospectus and Profile, along with the description of the job and pictures of pupils in their preppy uniforms, there is no explicit mention that a candidate must be a practicing Catholic, although ads syndicated in regional diocesan newspapers have listed it as a requirement plus saying they don't discriminate based on religion. 

For several years now Catholic schools everywhere (with few exceptions) have accepted students irrespective of the student's and his family's religious background, with no desire of the family or the student(s) to convert to the Catholic Faith. Worcester is no different here. The major reason is the nuns immediately after Vatican II taking their habits off and burning them in trash cans. They retired from teaching early and became SJWs. Now most teachers who work in any type of school are at the very least soft SJWs. 

I am not against lay teachers in Catholic schools, but the nuns taking a vow of poverty clearly saved parents thousands of dollars in tuition over the years. Catholic school teachers don't make much, but still cost the tuition money just to pay their modest salaries and to keep the doors open. 

Who does Bishop McManus consider as a "practicing Catholic," either in general or for the purposes of this very important job any Catholic or public school system has to offer? I bet if a qualified lay person with a Ph.D. who attends the Tridentine Mass applies for this position, he will not be considered. Same goes with an academically qualified priest who says the TLM. 

The Prospectus also brags about ethnic diversity. Last Friday's Catholic Free Press' Front Page bragged about Hispanic Ministry and the upcoming V Encuentro (The Fifth Encounter) the USCCB will host in September 2018. The annual diocesan pledge-drive/slush fund grants to Hispanic Ministry, African Ministry, Polish Ministry, and Brazilian Ministry, with Spanish as the numero uno. These ethnic ministries not only get special grants from the annual fundraiser, but have their own clergy who specifically minister to people who supposedly can't or don't care to speak English in the United States of America. 

The articles from the paper also claim the bishops are concerned about Hispanics in particular from joining the Pentecostals and other storefront churches. First of all, returning readers of the blog know I am against Ecclesiastical Jim Crow and insist (like the Vatican always operated) on territorial parishes. Catholicism is supposed to be skin-color neutral. But with the Novus Ordo you don't really have that. Secondly, irrespective of race or ethnicity, no one from a Catholic heritage or someone who wants to convert to Catholicism is not going to attend Mass on a regular basis when the Sacraments are not properly administered. So I don't blame the 10 million or so in Brazil who've quit Catholicism since Bergoglio's reign of terror began! 

Lastly as far as K-12 Catholic education is concerned, the only true option for most is homeschooling. In schools run the the Diocese of Worcester the monthly school liturgies are PC, and there hasn't been a TLM said in 50+ years or so. They will accept any student from families who have $$$. So if a wealthy non-Catholic family pays $10,000 per year for their son or daughter to attend Catholic high school, and that family does not want him or her to convert to the Catholic Faith, that spoiled rich kid is taking up a seat from a Catholic kid who by Canon Law is entitled to a Catholic education. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

BREAKING: OUTVETS admitted to Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade after Threatening Violence

From the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts and Mass Resistance, sent to me at 10:15 AM this morning:

OUTVETS ADMITTED TO BOSTON'S
SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
AFTER THREATS OF VIOLENCE

Mass Resistance and the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts have received multiple reports from within the Allied War Veterans Council---organizers of Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade---that the homosexual group OUTVETS was admitted to the 2017 parade only after numerous threats of violent protests disrupting the parade, potentially causing injuries and worse, were directed at Council members on social media.

Reports were also received that the Boston Police found these threats to be credible, and told Council members that they could not guarantee that they could contain the potential violence or maintain a secure perimeter around the parade route. According to sources, the Boston Police also told parade organizers that if they went forward with the parade without OUTVETSthe Council would be responsible for the ensuing violence. The police also suggested that the parade might have to be cancelled for public safety reasons.

If these reports are accurate, this is the second time in three years that the City of Boston has threatened to cancel the parade, as it was revealed in recent court filings that Mayor Marty Walsh threatened to withdraw the parade permit if homosexual groups were not allowed to march in 2014.

Mass Resistance and the Catholic Action League are characterizing these reports as "an appalling example of the unscrupulous methods and extreme measures which the Walsh Administration is willing to resort to in fulfilling its campaign pledges to the homosexual groups who supported the election of Marty Walsh as mayor."

Mass Resistance President Brian Camenker stated: "If groups critical of homosexuality threatened violence towards a gay pride parade, they would be investigated by the FBI for everything from federal hate crimes to domestic terrorism. I have, personally, spoken to three current and former officials of the Allied War Veterans Council who have corroborated these allegations. The U. S. Attorney's office needs to investigate these reports to determine if the civil and constitutional rights of parade organizers were violated."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "This is sheer thuggery by the Walsh Administration. A nine to zero United States Supreme Court decision has been, effectively, nullified by a city government engaging in unlawful threats, bullying, intimidation, ruthless pressure tactics, and the use of law enforcement to coerce citizens into forfeiting their constitutional rights. One of the most disturbing aspects of this controversy is that the leadership of the Boston Police now seem invested in implementing the political agenda of the Walsh Administration. Does the rule of law still apply? Boston used to be called 'The Cradle of Liberty.' Now, it resembles a banana republic, with a Peronist mayor."

Interfering with the exercise of constitutional rights is a crime in Massachusetts (MGL Chapter 265, Section 37), and since 1991, has been a hate crime (Chapter 434 of the Acts of 1991).

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Help me start a new apostolate to help priests say the True Mass of the Catholic Church 🙏

With the ongoing apostasy within the Catholic Church coming to full rot during the Fatima Year of 2017, and after one career in exile because of my faith and where I live in the country (in a state that makes veiled references towards Catholics, patriots, conservatives, etc.), I figure I could start a new apostolate that would assist priests in saying the Traditional Latin Mass. Please watch my intro video below:


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Monday, March 6, 2017

Statement on Dispensations from Abstinence from Meat granted by bishops for St. Patrick's Day

Since March 17th, the Feast of Saint Patrick, falls on a Friday this year, many bishops (including Boston's Cardinal O'Malley) have dispensed the requirement to abstain from meat that day to eat corned beef and cabbage. I totally disagree, and hereby republish previous-years' posts on St. Patrick:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thomas Aquinas College to open satellite campus in Western Mass.

Thomas Aquinas College, a Catholic classical liberal arts college with a Great Books program based in Santa Paula, California, will be opening a satellite campus in Northfield, Massachusetts in the Fall of 2018, thanks to the donation of campus property once owned by evangelist Dwight L. Moody and the Northfield Seminary he founded there. The Sage Chapel, designed by Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge (now Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott) in the Gothic style, will most likely be converted into a Catholic chapel.

This satellite campus will be the first Catholic liberal arts college in Massachusetts in a very long time. 

For more info please read here

Friday, February 3, 2017

Statement on Massachusetts elected officials' obscene $18M pay raise

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Legislature voted to override Gov. Charlie Baker's veto of an unconstitutional pay raise for elected officials and judges. No legislator in either chamber changed their vote from the initial passage to sustain the veto. This pay raise violates the 118th Amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution, which states: 

The base compensation as of January first, nineteen hundred and ninety-six, of members of the general court shall not be changed except as provided in this article. As of the first Wednesday in January of the year two thousand and one and every second year thereafter, such base compensation shall be increased or decreased at the same rate as increases or decreases in the median household income for the commonwealth for the preceding two year period, as ascertained by the governor.

In another words, the Legislature cannot vote themselves a raise. To get away with the bill's passage is because judges also got a raise, which cannot be overturned via a ballot initiative because the Judiciary is one of the forbidden topics from ballot questions. 

Since the Democratic Party has been in charge of the Legislature since 1958, this is what you get for having no real opposition: TYRANNY. The Democrats are now a bunch of communists and marxists who don't care about American values. 

TIME TO VOTE OUT EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR AND ACCEPTS THE PAY RAISE IN 2018. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bishop McManus condemns President Trump

Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester issued the following statement yesterday regarding President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration: 

It is hard to imagine an American alive today who does not include immigrants to this country in his or her family tree, ancestors who were in search of a better life, or escaping political or religious persecution, or fleeing the ravages of war. It is particularly this last case that is most disturbing in light of President Trump’s Executive Order addressing the U.S. refugee admissions program and migration to the United States. In light of that, I add my voice to that of the USCCB’s chair of the Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, who issued the following statement: “We strongly disagree with the Executive Order’s halting refugee admissions. We believe that now more than ever, welcoming newcomers and refugees is an act of love and hope. We will continue to engage the new administration, as we have all administrations for the duration of the current refugee program, now almost forty years. We will work vigorously to ensure that refugees are humanely welcomed in collaboration with Catholic Charities without sacrificing our security or our core values as Americans, and to ensure that families may be reunified with their loved ones.” 
  
Our own local experience has been one of great success in assisting refugees from Syria and many other countries through Catholic Charities, working in collaboration with the U.S. government. Let us hope and pray and voice our support for efforts to rectify this policy, while respecting the right of every nation to protect its borders and its citizens. As Christians we cannot ignore the Gospel imperative to welcome the stranger in our midst, especially those whose dignity as children of God is not being respected. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, (# 2241) our faith encourages us to welcome all people “in search of the security and means of livelihood which they cannot find in their country of origin.” As our Holy Father, Pope Francis said to our nation’s leaders in September 2015, “…if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.
Obviously I disagree with His Excellency. I believe his motive for opposition is that the Christians in ISIS territory (Iraq and Syria) are also barred from traveling to the United States during the period of pause and evaluation. 

To be clear, this ban has nothing to do with religion (as the radical left thinks it solely targets Muslims), but to protect U.S. citizens and other lawful immigrants against potential terrorist attacks. The seven countries with the ban are the most terror and war-torn countries on the planet right now, and with the exception of those already on Green Cards, we have no clue who these people are. Immigration policy has been a bipartisan broken disaster over the past 15 to 20 years, and this is the first step to fixing it. Ultimately, Congress must rewrite the immigration laws that only allow the best and brightest into the U.S., and have a merit-based system.

For those who didn't know, the Constitution does not fully apply to non citizens. The President has the right to ban anyone who is not a U.S. citizen from entering the country, according to a 1952 law, with no reason whatsoever. The clause in Article VI of the Constitution regarding the ban on religious tests only applies to holding public office and has nothing to do with anything else. 

The Bishop's job is the salvation of souls of his flock and not to be an immigration activist. Clearly, the bishops of Massachusetts are joining in Attorney General Maura "Hold It" Healey's bogus lawsuit, since they stood silent against men using the ladies room. 

If you happen to still go to one of Bishop McManus' Novus Ordo parishes, don't even bother giving to the annual Partners in Charity fundraiser. His Excellency should be focusing on who is physically present in his diocese. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Remnant asks Trump Administration to investigate the Vatican

America's oldest Traditional Catholic newspaper, The Remnant, has penned an open letter asking the Trump Administration to investigate the Vatican's alliance with the Democratic Party et. al. The letter, which will appear in the next print edition, can be viewed online here

I do support such an investigation by the U.S. Government at this time, especially when the abdication of Benedict XVI was fishy, and a priest in Colombia was suspended by his bishop  recently for preaching the truth on Catholic Holy Matrimony. 

If a criminal investigation confirms that Jorge Bergoglio is not the legitimate Successor of Peter (a.k.a. an antipope), he should be captured by the Special Forces and brought to justice just like Bin Laden. I am pretty sure a Traditional Catholic President would do so without hesitation. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Rockford, Illinois Bishop bans all Latin in liturgies

While there was peaceful transfer of power in Washington, D.C. this afternoon, I am disturbed to learn that another U.S. bishop has banned the use of the Latin language in both the Traditional and Novus Ordo forms of Mass. A letter uncovered by several Catholic blogs from Bishop Daniel Malloy of Rockford, Illinois to diocesan priests dated January 11, 2017 not only requires his explicit permission to say the TLM in private, but has banned the renovation/restoration of churches to include centrally-located tabernacles and communion rails. 

The late Bishop Thomas Doran must be rolling in his grave. The former diocese where TAN Books was located before being purchased by Saint Benedict Press of Charlotte, North Carolina, was a friend of Tradition. One note is that Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Malloy in 2012. 😠