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.