Monday, August 21, 2017

PRAYTELL HAS AN EXCELLENT COMMENTARY ON YESTERDAY'S 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME GOSPEL: THIS EXPLAINS THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN TODAY!

Joseph Johnson tells this about a homily heard on Sunday's Gospel:

(The) pastor preached on racism and...suggested that, in Sunday's Ordinary Form Gospel, Our Lord made a racist statement..

Contrast that heresy with the excellent commentary on that Gospel shared  by the Praytell blog.

Press the title for the excellent commentary:



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Ars Praedicandi: Dogs and Gentiles



WHAT?????????????? THIS IS A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SON, A LA 1970'S

Papal confidante says ‘Amoris’ critics locked in ‘death-trap’ logic
Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández and then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, now Pope Francis, appear together in this 2010 photo. (Credit: Stock image.)
If this is an indirect response to the five dubia, the one making it must have written it during a total eclipse of the Son! There is so much bleeding heart ❤️ 1970's liberalism in its content, that one would think this is a caricature of 1970's "I'm okay; you're okay"pop psychology!

But no, it is an academic theogian muddying the waters of the clarity that should come from sighted guides of the Church. This theologian is a blind guide!

Read the Crux article by pressing the title:

Papal confidante says ‘Amoris’ critics locked in ‘death-trap’ logic


Sunday, August 20, 2017

YOURS TRULY HAS THE 1 PM 11TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST MASS AT SAVANNAH'S CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST: BE THERE OR BE SQUARE, LAFAYETTE SQUARE THAT IS!

Fortunately, Lafayette Square has no Confederate statues or memorial, only a fountain, but poor Lafayette was he a  southerner during the Civil War??????

WHAT COULD IT BE? 🤔

I don't tweet or Facebook so a friend of mine sent me this Tweet from Rorate Caeli:

 "just got some unbelievable Vatican news now (not rumor, news) but not authorized to publish it at this moment" 

What could it be?

Saturday, August 19, 2017

THE CARDINAL THAT MADE THE WAY FOR TODAY'S POPE FRANCIS AND AMORIS LAETITIA


While I can't find any story on it (someone out there might be able to do so) I know that there was a big controversy in the Catholic Church in the USA after Jackie married Aristotle and also when she received Holy Communion at a Catholic Mass and was photographed doing so. Many Catholics who were not so rich as Jackie, felt that her wealth bought her Holy Communion without an annulment.

This is from Wikipedia:

On October 20, 1968, Jackie Kennedy married her long-time friend Aristotle Onassis, a wealthy Greek shipping magnate who was able to provide the privacy and security she sought for herself and her children.[146] The wedding took place (without Catholic sanction) on Skorpios, Onassis's private Greek island in the Ionian Sea.[147] The marriage brought her considerable adverse publicity. The fact that Aristotle was divorced and his ex-wife was still living led to speculation that Jacqueline might be excommunicated by the Roman Catholic church, though that idea was explicitly dismissed by Boston's Archbishop, Cardinal Richard Cushing as "nonsense."[148] She was condemned as a "public sinner,"

And this time capsule article is from a Time Magazine's All Saints' Day article in 1968, an infamous year in the USA and the Catholic Church and uncannily not unlike today as 1968 returns to the USA and the Catholic Church: 


 Roman Catholics: The Cardinal and Jackie



This idea of saying she's excommunicated, that she's(Jackie Kennedy Onassis)  a public sinner—what a lot of nonsense. Only God knows who is a sinner and who is not. Why can't  she marry whomever she wants?

The speaker defending Jackie Kennedy's marriage to Aristotle Onassis was no gossip columnist or pundit—indeed, few society reporters were so disposed. He was Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, Prince of the Holy Roman Church and—as it turned out last week—foremost a friend in need.

My comments: Illicit "marriages" in the Catholic Church and the possibility of receiving Holy Communion without an annulment was in fact the practice in the 1960's and all the way through Pope Benedict's papacy. Pope Francis has placed this "pastoral" theology on steroids.

Some say that this is out of control now. Others say it just confirms the sense of the faithful, to include many in the hierarchy as well as the current pope and must go forward.

What say you?

Friday, August 18, 2017

FROM THE JUST TOO COOL 😎 FILE!

Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law’s lost ring

In an undated photo provided by Iva Harberg, Mary Grams, 84, holds a carrot that grew through her engagement ring in Alberta, Canada. Grams, who lost her diamond ring 13 years ago while pulling weeds in her garden, is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. Grams, 84, said she can’t believe the vegetable actually grew through and around the diamond engagement ring she had given up for lost. (Iva Harberg/The Canadian Press via AP)

AM I AN ALIEN FROM ANOTHER PLANET? BECAUSE I WAS ON THAT PLANET'S BUS COUNTLESS TIMES BETWEEN 1956 until about 1966 IN ATLANTA AND AUGUSTA!

When we came from Naples, Italy where I was born to Atlanta in 1957 and then to Augusta in 1960, my Tuscana mother did not drive, so my dad made sure we lived very near a city bus stop. Thus I remember riding the bus with my mom to shop in downtown Atlanta and Augusta and what seem to me to be everyday!

And this is exactly what I saw! Please note the sign for where the white section is. That sign was movable and only the bus driver could push it backwards if there were more whites on the bus or forward if fewer whites. Other buses though had a painted line on the floor with whites on one side and blacks on the other!

I also rode the bus to the movies with my friends by ourselves once we turned 12, yes this was another planet! As we got near our homes from returning from the movies, the bus was empty with just my two friends and me and we ran to the back of the bus to sit on the bus-wide back seat, what we called the funny seat since the bounce over road bumps was the most pronounced!

The bus driver laughed and shouted back at us, "who do ya'll think you are, "n..s?" Yes whites called each other "n...s" as well! And when I worked at the Dairy Queen Brazier from about 1968 to 72, and our employer finally integrated the employees, I was quite shocked to here my black friends call each other the "n" word and when I expressed shock, they told me it was quite common, but they could do it, but not whites.

Finally I remember a brave young white woman sneak to move the white sign forward while the bus driver was distracted so an overweight and sweating elderly black woman could sit down! Bless both their hearts! You can imagine how hot our unconditioned buses got in our over 100 degree summer days!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

THOSE DOGGONE GENERAL INTERCESSIONS


I had a recent conversation with a very well informed and well formed lay Catholic who was bitterly complaining about the General Intercessions (Universal or Bidding Prayers) in her parish, which  means, not specific prayers, but general and for the entire Church not just one locale.

Often, these prayers are mini ideological statements to the congregation and not prayers to God. Sometimes these prayers, since they are composed by the priest, deacon or God-forbid a committee, are sermons directed to the congregation. Sometimes these prays tell God a thing or two that He doesn't know or wouldn't accomplish save the prayer pointing out to Him His duty. Some prayers hearken to the good old days without discrimination, like slavery, no electricity and no technology.

Here are some bad hyperbolic samples that aren't far from reality:

For the Holy Church of God under Pope Francis, and all the bishops in union with His Holiness as well as the clergy, religious and laity, to include pastors, parochial vicars, pastoral assistants, pastoral council leaders and all the volunteers along with those not in full communion with the Church but only partially, to include their clergy and laity, staffs, paid and volunteer workers and the like, we pray that we will one day be one at the table of the Lord and in fellowship of love based upon the lowest common denominator and inclusiveness. We pray to the Lord.

For world peace, that President Trump would stop his tweeting, insults and slurs and democrat principles and platforms which are congruent with the Catholic Church's social teachings, especially under Pope Francis' papacy, will turn the world from exclusivity and closed boarders and borders to open boarders and borders, as well as love and forgiveness which knows no boundaries. We pray to the Lord.

For the sick and the suffering, those on the periphery, with aids and krone's sufferers and other such miladies but especially for the poor with no health insurance that they might be cared for by the government when we elect the right leaders and for relatives and friends that will not institutionalize the sick, elderly or chronically sick in mind, body or spirit in nursing homes or other horrible places but will have generous open not shut hearts to care for them at home risking even their own health and financial stability. We pray to the Lord.

I must say, that in the past, my own general intercessions have been wordy and preachy too. I won't give any examples as I am too embarrassed. 

But in recent months I have repented of my verbosity and this is what our typical intercessions look and hear like:

For the Holy Church of God, we pray to the Lord.

For world leaders, we pray to the Lord.

For peace and justice for all from the moment of conception. We pray to the Lord.

For the sick and suffering and all in need. We pray to the Lord.

For the conversion of those who promote hate and violence. We pray to the Lord.

For vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religous life. We pray to the Lord.

For the faithful departed and those who mourn. We pray to the Lord.

For our personal intentions offered in silence (pause) We pray to the Lord.

 DISCUSS among yourselves! 

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THURSDAY'S GOSPEL FOR MASS IN THE ORDINARY FORM--DID YOU HEAR A HOMILY ON IT?


Today's Gospel, Thursday, August 17th was Jesus' parable about forgiveness and the master who wanted his servant to pay him back, but the slave begged for time and forgiveness and was granted it. But then that servant, himself a master, treated his servant in a completely unforgiving way and threatened to have him tortured.

And then Jesus says to us that we'll be treated the same way as the one thrown into prison, tortured and the like unless we forgive our brother from our hearts.

Given today's climate, what did your priest or deacon preach about?

THE VICIOUSNESS OF POLITICS WITH OUR 24 HOUR POLITICAL PARTY CABLE NEWS NETWORKS AND THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM


Politics has always been a rough sport and more so today than ever. President Trump should be called out by religious figures and others for his name calling during his candidacy which was an embarrassment to say the least but entertaining to many people which caused ratings to go sky high during the debates. Money speaks you know!

President Trump is his own worst enemy when it comes to these kinds of remarks and his off the teleprompter free-wheeling expressions.

On Saturday he condemned hate groups and what was happen in Charlottesville--but he was castigated for not naming the two worst groups there, the KKK and neo-Nazis.

He was very clear on Monday and castigated them by name. But to hear the political pundits it was too late.

Then the President linked both sides, the alt right and the alt left for being complicit in the violence at the rally. It is here that I think the politics of the 24 hour political party cable news networks are really malicious.

I watched a good part of the live reality show on Fox and CNN on Saturday as I ate lunch at my recliner. I saw violent acts on both sides (prior to the car episode) and both sides were not separated and confronted each other--who is the blame here?

Once again the elephant in the room:

I have already stated that personally I think it is wrong to give permits to march and spew to hate groups especially the KKK and Neo-Nazis--but others tell me they have a constitutional rather to assemble and free speech.

But in giving this permit to them, did they have a right to carry guns and other weapons out in the open?

And then those who came out in righteous anger against hate groups--they did not have a permit and yet they had signs and carried weapons and then confronted the group that the city had allowed through a permit to gather and spew--the KKK and neo-Nazis.

Who is wrong here. I would say that there is blame to go all around. Giving a legal platform for hate groups to gather with weapons and threatening devices is one problem. Not separating the righteously angry group who had no permit from the permitted group is another area to blame.

That both groups were allowed to engage each other in hostile acts is another area to blame and I suspect it is the cops.

So what is going on here. Trump called out the un-permitted group for engaging the permitted group in a confrontational and close proximity manner.

The elephant in the room? The permit and the unpermitted?

WHERE'S THE ANATHEMAS? A PASTORAL ECUMENICAL COUNCIL AND NEW EMPHASIS ON ACCOMPANYING SINNERS OUT OF A PASTORAL CONCERN LEADS CATHOLIC BISHOPS TO BE WIMPISH ON MORTAL SIN AND ETERNAL DAMNATION--WHERE ARE THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EXCOMMUNICATIONS AND ANATHEMAS FOR CATHOLICS WHO BELONG TO HATE GROUPS?

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EXCOMMUNICATION: A PURIFYING, PURGATORY TYPE FIRE!

Once again we see Catholic bishops wringing their hands over white racism and hate groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis. But why in the name of God and all that is holy are there not local bishops and groups of bishops issuing anathemas and public excommunications to those Catholics who actually belong to these kinds of groups and warning everyone that those who belong to these groups, Catholic or not, are going hell?

Vatican II, a pastoral, not dogmatic Council, which issued no anathemas whatsoever although there was plenty of fodder in the 1960's to do so and the subsequent development pastoral theology into a form of a new rigid doctrine or dogma has done great harm to the Church.

Public excommunication is not to be mean-spirited but to send a clear message to the one excommunicated and to the larger world, that certain forms of behavior are not to be tolerated in the Catholic Church when done with compunction and no desire to repent and sin no more. When a public disavowal of the evil one lives is made and then the sinner reconciled, the public excommunication is publicly lifted.

And this applies to Catholic politicians who support abortion on demand and promote ideologies contrary to the Church's clear teachings on sexuality and marriage.

But where are these public excommunications that only local bishops can perform and the Vatican should encourage?

We don't need academic statements coming from our bishops on hate groups and wringing our hands and lamenting their existence. We need sort, terse and direct condemnation and letters from our bishops that are short and to the point to be read at every Mass in particular dioceses. 

Forget political and pastoral correctness!!