Monday, May 21, 2018

MY TWO CENTS ON THE CAUSE OF MALES SHOOTING AND KILLING THEIR CLASSMATES

shoot to kill

shoot to kill

1. They have access to guns
2. They are angry at the world and if their raging hormones tell them to go for it they have no impulse control
3. The breakdown of family and community life leaves no checks and balances and a failure to have family supper at a properly set table with no media use!
4. Parents medicate their kids with brain altering substances to sedate and placate them rather then discipline them, spare the rod and instead of beating them change their brain with narcotics

5. Media violence prevalent in all medias brain washes them and they are cooked in a crockpot of indifference to people's suffering and death and combine this with our abortion mentality, euthanasia mentality and our war culture and addiction to media devices and what they do altars the proper functioning of their brains
6. The lack of an overtly religious home with religious morals
7. Forbidding daily prayer and Scripture reading in public school, monthly prayer meeting, the teaching of the 10 Commandments and the Golden rule. Kids who pray with each other are less likely to kill each other

ULTIMATELY OUR CULTURE IS STEEPED IN GODLESS VIOLENCE AND RHETORIC AND THE NEW MEDIA CLINCHES IT. MEDIA MOGULS WHO PROFIT  OFF OF VIOLENT CONTENT SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TOO!

ON BEING GAY OR BI OR STRAIGHT OR WHATEVER ELSE, DID GOD MAKE YOU THAT WAY?



Original Sin and its disordered consequences


Pope Francis teaches or changes teachings through gestures, ambiguities and confusion and also relying on what others say he said. He values Jesuitical discernment which can also be viewed in some cases as enablement. I don't particularly like this method but it is what it is.

Thus one of the Chilean victims of a priest's homosexual abuse of him has said that he himself is gay and that Pope Francis told him God made him that way. I'm not so sure the pope said this as the pope is silent on this subject,  but many gay people I know are quite good people, sinners though we all are. Goodness is of God and God given as we are made in the image and likeness of God though corrupted by Adam's sin but redeemed in the new Adam!

I do know that Pope Francis has explicitly written that the clergy sexual abuse of minors in the Church is a result of homosexual predation. If girls had been involved His Holiness would have said that it was a result of heterosexual predation.

Original sin which every human being inherits (except the Mother of the Church, the Blessed Mother Most Holy) means that each and everyone of us is defective in some way or another and programmed by this defect to die and decay and return to the dust of the earth. We can't change that try as some may. Some resort to Botox and plastic surgery which makes  everyone look like others with the same procedures look alike and perversions of their previous beauty.

Some people have defects that they have no control over, such as Down's syndrome, other mental and physical retardations and mental and physical disfigurement.

Disordered (by way of Original sin which is inherited) sexuality is programmed towards concupisence. Fidelity doesn't come naturally nor does chasity be one married or single. God's abundant grace is required. Sexual continence requires God's grace and our willingness to cooperate with that grace and when we fail, try as we may with God's grace to succeed, God has given us the Sacrament of Penance to place us back on the narrow path to salvation.

Thus a person who is straight but desires to be as promiscuous as possible needs God's grace to lead him or her to chasity. God made us to be chaste not promiscuous. Promiscuity is a disorder.

Thus a person who is "bi" must, by God's grace, choose chastity or seek a heterosexual spouse and natural marriage.

Thus a person who is gay must by God's grace seek to live life long chastity.

It isn't the Church's role to determine what makes someone gay as there are a number of possibilities  all of which include Original sin in one way or another and not to exclude a genetic reason caused by the disorders of Original Sin.

God brings goodness out of disorders though . Thus we love those who have Down's syndrome, are autistic, mentally or physically handicapped and we assist them to live "normal" lives.

The same is true of those with sexual disorders, we love them and help them to live "normal" lives and to make use of the God-given gifts of grace  that God gives us in abundance.

But let's not single out any particular sexual orientation for vilification. We only vilify actual crimes not a tendency toward them. If a person has a tendency towards being a thief, we applaud them when they live a life of honesty and show others with an inclination to steal how not to do so.

Did Pope Franics say being gay is God-given? I don't know, I hope not. It is second hand information. Does Pope Francis love gay people? I hope so and I hope we all do.

Does being gay have good qualities apart from disordered sexual activities that one can with God's grace overcome which includes frequent Confession for any habitual sins? Yes and this goodness is God-given! We are made by God to be good!

But when gay people seek pastoral counseling and the Sacrament of Penance,  sometimes chasity can only be sought incrementally and stable, chaste friendships should always be the goal even if there is a partnership with a lifelong partner that should lead anyone, straight or gay, away from destructive promiscuity and using others simply for one's own gratification. Love that leads to chastity is the goal of spiritual counseling. God made us for chaste love.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

NO NEGATIVE BOMBSHELLS IN THESE NEW CARDINALS, THE ONES I KNOW OF NO MAJOR RED FLAGS AND THE OTHERS FROM SOME PLACES I HAVE NEVER HEARD WHO KNOWS AND NOTHING FOR THE MOST UNHEARD OF PLACE RICHMOND HILL!

To be honest with you I really like His Excellency Konrad Krajewski – Almoner of the Office of Papal Charities, who was a major MC with Msgr. Guido Marini and of his liturgical ilk. He cried standing next to Pope Benedict when The pope beatified Pope John Paul II. In fact I would like to see Konrad as the next Polish pope!

The men who will receive their red hats from the Pope include bishops from Iraq, Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Madagascar, Italy and Japan.
The list also includes Polish archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who serves as the papal almoner here in Rome, and three Italian archbishops, Angelo De Donatis, the vicar general of the Rome diocese, Luis Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Giovanni Becciu, the Substitute of the Secretary of State and Special Delegate for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Pope Francis said their nominations “manifests the unbreakable bond between the See of Peter and the local Churches throughout the world”.
Alongside them, Pope Francis also nominated to the College of Cardinals a retired archbishop of Mexico, a retired bishop of Bolivia and a priest from the Claretian order, all of whom, he said, “have distinguised themselves for their service to the Church”.
The names of the new Cardinals are:
His Beatitude Louis Raphaël I Sako – Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon
His Excellency Luis Ladaria –Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
His Excellency Angelo De Donatis – Vicar General of Rome
His Excellency Giovanni Angelo Becciu – Substitute of the Secretary of State and Special Delegate for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
His Excellency Konrad Krajewski – Almoner of the Office of Papal Charities
His Excellency Joseph Coutts – Archbishop of Karachi
His Excellency António dos Santos Marto – Bishop of Leiria-Fátima
His Excellency Pedro Barreto – Archbishop of Huancayo
His Excellency Desiré Tsarahazana – Archbishop of Toamasina
His Excellency Giuseppe Petrocchi – Archbishop of L’Aquila
His Excellency Thomas Aquinas Manyo – Archbishop of Osaka
His Excellency Sergio Obeso Rivera – Emeritus Archbishop of Xalapa.
His Excellency Toribio Ticona Porco – Emeritus Bishop of Corocoro.
Reverend Father Aquilino Bocos Merino – member of the Claretian order.

AMERICAN CELEBRITY NOW CONTROLS THE CULTURE AND EVIDENTLY THE MONARCHY OF ENGLAND HAS FINALLY THROWN IN THE TOWEL!


Princess Diana was like an American Hollywood celebrity icon--that is why American loved her and her children, especially Harry who broke the icon image of the stuffy English monarchy, out of touch with celebrity concerns.

Yesterday's royal wedding was the coronation of American celebrity's victory over stuffy English monarchical views and culture.

Megan Markel, the perfect celebrity and a TV and movie American celebrity she is and being African American is the icing on the cake for celebrity causes, got her way with her royal wedding that was so American and so celebrity driven--look at all the American celebrity movers and shakers in the audience, I mean, congregation!

America has once again conquered the British monarchy but this time by the cultural movers and shakers of America's "Hollywood."

Who would have thunk?  The Trojan Horse filled with American celebrities who shape worldwide culture was opened by one of Britain's own, Princess Diana and her son Harry brought the final defeat to the monarchy by marrying an American Hollywood celebrity. Cool no?

WHAT DO YOU BRITISH THINK ABOUT AMERICAN CELEBRITY CONQUERING YOUR MONARCHY??????????????????

CAN ANYONE WHO KNOWS TELL US IF THE POST VATICAN II CHURCH OF CHILE WAS PROGRESSIVE/LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE/TRADITIONAL, ORTHODOX OR HETERODOX?




ReutBishop Juan Barros was met with protests at the Osorno cathedral, south of Santiago, when he was consecrated bishop in 2015.

How can the Catholic Church in Chile be classified? Does anyone know? We know from liberation theology as practiced in South and Central America politicized the Church there in a far left direction bringing about a Church and Church members far more hungry for political power and dictatorial influence then promoting the beauty of traditional Catholicism Faith and culture.


Thus the way this Jesuit describes the Church of Chile today is it this way because it is traditional/conservative or progressive/liberal?

From Crux:
Father Eduardo Silva Arevalo, rector of Chile’s Jesuit university, defined the pope’s message to the Chilean bishops in Rome as “very strong and evangelical.”
The priest told Crux that the “poor Church we are now, centered on ourselves, without pastoral harmony with the people of God, on the defensive, clerical, and accused of abuses and negligent to address them” contrasts with a once-prophetic Chilean Church.
In the past, he said, the Church in the country was a defender of human rights, close to the poor, emphatic with popular piety and the indigenous Mapuche people, at the service of base ecclesial communities.
“The resignation [of the bishops] is a sign of a call to conversion, repentance and change, a first step on a very long road,” Silva said.

I found this summary on the internet describing Chile today, which is symptomatic of most developed countries and how the Church's hierarchy meshed in politics has created division:

  Chile used to be more isolated, poorer and less educated. Today there is a broader middle class, with better access to information. Perhaps most importantly, the public's politics seem to be less influenced by the Catholic Church.
The middle class "is a group educated in non-religious public schools, so they have a much more secular vision of society," says Ana María Stuven, a professor of history at the Pontificia Universidad Católica.
In Chile's history, "religion and power have been intrinsically tied," she says. And despite the separation of church and state in 1925, the Catholic hierarchy maintained a strong influence on politics.
"The Catholic Church and conservative organizations had many economic and political resources at its disposal, such as universities, think tanks, media ownership, and used them to promote a very conservative family and sexuality agenda," says Merike Blofield, associate professor of political science at the University of Miami and author of "The Politics of Moral Sin: Abortion and Divorce in Spain, Argentina and Chile."
The Catholic elite's power, however, took a strong blow the past decade, when several sex abuse cases by high profile priests came to light. This, added to the global transition toward more individualistic societies and the deep distrust Chileans have in their institutions, led to the rise of more liberal views, political scientists say.
Polls show that 10 years ago, 44 percent of Chileans trusted the Catholic Church, whereas only 22 percent currently do, explains Francisca Alessandri, researcher at the Center of Public Policies of the Pontificia Universidad Católica and coordinator of the "Encuesta Bicentenario" (Bicentennial Survey), which has been measuring cultural indicators yearly since 2010.
"People don't want to act upon pre-established norms anymore," she says. "So they say, 'I don't go to church, I pray at home. I don't necessarily get married, I live with my partner.'"



Others attribute the change to a rise in political activism that started with widespread student protests to request free education in 2011. That social movement, says Izikson from Cadem polling company, went far beyond showing students´ dissatisfaction.
"That year is a symbol of the changes occurring now," he says. "That's when students, but also parents and grandparents, protested. And it was not only about education, it was about Chile showing its general discontent."
At that moment, he says, support for same-sex marriage and abortion started rising in the polls.
While Amigo believes there is still much to achieve in Chile, she feels like the country has come a long way already.
"Ten years ago nobody even talked about LGTBI issues or there was disrespect," she says. "Chile has definitely opened up." 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

JUST HOW MUCH DOES THE REVISION OF THE SACRAMENTS, THE ECCLESIOLOGY OF THE CHURCH AND THE POST VATICAN II CHURCH'S EMPASIS ON SOCIAL WORK AND THE CHURCH BEING LIKE AN NGO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SELF-REFERENTIAL CHURCH THAT POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS TIME AND TIME AGAIN, MAKING AN IDOL (IDOLATRY) OUT OF ECCLESIOLOGY AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD?????

Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB of Praytell should have said that the pre-Vatican II liturgy is priestly and those within the sanctuary offer Mass in an ordained priestly fashion, be they altar boys who point to seminarians and the orders of porter,lector and acolyte not to mention sub deacon, deacon, priest and bishop. THIS IS CLERICAL, BUT IT ISN'T CLERICALISM!

The post-Vatican II Mass and the idolatry of the so-called post Vatican II ecclesiology which places man at the center, not God is true "clericalism and laityism." And priests prancing about the Liturgy as though celebrities promoting the cult of the personality, isn't clerical IT IS CLERICALISM!  


Please note where the celebrant's chair is in both of these post-Vatican II churches--which promotes clericalism on steroids when the priest's chair is at the highest pinnacle of a church. There is an elitist psychology at work here contributing to Christ's altar being dethroned and the priest placed on a physical pedestal:



In condemning the Chilean bishops, Pope Francis' prophetic words have a special resonance with those who believe the post-Vatican II Church is by its very nature, a self-referential Church in rupture with the Church prior to Vatican II which placed God at the center of all her works, especially the Sacraments, not man:

(Pope Francis) blamed in part a fractured seminary process, including the allowance of men with history of active homosexuality, but also stressed the need to recognize the underlying causes. He denounced himself but also held the entire Chilean episcopate responsible, too, saying no one could be exempted. 

The Pope noted a “loss of prophetic strength,” called on the Chilean Church to again put Christ at the center, not itself, and warned against an “elite psychology,” clericalism and “messianism.” Prayer and sincere recognition of failings is necessary for grace to work, he added.

My comments:

All the post Vatican II spirit of Vatican II turmoil, all the desire for the new and novel, all the iconoclasm of our churches and sacraments to reorient all toward each other and to make the congregation the center and not Christ the center can be said to have contributed to the unprecedented decline and fall of the Catholic Church throughout the world. The lack of Godly leadership by bishops and priests is at the foundation of this decline and fall.

Think of the corruption of the post-Vatican II Mass with the priest facing the congregation as though an entertainer or celebrity, his own personality in terms of warmth and demeanor, his own creativity, his own particular cult and the congregation turned in on itself as though as in a circle of kumbaya hand holding adherents to each other and not the true Godhead hasn't all this contributed to what Pope Francis properly diagnosis as Christ no longer the center of our sacraments, we are!!!!!

Ad orientem can once again place Christ at the center and solve so many of the problems of post-Vatican II clericalism on steroids!!!!!

The Mass as celebrated by so many priests in the Ordinary Form facing the people with the priest at the center and the people at the center too, leads to an "elite psychology, clericalism and messianism."

And when Fr. Anthony Ruff pontificates on the "People of God" ecclesiology of Vatican II in contrast and in rupture with the pre-Vatican II Church and I quote:

 On the one hand, there is our checkered history of 1000+ years of highly clericalized liturgy which was hardly an act of the entire people of God. A traditional distortion this deeply rooted is not turned around overnight. (And readmitting the celebration of the unreformed “Tridentine” liturgy which does not reflect the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council tends to impede us from the necessary work of figuring out how to celebrate the reformed rites more adequately.)

Then Fr. Ruff is the problem not the pre-Vatican II Mass with its contrasting ecclesiology which in fact places Christ at the center of the Church's ecclesiology not man!


My Final comments:

Fr. Ruff should have said that the pre-Vatican II liturgy is priestly and those within the sanctuary offer Mass in an ordained priestly fashion, be they altar boys who point to seminarians and the orders of porter,lector and acoyltye not to mention sub deacon, deacon, priest and bishop. THIS IS CLERICAL, BUT IT ISN'T CLERICALISM!

The post-Vatican II Mass and the idolatry of the so-called post Vatican II ecclesiology which places man at the center, not God is true "clericalism and laityism." And priests prancing about the Liturgy as though celebrities promoting the cult of the personality, isn't clerical IT IS CLERICALISM! 

THESE ARE POWERFUL WORDS FROM THE MOTHER COUNTRY OF THE USA AND I WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSE THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE SO CATHOLIC AND THUS TRUE!


From Father John Hunwicke's blog:

19 May 2018


Apostasy

I have deleted a submitted comment in which the writer assured me that, if X were to happen, "That is the day I walk out of the Church never to return".

I had better be frank about this.

Such a contingent threat of Apostasy, if seriously meant, suggests to me that the writer is in a most dangerous spiritual state.

It is true that PF treats the Church Militant (happily, there is no way he can get his hands on the Church Expectant and it is not within his mercifully limited power to "make a mess" in the Church Triumphant) as if it were some sort of private playground in which he can get up to whatever games he finds personally satisfying and heap up any number of his boasted "messes". But the Church is the Body of Christ. Not PF's playground; not mine; not yours.

There have been appallingly bad popes in the past and, depending on how long it is until the Eschaton, there very probably will be more of them in the future. None of that makes a nanogram of difference to the fact that the Catholic Church is the Ark of Salvation; the only and the essential Ark of Salvation.

And it is not a human and worldly 'membership organisation' which one can walk out of in a huff. You and I were incorporated into it by our Baptism. It is rooted in eternity; splendid as an army with banners; a terror to the fallen spirits; a wonder to the Angels.

If anything I have ever written has, however unintentionally, given any encouragement to the sort of unCatholic attitude which horrified me in that comment as I sat down to deal with it this morning, then, here and now, I repent of it.

If PF, or I, by our misconduct, drive one soul to "walk out of the Church", then he (or I) will have to answer for that in the day of Judgement. But the person who has "walked out never to return" will have the gravest charge of all to answer.

Apostasy.

STAND BY ME?????????????????

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are officially married!

I am watching the Royal Wedding in its magnificent royal Anglican splendor.

The Order of the Nuptials is a bit confusing to me. There is a splendid charge to the couple which is in fact a splendid description of the Sacrament of Marriage. Then they are asked about their intentions, a hymn is sung and there is a kind of Liturgy of the Word but no Gospel reading.

The black American Episcopal bishop gave a well delivered and stunning homily.

Then an American Gospel choir sang splendidly the secular ditty "Stand By Me"! WHY???????

Then the vows came. And then some silly Americans I presume, cheered when the presider declared them married. Fortunately that same group did not applaud "Stand by Me".


Female "priest" after the sort of Nuptial blessing of the couple then offers the Bidding Prayers, with an Orthodox Prelate sharing in leading it.

Then a congregational hymn is sung and I must say robustly by all to include the royals.

Then the final Blessing and couple disappears to sign their post Nuptial agreement. After some time they emerge but not until there is a cello solo, two in fact and too long, and now a third cello solo, Ave Maria, to kill the time. Just what is the royal couple doing. Consummating everything? I am getting impatient! And Prince William and Prince Charles just chatting away!

O my and all the hats!

Finally the royal couple reemerge to brass fanfare, nice! All sing God Save the Queen, my Country ''tis a v! Nice!

Finally a nice English recessional and dignified unlike so many American wedding recessional!

Kissing of bride outside at doors of chapel! Lovely! Inside postlude Gospel hymn "Praise Him, This Little Light of Mine!"

Although the order of the liturgy confuses me, overall  it was splendid, but at their next wedding add the Gospel and get rid of "Stand by Me." Maybe John Nolan can explain Anglican peculiarities?

Friday, May 18, 2018

WITH SO MANY CORRECTIONS OF POPE FRANCIS BY CARDINALS AND BISHOPS WITH CARDINAL O'MALLEY'S CORRECTION THE ONLY ONE HEEDED BY POPE FRANCIS IS POPE FRANCIS GOING TO JOIN THE DISGRACED CHILEAN BISHOPS?

Said today:

His Holiness said the problem is not isolated, but everyone is responsible, “I being the first,” and that no one can be exempted by “moving the problem onto the backs of others.”

Damning timeline of Pope Francis' wrong headedness and embrace of Cardinal O'MALLEY'S correction:

Jan. 15-18
Pope Francis visits Chile on the first part of a foreign trip before heading on to Peru.
During the visit, demonstrators appear at several of the pope's events to protest his 2015 appointment of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, who survivors say was present in the 1980s and 90s as a priest to witness some of the actions of notorious abuser Fr. Fernando Karadima.
In an exchange with a group of journalists before one event, Francis calls the charges against Barros "calumny.
Jan. 20
Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, a member of the Council of Cardinals and the head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, releases a statement acknowledging that Francis' defense of Barros was "a source of great pain" for abuse survivors.
The cardinal says expressions of doubt about survivors' testimony "abandon those who have suffered reprehensible criminal violations of their human dignity."
Jan. 22
In a press conference on the way home to Rome from Chile, the pope again calls the charges against Barros "calumny." He repeatedly insists there is no evidence tying Barros to Karadima, despite public testimony of at least three abuse survivors.

.- At the end of his morning homily Tuesday, Pope Francis asked Catholics to pray for priests, bishops, and the pope, who he said, must learn to leave their posts when it  becomes necessary.
Preaching May 15 at the Vatican’s Santa Marta Residence, the pope noted that St. Paul, who was “compelled by the Holy Spirit” to leave Ephesus and journey to Jerusalem, “shows us the pathway for every bishop when it’s time to take his leave and step down.”
“When I read this, I think about myself,” Pope Francis said, “because I am a bishop and I must take my leave and step down.”
“I am thinking of all bishops,” the pope continued. “May the Lord grant all of us the grace to be able to take our leave and step down in this way [like Paul], with that spirit, with that strength, with that love for Jesus Christ and this faith in the Holy Spirit.”  
“All pastors must take our leave. There comes a moment where the Lord tells us: go somewhere else, go there, go this way, come to me. And one of the steps a pastor must do is to prepare himself to take good leave, not to leave halfway," he added.
Pastors, he said, must learn to say goodbye, purifying their bonds with the Church “for the cross of Jesus.”
Pope Francis has previously hinted at the possibility that he might resign, saying in 2015 that the Catholic Church should not have “leaders for life,” and noting in 2014 that Pope Benedict XVI’s 2013 resignation “cleared a path” for future papal resignations.
During his homily, Francis also said that St. Paul was uncompromising in ministry, saying that service without compromise is essential for pastors wishing to find peace. He said that such uncompromising service is the result of humility, saying that pastors and bishops must remember that they are not “the center of history.”
The pope also praised St. Paul’s dependence on Divine Providence, which he said is “a witness, as well as an announcement and a challenge.”

WOW! IF TRUE THIS WOULD BE A BOMBSHELL--BUT THE HOLY FATHER HAS TO ACCEPT THESE--HOPE IT ISN'T SMOKE AND MIRRORS!

From the National Catholic Reporter:


BREAKING: All of Chile's bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo, Chile, and Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Ramos Perez of Santiago, Chile, at a press conference in Rome May 18 announcing that every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-d
Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo, Chile, and Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Ramos Perez of Santiago, Chile, at a press conference in Rome May 18 announcing that every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting with him at the Vatican. (CNS/Paul Haring) 
 
Vatican City — Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal.

"We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father's hands so that he may freely decide regarding each one of us," Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo said May 18 in a statement on behalf of the country's bishops.

The unprecedented decision was made on the final day of their meeting May 15-17 with Pope Francis.

Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Ramos Perez of Santiago, secretary general of the Chilean bishops' conference said the pope had read to the 34 bishops a document in which he "expressed his conclusions and reflections" on the 2,300-page report compiled by Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and his aide, Father Jordi Bertomeu, during a visit to Chile to investigate the scandal.

"The pope's text clearly showed a series of absolutely reprehensible acts that have occurred in the Chilean church in relation to those unacceptable abuses of power, of conscience and sexual abuse that have resulted in the lessening of the prophetic vigor that characterized her," Bishop Ramos said.

MORE TO COME

SEVERAL BOMBSHELLS HERE CONCERNING THE SPIRIT OF THE NATURE OF POST VATIICAN II POPES, BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND SEMINARIES AND YES, ACTIVE PREDATORY HOMOSEXUALITY

On Chilean abuses crisis, Francis says removing bishops is ‘needed’ but not enough

Pope surrounded by people

Bombshell: Against papal secrecy, Chilean bishop leaks papal document on pope's meeting with Chile's bishops as reported by Crux here.

The Catholic sex abuse scandal is a mystery to me. How could those "the most formed in Catholic teaching, human formation and pastoral spirituality" abuse teenage boys and in far, far fewer situations small children?

Obviously there was a pathology and arrested sexual development. Perhaps these priests were sexually abused themselves (and at home, in the seminary, high school and higher) and saw it as normal.  But no matter what, bishops failed to follow canon law and defrock priests guilty of serious and pathological sins and crimes. There was a failure to call the police too. And maybe bishops felt more sorry for a brother priest than the actual victim. Maybe they thought the teenager wanted the sex and/or abuse. Who knows? It is a dark mystery.

Pope Francis has admitted he is/was a part of the problem. He sides with sinners with a fake mercy that enables corruption. But more importantly and most welcomed the Holy Father names disordered active homosexuality in the seminary, within cliques of bishops and priest as the problem too:

Furthermore, the pope said, and showing that the problem is not only with one group of people, in the case of many abusers “grave problems” had already been found during their formation, and there are also grave accusations against some bishops or superiors who [allegedly] entrusted to these education institutions priests suspected of active homosexuality.”

The root of the clergy sex abuse scandal is acceptance of the active homosexual lifestyle by many bishops and priests and predatory homosexual behavior in many seminaries, diocese and parishes all done under cover of darkness. This is a 1970's post Vatican II corruption endorsed by some theologians of that period who saw nothing intrinsically evil about any form of sodomy.

What the pope does not yet confess is his own complicity in returning the Church to the 1970's period of grotesque instability, moral and doctrinal confusion  and loss of Catholic identity for both clergy and laity through his own arrogance, authoritarianism and ambiguous speech and questionable theology tending toward liberal Protestantism and its fragmentation.

But Pope Francis does say this:

Francis also says that the Chilean Church has become “elitist,” which he condemns by saying that no individual or “enlightened group” can pretend to “be the totality of the People of God.”

He adds that “that elite or elitist psychology ends up generating dynamics of division, separation, ‘closed circles’ that lead to narcissistic and authoritarian spiritualities in which, instead of evangelizing, the important thing is to feel special, different from others, thus leaving in evidence that neither Jesus Christ nor others truly matter. Messianism, elitism, clericalism, are all synonymous of perversion in the ecclesial being.”

Thursday, May 17, 2018

ALL CATHOLICS SHOULD ENDORSE ROBUST ACTUAL AND ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE MASS, NO MATTER THE FORM, EAST AND WEST, AND THE MULTIUDE RITES IN THE ROMAN RITE (LATIN RITE)

 

 Topic of the Congregation for Divine Worship Plenary Session as Praytell is reporting

I hate the debate on actual/active participation. It is both spiritual (internal) and external. When I celebrate Mass in the vernacular or in Latin and I hear the congregation robustly sing or say their parts and in the most prayerful internalized faith they have, I am edified and their witness to the liturgical acts that belong to them strengthens my faith.

I must say that I get annoyed with the laity in whatever form of the Mass sit, stand or kneel as bumps on a log. Maybe they are faithful, mesmerized or otherwise engaged and practicing Catholics but their liturgical style of bump on logs approach to the Mass isn't sacramental--there has to be sacramental signs of their actual participation that is at its foundation spiritual, faith-filled by the grace of God but also external by the grace of God.

This brings me to what Fr. Anthony of Praytell is reporting (with my concluding comments at the end):

The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments is holding a plenary session in February 2019, as Pray Tell reported.  Pray Tell has learned that the proposed topic for this plenary session is:
The Liturgical Formation of the People of God.
It’s a rich topic with many aspects, and the treatment of it might extend in several possible directions.
The wording of the topic suggests a  commitment to the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council, which emphasized that the church is the entire “People of God.” As the Vatican’s International Theological Commission affirmed in 1984,
‘One can say, indeed, that the expression “people of God” has come to stand for the ecclesiology of the Council.”
MY COMMENTS: For Fr. Anthony, ecclesiology once again becomes that golden calf of worship rather than what the Mass is intended to be, the worship of God the Father through His Son Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Once again the problem since the council and before is peripheral aspects of the Church and her liturgy become the object of adoration and not God Himself and the Sacrifice of His only Begotten Son to save us from eternal damnation because of our sinfulness.

I pray that this plenary session helps the Church in all forms of her liturgy to include the Eastern Rites and all our Latin Rites, (which also includes the Extraordinary Form) to understand what actual participation is in a hierarchically ordered Church each with his or her own responsibilities and calling!

Let's not make gods or gold calves out of ecclesiology or peripheral aspects of the liturgy.

THE VICTIMS ARE RIGHT, MERCY MUST INCLUDE JUSTICE

Yes, there is a fine line between justice and revenge, but the Church clearly endorses temporal punishment for sins and crimes in this life and the next. In terms of temporal judgment, the Church must be a sacramental sign of serving appropriate and just temporal punishment.

For example the temporal punishment of current Church discipline is that Catholics in illicit and immoral sexual relationships, to include adulterous relationships where a valid sacramental bond exists, is that the unrepentant sinner is excluded from Holy Communion until the lifestyle of sin is repented and appropriately resolved.

This of course is being challenged by bishops, to include the Bishop of Rome all in the name of an enabling mercy that removes justice, especially for the victims of damaged marital fidelity.

Thus these victims are a prophetic voice for bishops, to include the Bishop of Rome, whose vision of mercy corrupts the Church's teaching on temporal punishment in this life and the next and never excludes damnation by God to the eternal and actual fires if hell:

From Telesur:


    •  Pope Francis told the bishops they should all consider their situation and recognize when it’s time to “leave and resign.”

      Pope Francis told the bishops they should all consider their situation and recognize when it’s time to “leave and resign.” | Photo: Reuters


    Published 16 May 2018
















     Abuse victims demanded that the Holy See leave off with the prayers and penance and deliver serious justice to perpetrators.

    Pope Francis must acknowledge the crimes, coverups, and the need for 
    compensation, Chilean sexual abuse victims demanded in a statement to the emergency Vatican summit on Wednesday.
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    In a letter to the Pope, at least six assault victims demanded that the Holy See leave behind the prayers and penance, delivering serious justice to perpetrators for the years of suffering brought on by cover-ups and incredulity.
    “We insist on the need for the Vatican to modify its discourse and- in addition to speaking about pain, forgiveness and sins- it is imperative that they recognize crimes, wrongs, and reparations and trust all the information it has to the hands of federal justice," the delegation said, some of whom identified themselves as victims of the Marist Brothers religious order.
    The Holy See began a three-day, closed-door meeting Tuesday with 34 Chilean bishops who have been summoned to the Vatican over their possible involvement in a sexual abuse cover-up that dates to the 1970s.
    The main agenda revolves around a 2,300-page April report with the pope kicking off the meeting by handing each cleric a list of themes he told them to meditate and pray.
    However, since then little else has been accomplished.
    During his daily mass Wednesday morning, Pope Francis told the bishops they should all consider their situation and recognize when it’s time to “leave and resign.” The actual meeting, however, drew considerable attention after it was adjourned within just 45 minutes.
    While Santiago’s Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez said that resignations of at least 
    10 Chilean bishops are pending, the Chilean diocese has continued to deny any departures of its religious leaders.
    "The actions decided by Pope Francis will be the only measure to consider in order to know if the time of cover-ups has ended within said institution," the victims wrote. "We are concerned that requests for forgiveness are not translated into concrete and exemplary actions."

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    TO REMAIN HAPPY AND FAITHFUL CATHOLICS, ALL OF US MUST ACCEPT THE NATURE OF THE LITURGY AS IT IS TODAY AND PRAY THAT BISHOPS WILL IMPLEMENT REFORMING DOCUMENTS TO THE ORDINARY FORM AS IT CONCERNS MUSIC


    Given the nature of the Church today being moved by Pope Francis to "synodality" and subsidiarity, we will see more and more fragmentation of the liturgy according to tastes and cultures. This is sad in a world that continues to shrink because of quick transportation and instantaneous communications.

    Given how close we all are today, one could only imagine how strong the Church would be with a Latin Liturgy uniformly celebrated in the Latin Rite no matter what country or language group. But alas!

    To keep our sanity, we have to accept change and poor directions from management. This will chasten us and keep us humble, truly humble.

    This is what we have to accept:

    1. The Extraordinary Form of the Mass is a viable option as laid down by Summorum Pontificum and the letter of the law should be followed concerning its implementation.

    2. The Ordinary Form of the Mass is the normal form for about 99.9% of all Latin Rite parishes. Vernacular for it is here to stay, so are lay ministries which include women--these things will not change and are a part of this "rite".

    3. The Ordinariate's Missal, which in fact is another version of the vernacular OF Mass has some revisions which should be adopted by any future reform of the OF Roman Missal:

    A. its calendar
    B. its appendix allowing for the options of the PATFOTA, Traditional Propers,  EF's Offertory Prayers, the trice said "Lord I am not worthy..." enhancement of rubrics for the Eucharistic Prayers more similar to the EF, kneeling for Holy Communion and ad orientem

    When it comes to the style of music in the Latin Rite's OF, local bishops' conferences need to take charge and do what Vatican documents have called for for years. The biggest would be something from the 1800's that liturgical and religious words should not be set to secular tunes. In the 1800's this meant the concert Masses that were meant to be for concert use, not liturgical use--the great Masses of the greats of that time. But these concert Masses were dragged into actual celebrations of the Mass.

    Today, it should be secular tunes, like Broadway ditties, jazz, heavy metal, rap, gospel and the like which are meant for entertainment not worship.


    I HOPE HIS EXCELLENCY ISN'T JUST A LONE VOICE CALLING OUT IN THE DESSERT BUT ONE OF MANY WHO PRESAGE CHANGE FOR THE BETTER IN THE NEAR FUTURE--THE HOLY SPIRIT ALWAYS WINS

    If only he would mandate kneeling for Holy Communion with standing as the exception and give widespread permission for ad orientem and intinction. That would be the way to go!

    Reverence for our Eucharistic Lord

    Most Rev. Alexander Sample, Archbishop of Portland
    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 12:35 PM
    The gifts of bread and wine await their transformation at St. John the Baptist Mission in Clatskanie. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)
    The gifts of bread and wine await their transformation at St. John the Baptist Mission in Clatskanie. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)
    My sister who lives here in Portland watched on EWTN the Mass I celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on April 28. One of her comments (after she finished making fun of her younger brother!) was about how Holy Communion was received. She remembered with some real fondness how, when we were children, we always received Holy Communion at the Communion rail and on the tongue. No one dared touch the Holy Eucharist, except the priest.

    Whatever anyone reading this thinks about the current practices regarding the distribution of Holy Communion, the rationale behind the former discipline was a profound sense of reverence and awe for the presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. It is not just a symbol or sign. Jesus Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Holy Eucharist.

    The Real Presence

    That’s what Catholics believe. But our liturgical and sacramental practices far too often do not reflect that profound understanding and faith in the Real Presence. The story is told of a Protestant minister who was invited to attend Mass. Afterward he was questioned on what he thought. He replied that he did not think that the congregation really believed in the Real Presence. When asked why he thought this, he said that he personally did not believe in the Eucharist as Catholics do, but if he did, he would approach our Lord for Communion walking on his knees. He found the casusal and irreverent attitude at the time of Communion in that particular church very unconvincing.

    As part of a new Liturgical Handbook for the Archdiocese of Portland to be released on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (June 3), and after consultation, there are two changes in practice I am implementing with regard to our understanding and reverence for the Holy Eucharist. Please consider this a “teaching moment” for all of us. As shepherd and teacher of the faith, and as the one ultimately responsible for the liturgical life of the Archdiocese of Portland, my intent is to foster greater devotion to our Lord in the Blessed Eucharist and in the Holy Mass.

    Showing reverence

    We will return to the practice of kneeling after the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). The current practice is to remain standing, which has been an exception to the universal norm of kneeling that has been perfectly legitimate and permitted by the liturgical norms. Nevertheless, returning to the practice of kneeling at this moment in the Mass will foster a greater reverence for our Lord.

    The priest at that moment is about to hold up before the congregation our Blessed Lord in the Holy Eucharist and proclaim, “Behold the Lamb of God.” It seems most fitting that we be on our knees before the Lord for such a proclamation of faith. In the Book of Revelation, when the Lamb of God (Christ) is presented before the throng of heaven, all fall down in worship before him. The Mass is a participation in this heavenly liturgy. (On the left coast, most stand for the "Behold the Lamb of God" and remain standing throughout the distribution of Holy Communion--but this isn't common in most of the USA).

    On Communion and Holy Sacrifice of Mass

    The second change coming is that, in the absence of a priest to offer Mass, the distribution of Holy Communion on weekdays in the parish church during a “Communion service” will no longer be permitted. This does not affect such Communion services in nursing homes, prisons, etc., where the people do not have the opportunity to attend Mass on Sunday in the parish.

    There is an intimate and intrinsic link between three realities that is essential in this context. They are the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the priest who ministers in the person of Christ, and the distribution of Holy Communion. These are not to be separated except for serious reasons and pastoral need. As long as the faithful have the opportunity to participate in Mass and receive Holy Communion on Sunday, there is no such pastoral need to receive Holy Communion outside of Mass.

    When we go to Mass, we are there to do much more than just receive Holy Communion. We participate actively and consciously in the offering of Christ, the Paschal Victim, through the hands of the priest, who ministers in the very person of Christ at the altar. From this sacramental offering, we receive the Body and Blood of the Lord, thus culminating our participation in the paschal mystery being celebrated. This is the way the Church has always viewed this. The Church never envisioned breaking them apart by distributing Communion outside of Mass. This is only done for the sick and those otherwise unable to participate in the Sunday Eucharist. To do otherwise is very poor sacramental and Eucharistic theology.

    When Mass cannot be offered on a weekday in a particular church, parishioners are invited to experience the wider Church by attending daily Mass in a neighboring parish. The faithful can also gather for other forms of prayer, and our Office of Divine Worship has prepared a prayer service for such occasions that include parts of the Liturgy of the Hours with readings from the Mass of the day. 
     This is a way to experience another form of the Church’s liturgical prayer.

    These changes may take some time for adjustment, but I am confident that they will lead us to a more profound reverence for the most precious gift of the Holy Eucharist, and a more informed, conscious and active participation in the Holy Mass. And a greater love for our Lord in the Mass and in the Blessed Sacrament will lead to a greater love of neighbor and service to the poor.