Wednesday, September 9, 2009

This just in form ND Professor of Theology

On his blog and in a few articles, Fr. Richard McBrian stated "Notwithstanding Pope Benedict XVI's personal endorsement of eucharistic adoration and the sporadic restoration of the practice in the archdiocese of Boston and elsewhere, it is difficult to speak favorably about the devotion today.

Now that most Catholics are literate and even well-educated, the Mass is in the language of the people (i.e, the vernacular), and its rituals are relatively easy to understand and follow, there is little or no need for extraneous eucharistic devotions. The Mass itself provides all that a Catholic needs sacramentally and spiritually.

Eucharistic adoration, perpetual or not, is a doctrinal, theological, and spiritual step backward, not forward."

Here is three paragraphs is is the problem with the Church. I am stunned to the point of not having the words to explain HOW wrong this is other than to say THIS is ANOTHER reason why my son can NEVER attend Notre Dame....WOW

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fisheaters and Headcoverings

Great question....Here it is for those who are not following the question I was asked....

"I was reading that "' site tonight. I know nothing about the site at all, so I have no idea where it's loyalties lie. There was a section devoted to women wearing headcoverings during Mass. It was very compelling. I really don't know what the Church's stand on that is. This website seems to imply that we're really SUPPOSED to be wearing them still, but due to some political hand-waving, the issue went away. I'm confused. Know anything?"

Fisheaters hmm?--well, it's pretty Traditional in it's viewpoint. Most liberals would say very VERY right wing arch-conservative. It is a good resource if you get past some of the long-harbored anger and bad feelings the Traditionalists have for being shut out of the mainstream of the Church for the last 50 years. I personally use it and I find it helpful.

Headcoverings-Oh boy--I'll catch it here...First, this came from the Jewish Temple worship. In the old Testament, Jewish women were to wear headcoverings in the Temple, no exceptions. Since most of the early Christians were Jews, headcoverings were a tradition that was maintained in the early Church.

All that said, there are three Theological basic reasons why women should cover their heads in Church:
(See I Corinthians 11:2-16--showing Paul's instructons to the Church)

1)It is a outward sign of the recognition of the Headship of God--see vs. 3

2) Paul tells us that is is an outward sign or recogintion of the order of Creation -vs. 7-9

3) Paul additionally teaches us that it is because of the presence of angels when we pray together. v 10

Additionally, it has been the tradition of Holy Mother Church for over 1900 years. We have changed this for what reason other than fashion and convenience? Ooops. did I say that out loud?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Do you ever?

Feel like you have been dropped here from another planet? 94% of the news has been devoted to a pop stars death/funeral/discussions of the same/rehash with hangers-on...whatever. ..... In the meantime life intrudes on all of us. My cousin got married in Chicago (in a Catholic church no less-He's not Catholic, so this was a shock)at St. Alphonsus and I got to attend St. John's Cantius just before they appeared on EWTN. Awesome place and very neat to see. Confessional LINES--wow! Both Churches are so old that they had the clips for men's hats on the back of the pews.

A friend almost lost a child this week-all we could do was to pray. Thankfully, God mercifully answered the firestorm of prayer and she is fine.

It is time to be very thankful and rest in the Lord.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Bishop's Statement

Here's a great statement by the Bishop of Scranton about how Catholics should judge themselves worthy or unworthy to receive Holy Communion. (Sen. Casey, have you read this yet?) Perhaps we should ALL read this and be reminded of our own obligations.,2009.asp

Friday, February 6, 2009

AND now we have THIS...

Readers are probably looking at the last post and freaking out--not to worry--I haven't lost a screw. Ok--well, maybe only a few....I am pleased that the SSPX bishops have been brought back into the Church just as I would be for anyone who was previously excommunicated. Excommunication is a severe discipline of the Church designed to get people to change and come back to the teachings of the Church. The SSPX and the Vatican have been working on this for a while and it finally happened. This will be a good thing--now for the bad.

The "idiot uncle" of the group, bishop Williamson, shows up on camera with his odd ideas on the Holocaust, denying what happened/how many and how-against the stated position of the Church , so he could appear educated and sophisticated. He wound up looking like a sad crackpot and gives the media a fantastic target (He gave the interview in November and the lifting of the excommunication took place in late January). No plan here was there? (Hmmmm?)

Regardless of ANY conspiracy theories that may put forth in defending the indefensable comments, + Williamson sets the whole cause back AND makes His Holiness and the Vatican AND Bp. Fellay look inept in the process. They are NOT. + Williamson has made himself a pariah by his comments and better prepare himself for a major kick in the fanny from Bishop Fellay and just about EVERYBODY else and it is richly deserved.

Meanwhile, Tradition must continue to move forward. It has a place of honor in the Church and no one person(s) should cause this restoration to fail. This has caused a person to fall from favor, but we are not a group that should be attached to any person except Christ. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, but for all our sakes Bp. Fellay, please drain and clean the tub.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Deo Gratias! SSPX Excommunications lifted!

Thanks be to God! Our common sense has been regained and we have restored what was lost and hidden from us. No better gift could be had than the healing of this division WITHOUT recrimination or blame.

It's REAL--Here' the Vatican press release in Italian--

and Vatican Radio in English--

Welcome back Brothers and Sisters and thank you for your witness to the Truth!

Friday, January 23, 2009

follow up to Pastoral letter from Little Rock

and he labored and brought forth this....

Wow! I cannot believe this...advocating this position is madness. I am not for depriving anyone of their human rights BUT THIS solution is nonsense. I am in favor of the Church being humane and treating everyone with respect, but I AM for enforcing the laws of the land. This has nothing to do with bringing Jesus to these immigrants, it is an economic circumstance that must be resolved in their own countries. If we fail to care for our own, we cannot help anyone beyond our borders. Even the Apostles were charged with taking the Gospel locally and then to the ends of the earth.

To quote the Bishop...."We do support them being here illegally. They have a right to be here," he said. "We are here to serve everybody. Not just Catholics. We are not a country club. We are here to bring the love of Jesus to everybody. They are here because there is no way to get documents, not because they don't want documents. They do not want to immigrate without documents. ... You can't be obliged to do what you can't do. Immigration laws should correspond to the reality."