Thursday, February 04, 2016

Fr. Perrone on the commodification of human beings in porn and abortion, as reflected in the McDonaldization of death

Fr. Eduard Perrone, "A Pastor's Descant" [temporary link] (Assumption Grotto News, January 31, 2016):
Funeral customs are fast a-changing in our time. Speaking recently with a local funeral director, I was shocked to learn about the new thinking of how we bid adieux to the dead, viz. with increased indifference and quick dismissal. It’s so very inconvenient to have someone’s death interfere with whatever one happens to be busy about. The old obsequies of making visits to the funeral home to “pay one’s respects,” of comforting the mourners, of praying for the happy repose of the departed, of taking time off from other demanding necessities in order to perform these corporal works of mercy–all that is fast vanishing from American life. In its place, according to my funeral director friend, is something like this. No funeral home visitation; no flowers or Mass offerings; the quickview scan of the online bio of the deceased with its ready-at-hand link to register a brief word of sympathy; cremation for the corpse; and, often, no funeral service or requiem Mass. Moreover, the strictly forbidden retention of the deceased’s cremains or, worse, their scattering to the four winds, is becoming more prevalent. In short, we’re making rapid disposal of the dead, just as we had avoided contact with them as living persons in their last years of life, allowing them to rot in a nursing home or hospice facility. (Even that fate is now become accounted as fortunate since the administration of painkilling drugs in high doses can speed along the death processes so as to avoid all the inconveniences of what we had been accustomed to call one’s “final illness.”)  
What’s caused these new customs, these new ways of thinking about the dead and the process of dying? For one thing, we’re all on life’s fast track. We have now no time to be bothered by the death (or even the life) of anybody else when we’re so busy getting done whatever we must do–or even–whatever we think advantageous to ourselves–even our own pleasures and idle leisure. And what’s behind that selfish preoccupation? A number of things. The indoctrination of Selfism has long been forming our attitudes, succeeded to convince us that only the Great I am worthy of myself, my time, my deeds; only my goals are important; only what I want–morally good or bad–is what I must have; and whatever may interfere with these ‘goals’–God and religion included–must be set aside. And how did we arrive at this?  
Among the contributing causes to this attitude and way of living is the ever increasing use of porn which reduces the human person to so many body parts for exploitation and titillation of the senses. The fact that the “models” who so shamelessly expose themselves for public viewing are real people with minds and consciences, with souls that have human feelings–these facts have been put out of mind with porn use. Other people are toys. They can be bought, used, abused and are disposable. This contributes to estimate that the bodies of the deceased are as so much useless trash. 

Another thing that has shaped our thinking about the body is our relative unconcern over the hideousness of crushing and dismembering babies in the womb. Killing babies or–worse yet–selling its surviving parts as ‘spares’ for the living or as ingredients for cosmetics–is regarded as a social good. But it’s an old heresy which regards the human body this way where it was said that only a person’s spirit, (soul) counts. The body is unimportant. This specious premise, which at first glance may seem an ascetical, spiritual perspective, is in fact a way of so denigrating the body as to make utilitarian use of it without a care to any moral considerations of it or even to consider the meaning of the human person as a unity, a totality, of spirit and body.  
Our world is changing fast, and with it our thinking about who (or what) we are. Necessarily we will think about God and the Catholic faith differently (and not for the better). We are transhumanizing, becoming something else. Monsters, I would say, caricatures of what we were made to be–the image of God–and of what we were privileged to become as Christians–children of God and Christs-in-miniature.  While we may not be able at large to stop these horrible denigrating ways of inhumanity, we can retain the consciousness of our human dignity and our Christian vocation to holiness and refuse to go with the flow. Keeping ourselves unsullied by all the filth this fallen world offers and by the devout practice of the Catholic life is a goal within the reach of all of us. 
Fr. Perrone

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

How was the 16th Amendment 'ratified'? "103 consecutive years of legalised theft because what LOLA wants LOLA Gets"

Brought to you from the ever-endaring Amateur Brain Surgeon at www.letmecarveonyou.com (February 3, 2016), featuring, of course, LOLA (Legalised Oligarchy's Larcenous Aeaeae):


Or, as ABS but it in single breath:
The establishment wanted to take your money and spend it on their projects because they have always known how to spend it more wisely than you because y'all are acerebral limaceous lackeys who are not concerned with international business and international corporations and international banking but are selfishly focused of your faith and your family and y'all are easily denuded of your possessions by men who speak of national exceptionalism and so today we celebrate our One Hundred and Third consecutive year of being picked clean by the usurious establishment via the magic of a non-existent amendment.
Whew! He's breathing again now! (I think.) Read more >>

[Hat tip to ABS Ministries]

Monday, February 01, 2016

Hour-long Catholic critique of the Alpha program


Some people aren't going to like this at all. "The Tyranny of Emotion" (Mic'd Up, January 29, 2016) includes a discussion with Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute about the Alpha program being implemented in many places and notably in Detroit; and Dr. Jay Boyd, who offers an in-depth discussion of Sherry Waddell's Forming Intentional Disciples with some cautions.

The upshot seems concisely expressed in the question: why are Catholics embracing these 'watered-down' and 'protestantized' sorts of programs when excellent Catholic alternatives exist, such as Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon's Marian Catechist Apostolate, now under the sponsorship of Cardinal Burke? Not to mention all the hazards of emotionally-charged low-information evangelization with potentially misleading components. Food for thought. One can hardly say "food for feeling," can we!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

"Of all the post-conciliar popes, Benedict was the one who finally blinked"


Fr. Karl Rahner with Fr. Joseph Ratzinger during Vatican II
~ Breakin' the law! Breakin' the law! Look, mom, no clerics! ~

A provocative response to those rejecting a favorable comparison of Benedict with Pope Francis. By traditionalist journalist, Michael Matt, "Benedict & Francis: Two Peas in a Papal Pod?" (Remnant, January 26, 2016). Matt offers an educated guess as to why Benedict abdicated, or had to abdicate, suggesting that packs of liberal wolves hounded him out of office. (What pressures they brought to bear, God only knows.) He compares Benedict, whose Summorum Pontificum and lifting of the SSPX excommunications outraged many, with the direction Francis has taken things, asking: "What would life be like right now without the powerful spiritual bulwarks (and human consolation!) provided by hundreds of traditional Mass centers around the world, established as a direct result of [Summorum Pontificum]?" Could anyone in his right mind contend that the escalating crisis in the Church today would not have been exponentially worse, he asks, were it not for those bulwarks thrown up by Benedict? "They got rid of [Benedict] for a reason, which the St. Gallen Group now brazenly admits," writes Matt. "Of all the post-conciliar popes, Benedict was the one who finally blinked. And history may well reveal that the reign of Pope Benedict helped undermine the very Modernist revolution which, ironically enough, Benedict himself had had a hand in a half century earlier," he adds. (Remember, back when Fr. Joseph Ratzinger worked along side Karl Rahner, and was a peritus at Vatican II under Cardinal Frings?) There's much more to it than this bit here, but check it out. Food for thought.

[Hat tip to JM]

Tridentine Community News - Diocese of Marquette, MI, issues new norms for Sacred Music; BBC Radio on demand recording of EF Vespers at London Oratory; TLM Mass times


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (January31, 2016):
January 31, 2016 – Sexagésima Sunday

Diocese of Marquette, Michigan Issues New Norms for Sacred Music

Former Diocese of Marquette, Michigan Ordinary, [Arch]bishop Alexander Sample, now Archbishop of Portland, Oregon, is well-known for his devotion to the Sacred Liturgy in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms. One of his most significant acts as bishop of that diocese was the publication on January 21, 2013 of “Rejoice in the Lord Always”, a pastoral letter on Sacred Music which explained the sorts of music that are appropriate for Holy Mass.

Current Marquette Ordinary, Bishop John Doerfler has expanded upon that work with the publication this past Tuesday, January 26 of “Sing to the Lord, All the Earth! An Instruction on Sacred Music in Divine Worship”. Targeted at celebrations of the Ordinary Form, the document directs that all parishes in the diocese will, by December 31, 2020, implement a series of norms, highlights of which follow:
  • All parishes and schools will learn to chant the Ordinary parts of the Mass in English that are found in the Roman Missal, and they will be sung by the congregation some of the time throughout the year.
  • All parishes and schools will learn to chant the [Latin] Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei from the Missa Jubiláte Deo, and they will be sung by the congregation some of the time throughout the year.
  • All parishes and schools will learn to chant the Communion Antiphon in English to a very simple tone that everyone can sing, and the Communion Antiphon will be sung at every Sunday Mass. A hymn may be sung after the Communion Antiphon while the congregation is receiving the Blessed Sacrament.
  • A Diocesan Hymnal will be used to ensure the musical quality and doctrinal integrity of the Sacred Music. The hymnal will include a broad repertoire of hymns from classical to contemporary.
  • Once the diocesan hymnal is implemented, no other hymnal may be used.
Overall this is quite a commendable initiative, with the possible exception of the mandated hymnal. No one hymnal can ever hope to include all of the hymns suitable for the entire liturgical year. However, if the effort is to set a baseline standard to eliminate inappropriate music currently being used, then it is an understandable step. Poor quality sacred music is one of the main turn-offs and causes of desacralization of Catholic worship today. Conversely, requiring reverent and doctrinally sound music can only help to improve the Sensus Cathólicus of the faithful.

BBC Radio On Demand Recording of Extraordinary Form Vespers at the London Oratory

This column has many times made mention of the truly exceptional liturgical experience that is Vespers at the Brompton Oratory in London, England. A paid professional choir – among the best in the world – sings Vespers in the Extraordinary Form every Sunday at 3:30 PM, accompanied by a polyphonic Office Hymn and Magníficat. A gaggle of priests and brothers tend to the ceremonies in the sanctuary. The service concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament [omitted in this particular broadcast], followed by a procession to a massive Side Altar dedicated to the Blessed Mother [photo below by Oratory Assistant Music Director Charles Cole], at which a polyphonic setting of the seasonal Marian antiphon is sung.


You now have the opportunity to listen to one of these magnificent Vespers services on-line: Through Sunday, February 21, 2016 a London Oratory Vespers broadcast is available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06vs27l. If you appreciate sacred music, you will find much to enjoy in this recording. It’s the gold standard to which every other choir serving traditional liturgy can aspire.

The broadcast is part of the BBC’s Choral Evensong series, which features similar services from Catholic and Anglican churches across the U.K.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 02/01 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr)
  • Tue. 02/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Josaphat (Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
  • Tue. 02/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary (Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary) – Blessing of Candles and Procession precedes Mass
  • Fri. 02/05 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Sacred Heart of Jesus) [First Friday]
  • Sun. 02/07: No Mass at OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart – Mass resumes at 9:45 AM the following Sunday, February 14
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for January 31, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Tridentine Masses coming this week to metro Detroit and east Michigan


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
    Sunday

  • Sun. 01/31 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 45 minutes before and after Masses) at St. Joseph's Church, Richmond [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Sexagesima Sunday - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 01/31 8:00 and 10:30AM Low Mass (Confessions 1/2 hour before Mass: call beforehand) at St. Ann's Church, Livonia [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Sexagesima Sunday - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 01/31 9:30 AM: High Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit (Sexagesima Sunday - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 01/31 9:30 AM: High Mass at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Sexagesima Sunday - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 01/31 9:45 AM: High Mass at OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills (Sexagesima Sunday - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 01/31 2:00 PM: High Mass at St. Alphonsus Church, Windsor, Canada (Sexagesima Sunday - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 01/31 3:00 PM High Mass St. Matthew Catholic Church, Flint (Sexagesima Sunday - 2nd class)

    Monday

  • Mon. 02/01 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Ignatius of Antioch - 3rd class)
  • Mon. 02/01 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Richmond [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Ignatius of Antioch - 3rd class)
  • Mon. 02/01 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit (St. Ignatius of Antioch - 3rd class)
  • Mon. 02/01 7:00 PM: High Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Ignatius of Antioch - 3rd class)

    Tuesday

  • Tue. 02/02 7:00 AM High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Purification of the Belssed Virgin Mary - 2nd class)
  • Tue. 02/02 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Richmond [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Purification of the Belssed Virgin Mary - 2nd class)
  • Tue. 02/02 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Canada (Purification of the Belssed Virgin Mary - 2nd class)
  • Tue. 02/02 7:00 PM: Low Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Purification of the Belssed Virgin Mary - 2nd class)

    Wednesday

  • Wed. 01/03 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria - 4th class, or or St. Blaise - 4th class)
  • Wed. 01/03 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Richmond [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Feria - 4th class, or or St. Blaise - 4th class)
  • Wed. 01/03 7:00 PM: High Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria - 4th class, or or St. Blaise - 4th class)

    Thursday

  • Thu. 01/04 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Andrew Corsini - 3rd class, or or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class)
  • Thu. 01/04 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Richmond [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Andrew Corsini - 3rd class, or or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class)
  • Thu. 01/04 7:00 PM: Low Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Andrew Corsini - 3rd class, or or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class)

    Friday

  • Fri. 01/05 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Agatha - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class)
  • Fri. 01/05 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Richmond [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Agatha - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class)
  • Fri. 01/05 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit (St. Agatha - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class)
  • Fri. 01/05 7:00 PM: Low Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Agatha - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class)

  • Saturday

  • Sat. 01/06 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 1/2 hour before Mass: call beforehand) at St. Ann's Church, Livonia [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Titus - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class)
  • Sat. 01/06 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Richmond [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Titus - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class)
  • Sat. 01/06 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Titus - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class)
  • Sat. 01/06 6:00 PM Tridentine Mass at SS. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church, Sterling Heights (St. Titus - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class)

    Sunday

  • Sun. 01/07 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 45 minutes before and after Masses) at St. Joseph's Church, Richmond [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Quinquagesima Sunday - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 01/07 8:00 and 10:30AM Low Mass (Confessions 1/2 hour before Mass: call beforehand) at St. Ann's Church, Livonia [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Quinquagesima Sunday - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 01/07 9:30 AM: High Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit (Quinquagesima Sunday - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 01/07 9:30 AM: High Mass at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Quinquagesima Sunday - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 01/07 9:45 AM: High Mass at OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills (Quinquagesima Sunday - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 01/07 2:00 PM: High Mass at St. Alphonsus Church, Windsor, Canada (Quinquagesima Sunday - 2nd class)
  • Sun. 01/07 3:00 PM High Mass St. Matthew Catholic Church, Flint (Quinquagesima Sunday - 2nd class)

    * NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins." These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Rome's "Family Day" - Defiant Catholic Laity against "same-sex unions", despite little support from the Vatican

As reported by Rorate Caeli today, the "Cirinnà Bill" being debated in the Italian Parliament to allow "same-sex unions" in that central nation of Catholicism managed to bring Catholics from all over Italy to Rome this Saturday.


"The image from the Circo Massimo is unmistakable: on this 'Family Day', a huge multitude of Italian families (including many friends of this blog) gathered to protest the government's support of the counternatural bill."

Another terrific discussion in Download: "Tradition under fire"


Yes indeed: another excellent Download, a half-hour panel discussion this time of the Anglican Ordinariate, Summorum Pontificum, and the "blowback" and fallout the Church has witnessed -- partricularly for Summorum Pontificum -- from both clerics and laity who identify the post-Vatican II regnum as a rejection of pre-Vatican II tradition: "Tradition Under Fire" (Church Militant, January 29, 2016). A bit of Anglican history about the Book of Common Prayer, a bit of Catholic history about the liturgical changes spanning the last five decades, and a fine discussion of what is at stake.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The charity, the comedy, the fantasy


Our underground correspondent from an Atlantic seaboard city that knows how to keep its secrets, Guy Noir - Private Eye, recently called my attention to Stephen Glover's article, "Forgive me, but I find this hysteria a little over the top: STEPHEN GLOVER says the Second Coming would scarcely attract as much attention as Bowie's death" (Daily Mail, January 12, 2016), and commented:
What a terrific piece, even as it charitably identifies the Anglican grand poobah as "over-egging the pudding." Haha!

On reading that I thought, 'It's an unsolicited miracle, really, wrought just for me, that Francis has not waded into with eulogizing humdinger of his own!' So then I googled 'Francis & Bowie,' and laughed again, on discovering that the ever-fizzy KJL had managed to concoct a Francis/Bowie connection to fill any perceived vacuum.
Namely, this: Kathryn Jean Lopez, "Pope Francis and David Bowie: An Unexpected Duet: Great Fantasy is to start over, be born again. The fantasy is real...." (Aleteia, January 15, 2016). Noir muses:
It's all nice, and it's all comical. Which is in the end nice, I guess....

A Jewish Catholic convert publishes shocking open letter to Pope Francis

Pinchus Feinstein, "An Open Letter to Pope Francis" (On the Contrary, January 20, 2016):
His Holiness, Pope Francis
Vatican City
January, 2016

Dear Holy Father

I am a Jew. I have the assurance, as did Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, of direct descent from King David on my father’s side (my mother, I was assured was descended of Hillel).

I am 74-years-old. I converted to the Roman Catholic Church at the age of 17 in the last year of the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. I did so because I was under the conviction that I had to accept and have faith that Jesus Christ was my savior, and I believed it. And I believed that I had to be a baptized member of his Church to have a chance of salvation. So I converted and was baptized in the Catholic Church, and then I was confirmed.

Over the years I have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to both Peters’ Pence (the pope’s own treasury about which you of course must be very familiar), and my local parish and diocese.

During that time I attended thousands of Masses, hundreds of holy hours and novenas, said thousands of rosaries, and made hundreds of trips to the Confessional.

Now in 2015 and 2016 I have read your words and those of your “Pontifical Commission.” You now teach that because I am a racial Jew, God’s covenant with me was never broken, and cannot be broken. You don’t qualify that teaching by specifying anything I might do that would threaten the Covenant, which you say God has with me because I am a Jew. You teach that it’s an unbreakable Covenant. You don’t even say that it depends on me being a good person. Logically speaking, if God’s Covenant with me is unbreakable, then a racial Jew such as I am can do anything he wants and God will still maintain a Covenant with me and I will go to heaven.

Your Pontifical Commission wrote last December, “The Catholic Church neither conducts nor supports any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews…it does not in any way follow that the Jews are excluded from God’s salvation because they do not believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Israel and the Son of God.” 

You are the Pontiff. I believe what your Commission teaches under your banner and in your name, and what you declared during your visit to the synagogue in January. As a result, I no longer see any point in getting up every Sunday morning to go to Mass, say rosaries, or attend the Rite of Reconciliation on Saturday afternoon. All of those acts are superfluous for me. Predicated on your teaching, I now know that due to my special racial superiority in God’s eyes, I don’t need any of it.

I don’t see any reason now as to why I was baptized in 1958. There was no need for me to be baptized. I no longer see why there was a need for Jesus to come to earth either, or preach to the Jewish children of Abraham of his day. As you state, they were already saved as a result of their racial descent from the Biblical patriarchs. What would they need him for?

In light of what you and your Pontifical Commission have taught me, it appears that the New Testament is a fraud, at least as it applies to Jews. All of those preachings and disputations to the Jews were for no purpose. Jesus had to know this, yet he persisted in causing a lot of trouble for the Jews by insisting they had to be born again, they had to believe he was their Messiah, they had to stop following their traditions of men, and that they couldn’t get to heaven unless they believed that he was the Son of God.

Your holiness, you and your Commission have instructed me in the true path to my salvation: my race. It’s all I need and all I have ever needed.God has a covenant with my genes. It’s my genes that save me. My eyes are open now.

Consequently, you will be hearing from my lawyer. I am filing suit against the papacy and the Roman Catholic Church. I want my money back, with interest, and I am seeking compensatory and punitive damages for the psychological harm your Church caused me, by making me think I needed something besides my own exalted racial identity, in order to go to heaven after I die. 

I am litigating as well over the time that I wasted that I could have spent working in my business, instead of squandering it worshipping a Jesus that your Church now says I don’t need to believe in for my salvation. Your prelates and clerics told me something very different in 1958. I’ve been robbed!

Sincerely,
Pinchus Feinstein
2617646 Ocean View Ave.
Miami Beach, Florida 33239

P.S. I'm transmitting this letter to Hoffman, an ex-AP reporter from New York, in the expectation that he will bring it to the attention of those who should know about it. I am transmitting it to him in the form of a dream, but nevertheless, it represents the feelings of many victims of your robber Church.Pinch 

Copyright ©2016 by Michael Hoffman. All Rights Reserved
www.revisionisthistory.org  

[Hat tip to L.S.]

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"Traditional Liturgy Matters" - a great discussion


An absolutely terrific discussion of the comparative distinctives of the two forms of the Latin Rite liturgy by Joseph Gonzalez and Brad Eli in "Traditional Liturgy Matters" (Church Militant, January 22, 2016). Guests also include include Fr. Michael Magiera, FSSP, and Christendom College's Director of Admissions Sam Phillips, who explore other aspects of the Catholic traditionalist movement around the world.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Fascinating discussion of the strange phenomenon known as "Protestantism"


This appears in a half-hour-long discussion among a panel of five members, including one woman (a Notre Dame law school grad) and four men (another Notre Dame grad with a pontifical degree in theology and several others) in the new "Download" program feature on "False Ecumenism" (January 25, 2016), which you can view with a $10/month premium account at CMTV. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The intrepid Fr. Perrone on Catholic ecumenism; and some bracing suggestions for Lent

Fr. Eduard Perrone, "A Pastor's Descant" [temporary link] (Assumption Grotto News, January 24, 2016):
We are in the midst of the Church Unity Octave, a thing given scant attention to here, not for want of the desire that all Christians profess the one, true Catholic faith. Putting the matter thus already slants the issue in the decidedly Catholic way the Church has always understood and intended the unity of Christians. Indeed, how could it be otherwise? It is not a matter of vain hubris but of revealed (and thus unalterable) truth that Christ founded but one Church (a fact which all Christians assert in the Creed) and that this one Church cannot be other than the Catholic Church, that is, the one built upon the Rock, Saint Peter and his successors. The reason for slighting these eight days of unity is that church unity has become, by and large, a dead issue with most non-Catholics. Moreover, the intentions for each of its days as the Popes originally published them read today [seem] rather embarrassing to a people whose mind has been formed by the modernist heresy of indifferentism (that obvious falsehood that holds all religions to be equally valid, or equally good). Just for the record, I quote for you here the very unpolitic (“incorrect”), designated  prayer intentions for each day of the Church unity Octave, as the Holy See had originally designed them: 1. The return of all the ‘other sheep’ to the one fold of St. Peter, the one shepherd. 2. The return of all Oriental Separatists (i.e. the Orthodox) to communion with the Apostolic See. 3. The submission of Anglicans to the authority of the Vicar of Christ (viz., the Pope). 4. That Christians in America may become one in communion with the Chair of St. Peter. 5. The return to the Sacraments of lapsed Catholics. 6. The conversion of the Jews (i.e. to Christianity). 7. The missionary conquest of the world for Christ. (Day 8 is the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. It would be understood here that he was converted from Judaism to the only Church identically subsisting in the Catholic Church.) So, there you have it, real  ecumenism – the embrace of all believers in the one, holy, Catholic Church. We’ve come a long way away from having the mind of the Church on this matter, due to the aforementioned modernist indoctrination by which many Catholics have no grasp of the exigency of truth to exclude error. Asserting what is logical necessity which no rational mind can deny (namely that there can be only one truth), we who hold fast to it are made to seem bigoted and uncharitable. To the contrary, nothing could be more conciliating or more loving towards others that to proclaim truth in all its disarming honesty, even in the face of some glaringly compromised statements to the contrary issuing from our ecclesiastical leaders. It makes one want to cry out in desperation with words from the psalter, “Heu mihi, quia incolatus meus prolongatus est!” (Pardon my French. But the Vulgate is so expressive: “Woe is me, for my sojourning is extended” – meaning that I have to live yet longer in this valley of tears.)

In the ancient tradition, this Sunday begins the pre-Lenten season of Septuagesima. I have before lamented the passing of this preparatory season which eases us into Lent rather than lets us be rudely hit on Ash Wednesday. A thoughtful parishioner wisely suggested that we begin now to plan what we should do for this holy season to come upon us lest it catch us unawares. I heartily endorse this proposal and invite parishioners to exercise their creativity and share some ideas they may have on how to spend well the Forty Days. Here are some of the proffered ideas, slightly modified.

Prayers and Religious Practices: Daily Mass. Daily holy hour. Daily rosary. Daily
Divine Mercy chaplet. Daily Stations of the Cross. Weekly confession. Daily prayers for the Dead. Daily Litany of Our Lady of Loretto. Daily reading of the Catechism. Daily Bible reading. Daily reading Fulton Sheen’s The Life of Christ or The Imitation of Christ, or the Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, or St. Alphonsus Liguori’s Preparation for Death.

Penances: One main meal only per day.  Cold versus warmed foods. No desserts. No meat. No stimulants (sugars, tobacco, coffee). Dialing down the heat in home and car. Getting up a half hour earlier for a daily meditation. Cleaning and ordering the home or workplace in a penitential spirit. Good works: Visiting the sick or those in nursing homes. Spending more time with family (sic!). Cooking meals for the elderly or sick who have difficulty cooking for themselves. Shoveling a neighbor’s drive or walkway. Increasing support to the parish (a pastor’s favorite!). Going out of one’s way to do helpful things to people in one’s life, especially family members.  No doubt there is something here for everyone. I’d be glad to share with fellow parishioners other ideas you may have if you get them to me in good time. But whatever you decide to do, do it for the Lord and not for some lesser, natural motives which would diminish or even nullify their merit.

Fr. Perrone

Tridentine Community News - Miles Christi to Celebrate 1st local public TLM; National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica indulgences; TLMs coming this week


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (January 24, 2016):
January 24, 2016 - Septuagésima Sunday

Miles Christi to Celebrate First Local Public Tridentine Mass

For years, the Miles Christi order of priests and brothers has been a quiet and somewhat mysterious presence around the Archdiocese of Detroit. With a base of operations in the fairly distant suburb of South Lyon, they have no regular presence in local parish life. Rather, their ministry has consisted largely of running retreats and conferences across North America. For a while they had a role in Campus Ministry at Madonna University in Livonia. Much of what Latin Mass goers know about Miles Christi has been relayed to us over the years by TLM stalwart Leeta von Buelow, whose son [Brother] Jaspar is a member of the order.

Because of their doctrinal orthodoxy, the occasional invitation had been extended to them to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass, but it was always politely declined.


In 2012, when their new community house was built, a chapel was constructed in it, with a High Altar and Communion Rail. Mass there is apparently celebrated exclusively ad oriéntem. [The above photo from the Miles Christi web site, www.mileschristi.org, appears to depict Holy Mass in the Ordinary Form.] Word has gotten out that weekday private Low Masses in the Extraordinary Form have begun to take place in the chapel. This is a remarkable development to take place out of the blue, given how challenging it can be to get priests to take an interest in the Traditional Liturgy.

Intrepid Oakland County Latin Mass Association volunteer Jon McDonnell took it upon himself to approach Miles Christi and inquire whether one of their priests might be interested in celebrating a Tridentine Mass for the OCLMA. We’re delighted to report that he was successful: On Sunday, April 10 at 9:45 AM, Fr. Paul de Soza, MC, Vice Superior of the Miles Christi community in South Lyon, will celebrate the order’s first local public Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Bloomfield Hills. Following Mass there will be a reception at which Fr. de Soza will give a presentation on “Ways to Deepen Your Spiritual Life”. Mark your calendars to join us for this event.

National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica Indulgences


Since having been designated as Metro Detroit’s first Minor Basilica, Royal Oak’s National Shrine of the Little Flower has become a site where pilgrims may gain a Plenary Indulgence by visiting on the following dates of the year and devoutly reciting an Our Father and the Creed:
  • June 29, the Solemnity of Ss. Peter & Paul, Apostles
  • August 2, the day of the “Portiuncula” indulgence
  • October 1, the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux
  • December 23, the anniversary of dedication of the original Shrine of the Little Flower Church in 1936
  • December 23, the anniversary of the granting of the title of [Minor] Basilica to the Shrine
  • When assisting in a group pilgrimage visiting the Shrine
  • Once per year, on a day chosen personally by each member of the faithful
A Plenary Indulgence is the remission of all temporal punishment due to sin. One can seek to gain it for oneself or for the Souls in Purgatory. To gain each Plenary Indulgence, in addition to performing the specified act, in this case a visit to the Basilica, the faithful must satisfy the following conditions: Confession with 20 days, reception of Holy Communion, prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions [traditionally an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be], and freedom from attachment to sin. A maximum of one Plenary Indulgence may be gained per day.

[Source: Manual of Indulgences, 2006. Photo by Corey Seeman.]

A Belated Thank-You to Our Collection Counters

Apologies for neglecting to thank those who regularly volunteer to count our weekly collections:
  • OCLMA: Alexis Pollard
  • St. Benedict: Maggie McAuley, Theresa McKinley
Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 01/25 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Conversion of St. Paul)
  • Tue. 01/26 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (St. Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for January 24, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Tridentine Masses coming to metro Detroit and east Michigan this week


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week