Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Russians have hacked by blog!!!

I'm not sure what's wrong, but one of my readers notified me that my blog is on the fritz. My son Christopher who knows a lot about these things is working with me to resolve the problem. In the meantime, one wag suggested that it must be the Russians. I'm inclined to agree. Perhaps it was Putin himself. In collusion with Trump. After all, that's about all the Democratic Media have been saying for the last six months, is it not? It's the Russians! It's the Russians! We can overlook the 'indiscretions' of Clinton that compromised national security, involved multiple violations of constitutional law, and got innocent people killed, but there's sure to be a Russian plot behind all this. Think I'll hire a Grand Inquisitor. Or a Special Prosecutor.

New studies: 'responsible contraception' doesn't prevent pregnancy or abortion in more than half of cases

Slippery slope from non-Catholic to non-Christian 'saints'?

Peter Crenshaw, "Pope Francis Opens Door to Non-Catholic Saints" (Remnant, July 12, 2017).

Comment by Guy Noir - Private Eye: "Does anyone really think there will be a long gap between the emergence of protestant Saints and the emergence of non-Christian ones? There's the rub!"

Google, Marshall McLuhan, and Catholicism

Google, Marshall McLuhan, and Catholicism

Google makes a point of ignoring the birthdays of traditional celebrities of the western tradition. It wouldn't be caught dead celebrating the feast days of Catholic saints. Instead, it makes a point of celebrating the 'feast days' of offbeat, marginalized figures, non-whites, often women, often unknown, sometimes of dubious distinction. This isn't a bad thing as such, except insofar as it leads to ignorance about meritorious figures in the traditional western canon of celebrities. It is most certainly, however, a very politically correct thing.

When Google chose the Canadian pioneer of media theory, Marshall McLuhan, as its 'saint' for the day (his birthday was July 21, 1911), I have little reason to believe that they had in mind feting this Canadian professor for having converted from agnosticism to the Catholic Faith. Here are the delicious facts, however, lifted directly from Wikipedia:
While studying the trivium at Cambridge, he took the first steps toward his eventual conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1937, founded on his reading of G. K. Chesterton. In 1935, he wrote to his mother: "[H]ad I not encountered Chesterton, I would have remained agnostic for many years at least." At the end of March 1937, McLuhan completed what was a slow but total conversion process, when he was formally received into the Roman Catholic Church. After consulting a minister, his father accepted the decision to convert. His mother, however, felt that his conversion would hurt his career and was inconsolable. McLuhan was devout throughout his life, but his religion remained a private matter. He had a lifelong interest in the number three (e.g., the trivium, the Trinity) and sometimes said that the Virgin Mary provided intellectual guidance for him. For the rest of his career, he taught in Roman Catholic institutions of higher education. From 1937 to 1944, he taught English at Saint Louis University (with an interruption from 1939–40 when he returned to Cambridge). There he taught courses on Shakespeare and tutored and befriended Walter J. Ong, S.J. (1912–2003), who went on to write his Ph.D. dissertation on a topic that McLuhan had called to his attention, and who also became a well-known authority on communication and technology.
Who was it that said "even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while"?

The Marcello Pera interview: a political interpretation of Pope Francis

Benedict XVI greeting Marcello Pera

President of the Italian Senate Marcello Pera is a classical liberal Catholic and friend of the former Pope Benedict XVI, with whom he co-authored a book: Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam. Here he is interviewed by Corrado Ocone (Il Mattino, July 9, 2017), translated by Rorate Caeli in "THE ULTIMATE INTERVIEW to Understand all About Pope Francis: Marcello Pera, Italian politician and close Ratzinger friend" (Rorate Caeli, July 14, 2017).

Spadaro and Figueroa in La Civiltà Cattolica: Eeeek! The FUNDAMENTALISTS are coming!!!

But wait! Do they even know what a 'Fundamentalist' is? Of course not! And here is Frank J. Sheed to prove it in "Reading is Fundamental!" (July 21, 2017).

[Hat tip to JM]

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Home safe

Thanks to those of you who offered a Hail Mary (or more) for our safety during our three weeks of travel. We are home again, safe and sound; and as wonderful as other places may be that one may visit over the course of vacation travels, coming home is always wonderful.

I will post a brief resume of our travels with some personal impressions in the next few days.

Thanks again!

Pertinaciously yours,

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tridentine Community News - Christopher Din to pursue religious vocation; Bus tour to historic churches in Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec; Ornate Hosts; Miles Christi update; Benjamin Bloomfield's Chant App shown to Pope Benedict; Addressing Fr. Peter Hrystyk; TLM at the EU; Polish Prime Minister's Son Celebrates first TLM; TLM schedule

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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (June 24, 2017):
June 25, 2017 – External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Christopher Din to Pursue Religious Vocation

Longtime St. Josaphat and St. Joseph Tridentine Mass altar server Christopher Din will be entering formation for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Buffalo, New York in August. The O.M.I.s are best known for their operation of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, a pilgrimage site with a giant outdoor church somewhat reminiscent of the Hollywood Bowl. Your prayers for Chris’ vocation are appreciated.

Bus Tour to Historic Churches in Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec

Prayer Pilgrimages will be offering its annual pilgrimage to the historic churches of Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City Sunday-Saturday, July 9-15. At press time it was not certain that Tridentine Masses will be included in this year’s trip. For further information or to register, call organizer Michael Semaan at (248) 250-6005.

Ornate Hosts

Sacred art comes in many forms. One relatively rarely seen art form is the design of ornate priest’s hosts. The vast majority of hosts are plain white or wheat designs, but a small number of vendors offer hosts embossed with religious symbolism.

At Holy Name of Mary Church in Windsor, the St. Benedict Tridentine Community has started to use a beautiful type of priest’s host. Each box of hosts contains a variety of designs, all with elaborate religious imagery.

What purpose does this serve? It does not make the host any more sacred, but it does provide an edifying image to both the celebrant and those close enough to the altar to be moved by the image they may be able to see.

Miles Christi Update

Several readers had expressed concerns about the Tridentine Mass that has been offered at the Miles Christi Family Center Chapel in South Lyon, Michigan on Saturdays at 8:30 AM. It had blended elements of the Low and High Mass in ways which the rubrics do not allow. Unlike in the Ordinary Form, in the Traditional Latin Mass one cannot pick and choose which elements of those two Mass forms one likes; one must follow the rules which clearly define and distinguish one from the other. We are pleased to report that a few weeks ago, the priests of Miles Christi corrected their celebration of Holy Mass and are now offering Low Masses that adhere to the defined norms.

Benjamim Bloomfield’s Chant App Shown to Pope Benedict

Deacon Richard Bloomfield’s son Benjamin sings in a chant choir in Cincinnati, Ohio. He wrote a “Chant Tools” app for use on Android and Apple devices which presents Propers in various tones, as an alternative to using the Liber Usuális book. Adam Bartlett, who has taught chant at Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary, on May 18 had an opportunity to demonstrate the app to none other than Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Congratulations to Benjamin, who joins our own Chant Sheet author Michel Ozorak in using modern technology to bring this timeless music to a modern audience.

Addressing Fr. Peter Hrytsyk

Since Fr. Peter was elevated to the rank of Archpriest on June 11, some readers have inquired how to address him. He is still to be called “Fr. Peter”, but correspondence to him should now be addressed to “The Very Reverend Fr. Peter Hrytsyk”. He was presented with a special cross to be worn around the neck as a sign of his new rank.

TLM at the EU

A Polish member of the European Parliament arranged for two Tridentine Masses to be celebrated on the grounds of the Parliament in Brussels, on May 4 and May 18. A remarkable achievement at such a secular institution, but one that certainly celebrates Europe’s Christian – and more specifically Catholic – heritage.

Polish Prime Minister’s Son Celebrates First TLM

In other news from the Polish political scene, on Sunday, June 4, the newly-ordained Fr. Tymoteusz Szydlo, son of Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, celebrated his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form, at an FSSP church in Krakow. His mother’s Law and Justice Party espouses traditional Catholic teachings on life and marriage issues.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 06/26 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Ss. John & Paul, Martyrs)
  • Tue. 06/27 7:00 PM: Low Requiem Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Daily Mass for the Dead)
  • Sat. 07/01 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ)
[Comments? Please e-mail Previous columns are available at 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 June 24, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Leave of absence

Notice: I will be posting only intermittently if at all for the next three weeks.

Of your kindness, please offer a Hail Mary for us as we shall be travelling.

Pax in aeternum

Tridentine Masses coming this week to metro Detroit and east Michigan

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week








* 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," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Monsignor Bux: We Are in a Full Crisis of Faith

Edward Pentin (National Catholic Register, June 21, 2017) writes: "Theologian and former consulter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith calls on the Pope to make a declaration of faith, warning that unless the Pope safeguards doctrine, he cannot impose discipline." Read more here >>

[Hat tip to JM]

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The impact of Catholic culture on Hemingway

Hemingway rejected the sentimental piety of his mother and the liberal 'social gospel' of the Methodism in which he was raised in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. After witnessing the brutalities of war in Europe, he could no longer accept the conceits about the 'perfectibility of man' found in his erstwhile suburban Methodist religious culture.

Hemingway was not, however, insensitive to religious ideas and practices -- particularly those found in Catholic cultures -- as is abundantly clear from Matthew Nickel's "Young Hemingway's Wound and Conversion" (Pilgrim: A Journal of Catholic Experience, 2013), excerpted and adapted from the first chapter of his recent work, Hemingway’s Dark Night: Catholic Influences and Intertextualities in the Work of Ernest Hemingway (Wickford, RI: New Street Communications, 2013).

One of the most striking early remarks by Hemingway is in a letter to Ernest Walsh, dated January 2, 1926, in which he refers to himself a Catholic in connection with the Sacrament of extreme unction given to him on the battlefield:
If I am anything I am a Catholic. Had extreme unction administered to me as such in July 1918 and recovered. So guess I am a super-catholic.... Am not what is called a ‘good’ catholic.... But cannot imagine taking any other religion seriously.
Nickel then observes:
It is impossible to know exactly what occurred on the battlefield between Hemingway and the priest, but regardless, there is ample evidence that Hemingway practiced Catholic rituals and that he talked and wrote to others about being a Catholic after World War I. Also, the results of a canonical inquest into Hemingway’s standing in the Catholic Church by the Archdiocese of Paris – which on April 25, 1927 reported he was “certified a Catholic in good standing” -- are telling.
One cannot, of course, sidestep the brute fact of his subsequent depression and suicide in Idaho in 1961. But there is clearly more than meets the eye in the standard secular accounts of Hemingway's life and work.

[Hat tip to Christopher Blosser]

Tridentine Community News - The Ambrosian Rite; TLM schedule

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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (June 18, 2017):
June 18, 2017 - External Solemnity of Corpus Christi

The Ambrosian Rite

Disclaimer: These are the author’s initial reactions to his first experience of the Ambrosian Rite Mass and are not meant to be authoritative descriptions of the rite.

This year’s Sacra Liturgía conference was held in Milan, Italy June 6-9. As always, it was an informative and uplifting experience. One feels intimately connected to the worldwide Latin Mass movement at such an event, being part of an international crowd with likeminded interests. Vatican Congregation of Divine Worship Prefect Cardinal Robert Sarah once again delivered the keynote address, in which he reiterated his recommendation from last year for priests to celebrate the Ordinary Form of Holy Mass ad oriéntem. This year His Eminence also made the case for Holy Communion to be received kneeling and on the tongue. Cardinal Raymond Burke delivered an address about the positive effects of the first ten years of Summórum Pontificum. Former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò was in attendance, as were several other bishops and countless priests.

A principal objective of this year’s event was exposing the attendees to the Ambrosian Rite. The rite, named after Milan’s Patron Saint, St. Ambrose, is native to the Archdiocese of Milan; it is also used at a handful of other locations in Italy and Switzerland. Several talks on the history of the rite were presented, and Masses and Vespers in the traditional and modern forms of the rite were offered. An elaborate Traditional Ambrosian Solemn Mass in the Presence of a Greater Prelate [Cardinal Burke] was offered in the standing-room-only Church of Sant’Alessandro in Zebedia. [Photo above; both photos by Sacra Liturgía]

Unlike the Traditional Premonstratensian, a.k.a. Norbertine, Rite, which has only a few variations from the Traditional Latin Mass, the Traditional Ambrosian Rite differs in some significant ways:

There are three readings instead of two. There are two additional chanted Propers: an Antiphon after the Gospel and a Confractórium Antiphon after the Canon during the breaking of the host. The Confractórium takes the place of the Agnus Dei, which is omitted in the Ambrosian Rite.

In both the Masses and the Vespers offered at the conference, there were elements shared with the Byzantine Rite: There were several instances of Kyrie, eleison chanted back and forth. There were Dóminus vobíscum’s at unexpected points, such as before antiphons. Unlike its restrained handling in the Tridentine Mass, the thurible – without a lid – is swung around in an expansive circular motion, almost like a lasso.

Only four priests in the Archdiocese of Milan are familiar with the Traditional Ambrosian Rite. As a result, that version is only offered in two locations.

The Modern Ambrosian Rite shares many of the characteristics of the traditional version, though the celebrant may face the people. This rite is the norm in most parishes in Milan. In the Modern Ambrosian Mass offered at the conference in the Basilica of St. Ambrose, the first reading was, oddly, not taken from Sacred Scripture, but was rather a history of Ss. Ambrose, Gervase, and Protase. The Sign of Peace takes place before the Offertory.

Musically, there is a whole repertoire of Ambrosian Chant, whose sound is quite rich and full, sonically falling somewhere between the often thin Gregorian Chant and complex polyphony. Many of our readers are familiar with the Ambrosian Glória, which the Milanese call Glória Tono Festívo. An updated book of Ambrosian Chant was introduced at the conference.

Perhaps the most moving moment in all of the liturgies offered took place at the beginning of the Modern Ambrosian Rite Mass. As the entrance procession arrived at the altar, the two acolytes and crucifer turned to face the clergy behind them. The clergy and servers in the procession turned to face each other, while the celebrant remained at the back of the procession [photo above]. The choir then began a 12-fold Kyrie, alternating with the clergy. A video of this entrance is here, with the Kyrie beginning at 2:30:

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 06/19 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Julia of Falconieri, Virgin)
  • Tue. 06/20 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Silverius, Pope & Martyr)
  • Sat. 06/24 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Nativity of St. John the Baptist)
[Comments? Please e-mail Previous columns are available at 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 June 18, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Tridentine Community News - Extraordinary Faith Episode 11: San Francisco Part 2 of 2; TLM scheudule

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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (June 11, 2017):
June 11, 2017 - Trinity Sunday

Extraordinary Faith Episode 11: San Francisco Part 2 of 2

The last episode of Season 1 of Extraordinary Faith has been posted to YouTube and Vimeo for viewing on-line. This episode, as well as all of the other episodes of Season 1, continues to be re-run on a weekly basis by EWTN on all of their global satellite feeds. EWTN’s strong support for Extraordinary Faith is directly attributable to the feedback they receive at, and we thank our readers who have taken the time to send in a good word.

Episode 11 – San Francisco Part 2 of 2 – begins with an interview with Fr. Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco, who is attempting to organize an Oratory of St. Philip Neri there. He explains what an Oratory is, and the noteworthy Oratories in London, Birmingham, and Oxford, England, and Toronto, Ontario, all of which are renowned for traditional liturgy.

The Tridentine Mass isn’t the only form of traditional Catholic liturgy that is regaining popularity in modern times. The traditional Dominican Rite is also enjoying a resurgence, and one of its proponents and celebrants, Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP, Associate Professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology in Berkeley, California, explains what it is and how it differs from the Roman Rite. We interview Fr. Anselm in San Francisco’s Dominican parish, appropriately named St. Dominic, and pastor Fr. Michael Hurley gives us a tour of this English Gothic church.

Traditional orders continue to grow and be founded. Fr. Vito Perrone – no relation to Detroit’s Fr. Eduard Perrone – explains the mission of his new order, the Contemplatives of St. Joseph, which offers both the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms in San Francisco.

Next we head to the southern part of the Bay Area, to San Jose, the hub of Silicon Valley. You would expect to see modern buildings housing tech companies there, but you might be surprised to discover a beautiful historic church, Five Wounds Portuguese National Church, which is home to a Latin Mass community. Canon Olivier Meney of the Institute of Christ the King takes us on a tour.

When you think of Marin County, located north of San Francisco on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, you might think of vineyards and beautiful vistas. In the midst of that scenic countryside is the St. Vincent School for Boys, a residential school for disadvantaged young men which has an expansive, architecturally ornate campus. The centerpiece is a stunning chapel which hosts a Tridentine Mass community on Sundays. Facilities Director Jacqui Devine gives us a tour.

Episode 11 may be viewed on the Extraordinary Faith channels on YouTube and Vimeo. A high-res direct link is here: Soon it will also be viewable – along with some behind-the-scenes photos – on our web site, As always, we encourage you to like the Extraordinary Faith page on Facebook, so you’ll be notified about the latest air dates and additional info about the places we visit.

Season 2 of Extraordinary Faith will debut soon. It begins with a local slant: The first three episodes cover our local Latin Mass scene here in Windsor and Detroit. Details will be provided when EWTN sets their broadcast schedule.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 06/12 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. John of San Fecundo, Confessor)
  • Tue. 06/13 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Anthony of Padua, Confessor & Doctor)
  • Sat. 06/17 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Gregory
[Comments? Please e-mail Previous columns are available at 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 June 11, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Saturday, June 17, 2017

AIM Report: Did Mueller Know Hoover’s Dark Secret?

Another underground agent, let's call him "Guy Rouge - private eye," writes:
The republicans know this but they will not fight against the establishment which hired Mueller to take Trump out.

Politically, Trump is a dead man walking and his executioner is man whose hands are covered with the same blood that Irish Mobster, and rifleman man Flemmi, spilled in Boston with the knowledge and assistance of the FBI.

Mueller knew....
"AIM Report: Did Mueller Know Hoover’s Dark Secret?" (Accuracy In Media, April 14, 2002):
It may be the worst scandal in FBI history: Joseph Salvati spent three decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He was put there by uncorroborated, false testimony from an informant under the protection of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There is compelling evidence that the Bureau knew Salvati was an innocent man and then conspired to keep him in prison for more than three decades. Knowledge of the Bureau’s actions seems to have gone right to the very top; documents uncovered recently show that then-Director J. Edgar Hoover monitored the case from Washington.

The FBI scandal was investigated for two years by the House Government Reform Committee, then under the chairmanship of Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN), who introduced legislation to remove Hoover’s name from FBI headquarters as a result of what he learned.

But the scandal gets worse than that. When Burton tried to acquire official records on the case from the Justice Department, he was stonewalled, and Attorney General John Ashcroft persuaded President George W. Bush to invoke “executive privilege” to block the committee’s subpoenas. This was President Bush’s first, and thus far only, use of executive privilege to withhold information from the Congress. Some think Bush is trying to protect current FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston during part of the relevant time period. The confrontation with Burton prompted columns on the controversy by William Safire and Robert Novak.