Friday, August 28, 2015

Brother Joseph Matthew Emeric professes his vows

One of my former students, Steven McIver, made his first profession of vows this evening with the Canons Regular of St. Thomas Aquinas at St. Josaphat Church in Detroit in the presence of Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Francis Reese and other clergy.

The Canons Regular of St. Thomas Aquinas, according to the bulletin distributed for the occasion, "are a Catholic association of men living a life of common prayer and charity according the the rule of St. Augustine and the more ancient liturgical expression of the Catholic faith. Members take private vows of the three evangelical councils to be lived according to the Statutes of their community, presently under ecclesiastical review. First vows mark a progression in one's membership in the community past the stage of the novitiate."

The evening began with solemn Vespers (five psalms coupled with antiphons, a short reading from Sirach, the hymns Iste Confessor and Magnificat, prayer for the dead and Angelus, all chanted in Latin). After the singing of the hymn, Veni Creator Spiritus, a greeting and explanation of the vows was made by the pastor. This was followed by the profession of vows in Latin by Brother Steven McIver, who adopted the religious name, Brother Joseph Matthew Emeric.

The rite was concluded by the solemn chanting of the Te Deum. The religious community asks that we keep their newly professed and members in our prayers. God bless you, Brother Joseph Matthew Emeric.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Opposing factions wait to spin Pope's visit in their favor

Michael O'Loughlin, "A Catholic tug of war in the US awaits Pope Francis" (Crux, August 26, 2015).

"When Pope Francis starts his US road show next month, Catholics to his left and right will all be hoping to pull him a bit closer to their own causes," writes Guy Noir...

"... Just who is CRUX interviewing? Oh, that's right: Micheal Sean Winters, Robby George, and George Weigel. You know how some people are irked that all the Supreme Court Justices come from Harvard and Yale...."

Book Review: Pre-Synod Book "Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family"

Exclusive at Rorate Caeli (August 25, 2015).

Eleven Cardinals Defend Traditional Catholic Moral Teaching on Marriage and the Family , a book review by Dr. Maike Hickson. [The book will be available from Ignatius Press in September.]

Monday, August 24, 2015

Africa isn't buying Obama's sodomy sales pitch: "Is this what Obama wants to bring to Africa as a human right, to eat the poo poo ..."

"Obama selling sodomy. Africa ain't bying." (ABS, August 7, 2015). As ABS blogger points out, the main reason for his post is the second video, which is it "not only one of the funniest vids to be seen anywhere, it does make a point and the facial responses of his audience are fantastic."

New textament (Bible in text-message language)

From New Oxford Review ...
Ed. Note: This year marks the tenth anniversary of The News You May Have Missed. In celebration of this milestone, we bring you the “top ten” entries, as determined by the editors, from the first ten years of this column.

10. New txtament (Dec. 2005)

The Bible Society in Australia has translated the Old and New Testaments into text-message language, the form of shorthand communication made popular on the Internet and cell phones. “In da Bginnin God cre8ed da heavens & da earth,” the SMS (short message service) version begins. “Da earth waz barren, wit no 4m of life; it waz unda a roaring ocean cuvred wit dRkness.” A spokesman for the society commented, “The old days when the Bible was available only in a sombre black cover with a cross on it are long gone” (emphasis added) (Telegraph, Oct. 7, 2005).

The marriage license office clerk

Good morning. We want to apply for a marriage license." 

"Names?", said the clerk.

"Tim and Jim Jones."

"Jones?? Are you related?? I see a resemblance."

"Yes, we're brothers."

"Brothers?? You can't get married."

"Why not?? Aren't you giving marriage licenses to same gender couples?"

"Yes, thousands. But we haven't had any siblings. That's incest!"

"Incest?" No, we are not gay."

"Not gay?? Then why do you want to get married?"

"For the financial benefits, of course. And we do love each other. Besides, we don't have any other prospects."

"But we're issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples who've claim they'd been denied equal protection under the law. If you are not gay, you can get married to a woman."

"Wait a minute. A gay man has the same right to marry a woman as I have. But just because I'm straight doesn't mean I want to marry a woman. I want to marry Jim."

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Something religious

Quoted in the latest issue of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 1/2 (Spring/Summer 2015), p. 42:
"If the Church were not Divine, the Council would have buried her."

-- Giuseppe Cardinal Siri

Something political

A reader writes, saying "Hey, chew on this from Thomas Sowell":
In her latest book, Adios, America! Ann Coulter says, “if Romney had won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012, instead of 27 percent, he still would have lost. On the other hand, had he won just 4 percent more of the white vote, he would have won.”
[Hat tip to JM]

Saturday, August 22, 2015

So Facebook lets you choose between 58 gender options, but you're locked out if you're a priest and call yourself "Fr. Jones"

The regime of "tolerance" is at it again. Have a look ABC identified 58 gender options for Facebook users, including Agender, Androgyne, Androgynous, Bigender, Cisgender male, Cisgender female, Female to Male, Gender Fluid, Intersex, Male to Female, Trans Female, Trans Male, Transgender Female, Transgender Male, Transsexual Female, Transsexual Male, etc.

The regime is willing to accommodate nearly any conceivable sexual variant or deviation; but let a priest ("gasp!") use the prefix "Fr." or "Msgr." and -- horror of horrors! -- the threat of religious prejudice might offend some of these lilly-livered tyrants, so: "Cut 'em loose!!"

This may seem trivial, but it's not. Big things start small. First they slowly slide. Then they gather momentum. Soon insanity morphs into totalitarian tyranny. Then hell is unleashed. In the name of "love, peace, and tolerance."

See: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, "Facebook locks out Catholic priest Msgr. Charles Pope, for being a 'Monsignor'" (Fr. Z's Blog, August 21, 2015).

Holy Innocents - Manhattan: Blue Mass ... TLM!!!

Via Fr. Z:

Tridentine Masses coming this week to metro Detroit and east Michigan

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week

Tridentine Community News - Bp Hanchon Mass moved to SS. Augustine & Monica; Book on history of Holy Name of Mary parish; 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 (August 23, 2015):
New Location for Bishop Hanchon’s Mass: St. Augustine – St. Monica Church, Detroit

This Friday, August 28 at 7:00 PM, Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Donald Hanchon will celebrate a Pontifical Missa Cantata for the Feast of St. Augustine at Detroit’s St. Augustine – St. Monica Church, at 4151 Seminole St. This is a new location for the Mass; the previously advertised location, St. Paul on the Lake Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, had to close unexpectedly for ceiling repairs. This will be the first Tridentine Mass to be held at St. Augustine – St. Monica in 45 years. Juventútem Michigan will host a dinner for young adults following the Mass. [Photo by Mark Nemecek, Detroit Church Blog]

Book Review: A History of Holy Name of Mary Parish by Michael Power

First-time visitors to the St. Benedict Tridentine Community’s First Sunday and every-Tuesday site, Holy Name of Mary Church, may be somewhat perplexed upon entering the building. Clearly this English Gothic edifice was originally built for the Traditional Mass, but many of its historic architectural components have been removed. There’s a classic three-step platform for a High Altar, surmounted by a tester (a mini-baldacchino) but…no High Altar. There are niches for Side Altars…but only a statue of our Blessed Mother on the left, and the Tabernacle on a post on the right. The walls are painted stark white. How did it look originally?

The 1984 book, A History of Holy Name of Mary Parish by Michael Power provides the answers, with photos of the original sanctuary arrangement, adorned with beautiful sacred art. The book documents the founding of the parish, originally known as Our Lady of Prompt Succour. Largely a biography of Msgr. John Rooney, the founding pastor who led the parish for 51 years, 1917-1968, the book conveys the dedication this one priest had for the parish during its heyday. Our Lady of Prompt Succour changed its name to Holy Name of Mary in 1943 upon Msgr. Rooney’s recommendation, because the original name was determined to be confusing and unmemorable.

The reader gets the distinct impression that the parish was founded in a very different era. One of the highlights of the book is the address which then-reigning Diocese of London Bishop Michael Fallon delivered at the cornerstone laying ceremony for the “new” church in 1926:

“There is a society that attracts the attention of all mankind. It has members in every land, and numbers among its followers men and women of every known colour, race, and speech. These members are found in all continents; they have crossed the seven seas. This society is the most remarkable that the world has ever known or ever will know. It was founded by One Who died on the Cross at Calvary – a criminal in the eyes of His executioners.

Yet, the society He had founded did not end with His death. It was propagated by a little band of poor fishermen, and has spread all over the world, into all parts of the earth that are inhabited by man. This society is the Roman Catholic Church.

This society differs from all the other societies that have ever existed, or will ever exist, in the aims it has in view. Other societies have been organized for fraternal, political, and financial reasons, but there is only one that has a purely spiritual aim – the sanctification and salvation of the souls of mankind.

The one, single purpose of the Catholic Church is to save souls. It is true that there is no human interest that is foreign to the sympathy, support, and prayers of the Church. It is true that masters of art and of architecture, poets and leaders in national affairs have been her children, but the fact remains that all these things are of secondary importance to her. The Catholic Church thinks more of the soul of one little child than it does of all the material greatness of the earth. With her, material bulk is not the greatest factor – the salvation of souls is her one primary consideration.

The Catholic Church, therefore, is a centre for the salvation and sanctification of souls. It is the place where little children are baptized, and where they receive the teachings of Christianity. Again, it is a place where their lives are directed as they grow older; and when the shadows of life lengthen, it is the place where they are given solace.”

We can only admire the clarity with which His Excellency expressed the above thoughts. A History of Holy Name of Mary Parish is unfortunately out of print, however copies may be available for borrowing from longstanding parishioners or staff at Assumption Parish.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 08/24 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Bartholomew, Apostle)
  • Tue. 08/25 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (St. Louis IX, King & Confessor)
  • Fri. 08/28 7:00 PM: Pontifical Missa Cantata at St. Augustine – St. Monica, Detroit (St. Augustine, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor) – Bishop Donald Hanchon, celebrant. Dinner for young adults age 18-35 follows Mass, organized by Juventútem Michigan
[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 August 23, 2015. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Friday, August 21, 2015

The middle way between being a "Cafeterial Catholic" and a "Feeding Tube Catholic"

John Zmirak, "Catholics: Are You a Cafeteria or a Feeding Tube Catholic?" (The Stream, July 15, 2015): "There is a middle way between haughtily choosing among Church teachings, and lying back like a coma patient ingesting whatever the Vatican Press Office sends you."

[Hat tip to L.S.]

Maltese bishop: remove communion ‘barriers’ so adulterers can "savor the delicacies of God's love."

"Maltese bishop: remove ‘barriers’ to those who have remarried outside the Church" (, August 21, 2015). The head of the diocese said, among other things:
One is hopeful that in the coming Synod, our Mother the Church, while remaining faithful to the Gospel of the Family, and sustains those families who are “steady” on their feet, seeks to be faithful to the Gospel of God’s Mercy, and as she acted in the remote forgotten past, today succeeds to find the pathways which would enable those who, in spite of the fact that they did not succeed in their first marriage/relationship, and hope in God’s mercy, to savor the delicacies of God love. We should not keep back from releasing the therapeutic energy which Jesus entrusted to us, His Church, to help the penitent sinner who yearns to break free from his past prison and reconcile himself with God and with the Church without expecting him to shoulder burdens which he morally cannot do.
Sigh ...

What were they teaching in the seminaries back when these prelates were in school? Either they are uninformed, or intellectually inept, or malevolent, or simply caving to social pressure. I suppose the most charitable assumption is the latter. Lord, send Malta strong, manly bishops! [Hat tip to P. Borealis]