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Saturday, June 30, 2007

The New Rite, in name at least

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enters its final week.

I receive a copy of a letter by PACS!

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Council President David A. Franczyk
City of Buffalo
1315 City Hall
Buffalo, NY 14202

Dear Mr. Franczyk,

I am writing on behalf of many citizens of Polonia in Western New York and also on behalf of members of an organization I am cochairperson of - CPACS - Catholic Parishioners Against Church Suppression. I would like to express the gratitude of all these folks for the City of Buffalo Council courageous stand against the Diocese of Buffalo in the face of criticism of your recent resolution opposing ethnic church suppression.

The diocese has some ill conceived plans to downsize and close Buffalo neighborhood churches which is in direct contradiction to the words and admonition of the founder of Christianity, Jesus Christ, before he ascended to heaven. He announced the great commission to go into the world to all places and spread the Good News! (And not to retreat!) CPACS also believes the diocesan actions constitute ethnic church suppression!

I edit a website www.catholicpacs.com with the help of two other cochairpersons of CPACS who are dedicated Catholics, Mary Ann Herrington (faramah@roadrunner.com), a popular WNY newspaper columnist and Phil Julian (pajulian@verizon.net) who also writes articles for WNY newspapers. A group of Catholic parishioners started this organization (which operates mainly from the Dunkirk-Fredonia area of Chautauqua County) in reaction to what we believe to be the largest ill-planned closing of Catholic churches in US history. Here in the Diocese of Buffalo - 100 churches might be closed!

Yesterday's Buffalo News headline "Parish Plan angers many Poles" is a very accurate description of the situation. We believe the Diocese of Buffalo is closing twice the number of churches than were closed in the larger Archdiocese of Boston where a battle is still in progress between the laity and hierarchy.

The mammoth size of the suppression here is causing great consternation among thousands of Catholics in our diocese. What is also troubling is that the diocese stated to CPACS that they are not closing any parishes but simply merging them. Their play with word games is rather disturbing to say the least. Also, why is the Bishop and diocese so critical of Catholic laity (who have been supporting the diocese for all these years) for having opinions on the subject of church suppression? The first words listed at our website - the Catholic Code of Canon Law - authored by the Catholic Church encourage and solicit lay opinions.

CPACS has been contacted by parishioners throughout WNY including citizens from the City of Buffalo so we have expanded our mission to include people throughout the WNY area and in all counties of the Diocese of Buffalo. We hope to get extra help this way through a "solidarity" with a more diverse group - liberal and conservative, from all nationalities, colors and walks of life fighting for our cause.

If you have any questions after visiting our website please let me know. Also, if I can be of any help concerning the situation, please let me know. Thanks for your time and consideration in supporting the cause of Jesus in WNY to keep our churches open and not suppressed.

Sincerely,

Bill Parks
Cochairperson
CPACS
6 Andrew Court
Fredonia, NY 14063
716.679.9613
stanwrite@aol.com
www.catholicpacs.com

The posts that are for my eyes only

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Until they get rejected. Cunning man this Archbishop. See Archbishop's blog below.

The Latin Mass

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Responding to the Archbishop

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Cardinal Sean's blog.

The correct spelling of Motu Proprio would help people to consider that you were taking the question of the liberation of the Latin Mass seriously. The number of priories of the SSPX is low because the holy Archbishop required that there be several priests in one location to guard against freelancers, often found nowadays in the parochial clergy of the mainstream Church, let alone in traditionaliist circles. The quality and quantity of the practice of those attending SSPX and indult chapels is also much higher- you do them a disservice by your statements. Given the present rates of decline in the Church across the world, figures which you will be well aware of, the crossover between the growth of traditionalism and the mainstream Church is about twenty years away. It is also completely untrue to say that the sole motivation is the reconciliation of the SSPX, as anyone who read the Pope’s writings on the liturgy would be well aware.

Comment by Chris Gillibrand — June 30, 2007 @ 8:12 am

You also forgot to mention that you closed the Church of the Most Holy Trinity where the Latin Mass took place before transferring the venue to Mary Immaculate of Lourdes, despite almost all the stakeholders being fully committed to saving Holy Trinity.

Comment by Chris Gillibrand — June 30, 2007 @ 8:16 am

Orval

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a monastery that once was dead now lives.

Woolpit in England

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Once the location of the great medieval Shrine of Our Lady of Woolpit.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Heading in the right direction

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The Recovery of the Sacred

Pope’s blessing

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for Latin Mass -

Catholic and Polish?

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Bishop does not care

Latin Mass- the Day of Liberation is at hand

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When the criminals have succeeded in putting all the good people in jail for forty years, good manners is not the strongest card. Unless, of course, one's name is Hearst.

The Liberation of St Peter

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Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

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City council on the attack

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Target-Diocese of Buffalo.

Much more here.

Thanks! Parishioners against Suppression.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Vatican announces Tridentine Mass Motu Proprio to come “within a few days”

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Subito it was not.

Latin Mass indult due 7th July.

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Sure everyone knows by now.

But bet no-one knows that it is the Feast of Blessed Pope Benedict XI. His Feast is celebrated in Rome and throughout the Dominican order.

"At Perugia, Blessed Pope Benedict XI of Treviso, confessor, of the Order of Preachers. In the short space of his pontificate, he did much to promote peace for the Church, to restore discipline, and to increase religion to a wonderful degree. A duplex feast." from the Dominican martyrology.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Inside the Vatican

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on the Pope and the Mass,


"So it is a very important matter. But what is the problem? It seems that Benedict, like many thoughtful believers, is concerned about the fact that the conciliar reform of the liturgy in the 1960s has in some way apparently failed to achieve its chief goal, which was to bring about an even greater reverence for the Eucharist, an even greater participation by the faithful in the mystery of Christ, an even deeper sacramental life within the Church. (That is what the conciliar fathers hoped to accomplish by approving a liturgical reform.)

And if there are in the "old Mass," as many argue, qualities too hastily discarded in the 1960s -- a sense of tradition which made it a bit easier for some to turn their minds toward the eternal, a sense of solemnity which helped some to turn their hearts toward God -- and if that loss can, even if only in part, be made good, if it can be remedied, by a motu proprio allowing the "old Mass" to be celebrated more widely, then it is a work of great import for the Pope to carry out.

If the "old Mass" is merely a "cultural" matter, the fad of a small elite, it will not flourish in any case, and the motu proprio will be a dead letter. But if it is a matter of renewing the Church, and if the dignity and holiness of the old rite strikes the faithful in such a way as to re-kindle in them a sense of that devotion which prepares them to encounter Christ, then allowing the old Mass to be celebrated more widely will be an act worth preparing for with much toil and care."

No liturgy is safe

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Discussion of the Revised Divine Liturgy of the Byzantine Catholics.

Full horror of the Church of the Holy Face

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Cardinal preaching
Church or ventilation for office blocks

Soulless baptistery

The Church that must be destroyed.

Meet Cardinal Poletto

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Behind him is a "Church". Cathcon is in business to save Churches. This one should be destroyed with all possible haste.

A Motu Proprio

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is published dealing with the election of the Roman Pontiff. L

Now, let us see THE Motu Proprio!

Belly dancing Catholic youth

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Encouraging the young to behave like this is not producing Catholics.

In the Youth Church in Vienna

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a "whole range of things are on offer". Including Catholicism?

Sankt Peter in flames

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Church burns in Germany- and immediately they ask who will pay.

Motu Proprio

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moving from translators to printers

And seems it will be a case of where 30 or more are gathered together and the priest is willing.

The Monastery of St. Francis

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where once was the Mass, now there are banquets.

Intinterior view

A fine work by Pugin Junior, son of the more famous A W Pugin

Getting Christology wrong?

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"There is nothing special here. You have seen and heard this all before.

What am I referring to? Preaching that obscures the person of Christ by focusing exclusively on what theologians call a low-Christology; liturgical words that have no basis in the missal and certainly no basis in tradition.

Nothing special here.

Except for the fact this preaching is broadcast on national television. I'm referring to an incident from the 'Daily Mass' televised at St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto. As many will know the Mass is broadcast about five times a day on Vision TV and Salt & Light.

The date is June 2, 2007. The celebrant is Fr. Pat Fitzpatrick, a member of the Spiritan order. The reading is from Mk. 11:27-33."

Full text and videos here

Not even a Basilica is safe

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from closure.

The first Basilica to close I think anywhere.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Captions anyone?

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Spiritual cruelty

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The sick and, in some case, dying patients of the Catholic hospital of St Luke in Brussels are confronted with a Spiritual Roundabout. The Anglican who was on duty on the day that I visited did not know in which of their two chapels the Blessed Sacrament was reserved and told me it depended on my conception of the Church, which chapel I prefered. Pastoral care, not!

Last Saturday, I visited a Welsh hospital. Half of the Anglican chapel had been set aside for a Muslim prayer room. On the other side, a tabernacle in front of which burnt a red light. Whether the Catholic chaplain had placed reserved Hosts there, I know not.

Calling all Catholics

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Amnesty International condemned by their own words. I was never a member having seen at first hand their economies with the truth when they sent letters to Members of Parliament urging action for one asylum seeker or another. Asylum, sanctuary, amnesty and jubilee have glorious traditions dating back to medieval times, but not when they are abused in the modern age.

Any Catholic who is still a member should get out, lest their immortal soul is endangered by continued membership.

Halifax church offered extension

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on closure date

Mary Schaefer, a 24-year parishioner leads the fight back!

Mass hypocrisy

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99 Names of Allah chanted in Cathedral but English bishops militate against Latin Mass.

Bishop heads in right direction

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with article, The Loss of the Sacred.

Its a long road back.

St. Edward's Mission Church closes its doors

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'Horrible, horrible. I never believed in my whole life that I'd see this'

Liturgical 'go-go' dancing

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at Franciscan Jubilee

To protest, you could do worse than contact Sister Stola at the Diocesan Office of Divine Worship, established I suspect with the sole purpose of making liturgies human rather than divine.

I can't find any other female Franciscans in Joliet other than the Sisters of St Francis of St Mary Immaculate. They are a self-parodying archetype of all that has gone wrong with religious life since the Council.

Here are two of the Sisters doing looking for something to do with their life that is...


Wonder-Full
Challenging
Meaningful
Daring
Passionate
Creative

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

To allow the old Mass more often

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Pope plans corrections to the liturgy reform of the Conciliar time. The article speculates on whether the new readings will be used in the old Mass. About the new readings, I could write volumes of criticism, not least because they do a scissors and paste job when verses difficult for modern ears arrive.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

West Newbury church may buy Sacred Heart properties

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Boston property goes to protestants.

"Sacred Heart Church and its rectory may be sold or leased to All Saints Episcopal Church in West Newbury by the end of this summer, parishioners at Holy Family Parish, which owns Sacred Heart Church, have been told."

Sell out materially and spiritually.

Feast of the Sacred Heart

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O Sacred Heart



O Sacred Heart
Our home lies deep in thee
On earth thou art an exile's rest
In heaven the glory of the blest
O Sacred Heart



O Sacred Heart
Thou fount of contrite tears
Where'er those living waters flow
New life to sinners they bestow
O Sacred Heart


O Sacred Heart
Bless our dear native land
May England's sons in truth er'er stand
With faith's bright banner still in hand
O Sacred Heart

Latin Mass

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coming back

Just one liturgical architect

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can do an enormous amount of damage.

10th Anniversary of Consecration and Biofest

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in Wels, Austria I should like to make it clear that I believe this Church is entirely compliant with all the liturgical directives that have come from Rome and cannot understand what made me think otherwise. They have an full and varied parish life, teaching as the Church teaches in matters of faith and morals. They can truly be said to be exemplary in all respects.

Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great

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Little or no modern nonsense here.

Mass of St Basil

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whose Feast is celebrated today.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Feast of St Anthony

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Boston seminary head goes nuclear

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That's hardly an exaggeration. Read the article in the Boston Globe together with ten pages of the resignation letter.

Critic slams archdiocese land sale as betrayal

The Archbishop is not sleeping well tonight.

The Reverse Pledge

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Don't close churches in Dunkirk, Fredonia

Catholic Parishioners Against Church Suppression is an organization supporting the predominantly Polish parishes of St. Hyacinth and St. Hedwig in Dunkirk. We are opposed to the closing of any of the six parishes in the Dunkirk/Fredonia area because all six are financially self-sufficient. We feel the shortage of priests can be dealt with by importing priests from Poland where there is a surplus of clergy. We strongly oppose the closing of churches and schools to pay for judgments resulting from clergy sex scandals and we certainly will not sacrifice our quality of life while the bishop lives in a million-dollar mansion. There are many in our group who say if our churches close they will simply watch Mass on television. Others will give their weekly donation to another charity. The vast majority of our members are submitting reverse pledge cards to the diocese indicating that if their church closes, their weekly donations will be substantially reduced or eliminated.

We invite comments and suggestions from other Western New York Catholics at our Web site: www.catholicpacs.com.

Bill Parks
Fredonia
Mary Ann Herrington
Phil Julian
Dunkirk

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Hundreds queue for 'Erotic Church Service'

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Cathcon translation featured on The Times Online.

What a waste of time!

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118 pages of conclusions of the Latin American Bishops' Conference.

Clochers de France

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Steeples of France

The Faithful of France Hold Parish Church

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to defend the Latin Mass

The Latin Mass is for the salvation of men, but everywhere the Bishops wish to put the Mass in chains- to paraphrase, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (of all people!)

Exercise your right to vote

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against violence in video games.

More than a certain irony about Anglicans complaining about desecration. Manchester Cathedral was a Catholic Church full of chantry chapels.

History of the Church is here.

Protestant anxiety to please

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copied so often by Catholics in the last forty years.

During the reformation, the faithful became victims of modern fashions. This is the logical outcome.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Big purple spot replaces Cross

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at the liturgical chaos of a first Communion in Germany.

Waiting for the Motu Proprio

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traditionalists put on the pressure and are accused of systematic facism by the left-leaning Golias.

The "tree that hides the forest" is a perfect description of modernism, not of the traditional movement.

And yet another French bishop trying to suppress the Latin Mass, when a ninety year old priest died. Shameful.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Erotic Church Service- More Sex for the Vicar

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organised at the Protestant Church Assembly taking place in Cologne.

Not content with stealing the Church of the Carthusians at the reformation, the protestants now use it as a practice area for orgies in theory.

Translation of an article which appeared in the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

A female dancer dances in a skin coloured stocking in the middle of the church in front of the altar. She crawls about on the floor and wraps herself in a hanging down white cloth.
Is this a blasphemous provocation, a scoffing at the Christian religion?

No it is only one of the items on the agenda of the Protestant Church Assembly. The six hundred year old church, the Church of the Carthusians in the south of Cologne has become the stage for an erotic church service. Nearly one thousand interested people waited outside the door of the former monastery, despite a thunderstorm- but in the end there was only room for four hundred people.



For those who managed to get in, they had to take off their shoes on a white painted church interior. Above the entrance, there was the caption, “a warm welcome to the Vineyard of Love”. The space between the benches had been overlaid with velvet and from the ceiling wine and rose leaves were strewn onto the spectators. A man came to the microphone and announced, This is an erotic church service, can you move a bit closer together, all of you. This was followed by saxophone music and dance. The vicar arrived in a black cassock and barefoot. He announced that eroticism and lust are not taboo areas pushed aside by God. In fact, "lust has to be lived out", said Armin Beuscher, who tempered his speech immediately, by saying, “we are of course today in this service only able to implement this in a limited manner”. He talks about his family doctor who once surprised him with the question, “Do you pray with your wife regularly and do you make love regularly?” He was at first embarrassed and later became conscious of the deep meaning in this question, that both spirituality and eroticism are nourished by repetition. It is therefore certainly part of life which has been shown in the TV series “O God, Vicar” when he immediately after sleeping with a woman then went to a funeral. The speech at the grave, immediately thereafter came under the motto of the Church Assembly, “Lively, Powerful and more Spicy”. Beuscher’s conclusion was therefore “ perhaps we clergy should go more often to bed with our loved ones”

The faithful were then asked to take part in an anointing ritual in which they should massage the forehead and hands of the person sitting next to them. Some go further and embrace eachother whilst others kiss. The atmosphere gets more relaxed. This is how most church services should be said Birgit Kruger (59 years old) from near Hamburg and the Bavarian Gertrude Schirmer (72 years old) said “I found the anointment most beautiful”. Then they all said an Our Father together and then Vicar Beuscher admonishes the parish with the words “praise God with your body, your lust and tenderness”. Judging by the enthusiastic applause, the audience fully intend to do this.

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Cathcon comments

Why did Cardinal Meisner invite those attending the Protestant Church Assembly to the great Cologne Cathedral where the relics of the Three Kings are kept? The protestant was allowed to preach but clearly later on in the service has other things on his mind. Let me guess!
You can have Catholic moral teaching or ecumenical relations but not both.

Stay away from the protestant carnival - or one thing will lead to another.

The protestants accused the Catholics of being decadent at the reformation but look what has happened now. Catholics are often accused of being sex obsessed- but just look at the accusers.

The Sydney Morning Herald

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Vote to support Cardinal Pell.

Convent life for dummies

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To be entirely fair, the collection of art and religious objects in this museum of the Flemish Minor Friars. is one of the best I have ever seen and a must for anyone interested in Franciscans. Further, there are still ten elderly monks in the attached convent with a glorious Church. The guide at the museum said that they would be closing in ten years, as they were too old to be of any interest to young vocations.

And in Tielt, the Catholic Charismatic Movement takes over from the Minor Friars on 1st July.

The Church will remain open, but one can take an educated guess based on bitter experience of what sort of nonsense will go on there.

Convent too big

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for the remaining 9 Augustinian Sisters in Ghent.

The end of the road last year for the female Capucins in the same city.


A book has just been produced, "The Last Sisters of Belgium" including one chapter, "Will the last sister to leave, please turn the light out".

Religious of the Sacred Heart

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completely lost the habit.
Their general assembly.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Jewel of a cathedral faces new threat

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after tycoon is allowed to drill for oil

"The cathedral known as the “jewel of European Baroque”, rebuilt painstakingly after an earthquake, is at risk from oil drilling off the coast of Sicily."

Thursday, June 07, 2007

'I would rather go to hell than take orders on how to vote from the Cardinal.'

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says Australian lawmaker

Be careful what you wish for.

Blessed and Praised be Jesus Christ

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In the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar

Latin Mass indult

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Found in translation.

Feast of Corpus Christi

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The Blessed Sacrament with the Four Fathers of the Latin Church

Month of the Sacred Heart

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St Margaret Mary contemplates the Sacred Heart


By the same artist, Quintero "Spain Protect Religion".

The same cannot be said or painted today. Sadly, Spanish communists were hostile to religion in the 1930s, and now the socialist government gives an impression of wishing to immitate this baleful anti-clericalism. They can no longer get away with murder.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Archbishop of Salzburg

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refuses birthday present to protest abortion


Archbishop Alois Kothgasser of Salzburg has refused to receive an honorary birthday present from the Austrian president in protest of the practice of abortion in the country.

The Archbishop said his actions were meant to express his disagreement with the construction of an abortion clinic financed by the regional government several years ago. “The defence of life in all of its stages is not a subject that is up for discussion. The right of the human person to self-determination cannot include the possibility of killing another human being,” Archbishop Kothgasser said during the program “Report” broadcast by ORF-TV."

A Good Bishop! Difficult to talk about humanism if you suppport abortion, and to talk about justice, if you don't pray for the Poor Souls in purgatory.

They talk about God's creation

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but no longer of the divine.

The Holy Name of Jesus eludes them.

No less than seven Bishops' conferences loosing the plot SIMULTANEOUSLY!


The Germans in Plenary.

Roman collars, they have not

Cardinal Bertone speaks II

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But what does the Cardinal really say?

The news that there is to be a covering letter dates, I think, to before Christmas. I think one can safely assume that the covering letter is done.

The only reason for the delay appears to me to be "some other factor" that no-ne kmows about. Even the German bishops, however, have now accepted it at a "fait accompli".

Doubtless the French bishops are plotting their revenge in a hundred years time, as they did after the First Council of the Vatican. Message to future generations

Don't let them get away with it again!

Madman attacks Pope

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If you look at the video. The Pope's heart did not miss a beat.

and the Swiss guard decided to look like the decoration on a cake while everyone else joined in. Originally the Swiss guards were employed because they had a reputation for being vicious. Not today!

V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Benedictus.

V. Let us pray for Benedict, our Pope.

R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. [Ps 40:3]

R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. [Ps 40:3]

Pater Noster, Ave Maria. Our Father, Hail Mary.

Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum Benedictum., quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.

O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

The Pope like St Benedict, blessed in name and nature.

Collegiality sucks!

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So many Bishops' conferences, so little to say about the salvific work of Christ.

Feast of St Norbert

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Hammer of heretics, champion of the Blessed Sacrament.

Of your charity, pray for the repose of my father-in-law, also named Norbert.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Boston seminary rector resigns early,

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unhappy at land sale

Goes with all guns blazing

Crisis, what crisis?

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Curran Center at Fordham to hold Conference on Church Leadership

discusses “perceived and real crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church.”

Dr Massa is working on a three year study on the crisis in the Catholic Church.

Sister Must Go!

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Polish-American News
Friday, 1 June 2007
Sr. Regina Murphy must go
Mood: sad
Topic: Religion
The viewpoint of the publisher of the Polish American News
Roger L. Puchalski

It’s time for Sr. Regina Murphy to go. There it is in black and white. Everyone in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo knows it accept those who are wedded to the sham called the Journey in Faith and Grace.

Why should Sr. Regina Murphy, SSMN, the diocesan director of research, go? Let’s explain it in black and white. In fact, I’ll quote her:

• “The chief goal of this process is to create more viable parishes throughout the diocese.” WNY Catholic, June 1993. “We don’t know what will happen [when parishes merge].” Western Niagara Vicariate Meeting, May 29, 2007.
The first comment was made when the “New Vision” process under Bishop Head was going through its downsizing endeavor. It failed then and 14 years later we’re back to the same problem. Of the four churches on Buffalo’s East Side that closed one church lies in shambles, one is part of a Muslim compound, another is a Baptist church, and a fourth, thankfully was taken over by St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. Now they are going to cut again.

She failed in 1993 and now in 2007 admits at a vicariate meeting (the second quote) that closing churches will not guarantee stronger remaining parishes in the cluster and that it could lead to the eventual closure of additional parishes.

• “The Catholic Church is not a Democracy.” Western Niagara Vicariate Meeting, May 29, 2007.

This comment, even though Sr. Regina prefaced it by saying she didn’t mean to be flippant, was in response to a man who sacrificed over two years in the Journey in Faith and Grace process and was disillusioned by how the Diocesan Commission had altered the vicariate level proposal. I witnessed it and I felt it was truly arrogant. As repulsive as it was, it was telling because it meant that the diocese was going to do what it wanted, regardless of the countless devoted hours spent by loyal Catholics in meeting after meeting. It is a clear indication those involved in the process and those they represent are not on a journey but are being led around on a leash.

• “Don’t get hung up on having your building.” WNY Catholic, June 1993.
Dear sister don’t tell the parishioners that and then have the diocese defend its mansion on Oakland place. This comment also shows she fails to understand the connection people have with a particular church in a particular community. It shows the diocese has two standards – one for those in power, another for the laity.

• “In response to a question from Father Confer, Sister Regina said that ethnic questions involving these parishes were a factor, but often used as a means to express any resistance to change.” December 14, 1994 minutes of the Council of Priests.

This statement is a clear indication that Sister Regina did not (and I feel still does not) understand the ties between culture and religion for Polish-Americans. Her insensitivity is incomprehensible especially in light of Pope John Paul II’s remarks on culture and religion and Bishop Henry Mansell’s great respect for Buffalo’s Polish-American community during his time here. It also shows that she believes any dissention bears no merit and she classifies it as “resistance to change.” In fact it is Sister Regina who is resistant to change in how she conducts the “journey.” I saw that so clearly when an elderly man at this week’s vicariate meeting expressed how he had so wanted to be involved in a process that involved community and creativity. He never got it. Quite frankly she looked like she could care less.
So, Sr. Regina Murphy should go because she did not do the job right in 1994, has failed as a planner in outcomes assessment, is duplicitous in her message to the faithful, and has failed to understand cultural differences except where they meet her goals. She has created a process that pits inner city parishes versus suburban parishes, poor parishes versus wealthy, and has no expectations of success. (I’ll have more on city vs. suburb, poor vs. wealthy and an inside look at a vicariate meeting next week.)

Sister Regina referred to what will happen after the journey as “the great unknown.” If that isn’t the blind leading the blind, I don’t know what is.

But, that’s not me writing. It’s her own words, and that’s why she should go. The journey needs to come to a stop, make a sharp turn and get a new map before it hits the road again. As one priest called it, the Journey in Faith and Grace as it stands is “assisted suicide.”

As for Polish-American priests and parishioners and anyone who thinks the journey is a joke, you have a moral obligation to tell and re-tell the bishop the same. Indications are diocesan officials only think a couple of people are upset by what’s going on.

I got so sick of hearing about it, I saw for myself and only came across more people, (not just Polish-Americans) who feel they’ve been taken for a ride.
If you do not speak up now, say goodbye to your parishes in Niagara Falls, Dunkirk, Depew, or wherever. Speak now or forever hold your peace.

Catholic Parishioners Against Church Suppression

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great site focusing especially on Polish Churches.

Tridentine Mass Document Coming Soon

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 4, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone says the waiting is nearly over for the much-discussed papal document that will reportedly liberalize the use of the Tridentine Mass.

The Vatican secretary of state said this in an interview with the Catholic newspaper Avvenire on Sunday.

"I believe that we will not have to wait much longer for its publication," Cardinal Bertone said. "The Pope is personally interested in seeing this happen. He will explain it in an accompanying letter, hoping for a serene reception."

Monday, June 04, 2007

Cardinal Bertone speaks

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about Fatima on Italian TV. Video

Bertone shows original Third Fatima Secret letter on TV

Appearing on an Italian TV station, Holy See Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has shown the original copy of Fatima Sister Lucia's letter detailing the so-called Third Secret revealed to her by Our Lady.

Catholic News reports that Cardinal Bertone showed the letter, which was first revealed in 2000, on the program "Port a Porta" on the Rai Uno network.

He first opened an orange envelope with a translation in Italian of the letter, and then he opened a white envelope and showed the original letter written in 1944.

The cardinal read the phrase that appears on the outside of the envelope: "Through express order of Our Lady, this envelope can be opened in 1960". Inside is the letter in which Sr Lucia revealed the Third Secret of the Fatima apparitions of 1917.

In 2000 Pope John Paul II decided to reveal the secret, which did not refer to any worldwide catastrophe, but rather to the attempt on his life on 13 May 1981

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Feast of the Holy and Undivided Trinity

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The German channel ZDF covered this great Feast with a service from a protestant church which was almost half Muslim. The church is helping to build a mosque.

This is the same protestant church that caved into Hitler, to the extent of placing Nazi flags in their pseudo-sanctuaries. Ironically, the church in the broadcast today came from a place called Marxloh, surely not in this day and age named after Karl Marx.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Holy Cards

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for your Inspiration

Article claims Latin Mass firestorm

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just ahead.


The headline is not good.

From the comments some humourous predictions about headlines when the indult is issued.

National Catholic Register: “Millions Rejoice as New Day Dawns”
National Catholic Reporter: “Anger, Shock Greet New Papal Document”
Associated Press: “Pope Issues Stern Rebuke, Imposes Latin Mass”
USCCB Statement: “Bishops Eagerly Accept Motu Proprio with Profound and Obsequious Gratitude”
Society of St. Pius X: “Another Nefarious Deception by Vatican Modernists”
Catholic News Service: “Opinions Differ on Impact of Motu Proprio”