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Friday, June 28, 2013

You Don't Have to Go Home, But You Can't Stay Here

Josh Bowman over at Catholic Vote despairs and looks for a place for Catholics to escape. His top pick? St. Pierre and Miquelon. He points out that there's "a population of about 6,000 of which over 99% are Catholic. The only territory in the world that is more Catholic is the Vatican, but of course you must be a cleric or a Swiss guard to claim Vatican citizenship"

It sounds like an interesting place. Off the coast of Newfoundland, it is the last of New France still under the control of France. Discovered by the Portugese  João Álvares Fagundes, he called them "Islands of 11, 000 Virgins". because he arrived on the feast day of St. Ursula.
Meister von St. Laurenz in Köln     
 Ursula was martyred by the Huns in 238, 283, 383, 451, or640 along with what is believed to have been 11 other virgins. Somewhere along the line, the 11 became 11,000.

The runner up location is Wallis and Futuna, another French island collective. 

I Dedicate This Post to Karl S.

From the bulletin of St. Patrick Church in Madison, WI circa February 1965:

 Latin’s gone, peace is too;
singin’ and shoutin’ from every pew.
Altar’s turned around, priest is too;
Commentators yellin’: “Page 22.”
Communion rail’s gone, stand up straight!
Kneelin’ suddenly went out of date.
Processions are form in’ In every aisle
Salvation’ organized Single file.
Rosary’s out, psalms are in;
hardly ever hear a word against sin.
Listen to the lector, hear how he reads;
Please stop rattlin’ them rosary beads.
Padre’s looking puzzled, Doesn’t know his part;
Used to know the whole deal, In Latin by heart.
I hope all changes are just about done;
That they don’t drop Bingo, before I”ve won.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Octuria (Gang of Octo)

 From the Vatican Insider:

Pope’s eight cardinal advisors say the Curia is not the only thing they’ll be reforming

 Although their official meeting will be in October, they are already moving full steam ahead with their work and will use the summer months to prepare thoroughly for their first meeting. The eight cardinals Francis chose as his advisors last 13 April, exactly one month after his election, are currently mulling over ideas and proposals. And they will not just be dealing with Curia reform.
When the Vatican Secretariat of State announced Francis’ decision to set up the advisory group, it specified that it was established “to advise him [the Pope] in the government of the universal Church and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia, 'Pastor Bonus'.” Advising the Pope on the running of the universal Church is certainly no less important than the council’s task of reforming the Curia, but the latter will be the council’s main focus.

So who's on the team? 

The Captain of the team is Cardinal Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of  Teguciggalpa, Honduras. 

Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Pontifical Commission  for the Vatcian City State and President of the Governate of the Vatican City State.

Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, Archbishop Emeritus of Santiago, Chile.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, India

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany


 Cardinal Laurent Pasinya, Archbishop of Kinshasa and de facto Primate of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston

Cardinal George, Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Prepare to be attacked, Catholics....

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The National Cathedral is pealing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage.
Cathedral spokesman Richard Weinberg said the bells rang at noon Wednesday for 45 minutes to an hour. Bells also rang at other Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Unitarian and other Christian churches.

The Jenny Craig Feast of St. Anthelm, June 26

There are several things that make St. Anthelm interesting. First of all he was a Carthusian, also known as the Order of St. Bruno. The name itself derives from the Chartreuse mountains of eastern France, where there headquarters (Mother House) is located and near where St. Bruno lived. The Carthusians are monastic monks. The word, "charterhouse"is derived from Carthusian monastery. Each charterhouse is headed by a prior. The HQ is called the Grand Chartruese near Grenoble, France and looks like this:

St. Anthelm became Prior in the Grand Chartruese (the Catholic Online description is wrong - it says he was made abbot, but this is not abbey) in 1139. He was a hermit for a bit, then returned to the Grand Chartruese, then Pope Alexander III made him Bishop of Belley.

Cathedrale Saint Jean-Baptiste in Belley
Eventually, he quit but was assigned to go and mediate a dispute in England between St. Thomas Beckett  King Henry II. He never made it, and returned Belley, where he died in 1178 and where his remains are in the Cathedral.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Trouble With Jesuits, Part VII

They killed Lincoln.

Well, may be not. The quote is, of course, bogus. But Lincoln did write this to his best chum, Joshua Speed:

" I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we begin by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes." When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty-to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy."

John 11:35

"Jesus wept."

Thankfully, it's the Church of England. I can't imagine how mortified I would be if I was in attendance.

Cameron Diaz and the Pope. Cameron Diaz!

 The video will explain. 

For some reason, the embed function is not working, so click on the sentence above.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Now You See It....Now You Don't

Saint Jacques in Abbeville, France

The Church of Saint Jacques in Abbeville is located in a neighborhood spared by the bombings which destroyed 80% of the city in 1940. It was built in a neo-Gothic style by the architect Victor Deleforterie, a follower of Viollet-le-Duc, on the site of the previous Medieval church which was demolished as its condition was considered too risky (already !), and was consecrated in 1878.

Over the past few years, particularly since 2005 when a part of the bell tower fell during a storm and made a hole through the roof, the church’s condition has rapidly deteriorated

A study was begun in 2005 (when the Church wasn't really considered dangerous), but by the time the study was complete THREE YEARS LATER, it was too late. So symbolic of the Catholic Church's fate in Europe, it was simply torn down. The end. 

It's Almost Here!

In Me I Trust

From Breitbart:

"On Wednesday, Great Britain’s Girl Guides (their equivalent of U.S. Girl Scouts) and Brownies removed God from their 103-year-old oath.

Instead of the passage where they used to promise to “love God,” they will now vow to be true to "myself" and develop "my beliefs." The organization said the move is intended to attract girls from secular families."

Great idea. We should complete the process. We should change "God Save the King" To "I save the King". In God We Trust? In Me I Trust. I Bless America. Praise ME, From Whom All Blessings Flow! I thank me for giving me this opportunity.

Shut Up, I Explained Part 3

The worst President and ex-President of the United States in my lifetime (at least for another 3 years) is Jimmy Carter. He's an antisemitic AND an anti-Catholic  bigot. What's he been saying recently (to Time Magazine, which I thought had gone out of business)?

"I think there’s a slow, very slow, move around the world to give women equal rights in the eyes of God. What has been the case for many centuries is that the great religions, the major religions, have discriminated against women in a very abusive fashion and set an example for the rest of society to treat women as secondary citizens."

 This has been done and still is done by the Catholic Church ever since the third century, when the Catholic Church ordained that a woman cannot be a priest for instance but a man can. A woman can be a nurse or a teacher but she can’t be a priest. This is wrong, I think…"

Hey, Jimmy! Shut UP! Wait....Carter has had kind words for Fidel Castro, Kim Il Sung, Yassir Arafat, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Raoul Cedras,  Bashir al-Assad , not to mention China and most recently, Hamas. Maybe he's like Mister Opposite. Anything he says, do the opposite! Of course! It makes sense now!

Zephyrhills Natural Spring Water Feast of the Nativity of St. John, June 24

I love it when the folks at Give Up Yer Aul Sins make a video about things I want to talk about, because then I can just shut up!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Day Cardinal Dolan Jumped the Shark

From Wikipedia:

"Jumping the shark
is an idiom created by Jon Hein that was used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery, which is usually a particular scene, episode, or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of "gimmick" in a desperate attempt to keep viewers' interest.

 The usage of "jump the shark" has subsequently broadened beyond television, indicating the moment when a brand, design, or creative effort's evolution loses the essential qualities that initially defined its success and declines, ultimately, into irrelevance."

From the Staten Island Advance:

" Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, made his first visit to a mosque in New York City and it was the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Tompkinsville where he met with Muslim and other faith leaders."

 "You love God, we love God and he is the same God," the cardinal said of the Muslim and Roman Catholic faiths."

 "He likened Muslims to earlier waves of Roman Catholic immigrants who some 150 years ago faced the same challenge of "how to become loyal, responsible, patriotic Americans without losing their faith."

The Department of Justice Feast of St. Joseph Cafasso, June 23

St. Joseph Cafasso is one of the "social Saints" of Turin (with Giuseppe Benedetto Cottolengo, John Bosco, Maria Domenica Mazzarello, and Leonardo Murialdo), so named because of their work with poor, dispossessed, and sometimes criminal elements of Turin during the "Industrial Revolution". St. Joseph is called the "Priest of the Gallows" and is patron saint of  prison chaplains, captives, imprisoned people and prisoners.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

We Salute You, Diocese of El Paso, Texas!

From their website:

The Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso, established in 1914, includes 10 counties in far West Texas covering 26,686 square miles. The Catholic population served by the Diocese is 656,035 (of 811,739). The Diocese is made up of 55 parishes, 20 missions, and 17 ministries. The ministries serve the unique multicultural, multilingual needs of the Diocese.

 The Diocese of El Paso is home to three of the oldest historic missions in the United States: Ysleta Mission, Socorro Mission and San Elizario Missions.  All three missions are Texas Historic Sites, included in the National Register of Historic Places, and certified by the National Parks Service as part of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. The missions are owned and operated by the Diocese of El Paso and managed by a parish administrator.

T he oldest of the El Paso mission churches is the Ysleta Mission, located in the community of Ysleta within the city limits of El Paso and part of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish. The parish was established in 1682 and the mission completed in 1692.

St. Patrick Cathedral, El Paso. Built in 1908
They have a new bishop! The Most Reverend Mark Seitz will be installed om July 9th. Born in Milwaukee, he was most recently the Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas.

Ordinary versus Extraordinary Form

I hate to admit this, but I never really understood the difference - I thought it was just an English version versus a Latin version. Thanks to a terrific site called Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, I know understand it better.
 From their site:

Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. In the Ordinary Form the Mass is celebrated according to the Missale Romanum of 1969, promulgated by Pope Paul VI, which is currently in its third edition (2002). This form is widely celebrated in the vernacular.

 Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. In the Extraordinary Form, Mass is celebrated according to the Missale Romanum of 1570. While this Missal was codified at the Council of Trent, it was in use at least since the time of St. Gregory the Great. It is used today according to the 1962 edition, promulgated by Blessed Pope John XXIII during the Second Vatican Council. In accordance with norms of Summorum Pontificum, all Roman Rite clergy may celebrate according to the Extraordinary Form.
Why is the Extraordinary Form of the Mass sometimes called the ‘Tridentine’ Mass or the ‘Traditional Latin Mass’?
The Extraordinary Form of the Mass is the patrimony of the Western Church. This liturgy is sometimes called the 'Tridentine' Rite, after the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century. This title is misleading, because the Council of Trent did not invent the liturgy, which was even then already ancient. It is sometimes called the ‘Traditional Latin Mass’ as this Mass is always celebrated in the official language of the Church (i.e. Latin).

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Islamic Outreach, Part XVIII

From an earlier post on this blog:

Pope Francis spoke to the diplomatic corps and amongst other things, said, "Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."

 Beth Shalom in Surabaya, before it was demolished.

From the Jakarta Globe:

"It was perhaps the worst possible time for officials in Surabaya to host students from two US universities hoping to learn about pluralism and democracy.
Hours after the six students from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan arrived on Friday evening, local media reported that one of Indonesia’s last remaining vestiges of its Jewish community had been reduced to a pile of rubble.
Beth Shalom in Surabaya, Java’s only synagogue, was demolished in May after being sealed off by Islamic hard-liners since 2009."

Shut Up, I Explained Part 2

His Royal Highness, Barack Obama, has decided he doesn't like Catholic Schools. From The Cardinal Newman Society:

"During a speech yesterday in Belfast, President Barack Obama criticized Catholic education, suggesting that it's harmful to national unity.

"If towns remain divided - if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can't see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden - that too encourages division and discourages cooperation," said the President during his Northern Ireland visit for the G-8 summit."

I had to type that out - the site doesn't allow copying and pasting - and it makes even less sense than it did when I just had read it.


Paternas Vices

Father Z. is on the case! If the Google translator is up to snuff, Paternas Vices means "Fatherly Care"....

 "Decades after John XXIII placed the name of Joseph in the Roman Canon, it seems that the name of the great Patron of the Dying, Terror of Demons, will be in the Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV in the 3rd edition of the Missale Romanum.
I received a copy of a document from the USCCB which communicates the decree – Paternas vices (Prot. N. 215/11/L) – of the Congregation for Divine Worship."

So know when Father Uriel reads Eucharistic Prayer III, it will sound like this:

“cum beáta Vírgine, Dei Genetríce, María, cum beáto Ioseph, eius Sponso, cum Apóstolis”
 "with the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs"
 "con María, la Virgen Madre de Dios, su esposo san José, los apóstoles y los mártires…"

Monday, June 17, 2013

Father Dave Zegar, Womanpriest

"Father" Dave is pastor of St. Andrew Church in Portland, Oregon. From The Oregonian:

"Parishioners from St. Andrews Catholic Church, which has a longstanding commitment to social justice issues, will march in Sunday's Portland Pride Parade with a banner proclaiming their parish identity, despite the wishes of Archbishop Alexander Sample. 

 Monsignor Dennis O'Donovan, vicar general of the Archbishop of Portland, called St. Andrew's pastor, the Rev. Dave Zegar,  on May 31 on behalf of Sample, parishioners say. O'Donovan relayed the message that individuals could walk in the parade but that the archbishop did not want St. Andrew's members to walk as a community."


  On June 4, Zegar met with a group of St. Andrew's parishioners, who decided to stand by their 17-year commitment to Portland's gay community. At Mass on Sunday, Zegar shared the group's decision with the congregation, who responded with a standing ovation, according to Tom Karwaki, who chairs the parish's pastoral council."

If I may:

1) Pride is a deadly sin. The Catholic Encyclopedia says  "Pride is the excessive love of one's own excellence" While accurate to describe those who participate in such spectacles, I don't think a priest should be encouraging sin - especially deadly ones.

2) it is typical of the "In your face" approach of the gay community to stage this event on Father's Day.

3) Archbishop Sample should come down on Zegar with a holy wrath. Either he is in direct disobedience to the Bishop, or he is being cow-towed by a segment of his congregation. Either way, he needs to apologize and go away for a while.

Hey! The day a Mass in Spanish and Kanjoval! Pretty amazing, when only about 75,000 people speak this Mayan language peculiar to Guatemala....

Islamic Outreach, Part XVII

From an earlier post on this blog:

Pope Francis spoke to the diplomatic corps and amongst other things, said, "Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."


Graffiti found in Saint John the Baptist church in Bourgoin-Jallieu., France this weekend.

Faith and Begorrah! Or at least Begorrah!

The pro-abortion - pseudo-Catholic -  Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, continues to morph into Nancy Pelosi. The Taoiseach  of Ireland says personal faith should play no part in legislation.

Enda received an honorary degree from the Jesuits.

"Those privileged to lead this, or any democracy,, will do so not as Catholic or Protestant or dissenter, but as men and women guided by and beholden to nothing but the law, the Constitution, and above all, the people. All the people - of all faiths and none. You will do so without fear or favor because your God, your personal faith, will sustain you."

Good to know I have my own personal God And what do you know! He agrees with me on everything! Perfect!

The pro-abortion Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny,
Kenny described himself as "a Taoiseach who happens to be Catholic but not a Catholic Taoiseach," saying that personal belief should play no part in lawmaking. - See more at:
Kenny described himself as "a Taoiseach who happens to be Catholic but not a Catholic Taoiseach," saying that personal belief should play no part in lawmaking. - See more at:
Kenny described himself as "a Taoiseach who happens to be Catholic but not a Catholic Taoiseach," saying that personal belief should play no part in lawmaking. - See more at:
Kenny described himself as "a Taoiseach who happens to be Catholic but not a Catholic Taoiseach," saying that personal belief should play no part in lawmaking.
Following Cardinal Sean Brady's criticism of the prime minister's support for loosening abortion restrictions in Ireland, Kenny responded:
The Constitution is determined by the people, it’s the people’s book. We live within the parameters of the Constitution and strictly within the confines of the law. And that’s where the heads of the bill are entirely focused: Within the Constitution and within the law.
- See more at:
Kenny described himself as "a Taoiseach who happens to be Catholic but not a Catholic Taoiseach," saying that personal belief should play no part in lawmaking.
Following Cardinal Sean Brady's criticism of the prime minister's support for loosening abortion restrictions in Ireland, Kenny responded:
The Constitution is determined by the people, it’s the people’s book. We live within the parameters of the Constitution and strictly within the confines of the law. And that’s where the heads of the bill are entirely focused: Within the Constitution and within the law.
- See more at:

Born a Steak, Raised a Steak, But Now A Fish!

From the Roman Catholic Womenpriests website:

"Roman Catholic Womenpriests are at the forefront of a model of service that offers Catholics a renewed priestly ministry in vibrant grassroots communities where all are equal and all are welcome. The voice of the Catholic people---the sensus fidelium---has spoken. We women are no longer asking for permission to be priests. Instead, we have taken back our rightful God-given place ministering to Catholics as inclusive and welcoming priests."

Unfortunately, Larry from the website Acts of Apostasy has decided he's a pizza:

" Before I explain why, though, I want to let you all know that I feel Godde has called me to become a pizza.  Hence the new blog title.  So excuse me while I slather pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni on myself and then get baked for eight minutes at the local Domino’s. When I return, after having truly become a pizza, I will explain why I’ve changed my…well, no, actually, I won’t explain a darn thing. You will just have to accept the fact that I will be a pizza, because I will have pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni baked onto my skin.

If you disagree with me, it’s because you’re closed-minded, not inclusive, and a slave to man-made rules. You’re not a true follower of Godde"

Same thing.

Mr. 1000!

The 1000 post on this blog! I started this blog back in November of 2006. I slumped through 2010 through 2012 ( around 1 post a week), with my busiest years being 2007, 2009 and this year. Most of the early posts were links to other sites, but I posted this one on November 15, 2006. It's still relevant (unfortunately).

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the Church's World Day of Migrants and Refugees this week. During a press conference after the event, Cardinal Retano Martino said that the building of a fence along the U.S./Mexico border was part of an "inhuman program."

Asked if the U.S.-Mexican fence was the wrong thing to do, Martino said: "Yes, that's exactly what it is."

OK, kids! It's time for a pop quiz!


Hint #1 It forms the western and southern boundary of a famous city state.

Hint # 2 It was built by order of Pope Leo IV in the year 852 to keep out marauding Muslims.

Hint #3 This is what it looks like from outer space.

Give up? OK, one more hint...Cardinal Martino has seen it MANY TIMES!

It's Great to Be Catholic, Part 2

Because we could be Calvinists instead!

"Calvinist Protestants embrace the idea that God chose who would be saved and who would be not saved prior to the creation. They quote Ephesians 1:4 "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight" and also 2:8 "For it is by grace you are saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.""

Friday, June 14, 2013

What Would Be Harder For You To Understand....

Richard Nixon and Elvis
Pope  Pius XII and Liberace

Beauty and the Beast

Nancy Pelosi Beclowns Herself

She may be a "practicing and respectful Catholic", but that doesn't make her any less of an idiot.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2013 ( – In response to a question today from a reporter about a late-term abortion ban that is being proposed in Congress, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that the issue of late-term abortion is “sacred ground” for her

 “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this,” Pelosi said. “This shouldn’t have anything to do with politics.”

Thursday, June 13, 2013

We Salute You, Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming!

Today's word of the day is COTERMINOUS.

From Meriam-Webster:

1: having the same or coincident boundaries coterminous with the city>
2: coextensive in scope or duration coterminous with the years of his father — Elizabeth Hardwick>

 The Diocese of Cheyenne is coterminous with the state of Wyoming.  The first Mass in the territory was offered by Father Pieter Jan DeSmet, a Belgian Jesuit on July 5, 1840. He wrote, "On Sunday, the 5th of July, I had the consolation of celebrating the holy sacrifice of the Mass sub dio.The altar was placed on an elevation, and surrounded with boughs and garlands of flowers; I addressed the congregation in French and in English, and spoke also by interpreter to the Flathead and Snake (Shoshone) Indians."

DeSmet was a pal of Sitting Bull (who was a Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux). 

The diocese of Cheyenne (Cheyennensis), coterminous with the state of Wyoming, was erected by Pope Leo XIII on August 2, 1887, as suffragan St. Louis. Maurice Francis Burke, born in Ireland and a priest of Chicago, was the first bishop of Cheyenne (1887-1893). Upon his arrival in Wyoming, Bishop Burke found a diocese about the size of Great Britain, with 4 diocesan priests, a Jesuit priest and brother, 8 churches and 28 missions (soon to be 43), for about 450 families, or 7,500 widely scattered Catholics.

Brothers in Arms

According to a U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief titled “Extremism and Extremist Organizations” I owe our Islamic bretheren an apology. We are all one in spirit - Ultra-orthodox Jews, Catholics,the Muslim Brotherhood - it doesn't matter!

 To review, we are all the same. Compare: