Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Word About Bishops Doing Public Penance

This from the Diocese of Richmond Facebook page...

I include my own snarky comments in red in the spirit of a lot of other bloggers.  

"After removing his episcopal ring [do not remove this as an act of penance, it is a blessed object and a symbol of your jurisdiction], Bishop Knestout removed other symbols of his office [wait, the mitre was placed on the ground...what, who is the MC!?] - his miter and crozier - as an act of humility [really?], following the introduction of the Penitential Rite [why did he wear a red vestment then?] at the Mass of Atonement [isn't every Mass a "Mass of Atonement"?]. Bishop then prostrates himself before the cross and altar [this is what you get with liturgy by committee...it's made up]. This prostration, similar to the prostration at the Good Friday liturgy, signifies contrition, humility, reverence, deep anguish for the suffering Christ, and grief and sorrow of the Church" [remember, the Church is the sinless Bride of Christ...this is a dogma of the Faith].

It must be said diocesan liturgical offices need to be looking at the tradition of the Church.  The answer is penitential processions.  This has always been the custom of the Latin and Greek world.  Stop reinventing the wheel; there are only so many ways you can design a shoe box.

Penitential processions are done in the dark with the bishop in cappa magna with the hood up, carrying a cross for the Via Crucis under the stars, with all his chacnery staff, priests, seminarians and lay faithful in procession with him.  Chanting the Litany of the Saints.  Maybe even when appropriate the bishop may remove his shoes.  Didn't Charles Borromeo once process with a cross and a rope around his neck?   

I suggest the Pope himself take a cue from Pio IX and make a journey up the Scala Sancta in Rome (actually the Vatican - it's extraterritorial property) on his knees, just as Blessed Pius IX did on September 19, 1870 - a public act of penance for reparation on the eve of an imminent disaster.  

Thursday, September 13, 2018

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Freedom of Conscience Trailblazer and Citizen Hero Mary Wagner

My hero.  Seen in Victoria, British Columbia.  A tremendous honor to meet her and to shake her hand and to thank her for her fine work and heroic example.  Google search her name.  The new Terry Fox.  A national Canadian hero and one of the most accomplished human rights activists of our day.  Someday bridges and schools in Canada will be named after her.  She brings to mind Sophie Scholl, persecuted hero of Germany. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Amor Patriae Nostra Lex

Pray for the US.  Although it was a country founded by Masons on Enlightenment principles, it has historically been a great voice for reasoned liberty and religious freedom.  Let us pray the Union will be preserved.  Vote Republican.   

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fr. Johnson on the Abuse Crisis

https://orderofmaltaamerican.org/8-28-call/

Fr. Ripperger on the Abuse Crisis

https://athanasiuscm.org/2018/09/04/interview-038-fr-ripperger-on-the-abuse-crisis-and-the-theology-of-the-priesthood/

Traditional Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2018

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPT. 10!

Limited seating.  

Teach Your Kids of the Evils of Ouija (Spirit/Talking Boards)


Did You know Orbis Catholicus Travel has Over 3,000 Photos on Instagram?

When Visiting Rome: Visit FSSP Roma

Corpus Domini (Corpus Christi) Rome 2018.

It is my wish that every Catholic visiting Rome as a pilgrim can visit this church of the Most Holy Trinity of Pilgrims.  

Yours truly is kneeling in the blue jacket.  An great joy to worship here with serious Catholics from across the globe!

Catholic Pilgrimages to Guadalupe Mexico

Our group photo this year.  

We had a terrific group tour.  A great outpouring of spiritual graces.

Deo gratias et Mariae.

Feminism


A Catholic Psychiatrist on the Subject of Homosexuals in the Priesthood

Religion and Homosexuality

"A young, homosexually inclined Christian told me he had studied the Bible and found reasons to reconcile his conscience with his homosexual relationship of that moment, provided he remained faithful.  Predictably, after some time he dropped that pretension, but he continued on his course, and his  Christianity withered.  That is the history of many young persons who try to reconcile the irreconcilable.  If they convince themselves that homosexuality is morally good and beautiful, they either lose their faith or invent one of their own, which sanctions their desires.  Of the last possibility, examples abound as well as of the first.  A well-known homosexual Dutch actor from a Catholic background, for instance, presently plays the role of self-appointed priest, 'blessing' young couples at marriage celebrations (not excluding homosexual 'couples', of course) and 'ministering' at funerals.

This brings up a topic of current interest: Why are so many Protestant and Catholic homosexuals, male and female alike, interested in theology, and why do they not infrequently want to be ministers or priests?  Part of the answer lies in their infantile need for sympathy and contact.  They view church professions as soft and sentimentally 'caring' and imagine themselves in them as being honored and revered, elevated above common human beings.  They see the Church as a noncompetitive, friendly world where they may enjoy high status and be protected at the same time.  For male homosexuals, there is the additional incentive of a rather closed men's community where they need to prove themselves as men; women with lesbian feelings, on their part, may feel drawn to an exclusive women's community, like a convnet.  Unctuous ways, which they associate with 'pastoral' manners and ways, moreover, appeal to some, being in line with their overfriendly, soft manners.  And in the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches, there is the attraction of the garments and the aesthetic rituals, which male homosexuals may, in their childish perception, experience as feminine and which enable a narcissistic showing off, comparable to the exhibitionistic joys of homosexual ballet dancers.

Remarkably, lesbian women may also feel attracted to the role of vicar and priest.  In their case too the attractive element for those who feel they don't belong is the social recognition as well as the enjoyment of being able to dominate others.  It is interesting that the attraction of homosexuals to priestly functions is not restricted to modern Christianity; in several primitive societies, as in antiquity, homosexuals have fulfilled the priestly role.

These interests stem for the most part, then, from an infantile, self-centered imagination and have precious little to do with the objective contents of Christian belief.  What some homosexuals thus see as their 'calling' to the priesthood is an attraction to an emotionally rewarding, but self-centered, way of life.  These are self-imagined or 'false' vocations.  Needless to say, these ministers and priests are inclined to preach a soft, humanistic reinvention of traditional beliefs, especially of moral principles, and a distorted concept of 'love.'  Moreover, they tend to create a homosexual subculture within their churches.  There they undoubtedly pose a subtle threat for the orthodoxy and undermine church unity by their habit of forming subversive coteries that do not feel responsible to the official church community (the reader may recall the homosexual complex of 'not belonging').  Otherwise, they generally lack the balance and the strength of character necessary for giving fatherly guidance.

Do real vocations never go along with homosexual interests?  I do not dare to affirm that fully; perhaps I have seen a few exceptions in the course of the years.  But, as a rule, homosexual orientation, whether acted out or experienced only in the private emotional life, must certainly be regarded as a contradiction to the supernatural source of priestly interests."

-Dr. Gerard J.M. van den Aardweg, Ph.D., (The Battle for Normality, pp. 85-87).

How to Understand the Clerical Sex Abuse Crisis

Homosexuality.

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Singing Monks of Norcia

An Interview With Henry Sire, Author of 'The Dictator Pope'

Why did Pope Benedict Resign?

The Style of Vestments Now Associated with the Explosive Clerical Abuse Scandal



Let us follow the recommendation made by the USCCB and Bishop Barron that the testimony of Archbishop Viganò be factually investigated by an outside body so that transparency can be established. 

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Pray the Ruined Walsingham Abbey Will Be Returned to Catholic Hands

This great shrine must be restored to its rightful owners.  

Catholic Pilgrimages

Orbis Catholicus Travel Group Photo on Pilgrimage in Mexico City

A wonderful pilgrimage!  Many thanks to everyone who made this great trip possible.  The spiritual graces will be felt for a lifetime! 

Restore the Friary at Walsingham!

Pray this property stolen from the Catholic Church during Henry VIII's anti-Catholic land grab will be rightfully restored and the monastery complex rebuilt to minister to pilgrims on the way of the "holy mile". 

Archdiocese of Vancouver

How to teach the Roman Rite to a new generation  -- introduce Solemn Sung Mass at Cathedrals.  Manky thanks to all the organizers and volunteers - the event was most edifying. 

The Purification Begins in the House of God: Noi Siamo con Mons. Viganò!

Our hero and mentor Fr. Robert Altier shares his thoughts on the sex abuse cover-up (agenda):

https://s3.amazonaws.com/spm-straph-parish-wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/20084333/208.mp3

Monday, May 14, 2018

RESISTER NOW for TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND AND CZECH REPUBLIC


ATTTN: June 15 deadline for registration! 

Small group. Limited seating. First come, first serve. 
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Do not miss out on this rare opportunity to see this most Catholic of lands on a traditional pilgrimage with daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. 

Nearly 25 meals are included.  2 weeks on the road!  5 major shrines.  2 Marian feasts (Assumption and Our Lady of Częstochowa, plus Polish feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe!  

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sights & Sounds of Pilgrimage to Walsingham: Walking the "Holy Mile" from the Slipper Chapel to the Original Shrine Destroyed By King Henry VIII












More Catholics need to visit here:

Walsingham, the most popular shrine of Catholic pilgrimage in England.

It was a tremendous joy to finally visit here for the first time.  

OC-Travel will be leading a pilgrimage here in summer 2019.  

Stay tuned for more details!  

My Favorite Shop in London: Ede and Ravenscroft

Since 1689.  

A terrific place to get your formal, academic or ceremonial dress.

Royal Courts of Justice in London: Victorian Gothic


One of my favorite places to visit in London.  It looks and feels like a mighty cathedral! 

One of the largest courts in Europe, the Royal Courts were built in the 1870s by Queen Victoria.  Over the highest point in the upper arch is a figure of Jesus, the supreme lawgiver.  On either side, on a lower level, are Moses and Solomon, gives of the law.   

Let us pray that English common law will one day admit that human life begins at conception -- that preborn humans in the womb are human persons under the full protection of the law.  Rule Britannia!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

St. Patrick's in Soho Square Where Fulton Sheen Stayed in London




He mentions in his must-read autobiography, Treasure in Clay, his time spent here while on visits from his studies in Louvain (Leuven), Belgium:

.50 Browning

It helped win the Second World War.  

City of Westminster Coat-of-Arms and Motto: Custodi Civitatem Domine ("O Lord, Watch Over the City")

Such a beautiful coat of arms for a city!  It was Catholicism that made England great. 

With the gridiron of St. Lawrence, which you can see at the Roman Basilica of San Lorenzo in Lucina (off the Via del Corso in Rome).  

Motto of the Royal Air Force: Per Ardua Ad Astra ("Through Adversity to the Stars")

St. Clement Danes RAF chapel, London.  

What Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh Looks Like


London Sign

"Thou God seest me."  

St. Marin in London

The veneration of St. Marin of Tours was widely popular in the Middle Ages.  Read of his fascinating life and know something of this great saint, whose tomb and basilica are an important pilgrimage site along the route from Paris to Santiago.  See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_of_Tours.

Lunch in London


Pius XII Coat-of-Arms at Catholic Shrine of Walsingham

This reminds me of the time I noticed, while standing in the back of the Sistine Chapel, that the little-known stained glass windows of the Sistine Chapel were installed during the reign of Pius X. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Catholic Travel

"Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. "  -Jesus (Mt. 7:7)

Join the 2018 March for Life in Rome May 19!

The biggest annual pro-life event in Italy.  Don't miss it!