Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Legion of Christ Vestments

Burnt orange and avocado green. "From our founder." Yuck.  It is disappointing to still see this today.  The power of his hold.  Photo taken at the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem.  I would reverently burn these vestments and replace them with a complete set in every color from Ditta Annibale Gammarelli in Rome.    

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Frank Stephens' POWERFUL Speech On Down Syndrome

Excommunicate Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Some thoughts on excommunication by the eminent canonist Fr. Timothy Ferguson

Excommunication should not be used as a "weapon." Arguably, there were times, particularly in the high middle ages, when it was used as a weapon in political wars between the Church and State. To the extent that it was used as a weapon, that was wrong.
Excommunication is a medicinal penalty. It is a red flag warning to someone who's gone off the rails that, unless serious steps are taken, one's soul is in grave danger. It is a tool the Church uses out of love and concern for the soul of sinner who has significantly damaged his relationship to the Church and to the Lord who founded Her.
In the Code of Canon Law, excommunication, like all penalties, is subject to a very strict interpretation. The Church does not throw penalties around lightly. Not all sins are excommunicatable. Just because violating the integrity of marriage is not subject to any canonical penalty does not mean the Church does not take adultery seriously.
Canon 1398 establishes that someone who procures an abortion is subject to an automatic excommunication. Previous canons define in a more detailed fashion when a penalty might be mitigated by other factors (for example, someone who is forced to procure an abortion against her will would not be subject to the excommunication. Lack of understanding, significant emotional pressure, and other factors also lessen someone's culpability). Moral theology lays out some clear principles, too, about remote and proximate cooperation in evil acts - e.g., it's generally understood that the doctor who performs the abortion is subject to the penalty, and most would also say the nurse, whose cooperation is necessary, is also subject. What about the receptionist who works at the clinic? The taxi driver who drops off the woman at the clinic? The building owner who leases the property? In general, the more remote one's cooperation is, the lesser degree one is culpable for the offense.
What about the politicians who render the horrific crime of abortion legal - and who celebrate their evil actions with aplomb? Most canonists would say that their participation in this evil while sinful, doesn't fall under the strict interpretation required by the law to subject themselves of an automatic penalty.
I agree.
Yet, there are other canons in the Code.
The very next canon, in fact, canon 1399, states, "Besides the cases prescribed in this or other laws, the external violation of divine or canon law can be punished, and with a just penalty, only when the special gravity of the violation requires it and necessity demands that scandals be prevented or repaired."
This brings up another very important element of the Church's penal law - the prevention of scandal. Scandal is not just "people being shocked." If that were the case, in our current climate, nothing would be scandalous. Scandal is something which leads another to evil. Scandal needs to be singled out, and punished so that the faithful are not led to sin.
In the current situation in New York, I would argue that scandal has been caused. Political leaders, calling themselves Catholic, have shown a callous disregard for the value of human life, for the teachings and the teaching authority of the Church, and indeed for God, the author of life. Permitting them to go unpunished is an offense itself. The Church needs - in love - to point out to them what precarious situations they have placed their own immortal souls. The Church also needs to remind the faithful of how seriously She takes the value of human life. These politicians - and the governor of New York in the first place - need to put on canonical trial and, unless there are mitigating circumstances of which I am not aware, excommunicated for the sake of their own souls, and for the souls of countless numbers of the faithful who are scandalized by his behavior.

True "Inculturation" in the Liturgy

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Chapel Project - Carmelite Hermitage USA

Chapel Appeal - Carmelite Hermitage in USA

Bring Back the Cappa Magna

Nice shot of Joan Bennett Kennedy, still living today, looking smashing as usual in Spanish mantilla.

BOSTON, Jan. 19, 1964—"Boston offered cultural and liturgical homage today to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a native son.
The tribute was a performance of Mozart's Requiem in D Minor by the Boston Symphony Orchestra during a Solemn Pontifical Mass celebrated by Richard Cardinal Cushing in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The orchestra was conducted by Erich Leinsdorf."

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Traditional Catholic Malta Pilgrimage 2019

Malta Discovery Pilgrimage with Fr. Robert Fromageot, FSSP.  

September 2-11, 2019.  

See where St. Paul was shipwrecked in Acts 27-28 and participate in the annual Our Lady of Victories celebration in commemoration the the heroic outcome of the Great Siege of Malta of 1565, the climax of an escalating contest between Christian Europe and the Islamic Ottoman Empire.  

Limited seating. 

See here for more info or to register online: 

Why Religion is Rejected

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Why Beauty Matters by Roger Scruton

Munk Debate: The Rise of Populism

Steve Bannon | Full Address and Q&A | Oxford Union

A Few Good Men

Michael Hichborn - Silence Stops Now Rally

The Homosexualist Attack on Civilization

"The process of death-wishing, in the guise of liberalism, has been eroding the civilization of the west for a century and more, and now would seem to be about to reach its apogee. The Liberal mind, effective everywhere, whether in power or in opposition, has provided the perfect instrument. Systematically, stage by stage, dismantling our Western way of life, depreciating and depreciating all its values so that the whole social structure is now tumbling down, dethroning its God, undermining all its certainties. And all this, wonderfully enough, in the name of health, wealth and happiness of all mankind. Previous civilizations have been overthrown from without by the incursion of barbarian hordes; ours has dreamed up its own dissolution in the minds of its own intellectual elite. Not Bolshevism, which Stalin liquidated along with the old Bolsheviks; not Nazism, which perished with Hitler in his Berlin bunker; not Fascism, which was left hanging upside down from a lamp-post along with Mussolini and his mistress - none of these, history will record, was responsible for bringing down the darkness on our civilization, but Liberalism. A solvent rather than a precipitate, a sedative rather than a stimulant, a slough rather than a precipice; blurring the edges of truth, the definition of virtue, the shape of beauty; a cracked bell, a mist, a death wish..." 

-Malcolm Muggeridge

Friday, November 16, 2018

Pontifical High Mass offered by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Pope Pius XII Clips

Newly appointed Pope Paul VI receives cardinals one by one at the Sistin...

The King And Queen Of Italy (1929)

Consecration of 8 New Bishops in the Vatican 1960

The Pope's Birthday (1928)

New York Pilgrimage to Vatican Holy Year 1950

Mother Seton Beatification (1963)

Vatican II Opens 1962

Pope John XXIII Performs "Rite Of Humility" at the Lateran in 1960

Nixon's Audience With Pope (1957)

Coronation of Pope Paul VI in Vatican City at St. Peter's Square. HD Sto...

New Lord Abbot (1931)

Downside Abbey (1935)

Queen And Duke Have Audience With Pope John in 1961

Pius XII's Passing in 1958

Pope John XXIII Signing Encyclical Pacem In Terris

Ash Wednesday Rome 1960

King And Queen Of Thailand: Audience With Pope (1960)

The Inauguration Of Seven New Cardinals By Pope John XXIII (1959)

Creation Of Cardinals (1946)

The Good Old Days in the Vatican

The Papal Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1964

Aka the Good Old Days (See How Many Faces You Recognize)

The beauty of Traditional Catholicism