Friday, January 30, 2015

Another example of political correctness and personal "feelings" trumping traditional Catholic practices

Fr. Joseph Illo of Star of the Sea Catholic Church in San Francisco has instituted a boys-only policy for altar serving, and the liberal backlash has already begun. Now this poor pastor is forced to explain the reason for this traditional Catholic practice to his overly PC flock, but it may be too late as many have already left his parish according to some reports. One girl noted that she was “insulted” because “it makes me feel like I’m not good enough because I’m a girl.” We all know personal feelings of inclusiveness are more important than theology and increasing vocations.

In the U.S., the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska is the only diocese in the country that has implemented male-only altar serving for the entire diocese. Guess which diocese in the country has the highest ratio of seminarians to Catholics? The answer: Lincoln, Nebraska. The link I provided is a little stale, but I believe this stat still holds true today. This is due to now-retired Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz who is also a huge supporter of Summorum Pontificum and the Extraordinary Form of Mass.

The problem though is that stats on priestly vocations and traditional practices do not matter to bleeding hearts on the Left. The well could run dry on priests in the U.S. for all they care. All that matters is making sure my daughter's feelings are not hurt!

Here is what male-only serving looks like at the Institute of Christ the King in Chicago by the way:







Here is what it looks like at St. John Cantius in Chicago: 




Here are poor, tortured, female souls as they meditate on how terrible their lives are for being rejected as altar servers.  Look how uneasy and anguished it makes them!  



How I dearly wish I could be on the other side of this altar rail.  It pains me to no end!!
I'm being facetious of course (a little).  In all fairness, female altar servers are not the end of the world and there are plenty of other things to worry about.  At least we are not talking about womyn priestesses.







   

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Living with Capuchins is too hard

Living with Capuchins is tougher than prison. 

This is a great story. A convicted thief in Italy was sentenced to live in a monastery with Capuchin monks, and is now begging to go back to prison as it is apparently harder living as a monk. Monks are also known for Gregorian chant and brewing some of the best beer in the world. These monks sound like the antidote to the feminization of the Church that Cardinal Burke has been preaching about! 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rise of the Masters

"Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman." - Ludwig van Beethoven.

So I received an email from Amazon a few days ago reminding me that I had a $1 credit for the purchase of digital music that expired on January 31.  After receiving a Kindle Fire a couple years ago, I had purchased an App from the Kindle store which gave me a $1 credit for a digital music purchase.  I had only purchased music from iTunes at this point, but I figured I might as well not let this $1 go to waste.  So I started browsing the Amazon store thinking about what to purchase. Should I just blow this dollar on a new top hit, so that I listen to it a few times and then let it fade away into my music library never to be heard again?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Did Jesus feed 4,000, 5,000, or both??

I was listening to Open Line with Father Mitch Pacwa through my iTunes podcast earlier this week.  I don't listen to too many EWTN programs on a regular basis, but this is one of them.  I encourage you to check it out on iTunes or directly at EWTN's website.  Father Mitch is the host of the Wednesday show.  

I really enjoy Father Mitch's knowledge of various languages and Scripture.  I was listening to a recording of the show from January 7, and someone called in asking about the feeding of the 4,000 versus the feeding of the 5,000 by Jesus recorded in Scripture.  Are these two different events or one single event?  Did Jesus really have a large crowd sit down on two separate occasions to feed them with loaves and fishes on the Sea of Galilee?  It seems that there are too many parallels between the two events that would actually make them one event, right?

The feeding of the 4,000 is only recorded in Matthew and Mark.  The feeding of the 5,000 is recorded in all four gospels.  Even though Matthew and Mark record these events as two different episodes, perhaps the second episode (the feeding of the 4,000) was added to these gospels at a later date by mistake?  This is an interesting question, and Father Mitch gave a convincing answer by referencing the original Greek text, which gives us significant clues into showing that these are indeed two separate events.  The point of this blog post is to explore Father's claims in detail so that you can share this with friends if it comes up in a bible study.  This topic of whether it was one or two events is not necessarily converting someone to the Catholic faith, but it does show how important it is to understand the Greek text as the translations into English oftentimes miss some of the nuanced details due to the differences in the languages.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Belgian bishop favors same sex unions

Father Z has the story HERE.

This bishop is from the diocese of Antwerp. I have been to the beautiful Cathedral of Our Lady of Antwerp for Sunday mass on two different occasions while on work trips. The second time I went, the "mass" consisted of a young adult choir singing for 30 minutes and absolutely no structure to the liturgy. There was no sacrifice/communion and the bishop processed out after the Protestant style service was over. I remember sitting next to a young woman who I could tell was a foreigner visiting the church for the first time. Half way through the service she leaned over to me and asked "Is this a Catholic church?". The church service was completely unrecognizable. I remember when the bishop processed out, the young woman rolled her eyes in disbelief.  This was listed as a "mass" time on the website. Whether this was intended to be mass or not, I did not fulfill my Sunday obligation of attending mass by attending this service (which obviously was not my fault). 

This experience did not sit right with me and I knew from that moment that the bishop was heretical or very modern/secular at best. What a shame to waste such a beautiful ancient cathedral on bad liturgy from a bad bishop. The church felt more like a museum than a living breathing church. 

As the church continues to dig its own grave by embracing modernism, I will not apologize for speaking out against bishops who are leading the flock into scandal. It is not a coincidence that bad liturgy follows bad catechesis and heresy. We hear the phrase Lex Orandi Lex Credendi (the law of praying is the law of believing) a lot, and this is a concrete example of it going in the wrong direction. 

Johan Bonny has been Bishop of Antwerp since October 2008. Many church observers would like to see him succeed Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard as Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and thus Primate of Belgium. If this happens, the church in Belgium is going to be in big trouble (if it isn't already). Offer up a prayer for Bishop Bonny to have a change of heart and convert to the faith. 

Here is a photo of the cathedral that I took while in Antwerp. 

Here is a photo of the inside, which does not do justice for how massive the inside is. 




 


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dr. Taylor Marshall's Sword and Serpent is released!!

Dr. Taylor Marshall, the President of the New Saint Thomas Institute and popular Catholic blogger over at taylormarshall.com, has just released his new book Sword and Serpent as a Kindle eBook and paperback.  Dr. Marshall has written several other books including The Crucified Rabbi, The Eternal City, and The Catholic Perspective on Paul.  For those that visit Taylor's blog, you know that he has also released other short books for free to the general public.  All of his previous writings have been historical/non-fiction works dealing with Christian history and theology.  Sword and Serpent is Dr. Marshall's first venture into the world of Christian fiction, and I must say that I think this book was very well done.  It is an easy read for all age groups.  

Sword and Serpent is a thrilling adventure following the tale of a young St. George and a pagan priestess. This is an exciting period of Christian history that I was thrilled to see Dr. Marshall tackle in a fun and clever way. Dr. Marshall does a wonderful job painting a vivid picture in your mind of early fourth century Rome and the surrounding Mediterranean. Although this book is a fictional retelling of the story of St. George, Dr. Marshall successfully incorporates historical people and events which adds an exciting and unique twist to the book. The story is an emotional roller coaster as you witness St. George grow up from a young boy to a man through all of the trials and tribulations that he faces. This novel is also filled with many "Easter eggs" and surprises that will keep you on your toes throughout the book. For anyone interested in the early centuries of Christian persecution and martyrdom, it is often the case that precise details of the historical events are lost. This novel fills the imagination with the legends that surround these tales, and has resulted in a truly unique genre of Christian fiction. I highly recommend this book and hope that Dr. Marshall pursues more works in this genre.

CLICK HERE for a link to Amazon where you can purchase the Kindle eBook or paperback version.  Check out the video trailer below.