1. Site: Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment
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    Since the Council, an idea has been spreading that Judaism is not superseded by the New Covenant of Jesus Christ; that Jews still have available to them the Covenant of the old Law, by which they can be saved. It is therefore unnecessary for them to turn to Christ; unnecessary for anybody to convert them to faith in Christ. Indeed, attempting to do so is an act of aggression not dissimilar to theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com11
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    S Paul loved his fellow Jews, his 'kinsmen' and believed "the gifts and call of God are irrevocable". He believed that at the End, those among them who had rejected Christ would be brought in to the chosen people. He believed that they were like olive branches which had been cut off so that the Gentiles, wild olive branches, could be grafted in. But, when the fulness of the Gentiles had entered Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com3
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    Lex orandi lex credendi. I have been examining the Two Covenant Dogma: the fashionable error that God's First Covenant, with the Jews, is still fully and salvifically valid, so that the call to saving faith in Christ Jesus is not made to them. The 'New' Covenant, it is claimed, is now only for Gentiles. I want to draw attention at this point to the witness of the post-Conciliar Magisterium of theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com13
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    We have seen that the Two Covenant Theory, the idea that Jewry alone is guaranteed Salvation without any need to convert to Christ, is repugnant to Scripture, to the Fathers, even to the post-Conciliar liturgy of the Catholic Church. It is also subversive of the basic grammar of the relationship between the Old and the New Testaments. Throughout  two millennia, in Scripture, in Liturgy, in her Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com7
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    The sort of people who would violently reject the points I am making are the sort of people who would not be impressed by the the Council of Florence. So I am going to confine myself to the Magisterium from the time of Pius XII ... since it is increasingly coming to be realised that the continuum of processes which we associate with the Conciliar and post-Conciliar period was already in operationFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com0
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    In 1980, addressing a Jewish gathering in Germany, B John Paul II said (I extract this from a long sentence): " ... dialogue; that is, the meeting between the people of the Old Covenant (never revoked by God, cf Romans 11:29) and that of the New Covenant, is at the same time ..." In 2013, Pope Francis, in the course of his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, also referred to the Old Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com10
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    Continues ...  I should add that Jesse Billett gives critical editions of three unregarded liturgical fragments, relegated to 'Appendix' status but all of them important and with each detail treated with scrupulous attention. I have not checked through the tables which are a prominent feature of the book and which make it easier to follow his discussion, but, in what I have looked at, I have not Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com2
  8. Site: Vox Cantoris
    1 hour 7 min ago

    For a few days now, it has been revealed that the author of The Dictator Pope is actually the historian, Henry Sire. Publishing under the name Marcantonio Colonna, the second edition is about to be released in hardcover.

    Sire is a Knight of Malta.

    Sire was suspended from the Knights of Malta.

    The Dictator Pope, who disembowelled and took over the Knights of Malta and put in place his German stooges, has proven to one and all that he is indeed the Dictator Pope.

    1 hour 57 min ago

    Pope Francis gives his blessing to tattoos.

    Asked about tattoos and other expressions of modern culture by a seminarian from Ukraine, the pope said that the problem is that some people exaggerate by covering their body with tattoos, but “the problem is the exaggeration, not the tattoos.”

    Don’t be afraid of tattoos,” the pope responded, noting that for many years Eritrean Christians and others have gotten tattoos of the cross on their foreheads.

    “Of course, there can be exaggerations,” the pope said, remarking that people who get too many tattoos cannot give blood because of a “danger of blood poisoning.”

    A tattoo “is a sign of belonging,” Francis said, and offers an opportunity to strike up a conversation with young people about what matters to them “and then you can enter into the culture of the young.”

    “But do not panic,” he said. “With young people you should never be frightened, never! Because always, even behind the not-so-good things, there is something that will get us to some truth.”

    I'm pretty sure he wasn't giving his blessing to tattoos, but I think his point would have been better made if he said something like 'the tattoo is a symptom of a bigger problem, so when you see them, use your pastoral gifts to open conversation with the ultimate goal of healing the wound with Sacraments.'

    I hope they don't ask him about Ouija boards!

  10. Site: Biblical False Prophet : Cardinal Bergoglio - "Pope Francis"
    2 hours 17 min ago
    Author: remnantclergy
    Francis Definition of “Pro-Life” is Water and Ecology Spoken like the true apostate humanist that he is. ROME, March 22, …
  11. Site: Community in Mission
    2 hours 18 min ago
    Author: Msgr. Charles Pope

    When I was about 10 years old I took some sailing lessons and then did so again when I was in my early 30s. Sailing involves a kind of romancing of the wind, wherein one observes it and then adapts to it, wooing it, learning its moves, its vicissitudes, its often subtle and changing signs.

    Oh, for the great times when the wind was with us! Catching the wind, the boat would speed along making a slick sound in the water. Oh, too, for those daring and thrilling times when the spinnaker was put out. The boat would almost strain as the proud winds filled her arcing sail.

    There were also difficult days, too, days when the winds were contrary and there was the hard work of tacking, beating, and jibing.

    Sailing is an image of receptivity. One cannot control the wind, but must simply accept it, taking it as it is. Yes, the sailor must adjust to what is, to learn to accept and work with what is given, to live in the world as it is rather than wishing for the world as it ought to be.

    The sailor must simply accept the wind’s biddings and blessings, the way in which it would have us go: this way and that, sometimes quickly and unexpectedly. The good sailor accepts that a good strong breeze can suddenly grow calm only to stir again moments later. This is especially the case in the sultry days of summer, when the prevailing winds are less evident and their strength and direction can be local and subtle.

    Yes, it is all very mysterious. Indeed, Jesus used the wind as an image for mystery when He said to Nicodemus, The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit (Jn 3:8).

    Thus the wind and sailing become symbolic of the soul interacting with God. We cannot control God nor should we try. Our role is to sense His direction and put out our sails accordingly. We are to “romance the wind” by growing deeper in our love and trust of God. We are to discover the serenity of accepting what is, of following His lead or receiving what is offered rather than seeking to control or manipulate the outcome.

    Sometimes God’s Ruah, His Spirit and breath, is a strong and refreshing wind, as at Pentecost when Scripture says, And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were (Acts 2:4). At other times, God speaks in a whispering breeze: And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:12-13)

    Yes, allow the wind to represent the movements of God’s Ruah. God is looking for some good sailors, ones who know the subtleties of the wind’s movements and can adjust accordingly.

    Now because the wind cannot be controlled and must simply be accepted for what it is, many people prefer motorboats. How much nicer it is to feel empowered from within and to be able to resolutely set one’s own course, no matter the wind! With a motorboat, there is little to no threat of being at the mercy of the winds. There is no need to relate to, nor to be in relationship with, the wind; there is no need of romancing the winds here! No, with a motorboat there is only the need to drive forward with a powerful motor, following one’s own designs.

    This is control; this is power. Here is the sailor alone with his own will, dependent on little and certainly on no other person. It is one man alone against the elements.

    Motorboats are a mixed blessing, though. They require a good bit of gas, can be noisy, need maintenance, may suffer breakdowns, and can be downright dangerous to other things and people around them.

    This is another image of our soul interacting with God. There are many who prefer to be under their own power, dependent upon no one but themselves, acting and operating independently. They prefer not to have to sense the direction of the winds, to watch for other signs, or to consider other factors.

    Just as there are dangers with a motorboat, there are dangers associated with this sort of controlling person. Indeed, such individuals can be noisy “gas-guzzlers,” prone to breakdowns, and potentially hazardous to things and people around them. In their perceived power they often barrel through life, missing or ignoring its subtleties, and frequently causing harm to themselves and/or others. “Breakdowns” are almost predictable with this sort of person.

    Most people prefer a motorboat, but God is more in the sailboat business. He’s looking for some good souls to sense the breeze of His Spirit, hoist their sails, and follow where He leads.

    Each of us is invited to be more like a sailor, following the Spirit’s lead—yes, like a sailor, trusting in and yielding to a Godly breeze.

    Do you prefer a motorboat or a sailboat? Are you a boater or a sailor?

    Here is a remarkable video, not of a sailor at sea, but of a “land sailor,” a kite flier. Note the beautiful interaction as this man romances the wind, working with its subtleties and rejoicing in its moves as in a great dance.

    The post Is Your Spiritual Life Like a Sailboat or a Motorboat? appeared first on Community in Mission.

  12. Site: Biblical False Prophet : Cardinal Bergoglio - "Pope Francis"
    2 hours 35 min ago
    Author: remnantclergy
    ( José M. Vidal ) .- He is the Great Preacher, the preacher by antonomasia of the Catholic Church and, …
  13. Site: RT - News
    2 hours 44 min ago
    Author: RT
    Austria’s Foreign Ministry has recalled an employee from its embassy in Israel after he posted a photo of himself on Facebook wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of a Nazi tank division.
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  14. Site: A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics
    2 hours 57 min ago
    Author: Tantumblogo

    I’ve been reading – slowly – The Great Commentary by Cornelius a’ Lapide, in the Loreto Press version with the introduction by none other than Charles Coulombe.  It’s an excellent if exhaustive biblical commentary.  I can see why it is so often used by traditional priests – there are insights to Scripture I’ve never seen anywhere else, though a few are dated (like the medical references to the latest 16th century medicine).

    Nevertheless, it’s an excellent if expensive biblical commentary. I strongly recommend it.

    As I said, it’s an exhaustive commentary, a’ Lapide does not manage to cover all of St. Matthew’s Gospel in a single 600 page volume (not including a ~130 page introduction).  In fact, he doesn’t even make it halfway.  Sometimes it does get a bit draggy into really minute detail.  Overall, however, it’s the best Catholic biblical commentary available in English, at least until someone finishes translating Bellarmine, which hopefully Ryan Grant is working on (Mediatrix Press, by the way, has a 10% off sale for Lent. It’s a good time to save).

    I haven’t done enough Lenten content this year due to circumstances, but here’s a nice exegesis on Saint Matthew Chapter V verse 4, Blessed are the Meek.  But who is meek, and what is meekness?  Aside from Christ’s exhortation to be meek, what role does meekness play in God’s plan for our salvation?  Divine Intimacy certainly provides many answers, but these from a’ Lapide are quite worth sharing, as well. I pray you find this useful:

    Fittingly are the meek conjoined to the poor in spirit, because the poor and lowly are wont to be meek, as vice versa, the rich and the proud are often impatient and quarrelsome.  Poverty and meekness are neighbors, and related virtues………For “the meek,” says Chromatius, are “those who are gentle, humble, modest, simple in faith, patient under all injury, who set themselves to follow the precepts of the Gospel and imitate the Lord’s example of meekness.  Therefore, the meek are those who rule over impatience, anger, envy, vengefulness, and other disturbances and troubled movements of the soul, and do not murmur against God when He permits adversity, nor become indignant at injuries caused by neighbors, nor seek revenge upon those who harm them, but bear all things placidly in God’s providence, who orders all these things to His glory and for their salvation, when they practice resignation and acquiesce in them. This is why the meek, by the sweetness of their manners, reconcile to themselves the souls of all.

    Christ alludes to what David says in Psalm xxxvi:11, The meek shall inherit the land, and shall delight in abundance of peace.

    Meekness, therefore, makes us 1. pleasing to God and men 2. like Christ, Who says, Learn of Me, because I am meek, and humble in heart (Matt xi:29), 3. apt for wisdom and gaining celestial goods. For capable of receiving these is the heart which is meek, placid, and tranquil, as Psalm xxiv:9 says: He will guide the mild in judgment: He will teach the meek His ways.

    The grades of meekness and the beatitude consequent upon it are these: 1. To converse with all with a meek heart and lips. 2. To break the anger of others by a meek reply. 3. To bear with gentleness all injuries and wrongs. 4. To rejoice in being injured and wronged. 5. By our meekness and kindness to overcome the malevolence of our enemies and those who are angry with us, and win them to be our friends. [This is very hard to do, especially in our proud and selfish age, where we are taught in ways subtle and gross to always exalt the self, to always get what we want, when we want it, and to take great offense if we do not. But this is not the way of Christ, or of the great Christendom that existed for many centuries. I count myself at the head of the list of those who fail in meekness.] 

    Finally, Climacus gives the reason, indeed several reasons, why the meek are blessed when he says: “Meekness is the helpmate of obedience, the leader of religious community, a curb to those who steal, a power that expels the wrathful, the teacher of joy, the imitator of Christ, the property of the heavenly, fetters and bonds of demons, a shield against bitterness and harshness of spirit. The Lord rests in the hearts of the meek.  The turbulent soul is the nest of the devil.  The meek shall inherit the earth, or better, shall rule the lands, while the furious shall be driven our out of their lands……….

    [This last bit is not entirely related, but it was so good i had to include it]……..Moses promised earthly goods to the Jews, but Christ promised heavenly goods to Christians.

    Better and fuller with St. Jerome – by earth in this place, understand Heaven, which is the land of the living, since this earth is the land of the dying, as it is said in Psalm xxvi: “I believe to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.” [so meekness is a necessary to be with God in Heaven]

    ————End Quote———–

    I think that’s it for today. I’m sure enjoying a Lapide – I only wish I had more time to read, to soak up this glorious Faith of ours, which always seems, providentially, to provide an answer to one’s yearnings, even if those yearnings were unrecognized.  Sometimes you don’t know what you need, or what really hurts, until God shows it to you.  May He be forever praised!

    God bless you!

  15. Site: The Eponymous Flower
    3 hours 13 min ago

    Bishop Olivieri celebrating the Immemorial Mass of All Ages with his successor, Bishop Borghetti to the left.

    (Genoa) Bishop Mario Oliveri conferred the Subdiaconate on one and a lower order on two traditional Benedictines of the Immaculate.
    The fledgling order was founded in 2008 by two monks of the traditional Benedictine Abbey of Le Barroux as a Benedictine order of the strict observance. They had settled at the request of Bishop Oliveri in the diocese of Albenga-Imperia. Bishop Oliveri was the chief shepherd of this diocese from 1990-2016.
    Exactly one year ago, on March 21, 2017, the Order of the Benedictines of the Immaculata was canonically recognized as an Order of Diocesan Right. Its charisms include ecclesiastical tradition, the traditional form of the RomanRite  and Benedictine spirituality.
    March 21 is the Dies natalis, the day of the death of St. Benedict of Nursia. Yesterday, numerous clergy gathered at the Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena in Villatella, Liguria, to celebrate, together with the Benedictines of the Immaculate Conception, the day dedicated to the Order's founder and father of monasticism in the West. It was also a joyous feast for the young community because Bishop Oliveri conferee the Subdiaconate on two monks and another to a lower rank.

    Also present was Msgr. Guglielmo Borghetti, the successor to Msgr. Oliveri as Diocesan Bishop.
    The vocation ministry and the spiritual direction of the monastery under Prior P. Jehan de Belleville fall on fertile ground. He was the first companion who joined Dom Gerard Calvet, the founder of Le Barroux in 1970 when he retired to the mountains in 1969, loving as a hermit because of the New Rite, which had been introduced into the Benedictine order.
    "The monastic and the liturgical faithfulness", says P. Jehan, are the "irrevocable" basis of the Benedictines of the Immaculate.
    Text: Giuseppe NardiPicture: MiLTrans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.comAMDG
  16. Site: Novus Motus Liturgicus
    3 hours 26 min ago
    Exactly as happened last year, in the single day since we posted the first part of this year’s photopost of Passiontide veils, we have received enough new submissions that we will now plan on four parts instead of three. If, therefore, you don’t see your here, know that we will definitely get to them within the next couple of days, just in time to start another round of photoposts for Holy Week. As always, we are very grateful to everyone who sent these in; you are doing great things to preserve and encourage our Catolic liturgical tradition!

    St Anthony’s - The Bronx, New York
    Our Lady of the Pillar Parish - Alaminos, Laguna, The Philippines
    St Stephen - Exeter, NebraskaSt Mary’s Parish - Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Even in the sacristy!St Paul’s Cathedral - Birmingham, Alabama

    Mater Ecclesiae - Berlin, New Jersey

    Monastery of the Holy Cross - Chicago, Illinois

    Immaculate Conception - Port Perry, Ontario
    The chapel of St Joseph before veiling...... and after.Our Lady Among the Olives - Zagreb, CroatiaCathedral of the Holy Rosary - Vancouver, British Columbia

    Santissima Trinità - Pordenone, ItalySt Catherine of Siena - Columbus, Ohio

  17. Site: What Is Up With The Synod?
    3 hours 32 min ago
    Author: Hilary White
    A while ago I asked my friend Pat Archbold if he would like to contribute some thoughts to our “What do we do now?” question. But in the meantime, we fight. There is no fleeing to the hills in hopes that we will be left
  18. Site: RT - News
    3 hours 50 min ago
    Author: RT
    Over 5,000 civilians have left Eastern Ghouta through humanitarian corridors on Thursday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said. The militants also reportedly began withdrawing from the area, as part of a deal with the Syrian government.
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  19. Site: A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics
    4 hours 13 min ago
    Author: Tantumblogo

    A purported “male birth control” pill works, researchers say.  It apparently works by killing testosterone, which is supposed to reduce or prevent sperm production.  There is already a sort of crisis developing regarding the plunging testosterone levels among males, especially soy latte sipping young millennials (those born between 1980-2000).  But even overall male testosterone levels have been plummeting over the past several decades.  One likely culprit is the mass consumption of phyto-estrogen laden soy products.

    At any rate, this attempt to sterilize men en masse seems a bit on the nose, doesn’t it?  Let’s let men play at birth control by denying them the hormone that most predicts and creates distinctions between men and women?  Please:

    One of the latest experimental candidates for a male birth control drug is a compound that would be taken much like the daily birth control pill available for women. A pilot study presented Sunday at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting suggests that the compound—called dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU)—can be safe and effective in human test subjects……..

    ……..By experiment’s end, the volunteers who took DMAU experienced a drop in their levels of testosterone and two other hormones involved in producing sperm, which was starkest in those who took the highest dose. The study didn’t directly test their sperm, since it takes around three months for lowered hormone levels to significantly reduce someone’s sperm count. But the researchers say the hormone levels seen in the high-dose group have been shown to predict infertility in earlier studies of male contraception treatments. Conversely, the levels among all DMAU volunteers returned back to normal within a month’s time after the therapy was stopped………

    ……….The few side effects Page’s team observed were weight gain and lowered levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind). But they feel a tweaked dose could alleviate these symptoms. Importantly, the pill didn’t seem to cause any other lasting symptoms of low testosterone. Eight men in the treatment group did report lower libido, but the effect faded away after treatment had ended. [Does anyone else severely doubt this massive hormone ingestion/modification will be side-effect free?  Yeah, right]

    For now, though, the as-yet-unpublished results are only a sign of hope.  [How is it a sign of hope to make most men as artificially sterile as most women?  The birth rate in the West is already at civilization-collapse levels.  It will be the same around virtually the entire world outside parts of Africa within 10-20 years.  By 2100, the world will likely experience the most severe economic, social, and cultural calamities experienced in nearly 2000 years as a result of lack of birth.  But that is our human nature – we cannot stand success, comfort, and happiness, and at some level [many] seek to destroy it when we have it.] The researchers are currently in the middle of a trial meant to last for at least three months—a timeline that will let them directly test for lowered levels of sperm. And should that trial go off without a hitch, they would then test DMAU in real-life couples.

    Something tells me this effort has more than a whiff of radical feminism about it – there is little practical need for male birth control at this point.  It’s about making men share the birth control burden, or even more, seeing men effectively neutered and emasculated (even more than many already are).


  20. Site: A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics
    4 hours 44 min ago
    Author: Tantumblogo

    I realized I haven’t posted in almost 2 weeks.  Sorry for that, @##%^! work again, my boss was out last week and then we moved offices over the weekend so that caused further chaos – long story short I’ve had no time to post.

    I have been meaning to post a summary of The Fatima Center/Our Lady’s Army of Advocates conference at DFW March 9-11.  In short, it was absolutely fantastic, both for the content provided by Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea (never seen him speak before, he was INCREDIBLE!), Fr. Michael Rodriguez, Michael Matt, Chris Ferrara, Elizabeth Yore, and others, but also for the warm camaraderie among faithful souls doing their best in this time of trial and division in Holy Mother Church.  It was a great treat to meet so many longtime readers of this blog and other supporters.  I had a great privilege in spending a good amount of time with a longtime reader from El Paso who stayed at our house.  T, you are welcome any time.

    It was a fantastic conference.  Perhaps a bit cramped for room, but really excellent all the same.  All the speakers were top notch and touched on topics of vital importance. All the souls in attendance were kind and generous. I really hope and pray there was enough attendance for this to become a regular conference in the DFW area.  This one was put on at quite short notice, I think with more planning attendance could easily have been double or more – I ran into a lot of people who had no idea the conference was occurring until it was already over or too late to attend.

    I didn’t take many pictures myself, but I was in a bunch of pictures with various readers and Fr. Rodriguez……..please send me those pics!  I’ll do a new post when I receive them.

    Anyway here is Michael Matt speaking.  His talk was also really excellent:

    Here is a video from the Fatima Center of Fr, Rodriguez’ welcome speech from Friday night, which I missed:

    And then here is Brendan Young’s talk from Saturday morning:

    I’ll post more videos as The Fatima Center uploads them.

    So I know it’s late notice but conservative evangelical commentator Steven Crowder is speaking at SMU McFarlin Auditorium tonight March 22 at 7pm.   Man I’d love to go but I have a life to live.  Anyway it is being livecast on Youtube.  I imagine the protest/counter-protest could be pretty intense.  I know I have a future as a bigger and badder Based Stickman, but the time is not quite right, yet.

    Finally, via reader ADG, a Christian was kicked out of a class on Christianity at a tiny and rather pointless liberal arts college in Pennsylvania inexplicably named Indiana University of Pennsylvania for violating the sacred progressive shibboleths regarding severe mental disorders/transgenderism:

    A religious studies major was barred from Christianity class at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for saying during class that there are only two genders. Lake Ingle, a senior at the university, said he was silenced and punished by IUP Professor Alison Downie for questioning her during a Feb. 28 “Christianity 481: Self, Sin, and Salvation” lecture.

    After showing a 15-minute TED Talk by transgender ex-pastor Paula Stone Williams discussing the “reality” of “mansplaining,” “sexism from men,” and “male privilege,” the professor asked the women in the class to share their thoughts. When no women in the class said anything, Ingle spoke up, challenging the professor on biology and the gender wage gap. 

    He told the class that the official view of biologists is that there are only two genders. The feminist professor booted him from class and asked him not to come back. She referred him to the public university’s Academic Integrity Board (AIB). Ingle needs to complete the class to graduate at the end of the semester. “You are barred from attending this class in accordance with the Classroom Disruption policy,” IUP Provost Timothy Moerland told Ingle in a March 2 letter.

    There are a few important things to note here. First of all—these were topics for a class on Christianity? Gender ideology and the gender wage gap? Even further, the professor accused Ingle of “angry outbursts in response to being required to listen to a trans speaker discuss the reality of white male privilege and sexism” in addition to “disrespectful references to the validity of trans identity and experience” in justifying her decision to kick Ingle out of her class and demanding a written apology from him listing and repenting for all the different sins he committed in her classroom.

    Exactly.  He committed the unpardonable sin of sinning against the always changing but nevertheless constantly required tenets of the sexular pagan religion.  Note that a sexular pagan was teaching a high-level course on Christianity.  This is not accidental. It is designed to shatter whatever faith young Christians entered the university with, and it’s a game the Left has been playing extremely well for a century or so now.  Don’t let them play it with  your children.

  21. Site: RT - News
    4 hours 52 min ago
    Author: RT
    An Israeli teenager was reportedly arrested at the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum for urinating on a victims’ memorial in the former Nazi concentration camp. The unidentified 19-year-old was taken into custody on Wednesday.
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  22. Site: RT - News
    5 hours 31 min ago
    Author: RT
    Senior Russian and US military officials have held talks on Syria. Though details remain undisclosed, the exchanges are seen as a reassuring sign that the military is keeping a cool head amid the tense political atmosphere.
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  23. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    5 hours 33 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    At First Things there is a good piece about toughness when it comes to preaching and discipline and gentleness in mercy, especially with penitents in the confessional. It is hard for priests to find that balance out en plein air of the world. For the priest who is awake to his own standing before God, it is easier in the confessional.

    The First Things piece starts with an anecdote about the great Chateaubriand:

    Chateaubriand’s autobiography, Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb (US HERE – UK HERE), evokes a series of times and places as various as the author’s life. But there is one episode which, while conjuring up something of Brittany around 1780, also expresses a perennial reality.

    The schoolboy Chateaubriand is being prepared for his first confession by a severe-looking priest, “a man of fifty with a stern appearance” (in Robert Baldick’s translation). Having read a frightening book about the eternal fate of those who hide their sins in the confessional, the young lad grows unbearably anxious. When the day comes, he is shaking with fear and scarcely able to stammer out his sins. Then the priest prepares to say the words of absolution.

    If Heaven had shot a thunderbolt at me, it would have caused me less dread. I cried:
    “I have not confessed everything!”
    This awe-inspiring judge, this delegate of the Supreme Arbiter, whose face filled me with such fear, became the tenderest of shepherds. He clasped me in his arms and burst into tears.
    “Come now, dear child,” he said, “Courage!”

    It was, Chateaubriand recalled, an instant of supreme happiness, like a mountain lifting from him: “I shall never experience a like moment in the whole of my life.”

    Of course, what Chateaubriand didn’t know is that later in the day, Inspectors Javert and Clouseau arrived and placed the priest under arrest for hugging a minor in the context of the internal forum, subsequently to be suspended without delay by Bishop Bouboule Culottesdebeurre and then prosecuted until his reputation was completely destroyed.

    Seriously… as if those images weren’t serious enough… my point is, as we head into Holy Week…

    … do NOT be afraid to confess everything, all mortal sins.   Go ahead and be a little nervous, but do NOT be afraid!  Father will treat you well.

    Review my Tips For Making A Good Confession, which are always available in this blog.

    Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession

    We should…

    1) …examine our consciences regularly and thoroughly;
    2) …wait our turn in line patiently;
    3) …come at the time confessions are scheduled, not a few minutes before they are to end;
    4) …speak distinctly but never so loudly that we might be overheard;
    5) …state our sins clearly and briefly without rambling;
    6) …confess all mortal sins in number and kind;
    7) …listen carefully to the advice the priest gives;
    8) …confess our own sins and not someone else’s;
    9) …carefully listen to and remember the penance and be sure to understand it;
    10) …use a regular formula for confession so that it is familiar and comfortable;
    11) …never be afraid to say something “embarrassing”… just say it;
    12) …never worry that the priest thinks we are jerks…. he is usually impressed by our courage;
    13) …never fear that the priest will not keep our confession secret… he is bound by the Seal;
    14) …never confess “tendencies” or “struggles”… just sins;
    15) …never leave the confessional before the priest has finished giving absolution;
    16) …memorize an Act of Contrition;
    17) …answer the priest’s questions briefly if he asks for a clarification;
    18) …ask questions if we can’t understand what he means when he tells us something;
    19) …keep in mind that sometimes priests can have bad days just like we do;
    20) …remember that priests must go to confession too … they know what we are going through.

    Also, for PRIESTS….

    Fr. Z’s prayers for before and after hearing confessions

    Fr. Z’s prayers for before and after making confessions


    I hope you will be able to say each time you go…

    “I shall never experience a like moment in the whole of my life.”

  24. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    6 hours 9 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    Last night Tucker Carlson had another segment on in his series about what’s going on with the situation of men in these USA. This is sobering stuff. We need a wide national dialogue about this. We need to talk about it in the Church as well, especially since there are horrid movements of world-conformed homosexualism going on.

  25. Site: RT - News
    6 hours 11 min ago
    Author: RT
    Russia’s Defense Ministry website suffered a massive DDoS attack during an online vote to select the names of new Russian military hardware, with all hacking attempts repelled by cyber security services, the ministry said.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  26. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    6 hours 58 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    From a reader…


    If a hospital patient that is able to confess still gets the sacrament of the sick does it just forgive venial sins or mortal ones too?

    First, let’s be clear about something.   The sacrament of anointing is not to be given to just anyone.  There are conditions for reception of this sacrament.  I’m afraid it is poorly understood and sometimes abused.

    The Sacrament of Anointing, is one the sacraments “of the living”, that is, they are to be received by one who is in the state of grace.

    If a person is compos sui and can make his own decisions and understand what is going on, he must be given a chance to make his confession before being anointed.   Even if his communication is impeded, he should indicate by signs and respond to the priest’s questions.

    If a person is not sui compos, cannot respond, and isn’t aware of what is going on, such a person can be anointed and, in that case, the sacrament can also impart forgiveness of mortal sins.

    If a person in the state of mortal sin – who is able to confess and receive absolution – receives the sacrament of anointing, the sacrament will not be effective in them in the way Christ and the Church intend.   If a person is NOT able to confess, then the sacrament also forgives mortal sins so that the sacrament can be effective.

    Also, it is good to review the law for the administration of this great sacrament:

    Can.  1004 §1. The anointing of the sick can be administered to a member of the faithful who, having reached the use of reason, begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age.

    This doesn’t say execution or about to engage in battle or some other activity like driving in a NASCAR race.

    And there is the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

    1514 “The anointing of the sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.”

    Common points?  Danger of death… sick and old age.

    One can be in danger of death for many reasons.  For example, someone who is about to undergo surgery requiring a general anesthesia could be in danger of death.  People about to be executed or go into battle are in danger of death. Those are not really occasions for the sacrament because they are external to the person.  Once damage is inflicted through a wound and danger of death is obvious, that’s another matter.  Of course some people who are in need of surgery are in danger of death from the condition that requires the surgery.  However, if I need to have surgery to set a bone from breaking my wrist, I’m am not in danger of death.


    Danger of death… sick and old age.



    You don’t know when it is going to be your turn.

  27. Site: Catholic Herald
    7 hours 9 min ago
    Author: Carol Glatz

    God always loves and always remains faithful to his children, despite their sin and idolatry, Pope Francis said. “The faithful God cannot disavow himself, cannot disavow us, cannot deny his love, cannot deny his people, he cannot because he loves us,” the pope said in his homily March 22 at morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. God’s love is as “visceral” as a...


  28. Site: Novus Motus Liturgicus
    7 hours 12 min ago
    On Tuesday, I reposted an item from the French blog Le Salon Beige about a fund-raising poster produced by four French dioceses, in which the cassock of a young priest was photoshopped out, very ineptly, to make it appear that he was wearing jeans instead. (Young People™ think jeans are COOL!!) This was also picked up by the Catholic Herald. In the meantime, someone with a good eye for detail noted in our combox that the young man taking the photo is wearing a Polo jacket, the logo of which was also removed: a very Soviet gesture, if there ever was one. (A friend of mine made the joke on Facebook that the Church will soon need to put Photoshop on the Index of Forbidden Software.)

    Well, it turns out that both of these photos are fake, and the photoshopping was done to hide the fact that the good Father is a Cleveland Browns’ fan!

    (Thanks for Mr Tim Clark for permission to reproduce this joke, which is just a joke; Mr Clark is himself a Browns’ fan, as was my father all his life!)
  29. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    7 hours 17 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    I was made aware of this by a reader.   I happily endorse one idea one priest had while I entirely repudiate a bad old cliché from another.

    Castleton symbol of Lent: sand in holy water fonts

    Alas, the silly season drags on.

    However, before getting into that, the same article had a good idea that a different priest promoted at a different parish:

    In another unusual Lenten practice, Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Watervliet has been giving out its annual Lenten coins, a token to be carried by parishioners to remind them of Lent. [like challenge coins!] (Read a previous story at www.evangelist.org.) This year’s coins are embossed with John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish, but may have eternal life.” The coins were purchased by the faith formation program. IHM also has a Lenten prayer banner on which parishioners can post the name of a person or intention they’re praying for this Lent.

    Now back to the really bad idea at the other parish.  In that article:

    Sacred Heart parish in Castleton [Diocese of Albany] is trying an unusual [dopey] method to help Catholics prepare for Easter Sunday: filling the church’s holy water fonts with sand.

    “Christ spent 40 days in the desert tempted by the devil, and we spend 40 days [during Lent] on our own desert journey,” said Rev. Thomas Krupa, pastor. “The sand reminds us of the desert.”

    The idea for placing sand in the fonts was borrowed from other local priests, Father Krupa explained. Around five years ago, at a Lenten reflection he was attending, priests from the Albany Diocese spoke about how they were trying the practice.

    “I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a great idea,” Father Krupa recalled. “But then I forgot about it.” [Alas.]


    It goes on to mention the flu outbreak. Yeah… right.

    No Holy Water.  Sand.  This is a REALLY BAD IDEA.

    I’ve written about this quite a few times over the years, for example HERE. It’s amazing that it still crops up. Here’s the deal:

    I’ll rant for a bit later, but in the meantime someone put this question to the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.  They responded.  Enjoy.

    The emphases are mine:

    Prot. N. 569/00/L

    March 14, 2000

    Dear Father:

    This Congregation for Divine Worship has received your letter sent by fax in which you ask whether it is in accord with liturgical law to remove the Holy Water from the fonts for the duration of the season of Lent.

    [NB] This Dicastery is able to respond that the removing of Holy Water from the fonts during the season of Lent is not permitted, in particular, for two reasons:

    1. The liturgical legislation in force does not foresee this innovation, which in addition to being praeter legem is contrary to a balanced understanding of the season of Lent, which though truly being a season of penance, is also a season rich in the symbolism of water and baptism, constantly evoked in liturgical texts.

    2. The encouragement of the Church that the faithful avail themselves frequently of the [sic] of her sacraments and sacramentals is to be understood to apply also to the season of Lent. The “fast” and “abstinence” which the faithful embrace in this season does not extend to abstaining from the sacraments or sacramentals of the Church. The practice of the Church has been to empty the Holy Water fonts on the days of the Sacred Triduum in preparation of the blessing of the water at the Easter Vigil, and it corresponds to those days on which the Eucharist is not celebrated (i.e., Good Friday and Holy Saturday).

    Hoping that this resolves the question and with every good wish and kind regard, I am,

    Sincerely yours in Christ,
    Mons. Mario Marini [Later, the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Deinow with God.]

    Did you get the part where the Congregation said: “is not permitted”?

    Holy water is a sacramental.

    We get the powerful theology of its use in the older Roman Ritual in the prayers for exorcism of the water and salt used and then the blessing itself.  The rite of blessing holy water, in the older ritual, is powerful stuff.  It sounds odd, nearly foreign to our modern ears, especially after decades of being force fed Novus Ordo pabulum.

    Holy Water is a power weapon of the spiritual life against the attacks of the devil.

    I would ask these priests:

    • You do believe in the existence of the Enemy, … right?
    • You know you are a soldier and pilgrim in a dangerous world, … right?
    • So why… why… why would these liturgists and priests REMOVE a tool of spiritual warfare precisely during the season of LENT when we need it the most?

    Holy water is a sacramental.

    It is for our benefit.

    It is not a toy, or something to be abstained from, like chocolate or television.

    So, don’t stand for this nonsense.  If the Holy Water has been removed… clamor for its return!


  30. Site: Saint Louis Catholic
    7 hours 19 min ago
    Author: thetimman

    Why should getting home be easy on such a journey?

    Thanks to the French transportation strike, our flight from Firenze tomorrow was cancelled, and we were bumped from our flight out of Paris. Rather than waiting until Saturday, we are on a train to Milan, where—Amazing Race-like— we hope to avoid Phil-imination.

    No worries, though. The Camino provides. But prayers are appreciated!

  31. Site: Father Ed Tomlinson's Blog
    7 hours 40 min ago
    Author: Admin

    Here is a photograph from the archives taken towards the end of the Palm Sunday procession back in my Anglican days at St. Barnabas Church in Tunbridge Wells.  There I spent several happy years cutting my teeth as an incumbent. The cavernous church with a beautiful interior lent itself well to fulsome processions and lofty ceremonial, though it was colder and more expensive to run than St. Anselm’s!

    The tradition back then was to gather in the hall before exiting via the rear doors and walking the block to later arrive at the front door.  These days we are fortunate to have a pleasant village green on which to congregate for the blessing of palms before we troop over the road and into church.


    This Sunday the 8am Mass will be a said Mass, during which we shall bless palms in a simple but dignified manner. At 9:15am we shall hold our main service, according to Divine Worship, during which we will solemnly bless palms, partake in the procession, bang the doors of the church as we ‘reach Jerusalem’ and listen to the passion narrative. At 11am we shall have sung mass again with a simple but dignified blessing of palms. At 6:30pm there will be Stations of the Cross.

    Holy week is almost upon us. If we cannot give ourselves fully to the celebration of the Lords passion then something is surely amiss in our spiritual lives. Of prime importance are the three services which comprise the Triduum; the Mass of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday evening, the Good Friday liturgy and the Easter Vigil which is taking place before sunrise at 5am on Easter morning.

    Please note that the CLOCKS SPRING FORWARD this coming weekend.

  32. Site: Bonfire of the Vanities - Fr. Martin Fox
    7 hours 40 min ago
    ... As promised:

    8) I don’t like the people I see there. Then you will really hate heaven! What will you do?

    7) I can talk to God anywhere. True; but you can’t be joined to the Body of Christ just anywhere. I mean, both the people who form the Body of Christ, gathered together; and I mean the Eucharist. These things happen at Holy Mass.

    6) If I’m not there, it doesn’t make any difference. This is doubly wrong. Your absence makes a difference to others: if part of your body isn’t working right, you may not realize it right away, but you will feel the difference sooner or later. Our parish is weaker when not all its members are taking part. And your absence makes a difference to you. One of the things we discover in life is that we become our choices. If we choose to be generous, we become generous; if we choose laziness, we become lazy. If you get together with a group of friends regularly, missing once may not matter that much. But miss twice, three times…at some point, guess what? You won’t even notice; you will have left them behind.

    5) Church is full of hypocrites. That is 100% true, because Christ came to call sinners. So, you’re saying that if everyone in church were perfect, you’d feel more at home?

    6) I’m tired. Some people truly are tired: you will see them coming to Mass on crutches and in wheelchairs, carrying oxygen tanks and struggling to get around. And if we are genuinely sick, we are excused from Sunday Mass attendance. Every one of us knows the difference between being actually sick, and looking for excuses.

    3) I’ve got something else to do. Sometimes we don’t have an easy choice. Many people work in jobs where it’s very difficult to avoid working on weekends. Emergencies happen. These, too, are legitimate reasons to miss Mass. However, very often this isn’t forced on us; we made a choice. Yet we don’t want to own it, and admit that we consider playing sports or watching TV or golfing or shopping or choosing to work to be more important. At a certain point in life, we start dating, and we get serious about a guy or a girl. Tell me what happens when you tell that special girl or guy, sorry, I can’t be with you, because of sports, shopping, TV, work, etc.? The relationship doesn’t last, does it?

    2) My parents don’t go, why should I? It’s true that if your family doesn’t go to Mass, that makes it harder. As we grow up, we all reach a point where we become our own people. Sometimes we take a course our parents don’t. But also, we start to realize that our parents won’t do it for us. Mom and dad won’t always be there to wash your clothes and get you out of bed in the morning. It’s called growing up. What’s more, sometimes our parents do the wrong thing. Our friends too. Why should we follow their example?

    1) I don’t get anything out of Mass. This, too, is wrong two ways. First, maybe it’s not about what you “get.” How about, it’s about what you offer? We come to Mass to participate in a sacrifice, in which Christ offers himself, and we are called to make our own offerings. Some people offer money, some offer their time and talents, but all can and should offer their own prayers and needs, praying for our own conversion and for the needs of others. So maybe come to Mass not to get, but to give?

    Second, it is simply false that you don’t “get anything” from Mass. You actually do, but either you don’t realize it, or you don’t value it. Do you receive any kindness or warmth? Do you read and hear God’s Word? Do you get to witness the Sacrifice of Christ, made present on the altar? Do you receive the Eucharist? Above all, do you think God gives you grace in the Mass? All this really is given you. Do you value these things?

  33. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    7 hours 50 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    According to the Catholic Herald the author of The Dictator Pope (pre-order 23 April – US HERE – UK HERE – more HERE) has been suspended from the Order of Malta and has disassociated itself from the book, describing it as a “vile attack” on Pope Francis.

    “Following the press articles reporting the name of the author of the book “The Dictator Pope” the Grand Magistry of the Order of Malta has taken the decision to suspend Henry Sire, author of the book and member of the Order of Malta. The provisional suspension from membership has immediate effect and an investigation is being launched.”


  34. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    8 hours 10 min ago
    Author: Daniel McAdams
    According to recent reporting, the US is building another military base in Syria, this time near the Syrian oil fields in the north east of the country. Why does the US want to control Syrian oil production? Is it looking to steal Syrian resources? After all, ISIS is all but defeated and the reason given for US involvement no longer makes sense. Is the US looking for a direct conflict with Russia? Is Washington staging for a war on Iran? US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has repeatedly warned that the US is ready for a large-scale attack on the Assad government. Why are we still in Syria? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:

  35. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    8 hours 10 min ago
    Author: Daniel McAdams
    According to recent reporting, the US is building another military base in Syria, this time near the Syrian oil fields in the north east of the country. Why does the US want to control Syrian oil production? Is it looking to steal Syrian resources? After all, ISIS is all but defeated and the reason given for US involvement no longer makes sense. Is the US looking for a direct conflict with Russia? Is Washington staging for a war on Iran? US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has repeatedly warned that the US is ready for a large-scale attack on the Assad government. Why are we still in Syria? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:

  36. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    8 hours 10 min ago
    Author: Daniel McAdams
    According to recent reporting, the US is building another military base in Syria, this time near the Syrian oil fields in the north east of the country. Why does the US want to control Syrian oil production? Is it looking to steal Syrian resources? After all, ISIS is all but defeated and the reason given for US involvement no longer makes sense. Is the US looking for a direct conflict with Russia? Is Washington staging for a war on Iran? US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has repeatedly warned that the US is ready for a large-scale attack on the Assad government. Why are we still in Syria? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:

  37. Site: Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity
    8 hours 10 min ago
    Author: Daniel McAdams
    According to recent reporting, the US is building another military base in Syria, this time near the Syrian oil fields in the north east of the country. Why does the US want to control Syrian oil production? Is it looking to steal Syrian resources? After all, ISIS is all but defeated and the reason given for US involvement no longer makes sense. Is the US looking for a direct conflict with Russia? Is Washington staging for a war on Iran? US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has repeatedly warned that the US is ready for a large-scale attack on the Assad government. Why are we still in Syria? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:

  38. Site: southern orders
    8 hours 19 min ago
    And now there is more! It appears that the Vatican Motel Six under Pope Francis is in as much disarray as Trump's Whitehouse!

    LaStampa has more on LETTERGATE!!!! Read the full article HERE.

    Viganò’s resignation: background and unanswered questions Was Ratzinger’s entourage warned of the partial
    reading of the letter? And Francis’ comment on
    the yet-to-be completed media reformPope Francis with Monsignor Dario Viganò, head of the Secretariat for Communication since 2015

    That email of Saturday, March 17 

    At the origin of the thunderous resignation of the Prefect of Vatican communication, there is certainly the communicative management of Ratzinger’s letter. But there is no doubt that tensions with other curial bodies, in particular with the Secretariat of State, contributed to Monsignor Viganò’s departure from the scene and to yesterday’s epilogue.  
    The Vatican Media reform has centralized considerable power in the hands of the prefect, and his management has caused more than one arm-wrestle. The last episode took place Saturday. The day before, on the morning of Friday, March 16, Francis had received in Audience, seminarians and priests from the Roman colleges. The Pope had given indications that he did not want the meeting to be live-streamed.  
    L’Osservatore Romano, who had a journalist present, published on the paper edition that same afternoon a short chronicle, summarizing the contents but without including any of the Pope’s quotations. On Saturday morning, while the Pope was in San Giovanni Rotondo, the Secretariat of State asked Francis if he wanted the integral transcription of the dialogue with the seminarians to be distributed to journalists and then made public. Bergoglio would have replied no, adding that the line to follow would be that of the Osservatore’s summary chronicle, which did not include any of his quotations. Thus, the Secretariat of State, at about 10.30 a.m., sends a message to about ten email addresses in the Vatican media and the Press Office, to inform them that the transcription of the papal text would not be published and that they should take cue from the news published by the Osservatore Romano. 
    The Prefect’s reply  Within a few minutes, a harsh reply from Viganò arrived at all the email addresses, unaware of the fact that the Secretariat of State’s indications were coming directly from the Pope: the prefect cried “confusion”, claiming the autonomy of the Press Office, and more specifically that of the Secretariat for Communication, with respect to the Osservatore Romano. In his reply, he adds that the other Vatican media reported the Pope’s dialogue with the seminarians as they considered most appropriate. When this email exchange took place, the controversy about rumors over Ratzinger’s letter omitted paragraph had yet to burst. The news on the undisclosed lines of the Pope emeritus provoked yet another earthquake, and after a quick round of consultations between Viganò, the Secretariat of State and Benedict XVI’s entourage, it was decided to finally publish the full text.  
    This article was published in today’s edition of the daily newspaper La Stampa  
  39. Site: RT - News
    8 hours 23 min ago
    Author: RT
    Ukrainian MP Nadezhda Savchenko, once glorified as a Ukrainian “hero” persecuted by Moscow, has been detained again – this time by her fellow countrymen. The former pilot is now suspected of plotting a coup and a terrorist attack.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  40. Site: Corpus Christi Watershed
    8 hours 24 min ago
    Sacred Music Symposium • Register now!
    8 hours 35 min ago
    Author: abyssum
    ‘Dictator Pope’ author Henry Sire suspended from Order of Malta by posted Thursday, 22 Mar 2018

    Sire, a longstanding member of the Order of Malta, was revealed as the author earlier this week

    The Order of Malta has suspended ‘Dictator Pope’ author Henry Sire for allegedly breaching its constitution.

    The Catholic Herald understands that the Order notified Sire yesterday of his suspension, days after he was revealed to be the mysterious author.

    Sire’s identity was confirmed on Monday when Regnery Publishing posted his name in an online description of the book. He had originally self-published the book under the penname Marcantonio Colonna, a commander at the Battle of Lepanto.

    He tweeted on Monday: “As the French say, l’heure est arrivée. Sometimes a surprise coming-out party is best.”

    “I tip my hat to the great Admiral Colonna, whose name I’ve tried to honour,” he added.

    The Dictator Pope caused a considerable stir when it appeared in December. It tells the story of Francis’s pontificate, as well as his life before becoming Pope, drawing on a wide range of material including confidential sources within the Vatican.

    It identified Pope Francis as a particularly Argentine figure, associating his style of governance with that of Juan Perón.

    In a statement, the Order of Malta disassociated itself from the book, describing it as a “vile attack” on Pope Francis.

    “Following the press articles reporting the name of the author of the book “The Dictator Pope” the Grand Magistry of the Order of Malta has taken the decision to suspend Henry Sire, author of the book and member of the Order of Malta. The provisional suspension from membership has immediate effect and an investigation is being launched.”

  42. Site: Catholic Herald
    8 hours 36 min ago
    Author: Cindy Wooden

    Pope Francis seems to be fixated on the wounds of Christ. And he has suggested that other Catholics might want to be as well. He has offered meditations on Jesus’ pierced hands, feet and side throughout his pontificate, but since January, his references in impromptu speeches and homilies have been so frequent that it seems to be a major focus of his own prayer life. In his homily at morning...


  43. Site: RT - News
    8 hours 52 min ago
    Author: RT
    China has reportedly provided Pakistan with a highly advanced optical tracking system, which will be a boon to its missile program. The move is an apparent poke in the eye of India, which is becoming China’s main regional rival.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  44. Site: RT - News
    9 hours 47 min ago
    Author: RT
    Far from being “the weaker sex” a new study has found that female soldiers can withstand demanding exercises just as well, if not better, than men. The research found that women were better equipped to endure extreme stress.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  45. Site: OnePeterFive
    9 hours 51 min ago
    Author: Steve Skojec

    Earlier this week, it was revealed that Henry Sire, Oxford-educated historian and writer of Phoenix from the Asheswas in fact the pseudonymous “Marcantonio Colonna”, author of the blockbuster book, The Dictator Pope

    Approximately five seconds later, he was summarily suspended from the Sovereign Military Order of Malta — of which he is a long-time member and about which he has written two comprehensive histories — for an alleged breach of their constitutions. Their press release reads:

    The Order of Malta dissociates itself from the content of the book and strongly condemns the vile attack against the Pope

    Rome 21 March 2018 – Following the press articles reporting the name of the author of the book “The Dictator Pope” the Grand Magistry of the Order of Malta has taken the decision to suspend Henry Sire, author of the book and member of the Order of Malta. The provisional suspension from membership has immediate effect and an investigation is being launched.

    The content of the book “The Dictator Pope” does not reflect in any way the positions and beliefs of the Order of Malta and the author is not speaking on behalf of the Order. In particular, the chapter on the institutional crisis in the government of the Order at the end of 2016 is based on a biased and one-sided reconstruction of events.

    The Order of Malta dissociates itself from the positions conveyed and considers the content of the book a grave offence to His Holiness, Pope Francis.

    Sire lived at the Grand Magistry Palace whilst carrying out research for a book on the history of the Order of Malta – The Knights of Malta: a modern resurrection- published in 2016. He was never appointed in any official role within the Order’s functioning bodies and had a research contract. He left the Grand Magistry in May 2017.

    This is the same Sovereign Military Order of Malta that removed their Grand Chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager, in late 2016, after an internal investigation discovered the distribution of thousands of condoms to the poor through Order’s humanitarian arm, Malteser International, which was under Boeselager’s leadership from 1989-2014. It was, by all appearances, a Catholic order cleaning its own house of an influential member who was believed to have allowed direct and egregious violations of Catholic teachings.

    Except the man responsible for Boeselager’s removal, Grand Master Matthew Festing, was then called to an unexpected meeting with Pope Francis, who asked him to resign on the spot (and to implicate Cardinal Burke, the order’s Cardinal Patron, in the process.) Festing acquiesced, and the same day his resignation was accepted by the Order’s Sovereign Council — along with the nullification of his “decrees establishing the disciplinary procedures against Albrecht Boeselager and the suspension of his membership in the Order” — Boeselager was reinstated in full to his office of Grand Chancellor.

    I wrote a long, in-depth summary of those events here. You can see our full coverage of the Knights of Malta here.

    If anyone was wondering why Henry wrote this book under a pseudonym, it should be pretty obvious at this juncture. A Catholic military order known for defending the faith and the faithful for a thousand years will tolerate a serious violation of fundamental doctrinal teaching, but they apparently will not forgive a well-researched and honest book that is critical about the very pope who conquered them without ever firing a shot.

    Even Napoleon, who bombarded Malta and exiled the Knights in 1798, couldn’t pull that one off.

    UPDATE: No sooner did I hit publish on this post than I was notified that Christopher Lamb of The Tablet had put out a story of his own on the matter. Lamb — who has been tweeting zingers about Sire this morning — was, if memory serves, routinely breaking stories about what I would term the “crisis” in the Knights of Malta (he would call “reform”) as it unfolded, leading me to believe he has a highly-placed inside source. In his article today, he takes predictable jabs like these at Sire and Festing, throwing the progressive dog whistle into full effect:

    Mr Sire has written half a dozen history books including one on Catholic tradition where he describes the Second Vatican Council as a “betrayal of the Church’s faith” that needs to be “reversed” and backs the traditionalist group, the Society of Saint Pius X. 

    Released online at the end of last year and published under a pseudonym, “The Dictator Pope” is highly critical of Francis’ actions following the public battle between the Order of Malta – then led by Fra’ Matthew – and the Vatican. 

    That dispute, which took place from the end of 2016 until early 2017, erupted over the distribution of condoms but became a proxy war between the Pope and opponents of his papacy.

    In “The Dictator Pope” Mr Sire describes Fra’ Matthew as an “out-and-out traditionalist, in doctrinal and liturgical terms”. The former Grand Master resigned at the request of the Pope, thereby paving the way for reform.  

    A spokeswoman emphasised the order disputed Mr Sire’s account of the row and said the Knights’ governing board, the Sovereign Council, had now decided to suspend his membership.

    The process against Mr Sire, which he can appeal, is due to an alleged breach of article 2, paragraph 1, of the order’s constitution which states the propose of the order is “service to the faith and to the Holy Father”.


    The opposition to Francis from some of the knights and their supporters appears rooted in a view of the Church that disputes Vatican II, the 1962-65 gathering of bishops which set the blueprint for contemporary Catholicism. A fortress style church, with high liturgies, a monarchical style leadership and amplification of dogma and doctrine is the model they seem intent on pursuing.   

    By contrast, the Argentine Pope has aligned his papacy to the Second Vatican Council’s vision and has adopted a more personalist, instinctive and populist approach to governing the Church.

    Mr Sire’s book, “Phoenix from the Ashes: The Making, Unmaking, and Restoration of Catholic Tradition” singles out the High Middle Ages (1000-1250) as a golden period arguing that “no time of fluorescence can be compared to it”. Born in 1949 in Barcelona to a family of French ancestry, he is not enamoured by recent periods in Church history. 

    In Phoenix from the Ashes, he dismisses Vatican II’s liturgical reforms arguing there is “no obligation on any priest to use the Missal of Paul VI for any celebration” and the only liturgy that has “universal right” in the Church is that promulgated by Pope St. Pius V (1504-72).

    “The ordinary Mass today is not the offering of an eternal sacrifice but a lecture conducted by the priest and two or three women of the public-librarian class,” writes Mr Sire.

    He also argues that the Society of Saint Pius X, which splintered off from mainstream Catholicism in protest at Vatican II’s reforms, “has been essentially right” while “the official Church has been wrong”. [emphasis added]

    Reading the above, I’m torn between fits of laughter and appreciation for what may be the greatest endorsement of the book and its author to date.

    The post If Henry Sire Had Distributed Condoms to the Poor, He’d Still Be in the Knights of Malta Right Now appeared first on OnePeterFive.

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    Boom: how one priest transformed a parish with sacred music and traditional worshipMarch 19, 2018 by Deacon Greg Kandra

    Some may remember the controversy that swirled around San Francisco’s Father Joseph Illo, whose traditionalist ideas—male-only altar servers and ad orientem Mass, among others—provoked protests.

    Nonetheless: the parish where he serves, Star of the Sea, has since undergone an impressive revitalization. And Fr. Illo wrote about it recently on his blog:  
    Here are some of the simple changes we have made at my parish, Star of the Sea in San Francisco, that have made the parish more prayerful: a.  Confessions. One must begin at the beginning, which is the fact that we are sinners and beggars at the throne of grace. We put a priest in the confessional 15 minutes before every Mass; that is, we offer confessions at least 17 times a week. If nobody comes (rarely) we catch up on our breviary or our reading. People come from all over the city, because they know they will find a confessional light on at Star of the Sea. b. Altar servers. I’ve already related the story of “altargate” and my five minutes of fame over our all-boys server program. We remained firm despite almost unanimous opposition from our local area. I received over 900 letters and emails from all over the world, 90% of which were positive. But 90% of the negative emails were from the San Francisco Bay Area. We stood firm, and trained our young men so well that the Archbishop stole some of our best ones for his cathedral Masses. Some boys serve two or three Masses in a row, both in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form. We did not neglect the girls either, but established a “Star Girls” group that meets every other week for fun and service, including altar guild activity. c.  Sacred Music. We put time and money into our music department, recovering chant and polyphony. At one point the department consumed 25% of our budget. Sacred Music had been much developed before I arrived at the parish, but much had to be done, and still needs to be done. Good music costs a pastor time and money, but I remembered St. John Vianney, the pastor who lived like a pauper but spent money on the Sacred Mass like a king. d. Vessels and vestments. We quickly moved banal vestments and vessels to storage, and we repaired what was torn and tarnished, purchasing new vestments where needed. We asked this question: in 100 years would you find this vessel or that vestment in a museum? The timebound and faddish are now in a closet, and the beautiful and timeless grace our altars every day. e.  Church Interior. We restored the altar predella marble by removing the tired red carpet that had been glued over it. We replaced the same old carpet over our sanctuary with splendid stone tilework. We gilded the altar, replaced burned out fixtures, installed more brilliant lighting, and made the sanctuary lamp prominent and brighter. Our church has “good bones” and has preserved its essential integrity, but much remains to be done so that it regains the vivid beauty of an age of greater faith. f.   Ad Orientem Masses. I wanted the trust of the people before leading them into ad orientem worship, so I approached this move progressively over three years. The Archbishop wanted us to spend a few months in education, and we even made a Youtube instructional video, before entering a three month experimental period, from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost last year. After Pentecost we asked people what they thought, and not one person complained. Everyone loved seeing the priest face the altar during the collects and canon of the Mass. g. Altar Rail. By God’s grace our parish has retained its original altar rail from 1914. I had encouraged Holy Communion on the tongue at the English Masses, but didn’t get many takers. Only after I encouraged people to come to the altar rail did most folks begin receiving on the tongue. If people stand in line for Holy Communion, as if waiting for a handout, most will naturally put out their hands. But when one kneels, one realizes that one is no longer at the bank or the post office. At first we only gave people the option of Holy Communion at the rail, but within two or three months almost everyone had forsaken the “communion line” for the altar rail. Then we asked everyone to come to the rail, and the vast majority now receive Holy Communion on the tongue. h. Perpetual Adoration. We built a new chapel at significant cost ($300,000) and promoted adoration at every opportunity. Our adoration program is still very much a work in progress, but perpetual Eucharistic adoration is a game changer for any parish or diocese. It draws people to the parish, of course, but beyond that it transforms the parish into a praying community. The nocturnal hours are unparalleled hours of grace for priests and people. A young men’s group, for example, does a holy hour every Thursday from 5-6am.​He has much more about this at his blog. His conclusion:
    In an area where Mass attendance is generally diminishing, our attendance has increased about 8% annually. The Sunday offertory has tripled in three years. Many new social, study, and service groups have formed, such as the Knights of Columbus, Young Adults (who begin their weekly meeting with an hour of Eucharistic adoration and confession), a Mother’s Group, a monthly men’s recollection, a Reading Club, and many more. We baptized seven adults last year in a parish that apparently hadn’t witnessed an adult baptism in several years. Four men entered the seminary from Star of the Sea in 2017.Meantime, below is the video explaining ad orientem, “Together Facing God.”

    Read more HERE!
  48. Site: southern orders
    10 hours 42 min ago

    I think the Holy Father makes a good point about Confession, but His Holiness should have framed is anti-Pelagian message in a different way to include not "either/or" but "both/and" and with the proper understanding of Who it is Who does the cleansing.

    This is what Pope Francis said:

    Francis then reflected on the fact that when we seek the Sacrament of Penance we must not do so as if we were going to the Laundromat to wash away the dirt: “No. We go to Confession to receive the love of this faithful God who always awaits us. Always”.

    Of course, when we think that going to Confession, we are washing away the dirt, that is Pelagian! No?

    And certainly I like the emphasis of Pope Francis that "We go to Confession to receive the love of this faithful God who always awaits us. Always”.

    But the Holy Father could have also included that it is God who gives us His love and is the One who has actually brought us to the confessional, and it is He Who washes away our sins, not we who do so by going to Confession.

    I prefer erases our sins for the Sacrament of Penance, since God has already washed them away in Holy Baptism.   Post Baptismal sins are erased by God in Confession since this sacrament doesn't use Holy Water, no?
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