Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru, has directed that lay people should received Communion on the tongue, kneeling, in that city’s cathedral. The cardinal urged others to adopt the same practice, saying that this is “the most respectful way to receive the Eucharist.” He explained that he is instituting the policy because “we must regain the respect and reverence that is due to the Eucharist.” (Source)
Here’s a little enlightment for the Marshmellow crowd out there:
Don’t you think it’s a coincidence that the Eucharist is held in the same esteem and respect these days as the unborn child is?
When the Bread of Life is defiled so is unborn life.
The Lord will not let what passed in Boston go without a fight.
Archbishop Raymond Burke – arguably the strongest ally to the pro-life movement in the Catholic Church today with the exception of the Holy Father – has come out swinging to denounce the fraud that went on during the Kennedy funeral, and more particularly to provide strong words of encouragement to itscritics.
Needless to say, his tough talk more than vindicates those of us who have been blowing the whistle on the prostitution and hypocrisy of the Catholic hierarchy who went along with this sham spectacle. Pay particular attention to the Archbishop’s words which I have highlighted in red.
WASHINGTON, September 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Archbishop Raymond Burke, head of the highest Vatican court, the Apostolic Signatura, has offered a public defense of those pro-life leaders who spoke out against the scandal of the grandiose funeral of Senator Ted Kennedy. “One of the ironies of the present situation is that the person who experiences scandal at the gravely sinful public actions of a fellow Catholic is accused of a lack of charity and of causing division within the unity of the Church,” wrote Archbishop Burke.
In addition to this news service, public statements lamenting the scandal of the funeral – which according to some prominent leaders seemed almost a canonization – came from leaders of Human Life International, American Life League, C-Fam, Catholic World News, EWTN, Inside Catholic, Catholic Culture and many more.
While he was not mentioned by Archbishop Burke, the most public of the harsh criticisms came from a U.S.-born priest who is now living and operating in Canada as the head of Salt and Light Television network. Fr. Rosica’s remarks were emblematic of other criticisms and his status as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications gave his remarks weight.
After pro-life leaders had expressed their scandal at the funeral, Fr. Thomas Rosica wrote: “Leading up to the Kennedy funeral last weekend, and in its aftermath, many so-called lovers of life and activists in the pro-life movement, as well as well-known colleagues in Catholic television broadcasting and media in North America, have revealed themselves to be not agents of life, but of division, destruction, hatred, vitriol, judgment and violence.”
Burke however sees the matter quite differently. “In a society whose thinking is governed by the ‘tyranny of relativism’ and in which political correctness and human respectare the ultimate criteria of what is to be done and what is to be avoided, the notion of leading someone into moral error makes little sense,” he said. “What causes wonderment in such a society is the fact that someone fails to observe political correctness and, thereby, seems to be disruptive of the so-called peace of society. Lyingor failing to tell the truth, however, is never a sign of charity.”
Archbishop Burke goes so far as to suggest that “The person who experiences scandal at public actions of Catholics, which are gravely contrary to the moral law, not only does not destroy unity but invites the Church to repair what is clearly a serious breach in Her life.”
He added: “Were he not to experience scandal at the public support of attacks on human life and the family, his conscience would be uninformed or dulled about the most sacred realities.”
Archbishop Burke also sees the hand of the devil at work in the Kennedy affair. “One sees the hand of the Father of Lies at work in the disregard for the situation of scandal or in the ridicule and even censure of those who experience scandal,” he said.
Burke’s comments come in an article published September 26 in Crisis Magazine, which is an adapted version of remarks he made at an Inside Catholic event on September 18.
A dividing line is being drawn, folks, with the goats and the sheep assembling. Make sure you review your basic Catechism on what it means to be a Catholic and who you should follow.
I tell you most solemnly: you will be referring to it before your life on this earth is finished.
There are two teachers in the Church today. Ones that actually abide by the Catechism, the Liturgical norms, Canon Law, and basic morality. And the ones who wing it, who ignore it, who accomodate spiritual prostitution, and who bristle when anyone dares to question or criticize them.
TORONTO, Ontario, September 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a new editorial, Catholic Insight magazine editor Fr. Alphonse de Valk, C.S.B., criticizes Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, for his defence of the Kennedy funeral, saying that the Cardinal’s statement “that the funeral would be controversial because the Senator ‘did not publicly support Catholic teaching’ must be seen as an extraordinary understatement.”
On September 2nd, four days following the funeral, Cardinal O’Malley posted to his blog his reflections on the event, taking the opportunity to respond to criticism of the funeral and of his participation in it. “There are those who objected, in some cases vociferously, to the Church’s providing a Catholic funeral for the Senator,” he wrote. “In the strongest terms I disagree with that position.”
“Needless to say, the Senator’s wake and Catholic funeral were controversial because of the fact that he did not publically support Catholic teaching and advocacy on behalf of the unborn,” the Cardinal says earlier on. He said “there is a tragic sense of lost opportunity in his lack of support for the unborn,” calling it “a great disappointment.”
Fr. de Valk responds, however, that the major objections to the funeral regarded the fact that it was public, rather than the fact that it was Catholic. “To my knowledge, having read over three-dozen articles and hundreds of letters and blogs, nobody seems to have objected ‘to the Church’s providing a Catholic funeral for the Senator,’” he writes. “The objections, instead, centred on replacing an ordinary private Catholic funeral with an extraordinary public spectacle which showed the Catholic Church in Boston virtually canonizing one who many found wholly unworthy of such acclaim.”
“Those in charge allowed the Catholic funeral liturgy to be gravely distorted,” he says, criticizing for example, the “three lengthy eulogies” – which are prohibited in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal – and the prayers of the faithful, two of which, he said, “called for the success of the late Senator’s political views in conflict with Catholic teaching.”
In my last column, I addressed the war of words between LifeSite News, Father Rosica and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops over the handling of pro-life issues. Soon after my last piece, I learned that the bishops would be studying the phenomenon of Catholic blogging and websites at their next plenary meeting from October 19th to the 23rd in Montreal. At that time they will formally establish a new standing committee on social communications. Apparently, there is a concern that Magisterial Catholics succeed in getting their message out.
And the bishops don’t.
Among the people drafted to help with this committee is Barry McLoughlin, a communication expert who praised Ted Kennedy on his blog with nary a word on the Senator’s pro-abortion record; and Niquette Delage, a former head of the Montreal chapter of the feminist pro-abortion YWCA.
The selection of the personnel gives me the impression that the Canadian Bishops just don’t understand the crux of the problem.
The bland, unchallenging, barely supernatural, easy-listening Catholicism that the church elites have been peddling does not convert souls, does not inspire faith, does not bring salvation and in fact in not requiring anything of anyone and leaves people adrift, to come and go in the church, without ever having to make a personal commitment to God or the Church; commitments to adhere to Catholic doctrine; to practice chastity; to raise children in the faith; to come to communion in a state of grace and to go to confession if they’re not.
Developing a public relations strategy is the equivalent of re-shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic… read the rest here.
We don’t typically think of solid news sources as objects of charity. For sure, these days main stream media outlets are rightly considered objects of scorn and derision from people of faith and family. They are regarded as such because they twist and manipulate current events to their own perverse ends instead of simply reporting the news. With precious few exceptions, if secular news outlets are not grossly distorting the news, they are ignoring it when it does not advance their agenda.
But if we think about what true charity really is, we will understand that, first and foremost, charity is about restoring a sense of fairness and justice to a fallen world. Charity is not always a “positive” thing either – at least not initially. Some times, an act of charity can bring division and disturb people if it is faithful to the truth. Our Lord Jesus Christ’s death on the cross helps us put charity in the right context. He didn’t get nailed there because He was not charitable. His charity (read: truth telling) got Him killed.
That is why, today, the greatest act of charity is to tell the truth to people who would rather not hear it, or to tell the truth to people who need to hear it so they can act on it to attempt to restore justice.
LifeSiteNews has been at the forefront of reporting the truth for many years now, and they have provided an invaluable service to the Christian and pro-family communities.
If you want to see justice, you must be informed. But unless the messenger sends the message, you will remain in darkness and ignorance while the world and the Church around you crumble.
This past weekend there was another one of those yellow envelopes in my parish offering box. I pay particular attention to those multi-coloured envelopes these days. The envelopes denoting regular Sunday offerings are the white ones. The money my family puts in those goes to my parish, although the Archdiocese gets a cut for their administration expenses. I think it’s 15%. But every so often, there’s another envelope for some cause or other. Most of the time, they’re good causes. But in light of the D&P fiasco, I don’t look kindly on the yellow envelopes anymore. I have to examine them and try to figure out if the name sounds right. Development & Peace won’t see another dime from me, of course, but there are other concerns that I have with some of the other envelopes too.
This past weekend, I saw another yellow envelope. This time it was for the “Needs of the Canadian Church”. It’s kind of a misnomer since some of the money goes to international efforts as Msgr. Beach’s letter above makes evident. I also have some real concerns about where the money is going. Buzz phrases like “social justice”, “ecumenical relations”, “promotion of human rights”, and ”aid to developing countries” just don’t seem to pass the smell test these days. In fact, if we started asking some pointed questions about these efforts, I think we would be scandalized. That’s only a speculation, mind you, but it’s a warranted one, considering all the scandal we’ve been enduring lately.
Needless to say, I passed on putting any money in that particular envelope last weekend. Just too risky. And my money is far too hard earned and important to legitimate charities.
It’s a matter of trust. And right now, trust between me and the hierarchy and their bureaucrats in Canada is at rock bottom.
Hold on folks, Heaven is sending the Angels to help us.
God is not mocked.
“‘The 13th Day’ is the best film ever made about Fatima…”
… writes Steven Greydanus, “— the most beautiful and effective, as well as one of the most historically accurate. Sister Lucia’s memories are imbued with an aura of reverie and contemplation by striking visuals, an effective score and a stark, simple narrative. A fact-based film that succeeds in being both artful and reverent is a rare thing. The 13th Day succeeds.”
Here’s a bit about the movie, along with video clips:
In a world torn apart by persecution, war and oppression, 3 children in Fatima, Portugal were chosen by God to offer an urgent message of hope to the world. Based on the memoirs of the oldest seer, Lucia Santos, and many thousands of independent eye-witness accounts, The 13th Day dramatizes the true story of three young shepherds who experienced six apparitions of Our Lady between May and October 1917, which culminated in the final prophesied Miracle of the Sun on October 13th. Abducted from their homes, thrown into prison and interrogated under the threat of death in the government’s attempt to silence them, the children remained true to their story about the crucial messages from Mary of prayer, repentance and conversion for the world.
Our Lady gave a secret to the children told in three parts, from a harrowing vision of hell, to prophetic warnings of future events including the advent and timing of the Second World War, the spread of communism, and the attempted assassination of the Pope.
Stylistically beautiful and technically innovative, the film uses state-of-the-art digital effects to create stunning images of the visions and the final miracle that have never before been fully realized on screen. Shot on location in Portugal and in the UK, the film has a cast of hundreds to re-create the scenes of the 70,000 strong crowds, with 3 young Portuguese actors play the iconic roles of the Seers.
Witness the greatest miracle of the 20th Century, and experience the incredible, emotionally-charged and harrowing world of three young children whose choice to remain loyal to their beliefs, even in the face of death, would inspire thousands. Filmed in High Definition with Dolby Surround Sound. Stars Jane Lesley, Michael D’Cruze, Filipa Fernandes and Tarek Merlin.
CORNWALL, Ontario, September 28, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, professor of Catholic studies at the University of Toledo in Ohio, is scheduled to present a set of talks at the annual plenary assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in Cornwall from October 19-23.
Marking the Year for Priests, Dr. Gaillardetz will speak to the bishops about the priesthood and the relationship of bishops to priests.
Gaillardetz may strike some as a surprising choice for the job, however, since he is an open dissenter from Church teaching, as SoCon or Bust blogger John Pacheco details in a thorough and well-documented post. Most notably, and perhaps ironically, given the topic of his address, Gaillardetz is, in fact, an advocate for women’s ordination.
Gaillardetz, a member of the Obama campaign’s National Catholic Advisory Council, dissents from fundamental doctrines of the Church, presenting contrary views on issues such as papal infallibility and the nature of revelation. According to a book review in a 2004 issue of This Rock magazine, in one of his books, Gaillardetz “deconstructs Catholic teaching on divine revelation and Church authority and ends up with a theology of revelation that, despite his claims to the contrary, legitimates ‘cafeteria Catholicism.’”
Gaillardetz has gone so far as to say that an article of faith such as the resurrection of the body could become a ‘tentative’ teaching should it become controversial in the Church. “In the face of controversy, the determination of the authoritative status of any teaching not solemnly defined can only be pursued tentatively,” he has written.
In 1996, Gaillardetz published an article in the journal Louvain Studies in reaction to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s 1995 response to objections made by theologians against Pope John Paul II’s 1994 apostolic letter Ordinatio sacerdotalis, which reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on the male priesthood.
In the article, he questions the infallibility of John Paul II’s letter, relying on Canon 749.3, which states, “No doctrine is understood as defined infallibly unless this is manifestly evident.” Despite John Paul II declaring this doctrine “definitively,” Gaillardetz contends that the teaching does not satisfy the canon because it is not “clearly established.”
Further, he has questioned the definitive status of Humanae vitae and in his book A Daring Promise: A Spirituality of Marriage, he advises those couples who struggle with the Church’s teaching on contraception to follow their consciences. In one article he mentions a guide for confessors put out by the Vatican that contained “a disturbing reference … that referred to the teaching on artificial contraception as ‘definitive’.”
LSN contacted both the CCCB and Dr. Gaillardetz for comment, but did not hear back by press time.
I see that the CCCB and Gaillardetz made themselves scarce for comments. I bet LSN tried to contact them over several days too.
Can’t blame them, of course. I’d be thoroughly ashamed as well, to try and justify such an invitation.
Early this morning, I spent a couple of hours at Ground Zero. I did the early graveyard shift from midnight to 2AM. Another vigiler, a PH.D Engineering student, did the later graveyard shift from 2AM to 5AM.
Today is St. Maurice’s Parish day. I see all the slots are filled up for today. I’m happy about that, but as I look back on the Calendar, I see that we are starting to drift a bit with many open spots, especially in the early morning hours. I recall Our Lord’s words, “And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for onehour?” (Matt 26:40)
As I stood there praying the rosary and meditating on the Joyful mysteries, a word came to me.
Many different projects characterize the life of God’s people in Ottawa. One of those that is an extraordinary witness to Christians embracing a culture of life is witnessing to life publicly, outside most people’s comfort zone.
One such occasion is the semi-annual “40 Days for Life” that we held in Ottawa earlier this year during Lent.
This fall Ottawa is holding another forty days of fasting, prayer and witnessing in an effort to reduce and eventually eliminate abortion. This will also be the case in other cities in Canada, the USA and, for the first time this year, in Denmark.
Because of other commitments I was not able to attend the launch of the “40 Days” (a biblically-rooted period for devotional practices) on Parliament Hill, with prayers led by Bruce Clemenger, head of the Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Canada, and other religious and lay leaders earlier this week. On October 13 at 7PM in St. Patrick’s Basilica, I will celebrate Mass to mark the approximate mid-point of the “40 Days”.
Yesterday afternoon, I took advantage of the bright sunny weather to walk over to the witness being held opposite the abortion facility on Bank Street, to pray with those silently praying there and to thank them for their witness to the sacredness of life in the womb.
OTTAWA — The fierce squabble over Martin Cauchon’s political comeback is symptomatic of a party that has lost sight of the most basic tenets of democracy, says a former national director of the Liberal party.
“We’ve turned into one big appointment society,” Sheila Gervais told The Canadian Press.
“It’s a perfect democratic deficit storm.”
The storm has been gathering for more than 25 years but reached its peak this week with Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff’s decision to appoint a woman in the prized Montreal riding of Outremont.
The decision thwarted Cauchon’s hopes to run again in the riding he represented for 11 years until his retirement from politics in 2004. And it sparked a backlash among rank-and-file Liberals.
Ignatieff confirmed Thursday he’s now “in discussions with Mr. Cauchon to make sure he can rejoin our team.” His Quebec lieutenant, Denis Coderre, later disclosed that the former cabinet minister is being offered another Montreal riding, Jeanne-Le Ber — an offer insiders say Cauchon is unlikely to accept.
Gervais, who’s long championed democratic reform in the party, said she has “no relevant opinion” about who should be the Liberal candidate in Outremont or anywhere else. She simply believes the choice should be left strictly to grassroots members in each riding.
Instead, she said Liberals and Conservatives have been straying ever farther from that democratic ideal.
She pointed out that Ignatieff himself was not elected as leader. He was installed without a contest last December at the behest of party brass and Liberal MPs.
Most of those MPs, Gervais said, have been appointed themselves or protected for years from having to face democratic nomination challenges.
“They appoint the leader. The leader in turn appoints the election apparatus . . . . None of them have an elected basis and then these people have the right to choose and appoint candidates?” Gervais said.
“This simply has very little link to some of our most basic tenets of democracy. There is no power to the people in these types of processes.”
Gervais said the problem is “not unique to a Michael Ignatieff-led Liberal party or even to the Liberal party, frankly.”
She pointed out that Conservatives have come up with their own mechanism for protecting incumbent MPs from nomination challenges and are as adept as Liberals at manipulating the nomination process to produce the outcomes desired by party brass.
“It is my view that parties in Canada have become estranged from the electorate and that includes their own internal electorate.”
The Liberal party gave its leader the power to appoint candidates in 1992. At the time, it was argued that appointments were necessary to thwart anti-abortion activists who’d taken control of the party in some ridings.
Successive leaders have since used the power to appoint so-called star candidates, sparing them the effort of having to win nomination contests. Because appointments are almost always controversial, leaders have taken to naming primarily women candidates, justifying the appointments in the interests of gender balance.
“It is beyond unfortunate that women once again get used as the excuse for continued political machinations,” said Gervais. (Source)
Funny how people of faith, family and life are the first ones attacked when civil liberties and genuine human rights are concerned.
It takes many, many years for the totalitarian jackboot to walk to a secular leftist’s door, but it does eventually come. Once you strap them on, it’s hard to take them off.
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Over a year after Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann publicly prohibited the pro-abortion U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from receiving Communion, Sebelius has broken her silence on the matter. Appealing to the “separation of church and state,” Sebelius said the episcopal order was “one of the most painful things I have ever experienced” and implied that her pro-abortion position was part and parcel of upholding the rights of an inter-faith constituency. In a response given to LifeSiteNews.com, Archbishop Naumann of Kansas City said the secretary’s argument “misrepresents the issue” to make it appear that “she was the victim of merely upholding the law.”
Naumann said it was “very painful” to ask Sebelius not to receive Communion. “However, I had exhausted every reasonable means to convince her to change her position,” he said. “I also had a serious obligation to uphold the integrity of the Eucharist and to protect other Catholics from being misled by the former Governor’s support for legalized abortion.
“I continue to pray for Secretary Sebelius that she will accept the grace to acknowledge the grave evil in which she has been involved and will have the courage to take the necessary steps to correct the scandal created by her past actions.”
In his Inside the Vatican Newsflash Letter #29 today, Dr. Robert Moynihan examines the implications of recent meetings between Rome and a representative of the Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow:
A fourth consideration is the relationship of the Roman Catholic Church to the world’s Orthodox Churches.
It became clear last week, during a very cordial visit to Rome by a representative of the Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow, that relations between Catholicism and Orthodoxy, especially Russian Orthodoxy, at least on the surface, are much improved over the past few years.
Here are excerpts from an account of that visit I wrote for the Monday, September 21 edition of the Zenit news agency: Recent Meeting Could Mark Turning Point
On September 18, inside Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer palace about 30 miles outside Rome, a Russian Orthodox Archbishop named Hilarion Alfeyev (photo), 43 (a scholar, theologian, expert on the liturgy, composer and lover of music), met with Benedict XVI, 82 (also a scholar, theologian, expert on the liturgy and lover of music), for almost two hours, according to informed sources.
(There are as yet no “official” sources about this meeting — the Holy See has still not released an official communiqué.)
The silence suggests that what transpired was important — perhaps so important that the Holy See thinks it isn’t yet prudent to reveal publicly what was discussed.
OTTAWA, September 22, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a September 18, 2009 press release, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) promoted donations to specific programs of UNICEF Canada and two other groups. Even though the funding suggestion was to be earmarked, the announcement shocked leaders in the pro-life movement, especially those who deal with UNICEF at the international level, since UNICEF has increasingly become an “abortion advocacy organization”.