Archive for March, 2013

New tests date the Shroud of Turin at 33 BC  ±250 years.

Just remember that the Catholic Faith doesn’t rest on any relic, artifact or apparition.

Happy Easter everybody!

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Here is a press release Fr. Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt & Light and Assistant to the Director of the Vatican Press Office, sent today to journalists regarding Thursday’s Mass celebrated by Francis at the Juvenile Detention Center, “Casal del Marmo”.

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In response to the many questions and concerns raised over Pope Francis washing the feet of 12 young people at the Roman Juvenile Detention Centre on Holy Thursday evening, especially that two were young women, Fr. Lombardi has sent me the following information to be shared with you.

One can easily understand that in a great celebration, men would be chosen for the foot washing because Jesus, himself washing the feet of the twelve apostles who were male.  However the ritual of the washing of the feet on Holy Thursday evening in the Juvenile Detention Centre in Rome took place in a particular, small community that included young women.  When Jesus washed the feet of those who were with him on the first Holy Thursday, he desired to teach all a lesson about the meaning of service, using a gesture that included all members of the community.

We are aware of the photos that show Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, then-Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who in various pastoral settings washed the feet of young men and women.  To have excluded the young women from the ritual washing of feet on Holy Thursday night in this Roman prison, would have detracted our attention from the essence of the Holy Thursday Gospel, and the very beautiful and simple gesture of a father who desired to embrace those who were on the fringes of society; those who were not refined experts of liturgical rules.

That the Holy Father, Francis, washed the feet of young men and women on his first Holy Thursday as Pope, should call our minds and hearts to the simple and spontaneous gesture of love, affection, forgiveness and mercy of the Bishop of Rome, more than to legalistic, liturgical or canonical discussions. (Source)

I have no problem with the Pope washing the feet of women per se.  I have no problem with the Pope giving gestures that women are equal in dignity, obviously.  I have no problem with the Pope showing love and affection to the outcast and disenfranchised.

I am uncomfortable with the Pope washing women’s feet on Holy Thursday - not because they are not equal to men – but because this liturgical rite is closely attached to the male priesthood.  I am also uncomfortable with the clear discontinuity of the new Pontificate over what Benedict had proposed and implemented for the Church.  The liturgy is not a play-thing of the Church…or even the Pope himself.  Like the Word of God, the Church and the Pope are to safeguard and preserve the Liturgy.

I am very uncomfortable with the Pope disregarding canon law…any canon law.   It is not “rigid” or “legalist” to insist that everyone in the Church abide by Canon Law.  Canon law is essential in applying the Gospel to our lives.  Disregarding canon law is basically an assent to anarchy and disunity in the Church.  Other than the Holy Spirit, it’s the very glue that holds us together as Catholics. It is very troubling indeed for the supreme law maker in the Church to disregard the law.  It sets a bad precedent.  The Pope might be able to change the law, but while it is the law, he is still morally bound to respect it.

Pope St. Pius X was a lover of the poor and high liturgy and solid doctrine.  Why must there be a division?

And I think this touches on the real problem between pre-Vatican II and post-Vatican II.  Why should there be a division between loving the poor and loving high liturgy?   High liturgy reminds the poor of their ultimate inheritance.  There are no poor in heaven.  Why must there be a division between maintaining our identity as Catholics and engaging in the new evangelization?

It’s not one or the other. It can be and should be both.

I hope that I am misunderstanding the Holy Father.

But it seems to me that we can show love while at the same time respecting the Church’s law and its tradition.  Pope Francis, if for nothing else, is not just the Bishop of Rome to the poor.  He is the Pope of the Universal Church.  Disregarding canon law goes far beyond the issue of gender and washing feet.

Think pro-abort Catholic politician and Canon 915.  Get my drift?


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Let me repeat: there is not one Catholic Bishop or prominent cleric in this country that has come to the public defense of LifeSite News.

I think that speaks volumes about their commitment to the pro-life cause.  This is not WWII and they are not Pius XII.

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Get all the details here.

Can’t you feel the earth cooling?

We’re on our own, folks.  Don’t look for any correction or change.  We’re the remnant. Best to saddle up and head for the hills.

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Funny how that works.

It’s interesting that Harper and his political enemies in the other Parties can come together to put down the Innocent.  Sometimes, nothing ever changes.

Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him. And he questioned Him at some length; but He answered him nothing. And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there, accusing Him vehemently.  And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate. Now Herod and Pilate became friends with one another that very day; for before they had been enemies with each other. – Luke 23:8-12

The Passion appears to play out in every age:  First Jesus, now the unborn.  Which actor are you in this drama?

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& the whole world
21st Annual Divine Mercy Novena Good Friday  
March 29, 2013 through April 7, 2013
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Pray a Sunrise Novena with us on Canada’s Parliament Hill
Honour the Divine Mercy while seeking God’s Mercy and Blessing.
Prayerful procession of the Divine Mercy Icon around Parliament Hill begins
at the Centennial Flame at 6:15 AM each day of the Novena.
Duration is approximately 30 minutes
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Sign the Petition. Spread it.

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A pro-life advocate has filed two assault charges against an Ottawa cop who questioned him Wednesday as he protested outside Morgentaler’s Bank Street abortion facility.

Cyril Winter has been visited by police nearly daily for over a week as he protests peacefully outside the facility. Today the police were there for an hour and a half and gave him two tickets totaling nearly $200.

Read the rest here.

Well, it’s started, folks.  We knew it would. We need to resist this with everything we’ve got or we can expect our democratic rights of protest and prayer will be stripped away, little-by-little.  If we let this go, it will be that much harder to regain our footing. This needs to be nailed where it stands. This intimidation needs to be confronted, head-on.

Time to pony-up and get going on a legal offense fund.  Don’t look over your shoulder or behind you, wondering who’s gonna step up to the plate and help this man out with his fine.  There’s no “official” posse in the pro-life movement.  Much of the real disposable cash in officialdom in being used up by “social justice”, abortion-promoting groups, courtesy of the Borg and D&P, while pro-lifers are left “eating cake” and religious and civic freedoms are put in the gutter.

Socon or Bust pledges $100.  Excess funds will be held in reserve as a legal war chest to fight the battle at 65 Bank Street that is sure to come. All for one and one for all.




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What happened to “Legal, Safe, and Rare“?

The new slogan is:  Expected, What-Ever-It-Takes, and Frequent.

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Is it true that Cardinal Sarto, the future Pope Pius X, used to process with the Blessed Sacrament around the streets of Venice to counter Masonic influence?  I’m trying to find a source for this claim. If anyone can help me out, I would appreciate it. Thanks.

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H/T Street Called Straight

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Hope Pope Francis keeps Benedict’s trajectory.

I hope the Pope realizes that he is entering perilous waters.  We will not go back to Egypt…or the 70s.

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…not as well known.

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Great movement here.

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Very powerful.

This is a very brave woman – one who we Christians can truly call “Sister”.  She’s not interested in the “yes” men of Christianity.  She wants the real deal.

As for the liberals, she doesn’t fit into the conventional box, does she?  You can see smoke coming out of their ears – “This does not compute! This does not compute! Error! Intolerance! Hatred! This does not compute!”

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New Canadian Catholic Blog on the Block.

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Cardinal Mahoney has his own blog, in which he wrote about his experience at the conclave. This little tidbit is interesting:

When we eventually arrived at the Sistine Chapel on March 12, I was still pondering two or three candidates.  However, when the first blank ballot was given to us, and when it was time to write down a name, something powerful–and strange–happened.

I picked up my pen to write, and I began.  However, my hand was being moved by some greater spiritual force.  The name on the ballot just happened.  I had not yet narrowed my thinking down to one name; but it was done for me.

I wrote it, then trembled deeply.  That’s when I knew the Holy Spirit was fully working within the Church of Jesus Christ, and that my role was not to “select” the new Successor to Peter, but to “write down” his name–a name that had been given to me. (Source)

This applies more broadly to every clergyman in every daily situation. Their job is not to make decisions as much as to implement the decisions they have discerned from God (the same would apply to the laity, by the way). That’s why seminary needs to put more emphasis on spiritual growth rather than intellectual knowledge, even though the latter is important too.

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Many men are still asking young women out, going on dinner dates, calling, and adhering to the other “gentlemanly” rules established for them in a much older age and still outwardly pined for by certain female critics. What they’re finding is that young women are becoming less and less responsive to this behavior—the more serious the men get, the more distant the girls begin to make themselves, ostensibly fearing for their “independence”.

Given such a reality, what is the appropriate male response?

Quit going on dinner dates. Quit asking girls out in a formal manner. Don’t call. Cease all manner of “gentlemanly” behavior you may have learned as a child via your parents or the Disney Channel. Replace dinners and other traditional dates with bar/pong dates, and allow late night “booty-call” texts to supplant phone calls and traditional methods of asking a girl out. In short, do less. (Source)

Feminism…just keeps on destroying.

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H/T Fr. Z

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