Monthly Archives: November 2014

Some there are who do not like Archbishop Cupich of Chicago

A columnist lists long-reported problems — #’s decline, school closings, clergy abuse, plus Abp C. going “calmly ballistic,” a Sneed item, over dearth of women, nuns, and altar girls at his installation ceremony.

Almost any pre-conciliar bishop coming in to the devastated vineyard that is Chicago would begin emergency triage measures to stop the dire crisis of Faith in the city. He might start by cleaning house of heretical celebrity clergy like Fr. Pfleger, restoring sanity to the city’s liturgy, ensuring the Catholic Faith is taught in schools and from pulpits, loudly condemning the city’s “Catholic” yet pro-abortion politicians, and promptly punishing predator priests who were allowed to run wild for 50 years in the “Church of the New Springtime.”

But not Archbishop Cupich. Absolutely no level of devastation, moral suffering, mass apostasy, heresy, or paganism can hope to offer a reality check to the good bishop. Why? Because the Archbishop, like his Modernist forerunners, proudly believes his own ideology to be infallible. After all, the presence of the divine has welled up in the people (aka liberal Catholics) who have gathered together to express their divine sentiment as a consensus opinion. That consensus opinion, to Archbishop Cupich, is, de facto, the voice of God.

And the fight goes on . . .

Few or no thanks were part of the first thanksgiving . . .

. . . which was ” not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.” writes Richard J. Maybury at Mises Daily.

In his History of Plymouth Plantation, the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years because they refused to work in the field. They preferred instead to steal food.

He says the colony was riddled with “corruption,” and with “confusion and discontent.” The crops were small because “much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable.”

In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, “all had their hungry bellies filled,” but only briefly. The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims, it was famine and death.

Then came a new “form of economic organization.” The old form

had required that “all profits & benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means” were to be placed in the common stock of the colony, and that, “all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provisions out of the common stock.” A person was to put into the common stock all he could, and take only what he needed.

This “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” was an early form of socialism, and it is why the Pilgrims were starving. Bradford writes that “young men that were most able and fit for labor and service” complained about being forced to “spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children.”

Also, “the strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes, than he that was weak.” So the young and strong refused to work and the total amount of food produced was never adequate.

Bradford “abolished socialism,” giving

each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a free market, and that was the end of the famines.”

Same thing at Jamestown, established in 1607, where

  out of every shipload of settlers that arrived, less than half would survive their first twelve months in America. Most of the work was being done by only one-fifth of the men, the other four-fifths choosing to be parasites.

In the winter of 1609–10, called “The Starving Time,” the population fell from five-hundred to sixty. Then the Jamestown colony was converted to a free market, and the results were every bit as dramatic as those at Plymouth.

In 1614 Colony Secretary Ralph Hamor wrote that after the switch there was “plenty of food, which every man by his own industry may easily and doth procure.” He said that when the socialist system had prevailed, “we reaped not so much corn from the labors of thirty men as three men have done for themselves now.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if school children were told the whole story about early colonists? Rather than what this author calls “a hoax”?

Anybody have this lady’s address, for publication?

Or her home or cell phone #?

She has done a dis-gusting thing.

Let’s hear it for weekday mass . . .

. . . where the worship is peaceful, quiet, and fruitful:

My mother, a musician, struggled to endure the off-key singers who led hymns, unfortunately for us all, at Sunday Mass in my hometown parish.

So sometimes she’d sneak out of Mass early Sunday and during the week, take me to daily Mass instead. No off-key singing there. No singing at all, actually. There was quiet, peacefulness, intimacy among the 20 or 30 communicants.

The lights were dim, the sermons short and to the point. “The apostle picked up his cross and followed Him,” the priest began one sermon I remember, then paused, then ended it: “Would that we would do the same.”

I know people who swear by this. Read the rest of this excellent commentary.

WWI-themed Christmas ad goes viral – Illinois Review

Tradition-oriented African cardinal to head Vatican Office of Divine Worship

Being African means never or almost never starting mass with “good morning”:

The Church in Africa has a clear and sharp understanding of the division between immanent and transcendent, sacred and profane.

Having been to many liturgies in Africa, I have never had the experience I have had in some European countries of attending a Mass that seemed more like a school assembly.

This sense of the transcendent and sacred, which permeates the whole of life in Africa, is also seen in an attention to ceremonial that never seems out of place. [italics added]

It’s good to be friendly, but public signs of being so are not always what you want, eh?

Later: But if you scroll down to comments, you find a different kettle of fish, much of which is inside Vatican baseball which is fascinating to some, including me:

paulpriest • 2 hours ago
Unfortunately this is a stunt.
Cardinal Sarah is indeed an orthodox behemoth – one of the best Cardinals the Church possesses.
BUT – As Head of [the pontifical council] Cor Unum he was getting under the skin of the uber-progressive Caritas International – they loathed his interventionism and his having the Dicastery authority to thwart them.
[remember the top-level firings in CI?]
But Cardinal Sarah cannot be accused of anything but performing his job masterfully and devotedly
…and given the Kasper comments against African Bishops?
Moving out one of the Only Two Africans in the Curia would have been impossible…even for His Holiness….
Cardinal Sarah had to be removed from Cor Unum to keep those who have the papal ear happy
So he had to be transferred – not fired.
The CDW [after the purge from 3 wks ago] is now filled with Bugninites and [abp] Marinites….whatever His Eminence might intend to do at the CDW – he can guarantee that his underlings in middle-management will do everything in their power to counter and thwart it [with backing from those who are close to His Holiness].
Just as Cardinal Pell was moved to finance to ensure he was kept away from everything else Curial.
Cardinal Sarah is being moved away from where he was most crucially effective – in ensuring the Church’s missions, initiatives, proposals and teachings on social justice – remained Catholic.
This is NOT a good day for Holy Mother Church.
But Thank God His Eminence is still a sprightly 69 and will still be able to run rings round his enemies – and still get a few things past the wolves…
AND it means he will still be present at #Synod 15 – where ++Burke won’t be and ++Pell may not be…
Steve paulpriest • 2 hours ago
“Cardinal Sarah is being moved away from where he was most crucially effective – in ensuring the Church’s missions, initiatives, proposals and teachings on social justice – remained Catholic….This is NOT a good day for Holy Mother Church…”
Ok but the Church’s liturgy is central to the mission to the Church and he seems throughly Catholic in his comments on things, so I for one am rejoicing, especially when the doom mongers predicted that we would have an anti-Catholic appointed. Jesus Christ be praised.

paulpriest Steve • an hour ago
Do you SERIOUSLY think that Abp Marini will not hold massive influence regarding the future of all things liturgical if those all-too-close to His Holiness have their way?
Remember there was an almighty purge of the CDW less than a month ago…as well as the Congregation of the Clergy..anyone who even had a nodding acquaintance with Pope Benedict was given the ceremonial order of the boot…
Look out for who will be getting a compensatory red hat sooner than later!
Abp Marini will be a Bri-Nylon Bugninite thorn in our side for ages to come…
And Cardinal Sarah most certainly couldn’t [under this Pontiff] have been transferred to the Congregation of the Clergy – that would have been too earth-shatteringly wonderful for the orthodox and those of a traditionalist ilk…His Eminence would be countering every ‘move of the wolves’ at every turn…
Cardinal Sarah anywhere is wonderful for Holy Mother Church – he is God’s man – but he was more effectively an adversary of the wolves – and governments and big business and secularising culture-of-death promoting leviathans at the UN etc while he was head of Cor Unum…and that’s why he was ousted.

Bill Murray ‘misses’ the Latin Mass

The Groundhog Day star said that Catholics ‘lost something’ when the new Mass was introduced

I concur.

Married priests are also on Francis’ agenda

He’s given a go-ahead in some priest-short areas and has lifted the ban on ordination of the married among Eastern Riters.

There’s been a lot of speculation the past several months that Pope Francis is willing to expand possibilities for ordaining married men to the Catholic priesthood. Austrian-born Bishop Erwin Kräutler, head of a diocese in the Brazilian rainforest, said last April that Francis told him he’d be open to married priests for particular regions or nations if there were consensus among the bishops of the area. [italics added]

Bishops’ consensus, good.

A small stream of married clergymen from other Christian churches have been allowed to be ordained Catholic priests over the past few decades, especially with the establishment of the Anglican Ordinariate.

The nearest such Anglican-Roman Catholic parish, or community, is in Indianapolis, by the way:

St. Joseph of Arimathea [St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Use Society]

Phone: (765) 475-4970
E-mail: stjosephofa

520 Stevens Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Mass Times
8:00 AM
Holy Rosary Parish, Indianapolis

Here you find a traditionalist’s delight. The style seems more Roman than the usual Roman Catholic church in the U.S. or at least in the Midwest.

This [Anglican dispensation, as it were] has always angered Byzantine Catholics in places like the United States, Canada, and in other places considered the “diaspora” (outside their original Eastern Rite territories), because the Vatican has forbidden them from following their unbroken tradition of ordaining married men. It was thought be a scandal in places where celibate, Latin Rite priests were the majority.

Envy, scandal-taking, shock . . .

Not anymore. Pope Francis has lifted the ban. The only provision is that the ordaining Eastern bishop must consult with his Latin Rite counterpart. [Again, good] Why did the Holy See impose it in the first place? The U.S. archbishops asked for it back in 1893. “It is the solemn judgment of the Archbishops of the United States” – says the minutes of their Fourth Annual Conference – “that the presence of married priests of the Greek rite in our midst is a constant menace to the chastity of our unmarried clergy, a source of scandal to the laity and therefore the sooner this point of discipline is abolished before these evils obtain large proportions, the better for religion, because the possible loss of a few souls for the Greek rite, bears no proportion to the blessings from uniformity of discipline.” The conference vote for uniformity, under the leadership of Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore, was unanimous. [Again, italics added]

“Plus ça change?” asks Robert Mickens in Commonweal.

This married-priest issue has lain dormant for decades, as women priests have taken the forefront.

One major difference, of course, is that the first has been done, is done, and can be expanded.

Wouldn’t you pew-sitters like to hear God and heaven etc. discussed by husbands and fathers now and then from the pulpit?

Big minimum wage legislation a-cookin’ in Springfield

Calling for 11%. Why stop there?

Wotthehell wotthehell, Archie, if 11 is good, why isn’t 22 twice as good?

About Bill Cosby

He’s a budding social conservative, accused of the “horrific act” that is rape. But keep in mind:

Politically speaking, the Bill Cosby scandal may be more than what it seems. If he is guilty, Bill Cosby represents only what we will be permitted to see by the people who manufacture image.

He will be tossed out of a circle of protection that exists in Hollywood and ultimately lends sanctuary to rapists and pedophiles and fornicators and polluters and tax evaders and drug users and pornographers and on and on and on throughout the entertainment industry.

That circle of protection exists to obscure the sludge and debauchery that is the epitome of modern celebrity from the disapproving eyes of what progressives deem socially conservative hypocrites who preach morality.

From Irene F. Starkehaus at Illinois Review.

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