Saturday, September 20, 2014

Some Things to Consider:

Some things to consider:
1) We are not Donatists. The authority of a bishop or priest does not depend on his personal holiness, wisdom, or prudence. So we need to obey them in all matters they have authority and as long as the command is in accord with Divine and ecclesial law.
2) Only the Apostles were chosen directly by God. Since then, we have had to rely on those with Apostolic authority. We hope that they act with wisdom and prudence, but this has not always be the case; for example, Weakland and Ziemann. Only the overly pious think every Pope and bishop is selected by the Holy Spirit.
3) Clergy don't have to be perfect, which is a good thing since they are not. We make a grave mistake when we pretend they are. However, this does not detract or invalidate the office. Respect and reverence the office even if you can't the man.
4) We are not called to be lemmings or mind-numbed robots. This is why we have a Church not a cult.
5) You never know what an office will do to a person. St. Thomas Beckett was no great shakes before being made a bishop. God's grace did remarkable things to him. Conversely, your perfect candidate for bishop of X may turn out to be a dud. I can think of a retired west coast Cardinal who seemed to be the very incarnation of orthodoxy but turned out to be very different.
6) Pray. Pray often and pray hard. We can't make other people orthodox or holy by waving a magic wand or coming up with the perfect pastoral plan. Certainly we can hold them to account and give them good example, but they have to make the choice themselves. Some will and some won't. Only the Modernists think they can build the City of God here on Earth. Our home is not an earthly one.
7) This too shall pass.

(Update) I need to add one more.
8) The Gate of the Netherworld shall not prevail against Her.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

On The Arizona Shooting.

To those who question Fr. Walker owning a gun and Fr. Terra attempting to use for protection, let me offer the following observations. First, self-defense is a natural right. This right entails the means of its exercise. A firearm is a great equalizer. It makes it possible for the small, old, and weak to stand in the face of brute violence. Christianity is not a pacifistic faith. I cannot speak for my brother priests, but for my own part, I am willing to die for the Faith. I am not however willing die so that a criminal can pad his pockets or a druggie can get a fix. I am also unwilling to do nothing and allow him to move on to someone else.
Second, to those who say Fr. Terra should simply have called the police, let me ask what he should have done for the 10 minutes or so until they arrived? Allow the perp to continue beating him to death with an iron rod? Police do not prevent crimes, they clean up after them.
Third, well the gun was taken away and used to kill Fr. Walker. If there hadn't been a gun, they would have lived or at least survived. Well, a gun isn't a magic wand that works every time. The perp had so injured Fr. Walker that he was unable to use the gun. Ill fortune. But it well could have been different and if he had been able to pull the trigger, it would have been a different story.
Each one of us has the responsibility to see to our own safety. We can't wait for the police or other people to do it. The worst thing we can do is to stand passive in the face of evil.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pastoral or Not?

As a pastor, my greatest responsibility is the celebration of the Church's liturgy in my area of responsibility, the parish. I either do it myself, most of the time as I am the only priest, or ensure that someone else does it, a visiting priest or one of our deacon, in the areas that they are able. Of particular concern are Sundays and the 'High Holydays' to borrow a term from our Jewish friends.

Now suppose I decided that on some Sundays, rather than celebrating Mass publicly for the whole parish, I decide to celebrate a Mass for a particular group privately and the rest of the parish has to do without. Would or should this be allowed? I doubt I could do this without being called on the carpet for it; Sunday obligation and all that.

Now suppose that it wasn't a day of obligation, but still one of the central days of the Church. Should I deprive the whole parish of the celebration of part of the mysteries of our Faith for the benefit of a particular group, however praiseworthy or needy? Now, I could delegate another priest to do it, but does that really fulfill my role as 'universal pastor' of my parish? Does it show my concern for the whole flock? Does it show the public and universal nature of the Church's Faith and Worship?

You have probably guessed where I am going with this. Pope Francis will again this year privately celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper, which commemorates not only the institution of the Holy Eucharist and Holy Orders but is the liturgical beginning of the Paschal Triduum, the celebration of the central Mysteries of the Faith. He did this last year by celebrating the Mass in a youth prison and was accustomed to a similar practice in Buenos Aires. Do you think this is an appropriate practice? (Not really interested in feeling.) If so or if not why? I am aware of many bishops doing something similar by saying Masses for prisoners on Christmas or Easter Day after the public celebrations at the Cathedral.

Please no name calling or Pope (or anyone else) bashing. Anything disrespectful will be deleted.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

You Can Keep Your Simplicity.

Simplicity did not attract me to the Catholic Church. Truth did. I read myself into the Church. History made it evident that the Catholic Church is the church founded by Christ.

But beauty and pomp were a close second. From a young age I was fascinate by the the ceremony of the Church. The funerals of Paul VI and John Paul I as well as the election of Bl. John Paul II caught my attention. In the ceremony and vesture, my mind was directed to something not of this world. Truth brought me to the Cathedral of the Madeline on that fateful day in late December 1980, but it was the ornate beauty of that church that set the hook.

If I was looking for simplicity, I would have become Amish or a Quaker. Instead in liturgy, beauty, iconography, in complexity my mind and heart have been lifted to heavenly realms. I suspect my experience is not unique.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Nope, Not A Saint.

I just read a Facebook post by a friend now living in Iowa lamenting the bad taste that a MLK, martyr homily. I suspect that this is not an uncommon experience today.

Let me be frank, not Pope Frank, but just frank and say that Martin Luther King, Jr. was NOT a saint. Being a saint is not being a hero or doing great things. Dr. King did those things. He did our country a great service and likely prevented a second civil war. But these thing do not a saint make. Being a saint is about holiness. Certainly, many saints were once sinners and turned from their sins. Being a saint is about having heroic virtues. Dr. King's life gives no evidence of this. A close look at his life reveals unsaintly action, from adultery to dishonesty (plagiarism). These things do not prevent him from being honored as a secular hero, but they do prevent him from being honored as a saint within the Catholic Church.

And yet, today panegyric homilies are being preached and Masses said in his honor. This needs to stop. Only the canonized and beatified are to be honored in the liturgy. Everyone else is prayed FOR not TO. So perhaps instead of falsely canonizing Dr. King, today we can pray for the repose of his soul and the furthering of the cause of civil rights, which he ably served.

One more thing. He was not a martyr. A martyr dies in witness to the faith of Christ. It would be quite a stretch to say that Dr. King was killed because of his faith in Christ.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Anaheim Congress? No, no, no.

The annual Anaheim Religious Education Congress is coming soon. Religious educator and other Catholic from all over the west will be coming. But not from my parish. Sure they can go if they want to, but the parish won’t pay for it. Why you may ask. They have some good speakers. Yes, this year Fr. Barron is giving the keynote address, but there is still an awful lot of heresy and dissent. And while I would trust my catechists use good judgment in who they listen too, I will not give them money until they get their house in order. (I had hoped that Archbishop Gomez would have handled that by now.) Here are problematic ones that stand out without any further research on my part:

Sr Dianne Bergant, CSA
Fr. Donald Cozzens (Dissenter on sexual issues.)
Sr. Fran Ferder (Dissenter on many issues. Enduring a conference by her at the sem.)
Dr. Thomas Groome. (Ex-priest, dissenter who had a hand in the wretched catechetics of the last half-century.)
David Haas (Purveyor of crappy music.)
Marty Huagen (The other half of the infamous duo.)
Fr. John Heagle (Fran Ferder’s sidekick.)
Carey Landry (Ex-priest. What the hell is an ex-priest doing speaking on pastoral care of the sick?)
Fr. Bryan Massingale (Dissenter on sexual issues.)
Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP
Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ (Former editor of “America” removed at the insistence of the Vatican.)
Rev. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

And don’t get me started on the liturgies that celebrate US!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Podcasting Homilies.

Yup, I am starting to podcast my homilies. Here is the link: http://orthometer.podbean.com/ They should also be available via iTunes.

Friday, October 25, 2013

There Is A Reason That The Pope Is Called the Holy Father.

And that relationship is particularly dear to priests. That relationship is also supposed to exist between priests and their bishop. However, like so many parents, all too often bishops are friends or brothers to their priests. Worse they are business managers who play favorites and are only heard from when there are problems. But during my priesthood I have always had the feeling that the Pope was there covering our backs. That we were his priest sons even when we needed to be challenged and corrected. Now, not so much.

There is this commentary over at the register about anxiety over Pope Francis. Here is the relevant section on priests.

Pope Francis is capable of speaking with great tenderness about those far from the Church.
When discussing his brother Jesuits, even those who sent him into exile and were active obstacles to the mission of Jesus Christ and the Ignatian charism, the Holy Father speaks with nuance and delicacy. Yet when he speaks of the parish clergy, his remarks are almost always critical, inveighing against the lazy priest in his rectory, unmoved by the suffering of the afflicted in need of mercy, reduced to a functionary who has become an obstacle rather than a conduit of God’s grace.
Priests need to hear that to be challenged and corrected, but fallen men that we are, it is not easy.
The Holy Father intends his criticisms — as he made clear recently in Assisi — for the whole Church, not just the priests and bishops. Yet, often, the clergy feel singled out for criticism or feel underappreciated. Perhaps they ought to stop feeling sorry for themselves and “man up,” but the phenomenon is real and explains part of the uneasiness.


The feeling I can't seem to shake is that Pope Francis really doesn't like priests. Now we priests are not perfect. And yes some of his criticism is justified. It may not go far enough. But perhaps some of the 'great tenderness' could be shared with the clergy, who received poor formation and poor leadership from his brother bishops. In the face of the poor leadership, and lets face it dissent, at the diocesan level, many of us can be tempted to despair. The various scandals haven't helped. Priests are guilty until proven innocent and subject to the whims of their ordinaries who seem more concerned with liability and PR than justice. But at least we felt that if ignored, opposed, or even persecuted, the Holy Father still had our backs. Now not so much.

 A father can be tough and expect a lot if he has and shows love for his children. If not, all he usually does is provoke resentment and rebellion. With all respect to Fr. De Souza, the admonition to "man up" doesn't help one bit. Perhaps the Holy Father needs to listen to his own words concerning caring and compassion and realize that the clergy are part of his flock too.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hermeneutic of Continuity, St. Paul Style

"But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach [to you] a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed!" 

Tell me again how the Church is going to fundamentally change.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Memorial of St. Jerome.


Peter Venkman: Alice, I'm going to ask you a couple of standard questions, ok? Have you or any of your family ever been diagnosed Schizophrenic? Mentally incompetent?
Librarian: My uncle thought he was St. Jerome.
Peter Venkman: I'd call that a big yes.


(Funny the things that come to mind at Mass.)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Idolatry of the Poor.

The Gospel reading this weekend is the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man from the Gospel according to Saint Luke. I suspect that throughout the world many homilies and sermons ended up saying something to the effect of, “Rich people bad. Poor people good.” This like all heresies is the result of a gross simplification of the Gospel, a deliberate misreading of the message of Jesus, and an imposition of a foreign ideology.

The sin of the unnamed rich man was not that he had wealth. Rather it was that he did not pay attention to Moses and the prophets. As is evident from the parable, he paid no attention to Lazarus. Even from Hell, he views Lazarus as at best his servant. Was this his only sin or greatest sin? Likely not. Was Lazarus' virtue the fact that he was poor and sick? No. It was that. His virtues are not specified. But we know from Moses and the prophets that God commanded all rich and poor alike to obey His commands. We can infer from Lazarus' presence in the Bosom of Abraham that he had walked in God's path.

This would have amazed the Pharisees of Jesus' time to whom the parable was addressed. They held to a version of the Gospel of Prosperity. How do you tell who God likes? The are healthy and wealthy. This is heresy in view of both the Old and New Covenant. Yet it remains. We find in among the TV preachers as well as among those who view poverty, sickness, and other misfortunes as a punishment rather than a share in the Cross of Christ for the salvation of the world.

But today there is also a mirror image heresy. It is rooted in a distortion of the Gospel. It is also rooted in envy and jealousy with more than a pinch of Marxism and Socialism. This view holds that the wealthy are wicked and evil because of their wealth and the poor are virtuous because of their poverty. There is more than a little bit of romantic idealism here. It makes a idol out of poverty and the poor.

There are and have been saints and sinners among the rich as well as the poor. Wealth poses unique opportunities for sin as well as paths to virtue. Remember that while Jesus said that it is difficult for a rich man to enter through the Needle's Eye as it is for him to enter into the Kingdom of God, He also that for God all things are possible. The prime temptations of the rich are pride, self-sufficiency, and a hardness of heart. But poverty presents its own temptations; jealous, envy, and greed. Both the rich and the poor are called to holiness and holiness is possible for both. Demonization of one and idolization of the other must be avoided.

The will of God is that all men be saved. The Gospel is for both the materially poor and the materially rich. Christ died for all men. It is the job of the Church to work for the salvation of all.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Double Supreme Court Facepalm.

How did we get here? Partly due to decades of mealy-mouthed preaching and teaching on the part of many priests and bishops. They embraced the cult of feelings over Truth. They were and are more interested in 'social justice' than eternal truths. They are the hired men, not true shepherds. Ask yourself when was the last time you heard your pastor and/or bishop speak on the true nature of human sexuality, heck on human nature and God's plan for it. The human mind and the human heart abhor a vacuum. If it is not filled with God's grace and His truth, it will surely be filled with something else.

"A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep."

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Semi-random Reflections.

Some random reflections:
1) When Ricky Jennings came into my church, he expected sheep (in the bad sense). Instead, he found sheep dogs, porcupines, mama and papa bears, and fierce baby bears.
2) When Ricky Jennings came to my church he expected us to be defenseless, but found us empowered by Christ and protected by legions of angels.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sunday Homily--12th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

My dear sons and daughters in Christ, one of the places we visit on our recent pilgrimage was Caesarea Philipi. It is in ruins now but during our Lord's time it was a thriving city. It was there that the most important question of all time was asked, “who do you say that I am”? Everything depends on how we answer this question.
First, Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” The crowds had a lot of answers, all of them wrong. The Baptist with his head reattached, Elijah returned from heaven, or one of the prophets returned to life. Wrong—wrong—wrong. We could ask the same question today; who is Jesus? And we would get a lot of wrong or incomplete answers too. A good guy. Yes but a good guy can't save us from our sins. A teacher. Yes, but a teacher can't do it either. A prophet? Yes but way more. Our elder brother, yes but not primarily.
How did the disciples answer. Peter, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and by the will of the Father, gives the right and fundamental answer: the Christ (or Anointed One) of God. The answer itself requires more reflection to find out what it completely means intellectually. Look at the Nicean Creed, the Writings of the Fathers, and the Teaching of the Popes. Not a suggestion by the way. It is essential that we clearly understand who Jesus is. This is why we always use the Nicean Creed not the Apostles at Mass. It is more detailed.
But is is also important that we live out this answer. Many are there that say Lord, Lord that will not enter the Kingdom of God. We need to live Lord, Lord. Every word, every action of our lives needs to proclaim loudly that Jesus is the Christ of God, that Jesus is the Son of God, that Jesus is Lord.
Sounds easy doesn't it? Well you and I both know that it isn't. That it is the work of a lifetime. And sometimes we fail. But with God's help we try again. We love God above all. We love our neighbors as ourselves. We reach out to those who are in pain or in need. We conform our minds and heart to the teaching of Christ and His Church. We forgive not just seven times but seventy times seven times. And when we fail or come up short we turn to Christ, confess our sins, and with His help try and try again.
I was awestruck at how our parish did this last Sunday and all week. (Bet you wondered when I was going to say something about that.) I saw the teachings of Christ in action. Among the people who protected their families and neighbors and stayed calm. Among those who rushed after the shooter to protect all of us and keep him from hurting anyone else. Among those who rush to help assist Jim and Tara. Above all those who prayed despite real cause for fear and panic. (That is not not mention all the police, fire, paramedics, ambulance, and media types as well as our friends and neighbors who contacted us with generous offers of help and prayers.) Good job, St James. Good job, Ogden. Like a boss!
But don't let me give you too much of a swelled head. You were able to do that because God was and is with you. God loves you that much. And it isn't over. We need to forgive. Yes forgive even Ricky Jennings. Jesus commands it! Ricky didn't cease to be our brother by his action. (By the way, this doesn't mean we can't or shouldn't seek legal justice.) But when you think of him, pray from him and let God set your heart free. We need to reach out to those who have been hurt or traumatized. If you need someone to talked to, please call the office and let us put you in touch with someone who can help. Don't try to tough it out. Help me get the word out to those who might be afraid to come back to church. Let's also me mindful of the women, men (yes men), and children touched by domestic violence or violence of any kind.
Remember who was with us last Sunday. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the choirs of angels, the saints, the suffering souls, and the church militant on earth united in the Body of Christ. They are with us today and tomorrow and forever.
I am thankful for you, our friends and neighbors, those earthly and those heavenly, but most of all for the God with us, Jesus, the Christ of God!

(And yes you still have to go to Mass. :) )

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Forgiveness.

Forgiveness is hard work. If it were easy, Jesus wouldn't have had to command us to do it. It is not a feeling but an act of the will. (I doubt I will ever feel warm fuzzies towards the shooter.) We decide, with God's help and Grace, to forgive. Then we do forgiving things. It is the work of a lifetime.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Church Shooting.

Many of you know that there was a shooting at my church this Sunday. I am not going to comment on the events in particular. I do want to say that I am very proud of how the parishioners reacted. They prayed, remained calm, helped the victim, made sure the shooter was away from the church. That was God's grace at work. Jim, the victim, came through surgery and is going to be OK. That too was God's grace. The shooter was caught without hurting anyone else. God's grace. When I think of today, I am not going to think about the act of one evil man. I am going to think about the many acts of goodness, kindness, and bravery of many good people. I feel blessed.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Candle Followers.

Attention clergy and sacristans! If you are not a reloader, make friends with someone who is. Case tumblers (for cleaning cartridge cases before reloading) are great for polishing brass candle followers. Way better than getting carpal tunnel from polishing by hand.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Courtesy.


A matter of courtesy: If you switch parishes at least say goodbye/f-u/something to your former pastor.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Trouble.


Reflecting on several young women of my acquaintance who have lost their faith (I pray only for the time being), it occurs to me that our anesthetic culture has rendered them utterly unable to cope spiritually or intellectually with the inevitable pain, troubles, and sorrows of life. They have been led to expect that life can and should be one endless painfree joyfest. This attitude has penetrated the Church. From the presentation of the Care Bear Jesus to the virtual elimination of fast and abstinence to the dispensation or elimination of practices that are considered to be even slightly inconvenient, we are encouraging a culture of self-centered wimpiness. We have raised a generation incapable of martyrdom. They expect their wants to be catered to. Rather than conform themselves to Christ, especially in His suffering, they expect all things to be conformed to them. It is an attitude centered on this world, not the next. And the hierarchy is complicit in this. Until this is changed, things are only going to get worse.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

+ The Rev. Dom Jerome Young OSB

It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of FATHER JEROME YOUNG, O.S.B. in the early morning hours of Saturday morning, his favorite feast day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

For the past few weeks Father Jerome was suffering greatly due to the progression of his leukemia. On Monday his condition became far more serious after he sustained serious trauma to the brain as the result of a bad fall. He returned home from the hospital Wednesday evening so that he could spend his final hours with his brother monks. He was very much aware of their presence as well as that of his two sisters who remained with him until the end.

Father Jerome was a blessing to many people in so many ways. His demonstration of acceptance of the serious health challenges he faced over the past ten years gave great witness to his strong faith and his monastic profession. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Father Jerome’s vigil service will be at here at Mount Angel Abbey on Wednesday evening at 7 PM, December 12. His funeral will be on Thursday, December 13, at 10:00 AM. Let us pray that Father Jerome may now enjoy the eternal Peace and Joy of the Risen Lord together with all our loved ones who have gone before us.

Blessings and Peace to You,
Prior Vincent Trujillo, OSB and the Community of Monks at Mount Angel Abbey
It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of FATHER JEROME YOUNG, O.S.B. in the early morning hours of Saturday morning, his favorite feast day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. 

For the past few weeks Father Jerome was suffering greatly due to the progression of his leukemia. On Monday his condition became far more serious after he sustained serious trauma to the brain as the result of a bad fall. He returned home from the hospital Wednesday evening so that he could spend his final hours with his brother monks. He was very much aware of their presence as well as that of his two sisters who remained with him until the end.

Father Jerome was a blessing to many people in so many ways. His demonstration of acceptance of the serious health challenges he faced over the past ten years gave great witness to his strong faith and his monastic profession. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Father Jerome’s vigil service will be at here at Mount Angel Abbey on Wednesday evening at 7 PM, December 12. His funeral will be on Thursday, December 13, at 10:00 AM. Let us pray that Father Jerome may now enjoy the eternal Peace and Joy of the Risen Lord together with all our loved ones who have gone before us.

Blessings and Peace to You,
Prior Vincent Trujillo, OSB and the Community of Monks at Mount Angel Abbey

Friday, November 16, 2012

And So The End Begins.

First they came for the transfats
and I didn't speak out because I don't like transfats.

Then they came for the salt,
and I didn't speak out because I don't like salt.

Then they came for the Twinkies,
and I didn't speak out because I don't like Twinkies.

Then they came for the bacon,
and there was no one left to speak for the bacon.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Playing Church.

OK, here is the deal. About one mile south of my church of St. James the Just, there is a little white church. I am told that it was a Southern Baptist church at one time. When I came to Ogden nine years ago, it was Glory to God Community Church. I found out later that it was a Metropolitan Community Church. Yup, the gay denomination. Not just gay friendly, but of, by, and for gays. Even the World Council of Churches won’t let them in as even that liberal organization doesn’t think that sexual orientation should be the foundation of a denomination. Later I heard that the pastor was an ex-Catholic and failed Franciscan seminarian. Well, I had heard more than I wish I had about that happening. All of a sudden a few years ago, the sign was changed and it had morphed into Glory to God American Catholic Church. That denomination evidently went under and now they have joined a North American Old Catholic Church out of the North East (headed by an ‘archbishop’ who received his formation via mail) and the pastor has been consecrated a bishop.

All along, they have received glowing coverage in the local media. They are open. They are inclusive. They don’t turn people away like the ‘other’ Catholic church. Their clergy has ‘life experience’. Etc, etc, ad nauseum. They are insistent that they are Catholic, just not papal Catholic. Last Christmas, they even had a sign out front, “Not your mamma’s Catholic church.” (Unintentionally true--the Blessed Mother has nothing to do with it.)

No doubt you can tell that it bothers me. I don’t like heresy and schism. Not by a long-shot.  And when that heresy and schism masquerades as Catholicism, my blood pressure redlines. It is false advertising. It is like Mormonism claiming to be theologically Christian. Or Scientology claiming to be a religion. Or Wicca claiming to be the survival of pre-Christian paganism. It just isn’t true. To be Catholic is to be in communion, spiritual, doctrinal, and juridical with the Successor of Saint Peter. It is to be part of the Church founded and sustained by Christ Himself. Catholic isn’t just about having the right vestments, using our ritual books, or aping church life. And people are deceived. Deceived into thinking they can be Catholic without embracing the whole of the life and teachings of the Church in union with Rome.

They claim to have Apostolic Succession. They might have, but I doubt it. The history of the Old Catholic schism is full of simony and dubious ordinations. Add to this the fact that they will ordain women and their orders are doubtful at best. But being Catholic is more than just having Apostolic Succession. It is about being in communion with the Church founded by Christ. This they are not. They jettison any doctrine they don’t like or conflicts with their lifestyle. Protestantism without the integrity of Luther or Calvin.

Fundamentally, I think they are, for whatever reason, playing Church. Maybe it gives them emotional comfort being in something that looks like the Church but does not have the demands of truth. Maybe the like playing dress-up. But in reality, though I doubt they consciously know it, they are doing the work of the Father of Heresy, the Father of Schism, and the Father of Lies.

Let's Try This Again.

Well, I think I'm back to blogging. Why have I been gone? Primarily because the things I have been thinking about were non-bloggable. No, I haven't had a crisis of faith or ill-health. Just somethings can't be processed publicly and that is what I do when I blog. (Is is also why I sometimes get into trouble when I blog. :) ) Also, things in the parish have required a lot more of my energy over the last year or so. Things haven't slowed down, but I think I am dealing with them better.

So, I think I am back and hope to be posting more. More about the faith, guns, politics, zombies and horror movies, and science fiction and fantasy. Oh, and whatever else my squirrel-adled mind is attracted to. You are welcome to come along. However, please remember that this is my blog. If you don't like it, find something else to read.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I Have Been Ignorantly Rednecked Memed.

11 Questions for my friends:

1. Do you cut your sandwiches into squares or triangles?




Neither, I eat them whole.

2.  Do you know Beethoven as one of the worlds greatest composers, or as a big dog in a rather ordinary children's movie.

Composer. Just listened to his Ninth Symphony on a bike ride last week.

3.  What color is your toothbrush? And, is your toothbrush interchangeable with your spouses?  With their full knowledge and consent?

White and fortunately the Church doesn't need a toothbrush.

4.  Do you stir your coffee right to left or left to right?  And do you ding your spoon on the edge of the cup until the rest of the family screams blue murder?


Why would I stir coffee? Adding stuff to coffee is wrong.

5.  Do you ever wear odd socks?  And if you do, do you always start the day by saying you hope you don't die today?

No, I don't and I don't engage in superstitions, knock on wood.

6. Is perspicacious part of your vocabulary?

No.


7.  What was Donatello before he became a world famous Ninja Turtle?

An ordinary pet turtle who was flushed down the crapper.

8.  Does your exerciser regime challenge more than your wii controller muscles?  

Upper body no. Lower body yes.

9. Do you laugh hysterically at your own jokes?  At confession?


No. And I restrain myself, though I am severely tempted during some peoples confessions.

10.  What are the names of Donald Duck's nephews?

Huey, Dewey and Louie--the same names as the robots in "Silent Running".

11.  And, lastly, for fans of the brilliant Charles Schultz, have you ever had occasion to call any of your children "Pigpen"?

No children. That's my story and I am sticking to it.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Kaiser Wilhelm II, R. I. P.

Today marks the anniversary of the death of the last Germany emperor, Wilhelm II. Unfairly maligned and the victim of allied propaganda, he was a much better ruler than given credit for. (I suspect that much of the bad blood between him and his uncle Edward VI had to do with the affection Queen Victoria had for her eldest grandson. This in turn helped lead to World War I.)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day.

A happy, restful, and fun Memorial Day to you all. Please take a moment, remember what it is really all about, and pray for those who laid down their lives serving our country.

(My dad on the left and the men of his Forward Observer Team. Also, dad shaving.)