Saturday, August 05, 2017

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning.

St. Dominic, pray for us!
  • José Galat Noumer is 88 years old and apparently he's been excommunicated. How can it be that criticizing the pope gets someone excommunicated? Fr. James Martin is a Catholic in good standing. Cardinal Marx is a Catholic in good standing. Cardinal Vincenzo Paglia is a Catholic in good standing. The founder of the Legionnaires of Christ was officially a Catholic in good standing for most of his life.  Although the truth about his wicked life became too hard to hide by the time he took to his deathbed I don't think he was ever publicly excommunicated. Fr. Hans Kung is a Catholic in good standing.

    You can be an open sinner and be petted and praised at the Vatican with no fear of any remote possibility  of excommunication. You can be a politician and vote for abortion and be a Catholic in good standing. Ted Kennedy got the funeral of a saint and when Joe Biden rings his life's curtain down his bishop will give the family the cathedral for his funeral if they should so desire.  So how is it that out of all the famous sinners in the world  this particular very old man who is obviously closer to the end of his life than the start of it and who founded one of the biggest Catholic TV channels in the world get excommunicated? This doesn't seem like a sad judgment on an obstinate sinner. It seems like malice. It seems like vengeance. It seems like a mafioso warning to the rest of the "neighborhood" to shut up or else.      (Thank you Frank Walker!)

  • Rocky is a Third degree Knight of Columbus. When he saw the new Fourth Degree  ceremonial outfit he was not thrilled. All the Knights that we've heard from think this idea is a stinker. Some men are calling for Carl Anderson to resign. Apparently the decision came without warning and the Knights were told to like it or lump it.

  • Why does Pre Cana take so long? Why can't people get their baby baptized when the child is still a newborn? Although the author sounds like a snob himself with his middle class crack he has a point.
  • I once heard a priest in a lecture say that one of the saddest things he's seen is how lay people have to almost be theologians in order to defend their Faith. I would add that on top of this many of us do it very badly and have set up our own little magisteriums.
  • Truth comes out eventually. It may take decades. It may not be in our lifetimes. It may only be on Judgement Day but truth will out and sometimes in the oddest places. 
  • There was an .... interesting discovery after Mass discover today for the ushers.  Somebody either couldn't find the restroom or didn't want to go to it to change their infant's diaper which resulted in an strong odor in the narthex.
  • Poor Benedict is really fragile these days. 







12 comments:

Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

"I once heard a priest in a lecture say that one of the saddest things he's seen is how lay people have to almost be theologians in order to defend their Faith". From what vantage point is he speaking? Several generations ago Catholics had a much more rigorous training in their Faith as a matter of routine. Have we become so dumbed down and lazy in our intellectual lives that we think that knowledge that was common decades ago now makes us seem like theologians today?

Dymphna said...

I think he meant that it was sad that things had gotten so bad that lay people couldn't trust what they were hearing from the pulpit and had to study in order to defend themselves from their own shepherds.

newguy40 said...

I once repeatedly pointed out to my then pastor that neither he nor the bishop had the authority to allow an unordained deacon or a nun provide the homily. He responded by telling me that it wasn't a homily but a "reflection". At that point I was persona non grata with the pastor. The local bishop is one who is more interested in golf and immigration. +shrug+

Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

Dymphna, while I agree that it's a disgrace that we have to defend ourselves from our own bishops, it's still a blessing in disguise. We are forced to take ownership of our own faith, to study, to work, to make it our own. We cannot be passive; in truth, that was never a morally permissible option. Now we don't have the luxury of taking our Faith for granted. Too many people did in the 1950s and on. I think that's why their faith and spiritual lives fell apart like a deck of cards after the "spirit of Vatican II" barged its way into our parishes.

armadilloWHQ said...

The bishop is more interested in illegal immigration because it's a $100 million a year federal windfall for the USCCB. Nevermind they are traitors to our country.

Ma No said...
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Ma No said...

1. It's "narthex".

2. Very traditional Catholic and life member K of C here. I've no problem with new 4th degree uniform. In fact, like many others, I've not joined 4th degree because of the old regalia - too ostentatious. Good decision by Supreme.

Tancred said...

I find it a lot easier to believe in the Immaculate Conception than that Bergoglio is the pope.

TLM said...

Yes Tancred, the 64 million dollar question: 'Is he or isn't he'?

Tom A. said...

Galat should wear his "excommunication" proudly. It was the same conciliar false church that "excommunicated" Abp Lefebrve.

Michael Dowd said...

Being excommunicated by Pope Francis is the martyrdom of our day, an honor for any true Catholic.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

You hit it out of the ball park with these random thoughts, Dymphna. And I confess it doesn't feel like a blessing to me to have to study canon law to refute those in the Church with the obligation to teach the faith. It feels like an unfair burden, especially for busy moms and dads working to raise a family. Ever since the 60s we've had a legion of false teachers and, as you say, many of them get honors and accolades as they pull the rug out from under us. I'm sick of it. I'm glad I'm going on retreat next week because I won't hear the news or see anything from the pope for five glorious silent days. I can leave the Excedrin at home with my TV and computer.