Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Figueiredo Report

Hospitality workers, secretaries and personal assistant's all  see  the private side of the people they work for and I was reminded of all this when I finished reading the Figueriedo Report.  Monsignor Anthony J. Figueiredo was then Cardinal McCarrick's secretary for many years. The correspondence shown therein shines a harsh light on Cardinal Wuerl's claim that he knew nothing about Cardinal McCarrick being told to get out of the Mater Dei seminary, stop making public appearances, diplomatic travel and turn to silent penance. Benedict's restrictions were weak and Uncle Ted defied them almost immediately but they did exist and were known about.


A Prayer against the Enemies of Christ

Eternal Father I offer Thee the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ and all the other instruments of His Holy Passion, that Thou mayest put division in the camp of Thine enemies; for as Thy Beloved Son has said, “A kingdom divided against itself shall fall.”

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Well that was interesting and other random thoughts

St. Rita, patroness of impossible causes, pray for us
  • I just read an article about my old parish, St. Rita's in 1P5. Normally I don't bother with Steve Skojec's site anymore but I was pleasantly surprised to see St. Rita's. Getting a glimpse of how someone else sees something you care about passionately is an interesting experience.. The author's view of St. Rita's and why things happened was pretty different from mine. He praises Fr. Scalia, who was the parochial vicar, and rightly so because he was pretty awesome (people wept when he announced that he was leaving to be a pastor at another parish), but the author failed to mention Fr. Donohue, the pastor during those years. Everything that Fr. Scalia did was made possible because Fr. Donohue allowed it and he ought to get some credit for that. I even remember Fr. Scalia giving a lecture series for Lent and at one point he said that being a parochial vicar was great because he had Fr. Donahue's backing for all his big ideas.

    Also, the number one reason why the music at St. Rita's is so good was not mentioned at all. Mr. Bowie the head of sacred music is not only a fine organist; he's also a very good judge of vocal talent. We never had screeching divas or lounge act tenors at St. Rita's. You had to be be able to sing complicated music. You had to work hard and you had to accept that the Mass is not about the lector and is not a Broadway musical. That was all on Mr. Bowie.The author also left out the reason why St. Rita's is so beautiful. Being in a not so great neighborhood with a  gang problem   heavy gang presence kept the busy bodies out of St. Rita's. So the church retains most of it's architectural beauty and the parish has been largely left alone.

  •  Whenever someone cries poverty in one breath and then talks about their vacation   oh excuse me, pilgrimage to France I always want to laugh. C'mon we all know the plane tickets for the entire family were not free, nor was the hotel or the fabulous food or the trains in Europe. If you can afford to go to Rome and post the photos on your blog er.. lay apostolate, then you aint poor.

  • I certainly don't want to defend  the odious Cardinal Wuerl but in all fairness there is no way to know if  he saying "I love you" in sign language to a woman in the pew, a man or a group of deaf people. I was not happy  that he was at Archbishop Wilton's installation  but we need to know who he was signing to before assuming that he's talking to a lover in public. 

  • Some people are all upset about talk  of Martin Luther King Jr. being an adulterer. Except for the under 30 set, I have to ask, "Where have you people been? Do you not read? Did you grow up in the Twilight Zone?"  Dr. King's best friend the Reverend Ralph Abernathy wrote about the affairs and one night stands in his book''And the Walls Came Tumbling Down'. He wrote that on the last night of his life Dr. King was with two women and got into a shoving fight with a third. Abernathy was called a Judas and was shunned until his death. Georgia Davis Powers   wrote a memoir called I Shared the Dream, years ago. She said that she had a long intense relationship with MLK and was one of the women who was with him on his last night and would have gone with him to the hospital when he was shot had a quick thinking Andrew Young not stopped her. She was not ashamed and justified her behavior as nothing more than what millions of women would have done had they gotten the chance.

    The media ignored her book and those of us who read it knew better than to discuss it at work or school.  LBJ used to get a good laugh by playing the FBI tapes of MLK for visitors. JFK, interestingly enough heard them and was saddened. Jackie Kennedy privately told friends that MLK was no saint. It's said that the FBI even sent poor Coretta King a photo of her husband with another woman. In college, professors who did acknowledge that there were other women in Dr. King's life made excuses... he was under constant stress and never knew which day would be his last (true), women were constantly throwing themselves at him (very probably true), the FBI was constantly sending women to try to seduce him (possible) so he fell a couple of times (according to Ralph Abernathy it was more than a couple of times) and he and Coretta were not a love match and she understood that sacrifices had to be made for the greater good, (impossible to confirm as Mrs. King is dead).  None of what you may be reading is new.

    I come from a Baptist family. It is common for Baptist preachers to have affairs and as long as  he is discreet it is ignored. Complain and you'll be told, "Touch not, God's anointed," or that it's the pastor's wife's fault because she's not a good First Lady.  A family or two may be upset and leave for another church but nobody cares. A group of families may leave to form another church over it but that's happened so many times before that most churches know how to weather the financial storm until membership stabilizes again. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Santa Evita? Seriously?

  • If Eva Peron's cause for beatification, much less canonization EVER gets opened and taken seriously by the Vatican it will be one of the most ridiculous, indefensible spectacles to ever befall the Church. 

  • A number of people are sad about Fr. Jonathan Morris leaving the priesthood because it's too hard and he'd like to get married.  My first reaction was to ask why is the Legionare  order still in existence? As for Fr. Morris personally, I think that he will discover that his girlfriend, if he already has one may have the attributes  that males look for in a mistress  but   those same attributes make for a  poor wife. The girlfriend--if she exists may very well discover one day that if she can pull a priest away from God then there's no reason to think that another woman can't do the same to her.

  • Game of Thrones is finally over and  it was very quiet in my office this morning. I'm so relieved. 

St. John of  Nepomuk, faithful priest and martyr, pray for us. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019


I think this California law is going to lead to entrapment. Sooner or later an FBI agent or  cop is going to go into a confessional and lie to a priest and then arrest him for not breaking the seal of the confessional.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Fr. Richards apologized

Fr. Larry Richards has apologized to Church Militant and they have accepted. Now he really needs to do the same for the Stark family.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

random thoughts on a Saturday afternoon

  • I still look terrible after my dental surgery but at least the black eye is gone. If the swelling hasn't gone completely down by Monday I'll just put on my sunglasses and get on with it.

  • Pray for Bishop James Su Zhimin of Baoding. He's been swallowed up and no-one knows if he is living or dead. Does the pope care? Do the Vatican flunkies say this is sad but there's a greater goal that will be reached somewhere down the road and sacrifices have to be made. I suppose that's what Paul VI may have muttered about Cardinal Mindszenty.

  • I was watching a fashion show and suddenly a question popped into my head. What would Western women look like if the fashion industry wasn't dominated by men who have no love for womankind?

  • Ann Barnhardt called it  about men like this individual over a year ago on one of her podcasts. In a way, being insulted by such a person is a compliment because it means you are not the kind of woman he likes being around: train wrecks. 

  • The Mothers Day Mass is tomorrow. Father will ask all the mothers to stand up and receive a round of applause and every mother will get a rose or carnation depending on what's in the flower account. I don't like this. As Pope St. Pius X said, “It is not fitting to applaud the servant in the house of his Master.” 

  • Have you noticed that Pope Francis is not inviting migrants to Argentina?

Thursday, May 09, 2019

St. Apollonia, pray for me

Apollonia is one of my patron saints and I'm having dental surgery today. My dentist says to take tomorrow off because I'm definitely going to be feeling pretty bad.

0 Glorious Apollonia, patron saint of dentistry and refuge to all those suffering from diseases of the teeth, I consecrate myself to thee, beseeching thee to number me among thy clients. Assist me by your intercession with God in my daily work and intercede with Him to obtain for me a happy death. Pray that my heart like thine may be inflamed with the love of Jesus and Mary, through Christ our Lord. Amen. 0 My God, bring me safe through temptation and strengthen me as thou didst our own patron Apollonia, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mass in Wartime

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Meet the new boss.....same and the old boss

Oh dear. I had a feeling that the new bishop of DC was going to be more of the same. 

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

a prayer for the redemption of bad priests

Divine Savior Jesus Christ, Thou are the Good Shepherd who gives His life for His sheep. Oh, be in a very special way the Good Shepherd of those poor lost priests who are also appointed by Thee to be leaders of Thy people, but who have broken the oath of their holy ordination and have become unfaithful to their exalted calling. Bestow upon these poorest of the poor the very fullness of that pastoral solicitude with which Thou dost so faithfully seek the sheep that are lost! Touch their hearts with the irresistible ray of grace which emanates from Thine all-merciful love! Enlighten their minds and strengthen their wills, that they may turn away from all sin and error and come back to Thy holy altar and to Thy people. O most compassionate Savior! Remember that Thou didst once redeem the souls of Thine erring priests with Thy Precious Blood and in infinite preferential love didst impress upon them the indelible character of the priesthood. Put wholly to shame those miserable helpers of Satan who lay snares for the virtue of priests and endanger the holy ideal of the priesthood. Most graciously accept our prayers and sacrifices for poor priests who have gone astray and hear our earnest petition.
Imprimatur - Bishop John F. Noll (April 18, 1948)

St. Anthony of Padua, defender of the Holy Eucharist, obtain for us holy priests
St. John-Mary Vianney, model of sacerdotal holiness, obtain for us holy priests

St. Francis Xavier, patron of missionary priests, obtain for us holy priests
St. Therese of the Child-Jesus and of the Holy Face, victim offered for the sanctification of priests, obtain for us holy priests

Saints and Servants of God, obtain for us holy priests.