Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Monday, November 18, 2019
Colegio Internacion Heraldos del Evangelio Femenino
1P5: Vatican Investigates Heralds of the Gospel: A Cautionary Tale
Brazilian website - the founder
US website - FB
Pope Francis appoints Brazilian cardinal to watch over ‘Heralds of the Gospel’
Heralds of the Gospel reject papal inquiry as 'illegal'
CWR Dispatch: As Pope Francis calls for a ‘synodal’ Church, some US dioceses are holding synods by Matt Hadro
Archbishop Vigneron on Unleash the Gospel
Unleash the Gospel
Detroit Archdiocese unveils 'Unleash the Gospel' missionary movement
Detroit Archdiocese launches new publication to build up discipleship
CWR Dispatch: “All Christians are called to evangelism”
Author Cathy Duffy on the universal Christian call to spread the Gospel, and why certain approaches to doing so are more effective than others.
But how does the Christian relate to others? As an isolated individual without sex? Should women be evangelizing men?
To me, the promise of America, America’s exceptional place in history, is to carry forward the beautiful Judeo-Christian vision of the sanctity and dignity of the human person—created in God’s image, endowed with God-given rights and responsibilities, and called to a transcendent destiny.
So, individualism, secularism, relativism—a society where a lot of people don’t believe anymore that it’s even possible for us to know God—this is all mission territory for us as Catholics, as Christians.
We need to be salt and leaven, to use our Lord’s terms. And there’s that beautiful image from the early Church: “The Christian is to the world what the soul is to the body.”
We need to work to purify our culture and our politics, and our own hearts and intentions. And we need to work to restore the centrality of the human person, the sanctity and the mystery of the human person. At least, that’s how I see it.
Saturday, November 16, 2019
A comment there:
All this noise about a letter that most people and in all likelihood most Roman Catholics won't read...
Clueless bishops - pastoring through useless publishing. Do the laity need another voter's guide for 2020? Bishops do not have any special competence with respect to moral theology, including that area of moral theology which would encompass moral life. Nor is their judgment regarding the conclusions of moral theology infallible. At best, it might be possible that the majority opinion regarding the soundness of a conclusion might be worthy of consideration - so long as they acknowledge that they have the option of abstaining because of their lack of competence. When bishops cannot even get the first principles of political community correct (look at the incomplete state of Roman Catholic social teaching in this regard), does it really matter what they think about political matters. At best they could give discuss evils that are prohibited and what obvious voting choices are prohibited because they facilitate or involve formal cooperation in evil. But they would also have to acknowledge that it is possible that they are ignorant about other voting choices that facilitate evil or involve formal cooperation in evil, as these are known only to the experts in the moral theology.
Friday, November 15, 2019
It is ok in so far as it goes though I found the talk about "equality" a bit blue-pilled. And the author does not talk at all about the necessity of the virtue of modesty for women, which too is a sign of being blue-pilled.
Also from 1P5: The Catholic Identity Conference: A Call for All Catholics to Rise Up by Timothy Flanders
The mouthpiece of Tradition, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, formed the centerpiece of the conference, delivering the keynote address as well as a short talk against Communion in the hand. He has been increasingly vocal against the Vatican II springtime, which has been a welcome relief of honestly facing the crisis as it has been continuing to unravel for decades.
His comments on the liturgy were salient on this. He said the New Mass is “substantially a clear weakening of the truth of the sacrificial character of the Mass.” It represents a “shift to the Protestant meaning and sense of the meal … in the text [of the Mass] itself.” Indeed, “The Novus Ordo is the Extraordinary Form.”
CWR: Catholicism in the Land of the Rising Sun (and declining population) by Ray Cavanaugh
Japanese Catholics are such a small minority—less than half of 1 percent—that sustaining the faith throughout succeeding familial generations has been difficult.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
CNA/CWR: ‘We need to become an evangelizing Church,’ says new USCCB VP
Is what Latin Catholics have to offer to their non-believing neighbors a true witness of Christ or a scandal to those who, even if imperfectly, adhere to the Natural Law better than Catholics who have been infected by liberalism?
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
CWR: ‘I just wanted to be a priest’: Archbishop Gomez elected president of USCCB
The face of the modern American church, aligned with the left on issues of political order in the name of a distorted moral theology that ignores the order of charity and its analogues at the natural level, and hence irrelevant to American “conservatives.”
Only the laity can restore credibility of the Church to their non-believing American neighbors, and they will have to do it by denouncing the pronouncements of the USCCB as not being representative of Tradition or authentic apostolic Christianity. The bishops will not learn, not even if Robert Sarah were to object to their liberalism and globalism.
CNA/CWR: US bishops approve updated seminary program, Hispanic ministry efforts
Who exactly do they have to judge effective maturity? "Professionals"? Women? Celibate male clerics who have been part of the system for a while and may be part of the problem? The blind leading the blind. As for the whole sacramental theology surrounding "in persona Christi" the implications, i.e. the priest being "married to the Church like Christ, and being a "spiritual husband" should raise a few eyebrows but Latins are used to this sort of talk by now.
Bishop Felipe de Jesus Estevez of St. Augustine, Florida, in floor discussions preceding the vote, said that in the last two years both he and Bishop Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop of St. Paul, Minnesota, had been working as part of a larger group on a “deepening” of understanding of priestly celibacy in seminary formation.
This understanding of clerical celibacy, he said, is “based on an effective maturity” that is “both spousal and paternal.” Estevez said that he and Bishop Cozzens would be working to publish a book on this called “Spiritual Husbands, Spiritual Fathers.”
The votes were followed by a discussion of the V Encuentro meeting of 2018, a national gathering of more than 3,000 Hispanic Catholic leaders in the U.S. The bishops discussed some of the results of the Encuentro as providing a blueprint for the future of the Church in the U.S., and how the conference needs to incorporate those results at the parish level.
More than a year after the close of the V Encuentro, the bishops voted on Tuesday to start the process of incorporating the meeting’s conclusions and findings into its strategic plan for 2021-2024.
Recently, a Pew Research report on religious identity in the U.S. found that Catholics no longer make up a majority among Hispanics. The percentage of Catholics among Hispanics fell by 10% over the last decade.
Bishop Nelson Perez of Cleveland, Ohio, said a statement from the conference in response to the V Encuentro should emphasize leadership development among Hispanic Catholics, as well as vocations to the priesthood or religious life, successful models of ministry, and a vision of the Church as a defender of social justice and human dignity.
The Latin churches are bleeding members, and the "new Catholics" are not as Catholic as they hoped. So their solution? To double down on catering to multiculturalism and diversity.
Young people, said Barron, do not respond well to some of Catholicism’s teachings – particularly those on sex. What they do seem to appreciate, however, is the Church’s teachings on social justice. Barron suggested that it could be effective to lead with the Church’s teachings on social justice, referring to this as the “path of justice.”
Urban-dwelling Millenials have been thoroughly in the SJW gospel. We already know the Latins have capitulated on feminism. Will they also capitulate on LGQBT and other identity issues?
If we seek a restoration, it is necessary to promote a renewed appreciation of the ancient liturgy and a revival of Latin-centered education.
For his part, Professor Owens emphasizes that Catholics seeking an explanation for how and why we have moved so far away from this state of affairs should resist the temptation to hastily scapegoat the councilors of Vatican II, as the rise of the modern, centralized nation-state played a role by displacing Latin in favor of national languages. A vicious cycle ensued, for as fewer teachers were able to teach Latin well, fewer teachers were able to, well, teach Latin well.
Was the rise of nation-states in Europe a problem? Yes. But was the second millenium papacy a solution to that problem? Or an ecclesial monoculture? Could the Germanic tribes have developed a different culture and received their own patriarchate(s) in due time? What could the Church have done to preserve the independence of European polities in the face of nationalism and centralization of power?
Monday, November 11, 2019
Last Rites for Local Parishes: On the Decline of Catholic Chicago by Nathan Worcester
When ‘High Body Count’ Was an American War Policy by Nick Turse
Why We Must Reclaim ‘Armistice Day’ by Danny Sjursen
The original spirit was 'never again.' Now in an era of forever war, we celebrate vets with a mere ‘thank you.’
Veterans’ Cancer Rates Are Spiking by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
VA data reveals shocking level of new diagnoses among Iraq and Afghanistan-era patients
A semi-imperial presidency seems inevitable, though not because of gaps in the Constitution or the vulgar tastes of American voters. Benjamin Franklin may have been closer to the mark when he observed there’s a “natural inclination in mankind toward Kingly Government.” Whether they are monarchs or not, and whatever the constitutional limits placed on them, powerful leaders take on royalish trappings because politics is ineradicably sacral. Since the president is the “one,” he ought to transcend the sturm und drang of swamp politics, standing above sectional interests and faction as one president for one people.
A solitary executive may lurch in an autocratic direction; l’etat, c’est moi. But in Christian and even post-Christian Europe, monarchs are sacred because they represent a divine authority to which they themselves are accountable. Presidents have served as the unordained priests of American religion. They take their oath of office on the Bible, often with the addition of “so help me God,” and end speeches with “God bless the United States of America.” President George H. W. Bush’s first act as president was to offer prayer. By comparison with the pageantry of Christendom, the sacral aura is dim—no anointing, no crown or cross. But it’s there. And properly so, since, as the solitary symbol of one nation, the president signifies the nation’s under-Godness.Is fallen man inclined to making an idol out of political authority, especially since the mistake or distortion is made so easily, attributing to the man who rules god-like status? The farther one is from his fellows in status and power and most importantly, accountability (and mutual respect), the more likely the exaggeration?
One could argue that the authority of the husband over the wife and of the parents over their children is sacred as well, being derived ultimately from God. But we don't think about that much, and with that authority comes duty and accountability to God, as well as the responsibility to make sure one has the appropriate virtues to use that authority properly.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
The bishops will elect a new president Monday, almost certain to be Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, the conference vice president. The uncertain question is who they’ll elect as vice president, but Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City and Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the military archdiocese are largely considered the front-runners, and one of them is likely to win.
But the surprise of the candidates’ list, released Oct. 21, is that nearly all the bishops eligible to be elected president or vice president are typically classified, at least by secular media, as “conservative.”
Ordinarily, candidates represent a cross-section of the theological and socio-political perspectives within the conference. But this year, each of the candidates, save for one, has been described as a “conservative,” and, to some extent, the label fits.
The Latin bishops listed may be of the "Communio" school with respect to theology but on political issues, they are compromised to one degree another by liberalism and feminism. That has more of a bearing on the future of the Church than their theological preferences, which most lay people don't care about.
The present Sinicization campaign has grown more determined since Xi Jinping’s rise to power in 2012, and the government control of Catholicism has reached its highest level since the death of Mao in 1976.
Saturday, November 09, 2019
CWR: A response to the NCReporter’s toxic attack on the Latin Mass by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
My particular and concrete experiences in a Latin Mass community, including as a paid part-time teacher in one such high school, were surprising—and completely positive.
Friday, November 08, 2019
An institutional church that will increasingly lose the attention of white men while failing to many non-white reverts or converts. Brilliant.
And the left does its part to pretend its freaked out by him.
Coalition of Concerned Students: Statement on Ben Shapiro
SCR, Ben Shapiro and other intellectual frauds are unworthy of our attention
Team tradition wins again. Aztec farming tech could feed Mexico: "Ebel discovered the chinampa to be one of the most intensive and prolific production systems ever developed, and it is highly sustainable. It can be kept in almost continuous cultivation." https://t.co/6CvA7CxQho pic.twitter.com/RK29Gz19VL— Wrath Of Gnon (@wrathofgnon) November 8, 2019
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Fortnight For Freedom: Our Most Cherished Liberty
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
CWR Dispatch: New book details Catholic Church’s role in twentieth-century European politics by James Baresel
Overall, Giuliana Chamedes’ A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe is a well-researched, often insightful work filled with little-known and rarely-discussed information.
Did the patriarchate of Rome really wisen up, if it merely changed its alliance from one faction vying for state power to another?
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Monday, November 04, 2019
Romanesque design (originally it was Gothic!), and the SSPX thinks that it is worthy of being a national basilica.
Is the project dependent upon an American way of life that is not sustainable?
Remnant: TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC RESTORATION: World's Last Hope
Related: 1P5’s Stefanie Nicholas Shares Her Conversion Story at the 2019 Fatima Youth Conference
Sunday, November 03, 2019
Saturday, November 02, 2019
America: What Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish can teach us about American Catholicism by Rachel Lu
Friday, November 01, 2019
La Croix: The Amazonia Synod: The end of Tridentine Catholicism by Isabelle de Gaulmyn
The Church has now embarked on a less clerical, less masculine chapter in its history
Used for the trailer for A Hidden Life; Franz Jägerstätter's beatification by Benedict XVI would seem to confirm that there is a place for passive resistance to tyranny at least -- swearing allegiance or loyalty or a tyrant is not necessarily an absolute obligation. But whether one can do anything beyond this? No beatification yet of anyone committing or attempting tyrannicide.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
What's Next After Catholic Colleges Decline? by Timothy O'Malley
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019
Cotter said a typical Dead Theologians Society (DTS) chapter will meet weekly for two hours. The first half-hour is reserved for socializing, after which the students move into a chapel or a designated prayer space. Taking a cue from the style of Dead Poets Society, the room is typically dark, lit only by candles or smaller lights, and decorated with icons.
“Many parishes…they’ll set up a room and make it look like a little monastery. They’ll have a crucifix, maybe some Byzantine hanging lights in front of icons, and they make it prayerful. It’s not spooky, it’s not macabre. It’s just a very prayerful and very sacred space,” Cotter said.
Creating a good prayer environment. Do they sing or chant any prayers?
Once the meeting in the prayer room begins, a facilitator tells the story of the life of a saint to the group for about 20 minutes, followed by time for questions from the students about the saint or about the faith. This is followed by praying a mystery of the rosary, which is then followed by the group’s signature prayer, the St. Gertrude Prayer for Souls in Purgatory: “Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.” ... The meeting then concludes with prayers for specific intentions of members of the group, and the Divine Praises.I find this to be very Latin -- it shows that the Divine Mercy devotion isn't unique with respect to a prayer by which a Christian presumes to offer Christ to God the Father.
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If he was fighting for traditionalist Catholicism against the forces of modernity, then he failed.
Quay's conclusion: After his exhumation last week, the message for us is that the Christendom that endured from Constantine until the middle of the 20th century cannot be preserved, certainly not by force. If we try, we’ll only make things worse.
If one is referring to a "spiritual state of affairs," then of course being Christian cannot be coerced from without. But what exactly did the churches in Spain do to evangelize and make better Christians during the time of Franco? What did traditionalists do to preserve traditional Spanish cultures and communities? Maybe it wasn't just coercion that was a problem but coercion dependent upon the state, one which did not address the issues raised by Leon Podles regarding the disregard of men by Spanish Catholicism. If Catholic Spain was lost, the blame does not lie primarily with Franco, even if his government can be criticized, or at least scrutinized carefully, for injustices.
The Miracle of “We” by R. R. Reno
This essay is an excerpt from R. R. Reno’s new book Return of the Strong Gods: Nationalism, Populism, and the Future of the West.
In the first half of the twentieth century, perverse loves destroyed a great deal in the West, not just lives and buildings, but cultural legitimacy as well.
Let's get this right: some may have been motivated by a perverse form of nationalism, but others may have been motivated what they thought was patriotism, as it was defined for them through state indoctrination. But the ones who were issuing commands? Their perverse love was the love of self and power, and this is what is at issue -- not perverse forms of nationalism, which are manipulated by the state, but the state itself.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
What to call this posturing? Self-referential centrism? What would one of his favored psychoanalysts say about this?
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Chronicles review (book and author info are incorrect and may have been switched with a different review)
America: Enshrining the family: Final thoughts on 'Catholic Modern' by Kevin Spinale
Friday, October 25, 2019
Rorate Caeli: Francis Defiant in Defense of Pagan Idols: Will Bring Out Pagan Idols for Worship at Saint Peter's
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The Atlantic: The End of Hong Kong’s Postcard Era by Nicole Tung
The city—famed for its efficiency and predictability—is going through a tumultuous period. Memories of just a few years ago feel more distant as a result.
There is no going back to the pre-Industrial Revolution age, but we can and should think more carefully about the nature of work and what it means to women and families.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
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The Marine Corps brings unique capabilities to the defense of the nation.— U.S. Marines (@USMC) October 3, 2019
That’s why America often looks to the @USNavy-Marine Corps team as its naval expeditionary force-in-readiness when responding to crises, creating decision space or winning battles. pic.twitter.com/GO4iQNCmg5
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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Saturday, October 12, 2019
Friday, October 11, 2019
“Our faith and our homes aren’t inimical to each other,” says Carrie Gress, co-author of ‘Theology of Home.’ “When they work in tandem, they are really powerful tools of evangelization.”
What are they going to do when the bourgeois life is no longer possible? Who's going to write the book on the simple but hospitable home?
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Or it may be, of course, that anything they wrote or said with respect to collapse did not survive or was not recorded.
“Previous ‘framings’ of the story are unilinear,” says George Weigel about his new book The Irony of Modern Catholic History, “modernity acts, Catholicism reacts, end of story. But there has been much more going on, these past two hundred fifty years, than an action-reaction cycle.”
There is no "modern" project unless that is the project of the state, whether it be called secular or atheist; the state exalts itself above God.
Nothing new from Weigel who is stuck seeing the patriarchate of Rome as the "Church" and the state as "modernity." (And now there is the state elites versus the "globalist" elites, though many of the latter are also part of the former.)