Daily Archives: February 23, 2009


Here’s a somewhat “balanced” op-ed from a Jewish publication which says that the Catholic Church should be free to deal with internal Church matters as she likes, but must at least have the courtesy to explain them to Jews and to be cautious about moves that would hurt Jewish people’s feelings.

In the process, the article says the Vatican should have been clearer about why the SSPX excommunications were lifted and what it meant. Uhh, an explanation of what it meant was issued *with* the letter lifting the excommunications, and this sort of thing rarely has the fanfare it did this time around.

The article also takes for granted the calumnies against Ven. Pope Pius XII, taking for granted that the potential canonizationi of a man whose direct orders saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews would be offensive to Jews. It’s well-documented: Pius authorized the Holy Office to use its vast network–already at work helping Allied soldiers escape enemy lines–to help Jews escape (sort of documented in the film The Scarlet and the Black, which plays into political correctness by misrepresenting the Pope’s role). He ordered cloistered religious houses to suspend their rules and allow Jewish refugees asylum. He paid for thousands of Jews to flee to the US, and did everything he could to pave the way (yet many of them were denied refugee status by the US when they got here). He hosted thousands of Jews in the Vatican itself, refusing to enjoy some of the luxuries of his own apartment while his guests were sleeping in the hallways and closets.

But, today’s liberals–who balk at the notion the Pope should more vociferously condemn pro-abortion Catholics–condemn Pius for “not doing enough” to vocally condemn the holocaust or excommunicate Catholics who participated in it.

Arguably, Pope Pius XXII did far more to actually save Jews from the Holocaust than either of our past two Popes have done in their papacies to actually save babies from being aborted (at least that we know of).

But, most of all, what is with all this concern over feelings? Jesus didn’t care about people’s feelings. He called His own apostles a “wicked and perverse generation.” John the Baptist didn’t worry about people’s feelings. He called the Pharisees a “brood of vipers.” Elijah didn’t care about the feelings of the prophets of Baal when he cut their heads off! God didn’t care about the “feelings” of the Canaanites when He ordered Israel to wipe them out. He didn’t worry about the “feelings” of the Egyptians when he sent the Plagues. He didn’t worry about the “feelings” of the Israelites when He had Moses destroy the Golden Calf (or the various times He punished them in the desert).

Where does all this concern about “feelings” in religion come from?

How many times can you say "anti-choice" and "reproductive health" in the same breath?

This article about Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services really goes out of its way to avoid using the term “abortion.” It’s actually funny.

MSM starting to crack Obama’s image

Quoting Hillary Clinton’s mockery of Obama’s idealism during the Democratic primary, CNN is criticizing Obama’s failure to achieve so-called “bipartisanship.”

Of course, the question I raise every time someone talks “bipartisanship” is: “WHY?”
Why would anyone ever want bipartisanship? We want a single party? A totalitarian state? Is that what the American people want??

Do people really stop to think about what it would mean to have no opposition?

As my political science professor liked to say, “Gridlock is good.”

Divine Office for the Week

I promised this last week, and planned to do it on Saturdays, but here goes:

Today is the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. For Ordinary Time, divide by 4, and the remainder is the week of the Four Week Psalter. 7/4 = 1 remainder 3. So this week is based off of Week 3 in the Psalter.
It’s too late for today, but today would have involved Sunday, Week 3 and the antiphons and prayers for the 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time in the Proper of Seasons. Either of the collects for Sunday can be used in the Office for the reast of the week.

Only saint on the General Calendar this week is Polycarp, Feb. 23, so his collect can be used as the closing prayer for Monday, and you can use the Gospel Antiphon from his feast (if there is one) or from the relevant commons (below). If you have someone in the family named Polycarp, or attend St. Polycarp parish, or suffer from earache or dysentery, or you just like variety in your prayers, you can use any items out of the Common of Martyrs, or the Common of Pastors (particularly for bishops), since he was a Bishop and Martyr.

Tuesday would just be Tuesday of Week III, with or without the Sunday antiphons.

Wednesday, of course, is Ash Wednesday. If you use the full version, time to switch to Volume II: Lent/Easter.

Here’s where it may get a tad confusing. Since Lent starts, but it’s not yet the “first week of Lent,” Wednesday-Saturday of this week use the Week IV of the Psalter.
With Lent, it’s handier to start from the Proper of Seasons.

On Ash Wednesday, the Psalms and antiphons come from Wednesday, Week 4. For the hymn, of course, you can use a Lenten hymn or the normal one. The readings, responsory, Gospel antiphon, Intercessions and Collect come from Ash Wednesday.

Same applies to Thursday-Saturday after Ash Wednesday. Start with a Lenten hymn. Then the antiphons, Psalms and canticle from the Psalter. Then the readings, responsory, Gospel antiphon, intercessions and Collect from the Proper of Seasons.

On Saturday evening, it’s Evening Prayer I for the First Sunday of Lent, with the Psalms and Canticle coming from Week 1, Sunday Evening Prayer 1.

Hope this helps!

Quintquagesima Sunday (say that 10 times fast)

Today, in the TLM, is Quintquagesima Sunday. It is also the feast of St. Paul and the feast of the “Chair of St. Peter at Antioch”. (Interesting thought: if there is a feast of St. Peter’s Chair in Rome, Jan. 18, and a feast of St. Peter’s Chair at Antioch, Feb. 22, shouldn’t the Patriarch of Antioch have the charism of infallibility?)

Epistle is 1 Cor 13:1-13: “If I speak with the tongues of men and of Angels, and have not charity, I am become a sounding brass or tinkling cymbal.”

Gospel is Luke 18:31-43: a prediction of the passion and the healing of a blind man.