Daily Archives: March 28, 2009

Casey backs out of St. Vincent’s Appearance

Casey has been criticized by some conservative Catholic groups, including
the Cardinal Newman Society, for his positions on federal funding of
contraception and legalization of same-sex marriages. The Newman group protested
when Casey spoke at Catholic University in 2006, where Casey received his law
degree.

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The Choir Does Need to be Preached To

My wife lost a friend recently.

An internet friend, with whom she’s corresponded on a listserv for several years now. They saw each other as kindred spirits.

This woman was a very devout, conservative, pro-life convert, former Baptist. She and her husband were certified Couple to Couple League instructors. Her husband, also a convert, was a Gulf War (1991) veteran. He suffers from some serious mental illnesses.

I forget how many children they have total, but, when their fifth or sixth child was born, the wife suffered a serious cardiovascular childbirth complication and nearly died. Their families, hostile to the Church, offered little help. The doctors said she should never get pregnant again or she’d die.

Her husband had almost a total mental breakdown at one point. He went in the hospital for a while. She found out horrible things about him she hadn’t known. His counselors convinced him that his wife and kids were the problem. When he got out of the hospital, he left her for a while.

He committed emotional, if not physical, adultery.

It was a mess, but, eventually, he came back. They reconciled.

They were trained CCLI instructors, but she struggled with her own charts. Trying to “do it all,” she hit the usual barriers: Mass, the kids, the finances, education, etc. She considered giving up homeschoolnig and sending her kids to Catholic school, but it was too expensive, and the school wouldn’t offer assistance.

The response to their struggles was “abstain completely,” but that wasnt’ an option. They conceived a baby on what they thought was a “safe day.”

That was in early 2008. For forgiving her wayward husband and being radically open to life (living very profoundly the teaching of Casti Connubii), she was shunned by her real world Catholic “friends” and by her parish. Rather than helping her, people condemned her.

This horrible election happened. 54% of Catholics voted for Barack Obama. She lives in the Atlanta area. Her bishop, Wilton Gregory, not only failed to *oppose* Obama but actively spoke and wrote in favor of him.

Her husband, in the meantime, had a vasectomy. A few months later, he decided to make one last attempt at reconciliation with the Church. In his extremely frail psychology and spirituality, he came for one last plea before he succumbed, relative to the Church, to despair.

He came to Confession. There was a long line. The priest came promptly out when the scheduled time for Confessions was over, and said that Confessions were over; disperse.

So he did. Her husband turned his back on the Church that daily, feeling the Church had turned Her back on him.

They began talking with some Mormon missionaries. They left the Church.

This woman who was trying to live the Gospel so radically was driven away from the Church by the spiritual neglect of her pastors and the pharissaism of the laity.

One of the claims being levied against Bishops like Raymond Burke, Charles Chaput and Thomas Tobin is that they’re just ‘rallying the troops’ or ‘preaching to the choir,’ and that they’re not ‘winning converts’ or ‘convincing anyone in the middle.’

But the “faithful” do need to be preached to. The Church takes “orthodox Catholics” for granted . Those of us who believe the Church’s teachings can be kept in line, they figure, by our fear of going to Hell if we leave. They don’t stop to think that maybe the older brother on the porch needs some love and attention, especially when the older brother has only recently come back from his own sojourn of prodigality.

But there are always the Rod Drehers, and sometimes I wonder if Rod Dreher has a point.

I don’t at all condone Mary’s friend’s apostasy to the Mormon cult. Mormonism is so obviously a false religion, I can’t see how anyone believes it other than by brainwashing or demonic possession. But I have a hard time faulting anyone who joins the Orthodox Church or the Society of St. Pius X.

Her friend received many replies online–including from Mary–to her apostasy that she refused to dialogue any further. Mary wrote to Wilton Gregory, telling him he was responsible for these lost sheep, that his scandalous leadership drove them from the Church, and he should seek them out, personally, and bring them back to the fold. She never heard back.

The Choir does need to be preached to. Our faith does need to be nourished. It gets very discouraging. The job of priests and bishops is to teach and preach and inspire the laity. *Our* job is to engage the world, in whatever appropriate style we feel called.
But we need support.

When we see our pastors and our ordinaries kowtowing to rich elites and to politicians who deny the Natural Law, we get discouraged. We need an example.

We need encouragement and strength. As Bishop Tobin wrote ten years ago regarding Mother Angelica, conservative Catholics get criticized for being “angry,” yet we’ve been marginalized since the 1960s for merely trying to teach and practice what Catholicism always taught and practiced before the 1960s. We’ve been told our opinions don’t matter, that we’re obsolete, that we’re unChristian.

We try to fight the evil in the world. We see all the anti-Catholic positions out there, and then we see our fellow Catholics agreeing with those positions.

Then we look to religions like Mormonism, and Islam and Orthodoxy, and fundamentalist Christianity. Depending upon whcih aspects of the faith are most important to us, we see in those religions a similar zeal, or a similar devotion, or a similar respect for Natural Law.

We see in those religions a sense of community, that they have a functioning “ghetto system,” and it works quite well. Go look up Mormonism in the phone book. Mormons have “services” for every aspect of life, listed in the phone book, based out of their local “temple.”

That’s why people leave the Church for these other religions: they *want* the “Catholic ghetto,” and Catholics don’t have it. They want bishops who actually act like shepherds, and they figure ,”If he’s not going to try and keep me in the fold, then obviously Catholicism isn’t that important to him. If it’s so unimportant to a bishop, why should it be important to me?”

Wow! A Great Piece on the Dangers of Modernism in the Church

Found it on “Catholic Sensibility” blog, where they think Roger Mahony is a conservative. Their review/analysis of the piece was all I read at first, and their tone was that author James Kalb is a hypocrite, condemning “liberals” for things “Republicans” also do.

Yet it is very clear from the original article that Kalb is criticizing “liberals,” in the Classical sense, of both the Left and the Right. He says that Vatican II only embraced “liberal Modernism” as the least of the evils when faced with Fascist Modernism and Marxist Modernism, but that the admixture of Modernism and Catholicism is still dangerous to the faith.

What’s especially impressive is that this comes to us via Zenit, owned by the anti-traditionalist Legion of Christ.

Cardinal Stafford: Bankers must repent

It’s funny. When James Francis Cardinal Stafford criticized Barack Obama, the media called for him to “apologize.”
Now that he condemns corrupt bankers, his name is all over th eplace. However, there are some who are still saying the Church has no business in economics, which is really laughable.

Now, would *someone* at the Vatican please talk about the real cause of this economic crisis?

An appeal to Catholics on the Internet from a different "Fr. Z.’

all caps are his, not mine.

Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 9:14 PM
Subject: (no subject)
II Chron. 7:14

AFTER A DAY OF CONTEMPLATION AND SOUL SEARCHING, I HAVE DECIDED TO REACH OUT TO MY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES AND ASK YOU TO DO SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN TROUBLING ME FOR A LONG TIME.
OUR NATION IS/HAS BEEN ON THE SLIPPERY SLOPE FOR A LONG TIME. IF YOU LOOK AROUND YOU WILL FIND CORRUPTION, GREED, MORAL DECAY AND A STEADY MOVE AWAY FROM THE THINGS THAT MADE US GREAT. THE PRINCIPLES UPON WHICH THIS NATION WAS FOUNDED ARE NO LONGER OUR BACKBONE. HOWEVER, WE CAN REVERSE THIS TREND.
IN GOD’S WORD HE STATES,”IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HE AL THEIR LAND.”
I AM CONVINCED THAT WE MUST PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS. SO I ASK YOU TO JOIN ME IN THIS PLEA TO OUR LORD.
WOULD YOU PLEASE SEND THIS TO AT LEAST 25 PEOPLE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK, (SEND IT TO ALL OF THEM). ASK THEM TO PRAY EVERYDAY. 25 TO THE 5TH POWER IS 9,765,625 PEOPLE. IMAGINE IF EACH PERSON REACHES TEN OTHERS. IF YOU DO AND THEY COMPLY, WE WILL LIFT UP MILLIONS OF PRAYERS A DAY TO OUR CREATOR. HE WILL HEAR US AND IN FAITH WILL ANSWER.
Let me just add a quote from Ronald Reagan –
“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
I truly believe this is why the United States of America is in the shape we are in today. Most people have forgotten that we are ONE NATION UNDER GOD! Let us as Christians stand up and remind people of this.~ Have a Blessed Day!

In Christ’s Peace
Fr. John Zimmerman
St. Ann’s Parish
113 South Kemp Street
Florence, SC 29506
843/661-5012

The Choir Does Need to be Preached To

My wife lost a friend recently.

An internet friend, with whom she’s corresponded on a listserv for several years now. They saw each other as kindred spirits.

This woman was a very devout, conservative, pro-life convert, former Baptist. She and her husband were certified Couple to Couple League instructors. Her husband, also a convert, was a Gulf War (1991) veteran. He suffers from some serious mental illnesses.

I forget how many children they have total, but, when their fifth or sixth child was born, the wife suffered a serious cardiovascular childbirth complication and nearly died. Their families, hostile to the Church, offered little help. The doctors said she should never get pregnant again or she’d die.

Her husband had almost a total mental breakdown at one point. He went in the hospital for a while. She found out horrible things about him she hadn’t known. His counselors convinced him that his wife and kids were the problem. When he got out of the hospital, he left her for a while.

He committed emotional, if not physical, adultery.

It was a mess, but, eventually, he came back. They reconciled.

They were trained CCLI instructors, but she struggled with her own charts. Trying to “do it all,” she hit the usual barriers: Mass, the kids, the finances, education, etc. She considered giving up homeschoolnig and sending her kids to Catholic school, but it was too expensive, and the school wouldn’t offer assistance.

The response to their struggles was “abstain completely,” but that wasnt’ an option. They conceived a baby on what they thought was a “safe day.”

That was in early 2008. For forgiving her wayward husband and being radically open to life (living very profoundly the teaching of Casti Connubii), she was shunned by her real world Catholic “friends” and by her parish. Rather than helping her, people condemned her.

This horrible election happened. 54% of Catholics voted for Barack Obama. She lives in the Atlanta area. Her bishop, Wilton Gregory, not only failed to *oppose* Obama but actively spoke and wrote in favor of him.

Her husband, in the meantime, had a vasectomy. A few months later, he decided to make one last attempt at reconciliation with the Church. In his extremely frail psychology and spirituality, he came for one last plea before he succumbed, relative to the Church, to despair.

He came to Confession. There was a long line. The priest came promptly out when the scheduled time for Confessions was over, and said that Confessions were over; disperse.

So he did. Her husband turned his back on the Church that daily, feeling the Church had turned Her back on him.

They began talking with some Mormon missionaries. They left the Church.

This woman who was trying to live the Gospel so radically was driven away from the Church by the spiritual neglect of her pastors and the pharissaism of the laity.

One of the claims being levied against Bishops like Raymond Burke, Charles Chaput and Thomas Tobin is that they’re just ‘rallying the troops’ or ‘preaching to the choir,’ and that they’re not ‘winning converts’ or ‘convincing anyone in the middle.’

But the “faithful” do need to be preached to. The Church takes “orthodox Catholics” for granted . Those of us who believe the Church’s teachings can be kept in line, they figure, by our fear of going to Hell if we leave. They don’t stop to think that maybe the older brother on the porch needs some love and attention, especially when the older brother has only recently come back from his own sojourn of prodigality.

But there are always the Rod Drehers, and sometimes I wonder if Rod Dreher has a point.

I don’t at all condone Mary’s friend’s apostasy to the Mormon cult. Mormonism is so obviously a false religion, I can’t see how anyone believes it other than by brainwashing or demonic possession. But I have a hard time faulting anyone who joins the Orthodox Church or the Society of St. Pius X.

Her friend received many replies online–including from Mary–to her apostasy that she refused to dialogue any further. Mary wrote to Wilton Gregory, telling him he was responsible for these lost sheep, that his scandalous leadership drove them from the Church, and he should seek them out, personally, and bring them back to the fold. She never heard back.

The Choir does need to be preached to. Our faith does need to be nourished. It gets very discouraging. The job of priests and bishops is to teach and preach and inspire the laity. *Our* job is to engage the world, in whatever appropriate style we feel called.
But we need support.

When we see our pastors and our ordinaries kowtowing to rich elites and to politicians who deny the Natural Law, we get discouraged. We need an example.

We need encouragement and strength. As Bishop Tobin wrote ten years ago regarding Mother Angelica, conservative Catholics get criticized for being “angry,” yet we’ve been marginalized since the 1960s for merely trying to teach and practice what Catholicism always taught and practiced before the 1960s. We’ve been told our opinions don’t matter, that we’re obsolete, that we’re unChristian.

We try to fight the evil in the world. We see all the anti-Catholic positions out there, and then we see our fellow Catholics agreeing with those positions.

Then we look to religions like Mormonism, and Islam and Orthodoxy, and fundamentalist Christianity. Depending upon whcih aspects of the faith are most important to us, we see in those religions a similar zeal, or a similar devotion, or a similar respect for Natural Law.

We see in those religions a sense of community, that they have a functioning “ghetto system,” and it works quite well. Go look up Mormonism in the phone book. Mormons have “services” for every aspect of life, listed in the phone book, based out of their local “temple.”

That’s why people leave the Church for these other religions: they *want* the “Catholic ghetto,” and Catholics don’t have it. They want bishops who actually act like shepherds, and they figure ,”If he’s not going to try and keep me in the fold, then obviously Catholicism isn’t that important to him. If it’s so unimportant to a bishop, why should it be important to me?”

"I Danced in the Morning": Pagan worship disguised as Catholicism

I’m surprised that, in all my reading about liturgy in _Adoremus_, _Crisis_, etc., I have never come across this before.

I’ve read articles about inclusive language, about how songs where we sing the lines of God (“Here I Am Lord”, “I am the Bread of Life,” “Blest are They,” etc.) confuse the roles of God and us, and can be seen as promoting “New Age” (really Gnostic) beliefs about people becoming God.

I’ve seen articles about tastelessness, improper clarity on the Eucharist, etc. Articles on the alleged homosexuality of ex-priest Dan Schutte or the fact that Marty Haugen isn’t even Catholic and is hostile to certain moral teachings of the Church.

But I have *never* seen an article talking about the real ideology behind “I Danced in the Morning.”

It turns out that the “Lord of the Dance” is a Hindu God, Nataraja. The article I cited the other day on the New Age talks about Fr. Bede Griffiths, OSB. I was wondering why I knew the name: he was a former student and close friend of C. S. Lewis.

Griffiths was a Benedictine who eventually adopted an almost totally Hindu style of religion and monastic life, one of the founders of the movement that has infected Catholicism with Hindu beliefs.

According to Dr. John Shea, in “The Church and the New Age Movement”:

Siva Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer, has become for many of different
backgrounds, the symbol of Creative Energy. “The Supreme Intelligence dances in
the soul… for the purpose of removing our sin” (Unmai Vilakkam – Tamil text).
The late Father Bede Griffiths, O.S.B., has stated that Christians must see
Nataraja as the symbol of the risen Christ. The danger in his Neo-Hindu
Christianity has been described as “a superficial attempt to give Hindu concepts
Christian meaning and Christian concepts Hindu meaning. The result is a system
which is neither truly Hindu nor Christian.”
Footnote: Robert Fastiggi (Associate Professor of Religious Studies at St.
Edward’s University, Austin, TX), and Jose Periera, Crisis, 1814, ½
N. Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Read the above-linked Wikipedia article and then consider the lyrics to “I
Danced in the Morning.”

It is Nataraja Shiva, not Jesus Christ, who allegedly “Danced in the morning when the world was begun”.

If someone wrote a song where “Jesus” sang something like, “I am the Sun, and I rise in my chairiot in the morning!”–wouldn’t we see the obvious reference to Apollo?

I mean, it’s one thing to say that pagan deities prefigure Christ, to help point people to the True God.
It’s one thing to say we can “plunder the Egyptians” and use the pagan myths for allegorical purposes.
And there’s nothing wrong with some poetic language (though the primary purposes of hymnody should be prayer and catechesis, and poetic license should not impede those functions).

But when one sees the intentional movement of some Catholics to try and integrate Catholicism with Hinduism or Buddhism, and then we see that a hymn is based as much on Hindu “scriptures” as on the Bible, that ought to raise a serious red flag.