Here’s an interesting but cursory article on cults. It quotes extensively from a piece by Regnum Christi’s Communications Director called ‘Are There Cults in the Catholic Church?’.
One of the things I teach my students is to pay attention to any possible agendas a person might have that might influence their writing.
Regnum Christi, if you don’t know, is the lay affiliate of the Legion of Christ. It, like Opus Dei and certain other popular lay movements, is often accused of “cult like” practices. In the case of Regnum Christi, there’s a lot of grounds for the accusation: especially since founder Fr. Marcel Maciel had all the ear marks o fa classic cult leader, including using his cult to satisfy his every sexual whim, and also the fanatical devotion that its members have towards him.
While there is certainly something to be said about the thin line between cult and legitimate religiouos order, and while some of the complaints people make about “cults” can just as easily be made about cloistered convents (and often are), I think the whole method of LC/RC teeters on the balance towards the cult side.
And when their communicatoins director writes a seemingly detached, third praty piece about a “friend” who teachings for a school run by a “lay association” that is often accused of being a “cult,” and then he goes on to provide his definition of what is and is not a cult, that’s highly suspect. “Methink sthe lady doth protest too much.”
I followed a link from my blogger news ticker.
It had to do with interior prayer. I started reading it. It was about the rejection of devotions that followed Vatican II, and the reasons for it, and how it was an improper implementation of the Council.
The article also notes that it is true that popular devotions “eclipsed even the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass” before the Council, but that the post-Conciliar response was an opposite extreme. The author also noted that his grandparents who recited Czech prayers and the rosary during Mass were well aware of what the Mass is, and that they were participating interiorly.
It basically makes the point that Ralph McInerny once made, and I believe Cardinal Ratzinger said something similar once: the stereotypical old lady saying her rosary during the Latin mass is more in keeping with what Vatican II means by “active participation” than the layperson at the Novus Ordo who is constantly fllipping through liturgical books for the next page, running up to lector, running up to serve as an ECM, etc.
The article was really impressing me, and I hadn’t looked at the title of the website/publication or the author of the piece.
It’s none other than Bishop Robert Vasa.
Three and a half years ago, Katelyn Sills and her parents made national headlines from their conflict with her school, Loretto High School, regarding the school’s employment of a D-list actress as a drama teacher. The Sills regularly engage in sidewalk counseling at a local abortuary and recognized the new teacher, Marie Bain, as a Planned Parenthood volunteer.
Well, there was a lot of media attention. I even got mentioned on the radio from a blog post on Marie Bain (I wondered why no one had done any background research on her, and a basic Google search and IMDB search turrned up some rather scandalous acting credits that ought to have been enough to disqualify her from teaching at a Catholic school). Katelyn’s blog got a lot of attention for a few months. She went on to a new school.
She hardly ever posts, and I saw there’d been a recent update. A commentor noted that, ever since Katelyn’s expulsion, enrollment at the school had declined, and the school closed its doors this month. I checked the Loretto High School website, and, in the midst of all the photos of Valley Girl debutants in immodest dresses, I was able to find confirmation in the may newsletter that the school did, indeed, close its doors for good.
While I’m at it, I thought I’d check up on Marie Bain: she doesn’t seem to have garnered much acting work since 2005, although she seems to be making some hash out of her status as a “martyr” for the pro-abortionists.
Katelyn, for her part, has kept a relatively low profile.
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Salesian Order and the bicentennial of Don Bosco’s birth, some of his relics are on a five-continent tour. It started on April 24 (the salesian founding anniversary), and is scheduled to run through 2014. The bicentennial of the Saint’s birth is in 2015.
St. John Bosco, pray for us!
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) says that, in his interview with Sonia Sotomayor, he asked her about the rights of the unborn, and she said she never thought about it.
“When I asked if an unborn child has any rights whatsoever, I was surprised that she said she had never thought about it,” said DeMint in a statement. “This is not just a question about abortion, but about the respect due to human life at all stages, and I hope this is cleared up in her hearings.”
However, let’s take her at her word. Maybe she has never thought about it. Maybe DeMint planted a seed in her head.