Wednesday, October 22, 2014


When last we caught an apparition of Michael Voris,
the poor dear thing was standing in the midnight dark
of Saint Peter's Square
breathlessly reporting on Truman Cardinal Capote's
"The Pope is doing great harm to the Church!"
together with the welcomed news
(welcomed by anyone living any time post 17th century)
that Capote and his Cappa Magna & Gloves
will soon be gracing
Ye Olde Medieval Faires and Ye Abrogated Masses
throughout the maniple fringes of Christendom
(accompanied perhaps by several other
episcopal small appliance bulbs
who have piped up since that news broke wind)

But next came the Coiffure:

Then the Confessional:
Looks like His Rudeness, Metropolitan Hilarious, Putin's Ukrainian-hating Father Confessor, had set up shop in the Square! 

Immediately followed by Penance:
The Monks of Nausea, directed by Druid-in-Chief Cash-in FullOfHimself, SOB, help Michael make due satisfaction

Inevitably the Clarification:

But eventually the Glorification!
"The Fourth Preposterous Mystery:
Michael Voris Is Assumed Into Heaven"

Prayers For Canada

O thornless rose of ineffable beauty,
thou didst bud forth on the border of paradise.
For through thine unopened gate, the gate was opened
and through thy sacred icon
thou dost call the Canadian people to enter in,
proclaiming thyself to be their protectress
and defence against the enemy.
Wherefore we cry unto thee : {Intercede for thy children}, O Joy of Canada.

Saint Anne, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saint John the baptist, pray for us.
Saint Jean de Brébeuf, and all North American Martyrs, pray for us.

Let all of Canada fear the Lord. Let all the inhabitants of this great Dominion stand in awe of Him. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance.
(Psalm 33:8, 12)

Prayers for our brothers and sisters in Ottawa Canada where there were two shooting incidents in the city, where this kind of violence is extremely rare: one at the Canada War Memorial, which is near the Parliament building, and another round of shooting inside Parliament. One soldier at the Memorial was shot dead.  One suspect was later shot dead. As of this moment 2:15 PM Central U.S. Time, authorities suspect there may be one other shooter at large.

NOTE: The above icon, Joy of Canada, was written by Archbishop Lazar (Puhalo) now retired Archbishop of Ottawa of the OCA.  I took the liberty of modifying the last line from "rejoice" to "intercede for thy children".

Monday, October 20, 2014


C.R.A.P., Inc.

Converts Ranting Against the Pope

(see here, here and here, and here, here and of course here, etc.;
featuring major attitude, little gratitude, and most want to $ell you $omething)

fear rumored purge of Curial careerists,
some of whom may even be forced to return to
pastoral ministry!

But, then, isn't every BINGE

followed by a PURGE?

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Meanwhile over at RetRorate
(aka "Converts Who Hate the Pope")
a new hero arises
who can keep all those people
they hated in their other Church
(all those people who, you begin to think, are a lot like them)
from being welcomed into their new Church!

As Cardinal Capote with his gloves
prepares to shuffle off to Malta
the spotlight switches to someone else

remind me again:
who was the disciple who "held the purse"?

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I've never been a big fan of Pope Paul VI. It's not an ideological thing at all.  I didn't know him. I was still but a kid when he passed away.  Not until this past month have I actually intentionally read and attentively studied any of his writings. (Humanae Vitae excepted)  Often maligned and frequently misunderstood, I have come to have an appreciation, even a love of sorts, for Papa Montini

There are many reflections and summaries out there.  NCR has a nice piece.  Of course on the opposite end of the spectrum the SSPX have to voice their "reservations." Again.  Salt and Light TV is airing "The Misunderstood Pope" today.

Just after posting, I was reminded of Pope Paul's Testament.  Once he is canonized, portions of that would be excellent in the Office of Readings.

"Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. "

"Are there memories left that are safe from the clutches of phony anniversaries?"

"Liturgy is like a strong tree whose beauty is derived from the continuous renewal of its leaves, but whose strength comes from the old trunk, with solid roots in the ground."

"The Eucharistic mystery stands at the heart and center of the liturgy since it is the fount of life by which we are cleansed and strengthened to live not for ourselves but for God and to be united in love among ourselves."

"Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy."

“Catholics, in their ecumenical work, must assuredly be concerned for their separated brethren, praying for them, keeping them informed about the Church, making the first approaches toward them. But their primary duty is to make a careful and honest appraisal of whatever needs to be done or renewed in the Catholic household itself, in order that its life may bear witness more clearly and faithfully to the teachings and institutions which have come to it from Christ through the Apostles.”

"Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest."

Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow-men throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give peace and joy.

A Token for the Trent Trid Traddies

O Mary, 
look upon the church, look upon the most responsible members of the Mystical Body of Christ gathered about you to thank you and to celebrate you as their Mystical Mother. 
O Mary, 
bless the great assembly of the hierarchical church, which also gives birth to brothers and sisters of Christ, the firstborn among redeemed humankind. 
O Mary, 
grant that this church of Christ, in defining itself, will acknowledge you as its most chosen mother, daughter, and sister, as well as its incomparable model, its glory, its joy, and its hope. We ask you now that we may be made worthy of honouring you because of who you are and because of what you do in the wondrous and loving plan of salvation. Grant that we may praise you, O holy Virgin! 
O Mary, 
look upon us who are your children, look upon us who are brothers and sisters, disciples and apostles and continuation of Jesus. Make us aware of our vocation and our mission; may we not be unworthy to take on, in our priesthood, in our word, in the offering of our life for the faithful entrusted to us, the representation and personification of Christ. O you who are full of grace, grant that the priesthood that honours you may itself also be holy and immaculate. 
O Mary, 
we pray to you for our Christian brothers and sisters who are still separated from our Catholic family. See how a glorious group of them celebrate your cult with fidelity and love. See also how among another group, who are so intent on calling themselves Christians, there now dawns the remembrance and the veneration of you, O most holy Lady. Call these children of yours to the one unity under your motherly and heavenly aid. 
O Mary, 
look upon all mankind, this modern world in which the Divine Will calls us to live and work. It is a world that has turned its back on the light of Christ; then it fears and bemoans the frightening shadows that its actions have created on all sides. May your most human voice, O most beautiful of virgins, O most worthy of mothers, O blessed among women, invited the world to turn its eyes toward the life that is the light of man, toward you who are the precursor-lamp of Christ, Who is the sole and the highest Light of the world. Implore for the world the true understanding of its own existence; implore for the world the joy of living as the creation of God and hence the desire and the capacity to converse, by prayer, with its Maker, whose mysterious and blesses image it reflects within itself. 
Implore for the world the grace to esteem everything as the gift of God and hence the virtue to work with generosity and to make use of such gifts wisely and providently. Implore peace for the world. Fashion brothers and sisters out of persons who are so divided. Guide us to a more ordered and peaceful society. For those who are suffering, today there are so many and ever new ones, afflicted by current misfortunes, obtain solace; and for the dead, obtain eternal rest. Show yourself a mother to us; this is our prayer, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! 

(Saint) Blessed Pope Paul VI, pray for us.  That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 


Which of these two men has done
and is doing
"great harm to the Church" ?

BOOM! (or much ado about nuthin)

Well, Cardinal Raymond Burke has had a mouthful.
Mike Voris barely had time to finish his spaghetti and fix his um, hair, before this Breaking News Report.

BuzzFeed News: I should ask you about the reports that you’re being removed from the Signatura. What message is that sending? Do you think you are being removed in part because of how outspoken you have been on these issues?Cardinal Burke: The difficulty — I know about all the reports, obviously. I’ve not received an official transfer yet. Obviously, these matters depend on official acts. I mean, I can be told that I’m going to be transferred to a new position but until I have a letter of transfer in my hand it’s difficult for me to speak about it. I’m not free to comment on why I think this may be going to happen.BFN: Have you been told that you will be transferred?CB: Yes.BFN: You’re obviously a very well-respected person. That must be disappointing.CB: Well, I have to say, the area in which I work is an area for which I’m prepared and I’ve tried to give very good service. I very much have enjoyed and have been happy to give this service, so it is a disappointment to leave it.On the other hand, in the church as priests, we always have to be ready to accept whatever assignment we’re given. And so I trust that by accepting this assignment, I trust that God will bless me, and that’s what’s in the end most important. And even though I would have liked to have continued to work in the Apostolic Signatura, I’ll give myself to whatever is the new work that I’m assigned to…BFN: And that is as the chancellor to the Order of Malta, is that right?CB: It’s called the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, that’s right.

So much for not being able to talk about it...

As one recent reader wrote:
AnonymousOctober 17, 2014 at 10:26 PMAnd now for Lacy knickers to show the same obedience as his mentor and return to parish duties in an economically depressed suburb of south Rome:
"In the church as priests, we always have to be ready to accept whatever assignment we’re given," Burke is reported to say in the BuzzFeed piece. "And so I trust by accepting this assignment I trust that God will bless me, and that’s what’s in the end most important.”
Do I hear an 'AMEN?'


And for those that asked, here is the icon used at the synod.  Sorry. Been a busy week.