Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ATTENTION BOSTONIANZzzzzzz: Father Z at Saint Paul's for the Feast of Saint Mark


Feeling sorta human. (appropriate)

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf will be offering our first Solemn High Mass on Thursday, April 25, at St. Paul's in Harvard Square. Confessions and the Holy Rosary begin at 4:15pm. Mass for the Feast of St. Mark will start at 5:15pm. Seminarians from St. John's in Boston will be assisting at Mass. The renowned Choir of St. Paul's, featuring boys from the parish's choir school accompanied by adult male singers, will be singing their first Extraordinary Form Mass, complete with sacred polyphony. Following Mass at 7:15pm, Fr. Z, who writes wdtprs.com, the most popular Catholic blog on the web, will deliver a lecture, sure to please, in DiGiovanni Hall. Latin-English Missals will be provided. All clergy and seminarians are welcome to attend in choir. This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Center, Una Voce Boston College, and Juventutem Boston.  (source)
Don't miss this opportunity!  And be sure to send your best photo's to fatherjtd@gmail.com  

If you have a chance to talk to Father Zzzzz, give him the best regards from Father D! 

Monday, April 22, 2013

MICHAEL VORIS GOES DOWN

to the Land Down Under.  Does that make him officially on the Down Low?  I'll have to ask my Aussie friends about that....



Having vilified most of the progressive to liberal clergy and organizations in the U.S.A. Mr. Voris  takes his Church Militant TV  show "The Vortex" on the road.  

I'm not a big supporter of radical homosexual activism.  Live and let live. Priests have an obligation to let people know the teaching of the Church.  I do not understand those clergy or laity, who feel the need to constantly harp on this issue.

Voris fires off a load at a "Gay Mass."  (I have no idea what a Gay Mass is.  His words, not mine.)



It's only fair to let Father  Peter Maher have his say too.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

ONE MORE REASON TO SAY THE BLACK AND DO THE RED

The Liturgy Police are everywhere these days.  Of course the only official policing agency is the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The official local agent of the CDW is the Ordinary, usually the bishop of the diocese.  Sometimes these duties are passed off to an auxiliary or vicar.  However, there is a less known secret arm of the CDW that have been imbedded in parishes everywhere, especially in the English speaking nations.  The Battalion of Angry Self-righteous Informing Laity or BASIL

BASIL is everywhere. They have the chancery office on speed dial and Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera as their Facebook friend.  They began home study groups of the new English translation months before its release. I am told that the leaders of this Battalion can even recite the texts backwards, in addition to having mastered the reading of the rubrics in Latin.  The receive their instructions and marching orders through a priest blogger, sometime directly, other times in a code that only the initiated can understand.

Of course the Vatican will deny the very existence of BASIL. They function much like CIA operatives. If they are caught or get out of control, they are simply cut free by their handler who will go so far as to block their ISP address from accessing his blog.  

Once they have a priest in their sight they will go after him with every covert means necessary.  They may even begin to advance their agenda openly under the guise of charity.  That nice leather bound copy of the hand illuminated  G.I.R.M. with Summorum Pontificum as an appendixBASIL. Gift subscription to the Wanderer?  BASIL.  Anonymous gift certificates to TAN Books, Baronius Press and Angelus Press ? BASIL.

When they start sitting in the front pews rattlikng their rosary beads during the homily while wearing their Say The Black Do The Red buttons, your time is limited. Take evasive action.

Fathers, if enough members of your parish are concerned about the liturgy, perhaps the there are some issues that need to be attended to. before brushing them off as crazy PITAs, take a look in the mirror.

Folks, I know there are lots of liturgical abuses out there. Pray for your priest. If liturgy is not as dignified  and solemn as you think it should be, get involved.  If you are aware enough to see there is a problem, then you should be aware enough to be part of the solution.Priests hear complaints every day. Solutions to those problems? Once a week if he's lucky.  Is there (dare I say...) a Liturgy Committee?  Volunteer. Bring a friend!  Maybe some balance is just what the committee needs.  

In addition to the Liturgy Police, there are real threats out there to priests. 

 On a more serious note: 

(ANSA) - Trapani, April 17 - An unemployed man, who said he was only trying to teach his elderly priest a lesson, was charged Wednesday with murdering him.
Antonio Incandela, 33, said he had had it with the homilies delivered by Michele Di Stefano, the priest in the small rural town of Ummari on the west coast of Sicily.
Di Stefano was killed on February 27 after being beaten with the handle of a hoe.
Prosecutors say Incandela told them that he could not bear to listen to the priest any longer but wasn't intending murder when he beat the priest while he was sleeping.
Incandela was caught when he used the priest's bank card at an automated teller machine, authorities said.
An investigation is ongoing.
Say a prayer for the soul Father Di Stefano. Remember, there are a lot of REAL crazy people out there. Be cautious.
 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Real Homosexual Agenda

 A What Does the Priest Really Do All Day EXCLUSIVE on the Gay Agenda! 
(Imagine that an exclusive on those we most want to exclude!)

My personal network of clergy, laity, cardinals, stool pigeons, chickens, monsignors, your seniors, shepherds, sheep, and vicars in cheap clothing, have found real verifiable PROOF of the often discussed, but ever elusive GAY AGENDA. (More on that later)



Michael Voris (right in above picture) of Church Militant TV, has been on an unusually intense anti-homosexual tirade.  Every once in a while he ratchets up the rhetoricPerhaps it is to raise funds from the extreme homophobes.  Perhaps on the recent "Lenten Cruise" he had a dalliance with the Latino cabin boy.  (Reynaldo-- was that you?  How I miss you so!  Come home to Pappi.)


Pretty scary stuff huh?

Well as promised, I will now present you the evidence of the Gay Agenda.

 

 

A Word About Words

I need to apologize in general for embracing words of violence such as "slapped" and "smacked down."  In my recent post about the nuns on the bus I embraced the verbal violence against women who have dedicated their lives to service in the Church.  Their dedication is often  overlooked, under appreciated and quite frankly, expected because they are nuns. 

My primary purpose in starting this blog was for satire, parody, humor.  It has evolved somewhat. Some topics addressed are more serious and sensitive. Perhaps my mindset, my attitude, when scribbling these pages out has not changed.  While I sometimes address serious topics, I do so expecting to write something "funny."

I ask forgiveness of those who were offended by the words I chose to embrace.  I also want to thank those who challenged me on use of those words which contribute to the overall attitude of the situation. We do not all have to agree on everything.  In fact, sometimes disagreement challenges us to review and modify or even strengthen our own positions.

Words have power. How we use them is indicative of how we wield power.  I'm not a writer. I am a scribbler scratching out my meager thoughts on a public notepad.  If what you read here makes you laugh; wonderful.  If it makes you think; accidental.  If it ignites some form of spiritual stirring; well that would be miraculous.  

Monday, April 15, 2013

NUNS ON THE BUS: Father Zzzz & Father D Agree


The amazing headline here is that Father D and Father Zzzzz have actually found common ground. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious. 

"But Father, but Father.... you're blog used to be so funny.  It's not so fun to read anymore.  You're getting as boring as Father Zzzz."

I know. I'm working on that.  Some days I just don't have the time to put any real effort into satirizing Zzzz man. Father Zzz has stepped up the quality of his posts and reigned in the level of his arrogance.  I count on Father Zzz to do his part.  Don't worry. Given enought time he will ratchet up the arrogant overkill once again.

This statement was released by the CDF on the meeting with the LCWR.  As Father Zzz indicates, it really is a smack down.  

From news.va:
COMMUNIQUE OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH CONCERNING A MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENCY OF THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OF WOMEN RELIGIOUS IN THE USA
Today the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of America. Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and the Holy See’s Delegate for the Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR, also participated in the meeting.
As this was his first opportunity to meet with the Presidency of the LCWR, the Prefect of the Congregation, Most Rev. Gerhard Ludwig Müller, expressed his gratitude for the great contribution of women Religious to the Church in the United States as seen particularly in the many schools, hospitals, and institutions of support for the poor which have been founded and staffed by Religious over the years.
The Prefect then highlighted the teaching of the Second Vatican Council regarding the important mission of Religious to promote a vision of ecclesial communion founded on faith in Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church as faithfully taught through the ages under the guidance of the Magisterium (Cf. Lumen gentium, nn. 43-47). He also emphasized that a Conference of Major Superiors, such as the LCWR, exists in order to promote common efforts among its member Institutes as well as cooperation with the local Conference of Bishops and with individual Bishops. For this reason, such Conferences are constituted by and remain under the direction of the Holy See (Cf. Code of Canon Law, cann. 708-709).
Finally, Archbishop Müller informed the Presidency that he had recently discussed the Doctrinal Assessment with Pope Francis,who reaffirmed the findings of the Assessment and the program of reform for this Conference of Major Superiors.
It is the sincere desire of the Holy See that this meeting may help to promote the integral witness of women Religious, based on a firm foundation of faith and Christian love, so as to preserve and strengthen it for the enrichment of the Church and society for generations to come.
 My concern is that the Nuns on the Bus would be hard to distinguish between your local chapter of Dykes on Bikes.  Massage giving, labyrinth making, drum beating, quasi-new age meditation teaching sisters are just not appropriate expressions of ANY religious charism that I can think of.  I am not saying that nuns should be relegated to teaching and nursing.  No. Not at all. 

So many congregations have wandered so far from the intentions of their founders that the community would be unrecognizable today.  The Eerie Benedictines if Erie Pennsylvania are a prime example.  Having abandoned any semblance of a habit these women are Benedictine in name only, having adopted apostolates of writing, speaking, day care, housing, etc.  All these ministries are directed by one of the sisters, but hire laypeople to do the heavy lifting of day to day operations.   Social action is extremely important.  Benedictine life is based on prayer and work.  Yet they pray have Morning Praise and Evening Praise, which I am assuming are Lauds/Office of readings and Vespers.  With almost one hundred Benedictine Nuns in residence they are not able to keep the remainder of the canonical hours required by the Rule of Saint Benedict?  Having lived in a monastic community of less that ten, I can assure you that a full cycle of liturgical services in additional to manual labor to support the monastery can be kept with a bit of creativity.


Curial Reform




Everyone of importance has already weighed in on the papal commission of advisers for the reform of the Roman Curia. Fr.Zzz
pretty much droned on as usual referring to the group as the G8.  He listed all the guys and of course had his pithy comments on each one of them.  If you're that interested, go have a peek. I concede that Zzzz has contacts in Rome, most likely curial flunkies that are in fear of losing their jobs, like he did at the PCED so long ago. I am sure he knows more than he is letting on.  He certainly knows more than I do.  Father D does have a couple of friends that are friends with some well connected people.  Number one, I don't abuse my friendships.  Number two, I am not friends with people who, when trusted with sensitive information, would violate that trust.  I thank God for these friends, because, I'm pretty much a loud mouth with no real filter when it comes to good clerical gossip concerning people I don't know. 

One of the best sources for insightful commentary, which most of you probably already know is Whispers in the Loggia.  I've been reading that blog for many years now.  Ninety-five percent accuracy on most predictions. His insightful commentary is thought provoking and his sources are amazing. 


The Brown Bag of Boston was appointed to the commission.  Most folks love him or hate him (or don't have a clue about him to form an opinion.)  He's not my favorite person.  But he does have a proven track record for cleaning up messes everywhere he has been assigned as bishopMaking tough decisions has not always made him popular with the local clergy, but I am told that the rank and file have come to respect and appreciate him in all four dioceses he has shepherded. 

If you look at the list it comprises mainly ruling diocesan bishops, curial outsiders mostly.  Drawn from all regions of the world, each is in a position to know directly the men in the curia, or know someone who does.  This places them in a unique position to advise the Holy Father.

The rest of us poor schmucks need to offer prayers for the Pope and for the commission that the are guided and strengthened by the Holy Spirit to clean up the mess inside the Church we (and they) love so very much.  (I am suggesting we ask the intercession Saint Jude, help of the hopeless, St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Help.)

CAPTION CONTEST: When Guido met Francis


Give it your best shot. Try to be kind as well as humorous.  Remember, I allow anonymous comments.  I do not delete comments even  when they are critical of me.  I do require that you be respectful, even if you passionately disagree.  The only time I will delete a comment is when one uses too much vulgarity, if one threatens another poster or commenter, of if one is blatantly disrespectful towards another poster, anonymous or not. 


I think this picture calls for a caption contest.  Pope Francis has challenged Monsignor Marini's  liturgical predilections and preferences I am certain.  From that moment in the Room of Tears when the newly elected Pope told the ever doting Monsignor  Marini, "Carnival is over."


 "Guido, Guido. Calm down. Look at me. Look at me. I'm not mad at you, okay? But please. You really have to pull your head out and stop reading that Father Z, okay? It's a total waste of time. Do it for Papa. Please, Guido.".

I have seen both written and oral presentations by Monsignor Guido Marini.  His style and historical perspective is very different from that of his predecessor Archbishop Piero Marini. Personally, my preferences are somewhere in between the two.  But, who am I?   I'm just a blogger that should be sleeping at this hour of the morning after a full cycle of Sunday liturgical services, especially with Monday being a usual "day off" of sorts.  Let's call it Casual Monday.

Have at it folks....

Thursday, April 11, 2013

CATHOLIC ESSENTIALS


Once again, Father Zzzz and his Zzzombies are honed in on the essentials of the Catholic Faith.

QUAERITUR: How should a bishop carry the crosier?




Focusing on the essentials...............






 Anything here you cannot identify?  If you can't score one hundred on this one, we will revoke your membership in the Latin Mass  Society.

Really. We will.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

JUST WHO IS THE BEST LOOKING ATTORNEY GENERAL?

Even I get tired of picking on Faddah Zzzz day in and day out. Besides, some days it is just too easy.

In addressing the issue of the Big Z referring to women as "readerettes" as being sexist and disrespectful I have been more aware of the issue in general.  Of course Z man's arrogant, "my blog my rules" policy reigns so supreme he will never acknowledge he has blundered. (One person was banned and blocked just for asking, in a private email, for an explanation!)  Also in the news, President Obama was taken to task for referring to California "the best looking attorney general in the country" many claiming the remark was sexist and inappropriate.   While I am not certain it was sexist, I am certain it was not really appropriate.  Unlike, Father Zzzz, at least the President knew enough to apologize.

How do other female attorney generals feel?  Is it sexist for a man to compliment a woman on her appearance
I suspect that it is okay, depending on the circumstances and the tone in which it is said. 

Female readers should feel free to weigh in on this.  Let's face facts, many times we men are absolutely and utterly clueless in these matters.  

Honestly, other than Martha Coakley of Massachusetts and Florida's Pam Bondi,  I had no idea how many female attorney generals there are until I did a quick bit of research. Sincere apologies if I missed anyone.

Illinois Lisa Madigan

Minnesota Lori Swanson

Massachusetts Martha Coakley

Pennsylvania Kathleen Kane

Nevada Catherine Cortez Masto

Florida Pam Bondi

California Kamala Harris
  All very accomplished women who are highly respected in their home states.  Each a beautiful child of God.  


Friday, April 5, 2013

Let Freedom Ring

When Freedom rings, he usually calls  collect
A frequent reader shared with me that Father Zzz regularly deletes posts of those who disagree and/or dare question him.  I find it interesting that one who repeatedly rants about individual freedoms being taken away by the government, does the same to his own regular readers.

I am committed to an open forum here. I freely post my random thoughts and opinions. And I maintain the security of being semi-anonymous to most people.  I also maintain the integrity of your anonymity.  For whatever reason, be you lay person, seminarian or priest, you are not required to reveal your identity. You are not required to agree with me.  You are free to refute my information, question my facts, disagree with me in any way. If you absolutely LOVE Father Zzzz, welcome. Share with us why.

As long as your comment is on topic, and reasonably respectful I do not edit, delete, or moderate the com box.  I do reserve the right to reply to you, here on the blog.  I will do so respectfully. 

I am not a techno-geek like Father Zzzz. I don't know where you are from, nor do I care, and I could not block your IP address if my very life depended on it.