Friday, July 19, 2013


Ever the compassionate one John T Zuhlsdorf gives witness to why so many offended by a priest often refrain from Mass attendance. Sister gets it.  People with a grievance, who feel hurt just want to be heard.  Maybe they misunderstood the priest.  Maybe the priest was having a bad day.  Maybe the priest was angry and bitter.  Maybe the priest has been working on his doctorate for a decade and has never had a real parochial assignment.

Sister goes door to door asking Catholics to return to Mass

Never underestimate the power of an invitation.
Once upon a time there were groups like Legion of Mary, which could canvass parish neighborhoods.  Once upon a time, priests even walked about neighborhoods working on a census.  Then again, parish neighborhoods were often ethnically concentrated, etc. etc.  Neighborhoods were more self-enclosed, having small groceries, dairies, butchershops, hardware stores grouped on a corner every few blocks or so.  Times have changed.
But this story is perfect for your Just Too Cool file.
From The Catholic Sun, newspaper of the Diocese of Phoenix, where Bp. Olmsted reigns.
Catholics Matter: Intrepid sister goes door-to-door inviting Catholics to Mass
That knock at the door might not be a sales person. Sr. Margery Therese Harkin, PVMI, with her soft Irish brogue and sparkling blue eyes, is out pounding the streets, looking for the lost sheep, even as the summer’s brutal heat beats down on her pale blue dress and veil.
Accompanied by seminarians or lay people, Sr. Margery visits homes, inquiring if there are any baptized Catholics in residence and inviting them to church. A religious sister belonging to the New-York-based Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, Sr. Margery said some of those whom she visits decide to attend her RCIA classes.
“We always tell them that the priest sent us,” Sr. Margery said. “Just as the Apostles were sent, we never go in our own name.”
She and two other sisters reside in a convent at Christ the King Parish in Mesa, but 30 hours a week, Sr. Margery is working to bring people into — or home to — the Catholic Church at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Phoenix.
This is her third year at the west-side parish and she estimates she’s visited about 4,000 homes. Previously, Sr. Margery worked in the neighborhoods surrounding Queen of Peace and St. Timothy in Mesa and St. Daniel in Scottsdale. She’s also trained teams of parish visitors in other states.
She doesn’t pressure people — she merely invites them and lets God do the rest.
In Florida, a woman answered the door and admitted she hadn’t been back to church in 30 years because something a priest did offended her.  [I know this is a real thing.  I have talked to people think this way, but - how dumb is that considering the loss of spiritual benefits? When people say things like this, I suspect there is some other reason.]{FR D SAYS: Yeah. This attitude is going to win folks back to the Mass. Maybe they over reacted.  Then again, maybe Father was just a real royal ass that day.  Hey it happens. }
“We’re taught we have to listen,” Sr. Margery said of the encounter. “She needed to tell her story.” Though apprehensive, the woman decided to come back to the Church.
There is more there.
Fr. Z kudos to Sister.
I wonder what Sr. Simone and the bus-nuns would say about this.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Hat tip to Rocco Palmo's "page three" at Whispers in the Loggia

His Holiness "strikes a pose"

"Maybe there is a moment when we want to focus on other things in life and give fashion a different meaning to clothing. Women are thinking and dressing more ethically. This pope is what we all needed." ~~Venturini Fendi 

 See full article at Vogue online. The Daily Beast has a few words about it too. 


A direct re-post from Father Z's blog. May I suggest, perhaps, the intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Tom Peters (american papist)

I am getting reports that the young papist, Thomas Peters, was injured – perhaps severely – in an accident of some kind.  Tom is the son of the great canonist Ed Peters, by the way.
More information will come in soon, but in the meantime, please stop now and say a prayer, perhaps the Memorare, for Thomas and his family.
See Ed Peters comment below, which I reproduce here:
This is deeply appreciated, Pater. Thom fractured his neck in a swimming accident last evening. I’ll try to keep folks informed on my facebook page. Oremus pro invicem. EdP
At his Facebook page he said:
Thomas Peters was seriously hurt in a swimming accident Tuesday evening. He fractured his 5th cervical vert. and is at Univ. Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore).Natalie Zmuda Peters is there, and the moms Angela & Becky Z flew out a couple hours ago. He moved an arm on command and is undergoing more tests. He has responded pretty well to the immediate steps taken for him so far. I will stay in touch here. Your prayers and well wishes are deeply appreciated.


A reminder every now and then brethren.
I'm snide, rude, crude, snarky, sassy and disrespectful.
I am the antithesis of a good Christian.  So every now and then a reminder is in order.
For me.  For you.


Friday, July 12, 2013


Still hoping one day to be named an honorary member of the Papal Household, Monsignor wanna-be John Todd Zuhlsdorf sells his late model Chrysler La Baron in order to buy an old nineteen seventies era Fiat124 sedan.  Honestly though, the odds that the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) will be regularized are better than Zed's chance of becoming a monsignor.  Upon the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, many careerists boats sailed without them. Father Z's was punctured and is quickly taking on water. 

NOTE: 680 hits in five days from mostly reader referrals according to the blogger stats.  Thank you! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013


via Vatican Radio, a hat tip to our venerable source currently in Rome...

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued a Motu Proprio on criminal law matters and administrative sanctions within Vatican City State and the Holy See. In a statement by the Holy See’s Press Office, it was announced that on this same date, the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State has adopted the following laws: 

Law No. VIII containing Supplementary Norms on Criminal Law Matters;
Law No. IX containing Amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code;
Law No. X containing General Provisions on Administrative Sanctions.

More info here

The following is an English translation of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio on the jurisdiction of Judicial Authorities of Vatican City State in criminal matters (Full Text)

In our times, the common good is increasingly threatened by transnational organized crime, the improper use of the markets and of the economy, as well as by terrorism.

It is therefore necessary for the international community to adopt adequate legal instruments to prevent and counter criminal activities, by promoting international judicial cooperation on criminal matters.

In ratifying numerous international conventions in these areas, and acting also on behalf of Vatican City State, the Holy See has constantly maintained that such agreements are effective means to prevent criminal activities that threaten human dignity, the common good and peace.

With a view to renewing the Apostolic See’s commitment to cooperate to these ends, by means of this Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio, I establish that:

1. The competent Judicial Authorities of Vatican City State shall also exercise penal jurisdiction over:
a) crimes committed against the security, the fundamental interests or the patrimony of the Holy See;
b) crimes referred to:
- in Vatican City State Law No. VIII, of 11 July 2013, containing Supplementary Norms on Criminal Law Matters;
- in Vatican City State Law No. IX, of 11 July 2013, containing Amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code;
when such crimes are committed by the persons referred to in paragraph 3 below, in the exercise of their functions;
c) any other crime whose prosecution is required by an international agreement ratified by the Holy See, if the perpetrator is physically present in the territory of Vatican City State and has not been extradited.

2. The crimes referred to in paragraph 1 are to be judged pursuant to the criminal law in force in Vatican City State at the time of their commission, without prejudice to the general principles of the legal system on the temporal application of criminal laws.

3. For the purposes of Vatican criminal law, the following persons are deemed “public officials”:
a) members, officials and personnel of the various organs of the Roman Curia and of the Institutions connected to it.
b) papal legates and diplomatic personnel of the Holy See.
c) those persons who serve as representatives, managers or directors, as well as persons who even de facto manage or exercise control over the entities directly dependent on the Holy See and listed in the registry of canonical juridical persons kept by the Governorate of Vatican City State;
d) any other person holding an administrative or judicial mandate in the Holy See, permanent or temporary, paid or unpaid, irrespective of that person’s seniority.

4. The jurisdiction referred to in paragraph 1 comprises also the administrative liability of juridical persons arising from crimes, as regulated by Vatican City State laws.

5. When the same matters are prosecuted in other States, the provisions in force in Vatican City State on concurrent jurisdiction shall apply.

6. The content of article 23 of Law No. CXIX of 21 November 1987, which approves the Judicial Order of Vatican City State remains in force.

This I decide and establish, anything to the contrary notwithstanding.
I establish that this Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio will be promulgated by its publication in L’Osservatore Romano, entering into force on 1 September 2013.

Given in Rome, at the Apostolic Palace, on 11 July 2013, the first of my Pontificate. FRANCIS

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Yep itzzzz true. Copyright infringement! 

Seems Faddah Zed does not have as many friends in the Curia as he thought.  Then again, Francis IS purported to be cleaning house.  Maybe it's those old Particular Friends that have been reassigned. 

Of course with stuff like this "ass bends over" I can imagine more than a few folks being a bit sick and tired of this guy.
It seems he has found a bird of a feather in Bishop Morlino.  I will not be surprised at all that once this nine year doctorate is finally completed  if he is received into the Diocese of Madison.  He's already living on the property I'm told.  Morlino will be attending the Clericus Circus this summer along with Zed and another thirty or so like minded priests.  I understand this years theme is Cigars, Ceviche and Chevis: poverty is for the poor and the professed. We are diocesans, the best of the best!

What would Pope Francis Say?

I'm sure that we'll be regaled with recipes and cooking photos along with tales of lavish lounging coupled with theological banter etc, etc, ad nauseam.  But, just in case they play the cards close to the vest this year, I may have an ace up the sleeve and some Italian loafers on the ground.


Of course the news is in that Blessed John Paul II has been approved for Sainthood.  If you have not heard that yet, you are reading and or watching the wrong websites and blogs, this one certainly at the very top of the list. 

Personally, I'm neutral on the subject, though I tend to agree more with renowned Latinist Father Reginald Foster, OCD and think that the three most recent Pontificates have been "churning out saints like bologna sandwiches."  More of Father Reggie's reaction here.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Well chumps, you ponied up and sent Pater Zed to Holy Roma time to dig deep again because the first EX-GAY Pride month has begun!

Members of the ex-gay community are celebrating the first-ever "Ex-Gay Pride Month" and have asked President Obama to issue a proclamation to recognize the rights of the ex-gay community and to commemorate their month, just as he's done for the LGBT community with "Gay Pride Month" in June.

In a letter sent to Obama on June 18 to request his action and acknowledgement of the tens of thousands of Americans who are seeking equality, Christopher Doyle, the co-founder of Voice of the Voiceless (VoV), requested a meeting with the president or a senior member of his civil rights staff to "discuss tolerance for the ex-gay community and how the White House can ensure equal access for ex-gays in the nation's capital, which is the only jurisdiction that recognizes ex-gays as a legally protected class."
Doyle told The Christian Post that the VoV has contacted the White House Office of Public Engagement several times to request a meeting, but said they've been "given the run-around."
"They're very interested in protecting the LGBT rights organizations and the LGBT community because they're getting a lot of money from them," he said. "We're not going to wait for any president or any Congress to give us our rights. We're declaring July as the first Ex-Gay Pride month. If they want to support us, and get in this century and understand that people leave homosexuality and change every day, then they can do that. If they want to continue to live in the Stone Age and claim that people were born gay and they can't change, well, that's their choice, too, we're not going to wait for them."
Ex-gay Americans are going to be on Capitol Hill on July 31 in celebration of Ex-Gay Pride month, and will be meeting with their representatives in Congress to bring awareness to this segment of the population that Doyle believes are mischaracterized by the media and pro-gay activists. "Former homosexuals and ex-gays and persons with unwanted same-sex attraction that don't identify as lesbian and gay and are seeking a different path are going to come together and let our voices be heard."
The two issues that Doyle said VoV and Equality and Justice for are hoping to bring awareness to are tolerance for members of the ex-gay community, and to ensure that Americans who are struggling with same-sex attraction have the right to seek therapy in their state.
What else can I say.....


François Murad Priest Martyr of the barbarian Islamists
Received the Martyrs Crown 23 June 2013

I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God.... I long after the Lord, the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ. Him I seek, who died for us and rose again.... I am eager to die for the sake of Christ. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me that loves anything. But there is living water springing up in me, and it says to me inwardly: Come to the Father.

~Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr~

You will find more of the story here, as well as he video of his martyrdom. Give careful thought before you watch the video. I regret having done so myself.

Light Always Dispells the Darkness

The more that people discuss, blog, comment, and report about the darkness of corruption that exists in what are supposed to be the holiest of places, the better!  Far too long the Church has been concerned with avoiding scandal.

Let's face it.  It has been pretty bad the last five to eight years. Sexual abuse scandal, fraudulent accusations, priests imprisoned unjustly, good priests run off because they know too much and won't be silenced, all plague the Church throughout the world.  Now the even darker secrets-- those usually kept under the pains and penalties of a body vanishing, or being found hanging from a bridge, or sudden heart attacks-- are coming to light. 

Shortly after Pope Francis' one month in the See of Peter, one man, with significant professional and social contacts to know things most only dream of hearing whispers of, commented:  "Well, over a month and they haven't slipped Francis the Luciani Latte."  
Amen!  And may God Almighty continue to watch over and preserve him for many years! 

Those of us old enough to remember the Summer of '78 see in Pope Francis the humility and happiness of Papa Luciani who occupied the See of Saint Peter for a mere thirty-three days.  We see in those eyes the Light of Jesus Christ, Risen and Alive!  A love of life that gives hope for the continual renewal of the Church.

July 1, 2013 the Director of the Vatican Bank (IOR: Institute for Religious Works) Paolo Cipriani and his assistant, Massimo Tulli resigned “in the best interest of the institute and the Holy See.” This comes after Monsignor Nunzio "Don 500" Scarano who in addition to his recent arrest for attempted smuggling, is also under investigation in Salerno for money laundering which stemmed from a 560,000 euro cash withdrawal he made from his IOR charity account in 2009. Why do they call him Don 500?  Because the 500 Euro Banknote is rumored to be his favorite.

More is to come.  It will not be pretty.  
Pray. Pray. Pray. 
Pray for Pope Francis, pray for those who are doing GOOD. 
Pray for those who are doing bad that they will repent or that they will be exposed.
Do it now.  A "Pater" for the Pope. Two "Ave's": one for the good, one for the bad. One "Glory be" in thanksgiving to God for giving us His Church.