Saturday, December 28, 2013


What many clerics fail to "get" has been summed up best in Esquire Magazine who named His Holiness Best Dressed Man of 2013.

 Ann Pellegrini, Associate Professor of Performance Studies & Religious Studies at New York University puts it this way: "The humility of his garments offers a way to visibly display his theological and material concerns for the poor. This Holy Roman emperor really does have new clothes."  Source here.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Pope Francis on Tuesday announced the canonization of Pierre Favre, a 16th century Jesuit priest who is often dubbed the "second Jesuit" for being the first priest who joined the Society of Jesus after its founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola.
The move, which bypasses standard Vatican protocol for establishing new saints, is called an "equivalent canonization," and usually done for church figures who are already widely recognized and have partially gone through the process of becoming a saint but never completed it. Favre, or Peter Faber, was beatified by the church on September 5, 1872. (SOURCE and more info)

Naming a Jesuit Saint via "equivalent canonization" is the least controversial move the Holy Father has made this week considering the shake up in the Curia. Arch-conservatives/traditionalists Burke and Rigali are out of the VERY influential Congregation for Bishops.  Of course Cardinal Ray is still head of the Apostolic Signatura (as if anyone in the real world has any freaking clue what THAT JOB entails) an ideal post for someone with their sphincter clenched as tight as His Eminence.  Of note the Signatura handles "
conflicts of competence between tribunals which are not subject to the same appellate tribunal."   I am certain there are MANY instances of "conflicts of competence" throughout the ENTIRE Curia, but Pope Francis seems quite focused on correcting this.  BRAVO!  I say.  Long live Pope Francis! 

Now am I happy with all of the Pope's choices?  No. Not at all. I've always thought Wuerl to be a total brown nosing twit.  But, that's my opinion. I'm not privy to the information the Holy Father has, so in his own words, "who am I to judge?" 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

GAWDETE SUNDAY SURVEY: It's a matter of taste.

Did you see any gawdy, gaudy, or gawd-awful vestments this Gaudete Sunday?  Send me you pictures ( or leave a link in the combox.

I tend toward the noble simplicity school.  I thought that this was a very tasteful vestment, even though the "rose" was a bit too pink.

 This may have been THE simplest vestment Pope Benedict wore his entire pontificate.

Of course, there will ALWAYS be those who think the more ornate they vest, the more they glorify God. 

While I think the picture below shows a very good, meet and right shade of rose, if you cast your serene and kindly gaze upon the details of this set, I think you will see that the damask cloth combined with the decorative orphrey bands is too much. If the base material is ornate, simple orphrey banding is in order.  If the base material is plain and unadorned, then perhaps a more intricate trim is in order.

I remember a married Byzantine Rite professor who owned three sets of vestments and frequently stated that was all that one really needed for the Byzantine Rite. 
White for almost every Sunday of the year. 
Dark Purple (almost black) for Lenten Weekdays and Funerals.
Gold & White for the most solemn feasts of Christmas, Easter, Ascension, etc.
I met a missionary priest from Africa several years ago who owned one white set and one purple set of vestments.  Used when they were given to him, they were worn and tattered, lovingly repaired and mended many times.  A couple of us offered to chip in and buy him a couple new sets, he refused and insisted that if we had the money to buy him vestments that he would much rather take that cash and use it for his people, many lacking basic necessities. 

There is a time and a place for everything. Perhaps this is a good day to ponder this quote from saint John Chrysostom.

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Do you wish to honor the body of Christ? Do not ignore him when he is naked. Do not pay him homage in the temple clad in silk, only then to neglect him outside where he is cold and ill-clad. He who said: ‘This is my body’ is the same who said: ‘You saw me hungry and you gave me no food’, and ‘Whatever you did to the least of my brothers you did also to me’… What good is it if the Eucharistic table is overloaded with golden chalices when your brother is dying of hunger? Start by satisfying his hunger and then with what is left you may adorn the altar as well.
 (Saint John Chrysostom)


While noted Catholic theologian (not) Rush Limbaugh accused Pope Francis of going "beyond Catholicism" and being "purely political". The radical traditionalist blogoshere rabidly convenes it's own inquisition (members mostly self appointed) highlighting the leftist socialist Marxist ideology found throughout the recent Apostolic Exhortation.  Parts of which, according to theologian Limbaugh, "were pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the Pope."

Responding to these critics, the Pope, in an interview with Italian Newspaper La Stampa: "Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended ... there is nothing in the exhortation that cannot be found in the social doctrine of the Church."

His Holiness further went on to clarify speculation from the left (and more than a few moderates) that of the upcoming new cardinals to be named one might be a woman. "I don't know where that idea comes from. Women in the Church should be valued, not 'clericalized'."

On the topic of his desires to reform and restructure the Curia, including the Vatican Bank, Pope Francis confirmed what any sane and reasonable person already knows. Change takes time, and will be a "lengthy task." Referring to last weeks Moneyval's positive evaluation of the Vatican efforts to abide by international financial standards, the Pope stated that reform (of the bank in particular) is "on the right path."

Pope Francis is the pope of Christian Charity.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


WARNING: This post may contain graphic material that you might find offensive.  You may find it funny.

Father D is always very excited when the UPS and FedEx men (and menettes) arrive, especially this time of year when my dear readers and readerettes are feeling especially GENEROUZzzzz with the amaZon Wish Lizt....

No longer at the Supine Farm and taking a well deserved break from cramped space of the Steam Pipe Distribution Venue (that's the suite of rooms of  almost 900 square feet I occupy at the diocesan pastoral center) for a visit with my mom and sis (both still protty-heretics) down in Florida.  I like to help with decorating the yard.

Friday, December 6, 2013

GUEST POST: Sister The Movie, Name That Nun Flick

Father D does not necessarily endorse the views of any guest post writer. Freedom of speech, freedom of expression. I do occasionally edit guest posts for charity and accuracy.

When the Evil Vatican Empire censures American nuns for “radical feminism,” three sisters stand up for their spiritual convictions.
The production com[any is having a title contest here to name the film documentary in progress.  Prizes include a copy of the film when finished and the forthcoming swag (a hot T-shirt and messenger bag) Imagine a brand new bag, with a picture of three old bags depicted on it.
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Ok, so Dykes on Bikes is out - both way too obvious and they're on buses and in cars in this video clip ....

But whatever to name this .... frightening (to be kindly understated) documentary ... You heard the joke about the Erie Benedictines being not eerie but down right terrifying? Wait till you see this ...

Sound of Music? The Singing Nun? The Nun's Story? 

Fuggeddaboutit !!!

No habits in this flick except for the historical pictures. And speaking of historical, no one under 70 either.

There's a hard-nosed, pissed-off butt-tokin' broad on her way to counsel prisoners at some place run by the Episcopal Church (from the shield on the sign), a Church whose nuns still do wear habits, by the way.

And there's the famous "Democratic Dames Shillin' For Capt Barry Obama of the Choomb Gang" (aka "Nuns on the Bus" ... None of whom were, technically, "Nuns" but Sisters; and most of whom flew between cities and climbed on the bus for photo ops as they pulled up to Republican legislators' offices to bitch about immigration and health care ... conveniently avoiding the Planned Parenthood abortion clinics upon which their hero, our President, asked God's blessings ....)

Speaking of Dem Dames, there's a great shot of Sister Simone Campbell speaking at ... The Democrat National Convention. From that same podium, Joe Kennedy 3.0, whose family bought him a Congressional seat in Taxachusetts, introduced a testimonial (of beatification quality) on his Uncle Ted "the Swimmer" Kennedy, of Chappaquiddick fame, whose autobiography was entitled True Compass and whose dog, a Portuguese water spaniel, was named "Splash" (kind of like OJ Simpson naming his dog "Slash") ... all irony (not to mention propriety) entirely lost on this most Catholic of US political dynasties. Yup, the Lion of the Senate, well-known captain in the battle against the evil Republicans' War on Women (who better to discuss vulnerable women than a Catholic Kennedy). From that same podium, Barack Hussein Obama would later declare Planned Parenthood "here to stay and God bless you!" Now why on earth would the Holy See question such a faithful Sister as Sister Campbell? Bastards!

Speaking of the Holy See, there's a weird shot of the Sisters standing in St Peter's Square - that bus was amazing! - as the white smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney ... They had just discovered some women's images in ancient Roman mosaics that "proved" (to their satisfaction at least) women priests in the first centuries .... Surely that will convince the new Pope ...

If watching this pathetic documentary doesn't "send you to prayer", nothing will! The "Prayer for a Happy Death" that Sister Mary Wenceslaus taught us in 3rd Grade comes to mind. As the butt-smokin' Sister, who huffs and puffs her way to the nuns' cemetery in the video, puts it so well as she looks at the majority population of her community: "Changes better hurry up. I don't have a lot of time to fool around with this stuff, ya know?" From your lips, "honey"!

 Sorry about the boat Sister. We'll have a bus by the time we get to D.C.

Monday, December 2, 2013

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"Father D, surely you are exaggerating!  Are you at the very least blowing this out of proportion at little?"

NOPE. Not one bit.