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How to preach a Royal Wedding sermon

Posted by on Sunday, 20 May 2018

How to preach a Royal Wedding sermon

Some day you may be invited to preach the sermon at a royal wedding, at which some lesser piece of royalty is joined in holy matrimony with a celebrity. There are not many unattached princes of marriageable age around at present, but who knows, Prince Andrew may have hit it off with Oprah Winfrey. So be prepared!Michael Curry preaching

Don’t be discouraged if someone looks the other way and turns off his hearing aid.

“Why me?” you ask. “Why can’t Welby do it himself? All right, he’s a great bore. But how about Nurse Sarah Mullally, the bishopess of London? Ten minutes of politically correct waffle, that will go straight to the heart, won’t it?”

No. For whatever reason, the lot has fallen on you. An estimated 2 billion people will be listening in, so you must DUMB DOWN. No learned discourse on the spirituality of the lesser kings of Judah, or the precise translation of some particular word in the synoptic gospels. No, they want SEX read more

Images from San Diego Multicultural Mass

Images from San Diego Multicultural Mass

By Chris Stone and Ken Stone – 5/19/18

Members of the Filipino community process into Good Shepard Church for the multicultural Mass.

Members of the Filipino community process into Good Shepard Church for the multicultural Mass. [The Knights are “out of uniform” (i.e., the new one); capes, plumed hats, tuxes and swords are now passe.]

Members of the Laotian community process out of Mass.

Members of the Laotian community process out of Mass. [The piece of tablecloth across the chest of the man in black with the red AIDS-awareness ribbon must be a deacon’s stole.]

Members of Catholic ethnic communities.

Members of Catholic ethnic communities attend event at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Mira Mesa. Photo by Chris Stone read more

San Diego Multicultural Mass Called Antidote to Values ‘Under Siege’[!?]

San Diego Multicultural Mass Called Antidote to Values ‘Under Siege’[!?]

POSTED BY KEN STONE ON MAY 19, 2018 [See also related post Images from San Diego Multicultural Mass]

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[Not a scene from the Met Gala; the man in what looks like a mitre is not the bishop, who is actually FrankenPope-appointed Robert McElroy and who presided at the Mass]

In a celebration of diversity, San Diego Roman Catholic leaders and parishioners gathered Saturday in Mira Mesa to honor immigrants and the gifts they bring.

Girls place flowers by a statue of Mary.

Girls place flowers by a statue of Mary

About 1,400 area parishioners — many in native dress — walked in procession into Good Shepherd Catholic Church behind signs denoting their ethnicity, a la the Olympics. Organizers called the Multicultural Mass a first for the 1.3 million-member diocese. read more

The Vatican in Venice (and a cardinal who walks on the wild side)

The Vatican in Venice (and a cardinal who walks on the wild side)

Norman Foster joins Lou Reed-loving cleric for church’s debut at architecture biennale

[Met Gala II? – This time in Venice]

 Norman Foster’s woodland chapel for the Vatican at the Venice Architecture Biennale
Norman Foster’s woodland chapel for the Vatican at the Venice Architecture Biennale. 

When the Venice Architecture Biennale opens on 26 May, the genius of cutting-edge designers from around the world will be celebrated. But the show will also be notable for a different kind of innovation: the involvement for the first time of the Vatican, in collaboration with Norman Foster.

The Catholic church’s debut pavilion will consist of 10 full-scale chapels built on an island in the Venice lagoon, all commissioned from top architects, including Foster. That the Vatican agreed to sponsor such a venture is down to one man – the trailblazing Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who is bringing a new dimension to the sometimes vexed relationship between church and world. It’s the second time this month that Ravasi has been instrumental in creating such a high-profile arts event. Without him, the New York fashion exhibition Heavenly Bodies and its associated, controversial Met Gala, where pop star Rihanna dressed as a sparkly pope, would never have happened. read more

FrankenPope announces June 29 consistory to create 14 new cardinals

FrankenPope announces June 29 consistory to create 14 new cardinals

[“Sorry, Charlie, not this time; same for you too, Jose”] Related image Image result for archbishops chaput and gomez Hannah Brockhaus

.- There will be a consistory June 29 to create 14 new cardinals, each of whom express the “universality” of the Church, Pope Francis announced Sunday after his Regina Coeli address.

“Their provenance expresses the universality of the Church that continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people on earth,” he said May 20, noting that the new cardinals from the Diocese of Rome also show “the inseparable link between the see of Peter and the particular Churches spread throughout the world.” read more

Homophobia Does Not Exist, Is Totalitarian Invention, Cardinal Müller

Homophobia Does Not Exist, Is Totalitarian Invention, Cardinal Müller
 en.news – 5/20/18

„Homophobia simply does not exist“, said Cardinal Gerhard Müller.

Talking to the Italian journalist Costanza Miriano on her blog costanzamiriano.com (May 17), Müller rather pointed out that homophobia is “an invention and an instrument” to dominate the thinking of others.

He compared the homosexual ideology with totalitarian regimes like National Socialism or Communism that used to put dissenters into psychiatric clinics.

Further, Müller expressed his regret that some bishops lack the courage to speack the truth about homosexuality, “They do not understand that ‘homophobia’ is a deception to threaten people.” read more

Three Gone: The “C9 [Gang of 9]” Keeps Falling To Pieces

Three Gone: The “C9 [Gang of 9]” Keeps Falling To Pieces

Sandro Magister – 5/20/18

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio set it up. six months after his election as pope, it seemed like the beginning of a revolution: a council made up of eight cardinals from five continents, with the task of helping the pope in the reform of the curia and above all in the “governance of the universal Church.”

And instead, after five years and twenty-four summits with Francis, the curia is more derelict than ever, the universal Church is in a state of confusion, and this council of cardinals is in pieces. An unflinching photograph of the current pontificate, which deserves an enlargement. read more

EVOLUTION HOAX? Michael Matt Interviews Chris Ferrara

EVOLUTION HOAX? Michael Matt Interviews Chris Ferrara

TheRemnantvideo
Published on May 15, 2018

Out of the catacombs, Michael catches up with Chris Ferrara moments before his debate with a professor from St. Thomas University on the question of Evolution at the latest Argument of the Month in St. Paul, Minnesota. Yeah, but theistic evolution is cool, right? Yeah, right!

Save the Family, Save the World (Michael Matt, London)

Save the Family, Save the World (Michael Matt, London)

TheRemnantvideo
Published on May 17, 2018

At the Family Life International Conference in London, Michael J. Matt delivers a powerful lecture on the restoration of Christianity through the defense and restoration of the Christian family. Commenting on martyrs, catacombs and Catholic resistance, Michael offers concrete suggestions for how we survive and indeed conquer a ruthless, Christophobic secularism in the modern world. The talk was delivered at the London Oratory on May 13, 2018. read more

Rome Life Forum Edition! (Your Catholic Week in Review)

Your Catholic Week in Review (Rome Life Forum Edition!)

Michael Hichborn – 5/19/18

Greetings from the Eternal City!

That’s right — this week your intrepid Lepanto president is attending the Rome Life Forum discussing the current state of affairs in the Catholic Church today.  More than this, I have made you a very big part of my travel.

Each time I travel to Rome, I treat it like a pilgrimage.

…and on this and every pilgrimage, I carry your intentions with me to every cathedral and monastery I visit — placing your intentions before the Lord and before each altar for the remission of sin and the redemption of souls. read more

Apostasy [et seq.]: THESE ARE POWERFUL WORDS FROM THE MOTHER COUNTRY OF THE USA AND I WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSE THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE SO CATHOLIC AND THUS TRUE!

Apostasy [et seq.]: THESE ARE POWERFUL WORDS FROM THE MOTHER COUNTRY OF THE USA AND I WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSE THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE SO CATHOLIC AND THUS TRUE!

JUST HOW MUCH DOES THE REVISION OF THE SACRAMENTS, THE ECCLESIOLOGY OF THE CHURCH AND THE POST VATICAN II CHURCH’S EMPHASIS ON SOCIAL WORK AND THE CHURCH BEING LIKE AN NGO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SELF-REFERENTIAL CHURCH THAT POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS TIME AND TIME AGAIN, MAKING AN IDOL (IDOLATRY) OUT OF ECCLESIOLOGY AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD?????  

JUST HOW MUCH DOES THE REVISION OF THE SACRAMENTS, THE ECCLESIOLOGY OF THE CHURCH AND THE POST VATICAN II CHURCH’S EMPHASIS ON SOCIAL WORK AND THE CHURCH BEING LIKE AN NGO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SELF-REFERENTIAL CHURCH THAT POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS TIME AND TIME AGAIN, MAKING AN IDOL (IDOLATRY) OUT OF ECCLESIOLOGY AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD?????

In memoriam: Dario Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos (1929-2018)

In memoriam: Dario Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos (1929-2018)

Throwback post: “All the parishes” should have the Traditional Latin Mass!

Dario Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos passed away on the 17th of May, 2018, according to the Colombian Bishops’ Conference. He was 88. We ask all of our readers to pray and have Masses said for the repose of his soul.

Before going to Rome to head the Congregation for the Clergy, he was a bishop in his native Colombia for 25 years. The impact that he made can be seen in the glowing tribute (Cardinal who humbled a drugs baron) written for him in 1999 by his notoriously Leftist compatriot Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It includes the legendary story of his confrontation with Pablo Escobar.

It is far more likely though that he will long be remembered for his many words and deeds on behalf of the cause of what he himself called the “Gregorian Rite”, and for the faithful attached to it. He served as President of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” from 2000 to 2009, and arguably was its most effective President ever. At the very least he was the one most oustpoken in defending the rights of Traditionalists in the Church, and the Gregorian Rite itself. It may very well be said that he was the man behind the eventual promulgation of Summorum Pontificum by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.
He celebrated more Pontifical Masses according to the 1962 Missal than his predecessors as PCED President, including the Solemn Pontifical Mass that he celebrated in Santa Maria Maggiore on May 24, 2003 in the presence of 5 other Cardinals, an Archbishop, 2 Bishops and 3,000 faithful. It was the first Solemn Pontifical Mass according to the 1962 Missal to be celebrated in any of the Major Basilicas since the liturgical reforms of Paul VI. To mark the coming into effect of Summorum Pontificum he celebrated a Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Lower Church at the Basilica of the Holy House of Loreto on September 14, 2007. As late as 2013 and 2016 he celebrated Pontifical Masses for the annual Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome.
His cordial attitude towards the Society of St. Pius X was indispensable to forming the necessary atmosphere for the resumption of the dialogue between them and the Vatican. Again and again he underlined that the SSPX is neither schismatic nor heretical, and his PCED Secretary (Msgr. Camille Perl) declared that it was permissible to attend Mass at SSPX chapels, and that this satisfied the Sunday obligation. His Presidency of the PCED saw the regularization of the Traditionalist clergy of Campos, Brazil and their establishment as the Personal Apostolic Administration of St. John Vianney (2001-2002), and the canonical regularization of the Oasis of Jesus (2007) and the former Transalpine Redemptorists (2008), now the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer.
In 2008 he affirmed at a press conference in London that it was Pope Benedict’s desire that the Traditional Latin Mass be said in every parish. The original Catholic News Service article reporting this is now hard to find, but has been preserved by the blog Sancte Pater: read more

Slumming with the Creationists

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

Slumming with the Creationists

A display at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky

This week I wrote two posts [see below] where I bashed what I called the modern synthesis between the theory of evolution – including its accompanying claims about the 4.5 billion year age of the earth – and orthodox Catholicism.

However, nowhere in the posts did I call myself a “creationist,” endorse “creationism” or, for that matter, even use the terms.

For the record, I wouldn’t currently call myself a creationist. I’d call myself a Catholic who is also a skeptic. And, yes, that means, among other things, that I’m quite skeptical of the creationist view that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, that dinosaurs probably lived alongside men and all the rest. To believe that, you would have to discard or at least radically reinterpret much of what the overwhelming majority of scientists believe about geology, astronomy and chemistry. Specifically, certain core assumptions underlying radiometric and radiocarbon dating as well as the consistency of the speed of light would have to be thrown out. read more

Did the Pope say “Yanny” or “Laurel”?

Friday, 18 May 2018

Did the Pope say “Yanny” or “Laurel”?

In the immortal words of the Daily Mail, the Internet was divided this week by a recording of Pope Francis finally answering the Dubia posed by Cardinal Burke and his colleagues. Did he say “Yanny” (an ecclesial term for “Yes”) or “Laurel” (“No”)?This is not the first time that people have been divided over the Holy Father’s words. Did he say “Divorced and remarried Catholics can receive Communion” or did he say “No, we’re not changing Church teaching, you adulterous weasels”? Nobody can be sure.

Pope and Welby

Did Francis say “Get lost you heretic” or “We all believe the same thing really”?

Then again, did he say “It’s open house in the Catholic Church: of course Protestants can receive Communion, even though they don’t believe in it!” or did he say “Get those Lutheran frauds out of my Church and tell them not to come back until they’ve converted!”?

These are difficult issues, and the SPADARO WORMTONGUETM speaking device that the Pope was given to help him make public announcements does not seem to have simplified the issue. read more