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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on the Synod of Bishops

Well, first of all, I wasn’t there. That’s very significant, because to claim you know what really happened when you weren’t there is foolish. To get your information from the press is a mistake because they don’t know well enough how to understand it so they can tell people what happened. I don’t think the press deliberately distorts, they just don’t have any background to be able to evaluate things. In some cases they’re certainly the enemy and they want to distort the Church.—reported by Matthew Schmitz, First Things.

H/T Orbis Catholicus Secundus & CMTV: Edward Pentin - Instrument of the Spirit?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Context and clarity: what some people saw at the 2014 Synod.

Here are some links to reports/comments by some folk who have something meaningful to add to the public record regarding the curious proceedings of the recent Synod of Bishops that was supposedly called to focus on the family. Supposedly, that is, because that topic seems to have been managed to the outskirts of the attention of most members of the mainstream muddlers media.

Click on the article or book titles to visit the sources.

Fr. Raymond J. De Souza
Eleven Ways the Synod Failed Pope Francis’ Vision

Mary Jo Anderson
What I Saw at the Synod and What it Means for 2015

Edward Pentin
Statement on Cardinal Kasper Interview
Audio and print transcript.

Edward Pentin/Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke
Cardinal Burke: ‘The Truths of the Faith Have Not Changed’

Susan E. Wills
Pell: "You must stop manipulating this Synod"

Vatican Radio/Linda Bordoni
Card Napier: Synod document highlights all main concerns

LifeSiteNews/Hilary White
Bishops revolt against Synod manipulation: Only 3 in 10 support Kasper proposal, says Cardinal Pell

Il Foglio/Alessandro Gnocchi/Rorate Cæli
Full Text of Cardinal Burke's Major Interview to Il Foglio on the Synod

Additional Resources
Pope St. John Paul II
Familiaris Consortio

Reports of the Synod Working Groups
Synod14 - 12ª Congregazione generale: Relazioni dei Circoli minori, 16.10.2014

Robert Dodaro, O.S.A./Editor
Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church or HERE.
Walter Cardinal Brandmüller; Raymond Cardinal Burke; Carlo Cardinal Caffarra; Velasio Cardinal De Paolis, C.S.; Robert Dodaro, O.S.A.; Paul Mankowski, S.J.; Gerhard Cardinal Müller; John M. Rist; and Archbishop Cyril Vasil', S.J.

EWTN/Raymond Arroyo & Cardinal Raymond Burke

Mary Eberstadt
Adam and Eve after the Pill
Cardinal Dolan distributed copies of this book to Synod Fathers.

Misguided zeal: liturgical theatrics.

Warning—minor rant.

To paraphrase the proverb:
A good priest who can find? He is far more precious than jewels (Proverbs 31:10).
What is most loathable about theatrical celebrants is they most often attract attention to themselves to the point that Fr. Popularity Contest becomes the focus of the Mass. That, and their saccharine antics to "engage and evangelize" are a complete turn-off for thinking people, a distraction and a waste of energy that could be better spent on learning how to celebrate the Mass as it is intended to be, i.e., with decorum and respect for the Lord Who is the principal actor in the Divine Liturgy and respect for the dignity of the priesthood.

Charismatic, in this instance, refers to over-the-top, boisterous bordering on buffoonish meandering priests who leave the ambo during the homily and parade throughout the nave, voices raised in a highly affected manner and whose homilies are virtually devoid of real content solidly founded on and configured to the readings and Catholic doctrine. There is nothing more foreign to the Liturgy than a priest who enacts a roadshow (or talk show) that, intended or not, reinforces the understanding that the Mass is or should be entertaining. Ye gods and little fishes! Whatever happened to the notion that one must decrease so that Jesus may increase (St. John 3:30)?

One of the best preachers in our diocese is a quiet priest whose delivery could very easily be described as boring. Yet, the content of his homilies is consistently magnificent. Those who have described to me his presentations as flat are really saying more about their own inability to listen for substance and the inherent power of words and their inability to be conned by emotionalism and pablum. There is little surprise that someone with a seven second attention span and who needs to have his or her ears tickled might find the good priest's homilies unappealing.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.—Timothy 4:3-4.
The aforementioned priest's homilies are articulate, challenging, saturated with the orthodox Faith, well constructed so that there is actually a logical progression of thought, and are always Christ-centred. His physical voice is strong, clear and free of tiresome ploys and laughable mannerisms. He does not rely on magic tricks (—yes, one priest actually performs magic tricks using various props during his homilies), arm waving, manneristic pyrotechnics (employed to the point that some priests become caricatures of themselves), conversationalism (that amounts to "Hey Bob, how's my sermon going?") or false humility that really constitutes mere self congratulation. His homilies exhibit none of the common distortions of the Liturgy that attempt to "personalize" the Mass to his parish. No, "Father Faithful's" strength is found in and founded upon the word of God and the Liturgy worthily celebrated.

As for me and my house, I'll take Fr. Faithful's "boring" homilies any day of the week because they point clearly to Jesus Christ.

Dear priests: use your normal voice and project. Don't be a primo uomo, i.e., divo. Be more like Fr. Faithful.

Pray for the priests of our diocese and all priests.

After Thought

Having a communion rail is one way to keep wandering priests confined at least within the sanctuary.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kevin Vickers: standing on guard for thee.

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers/Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld

God bless Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, defender of Parliament, defender of order and good government.

When the islamist terrorist Michael Zehaf-Bibeau sought to unsettle our national government, a man stepped up and ended the threat with decisive force.

Our country owes the Sergeant-at-Arms a great debt of gratitude and respect for defending our elected representatives. He might be the last one to call himself a hero. Nevertheless, Kevin Vickers' bravery represents what is best about Canada and Canadians.

Kevin Vickers: a real sergeant-at-arms.
The word sergeant is derived from the Latin serviens, which means "servant". Other sources have the word originating from Medieval vulgar "Serra Gente" meaning the veteran foot soldier equipped with a long pike who would march on the sides of the infantry company, keeping the men in tight ranks.
The sergeant-at-arms carries the mace, the symbol of the authority of the House, in the daily parade into the House of Commons chamber.—Wikipedia.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Islamist attacks on Canadian soil: pray for the dead and all the families.

For the brave soldiers and their families:

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent
Eternal rest grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
Father, we give You thanks for the lives and service of Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent. May their families find consolation in the company of family and friends and sympathetic strangers whose care and compassion may be for them a channel of Your grace and peace.
O Holy Spirit, comforter of the afflicted, please be with the families of Nathan and Patrice. May Your presence among them bring them peace. In Jesus' name. Amen.
For the killers and their families:
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who murdered Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. 
Susan Bibeau, Michael's mother, who must confront the actions of her son.
Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau, who killed Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.
Lord Jesus, you command us to love our enemies and pray for our persecutors.
Grant those who have killed our soldiers a swift and merciful judgement. May they be accorded the mercy they denied to their victims.
Be with their families as they attempt to cope with their horrifying and cowardly actions. May their families turn to You, Lord Jesus, for the peace which only You can give. Amen.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Message: Source/CBC (corrected by TCS)
"My fellow Canadians: for the second time this week, there has been a brutal and violent attack on our soil.

Today our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Cpl. Cirillo was killed today — murdered in cold blood — as he provided a ceremonial honour guard at Canada's National War Memorial, that sacred place that pays tribute to those who gave their lives so that we can live in a free, democratic and safe society.

Likewise, our thoughts and prayers remain also with the family and friends of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed earlier this week by an ISIL-inspired terrorist.

Tonight we also pray for the speedy recovery of the others injured in these despicable attacks.

Fellow Canadians, we've also been reminded today of the compassionate and courageous nature of so many Canadians -- like those private citizens and first responders who came to provide aid to Cpl. Cirillo as he fought for his life. 
And of course the members of our security forces, in the RCMP, the City of Ottawa police, and in Parliament, who came quickly and at great risk to themselves to assist those of us who were close to the attack.

Fellow Canadians, in the days to come, we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had. But this week's events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.

We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel and on our institutions of governance are by their very nature, attacks on our country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all.

But let there be no misunderstanding. We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated. In fact, this will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts and those of our national security agencies to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe here at home, just as it will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts to work with our allies around the world and fight against the terrorist organizations who brutalize those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores. They will have no safe haven.

While today has been without question a difficult day, I have every confidence that Canadians will pull together with the kind of firm solidarity that has seen our country through many challenges.

Together we will remain vigilant against those at home or abroad who wish to harm us. For now, Laureen and Ben and Rachel and I join all Canadians in praying for those touched by today's attack. May God bless them and keep our land glorious and free."

Ottawa: Attack on Ceremonial Guard Soldier

Shortly before 10am Ottawa local time, a soldier standing guard at the War Memorial was shot. Reports vary, but at least one gunman is responsible for the vicious attack on the soldier. Additional shots were fired as the gunman or gunmen entered the Centre Block of Parliament.

Individuals, among them parliamentarians, via twitter are saying one gunman has been killed and that police are pursing at least one additional suspect. The suspect's or suspects' car was found on the street near the Memorial.

Please pray for the guardsman, members of parliament, our emergency, police and security forces as they deal with this barbaric attack on our national government. Pray, too, that any additional perpetrators of these violent crimes be rapidly brought to justice.

This latest attack follows an attack on two soldiers by Ahmad (Martin Couture-)Rouleau, a 25 year old radicalized convert to Islam whose passport was seized earlier by authorities. One soldier died after being run down by Rouleau who was driving. Rouleau was shot and killed by police. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said the deliberate attack was "clearly linked to terrorist ideology".—Ottawa AFP.

Pray for the souls of these misguided men responsible for these cruel attacks. Pray, too, that any others considering the use of violence to further their goals may come to their senses. May the Holy Spirit speak to these individuals and, barring their choice of peace over violence, confuse the enemies of peace so that their efforts may be thwarted and law abiding citizens may live peacefully without being threatened by terrorists.

May God bless our security and intelligence services with sharp minds so they may identify any additional threats and anticipate any potential attacks in the future.

Update: mainstream media report one gunman shot dead. Additional gunshots have been reported at or near the Chateau Laurier.