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Friday, August 22, 2014

Fr. Bill Brennan, censured for celebrating Mass with RCWP, has died.

May God grant Fr. Brennan a swift and merciful judgement. May he rest in peace.

Wisconsin priest punished for celebrating Mass with woman dies
Wed Aug 20, 2014
(Reuters) - A Wisconsin Jesuit who was punished (fraternally corrected) by Catholic Church authorities for celebrating Mass with a woman (faux-)priest in violation of Church rules (established in accordance with the example set by Jesus Christ) has died at the age of 94, his nephew said on Wednesday.

(Dissident) Rev. Bill Brennan, a Milwaukee-area peace activist who had done missionary work in Central America, died of natural causes earlier this month, according to his nephew Timothy Brennan. A funeral (Requiem Mass?) was held this week.

(Fr.) Bill Brennan celebrated Mass in late 2012 with Janice Sevre-Duszynska of the Association of Roman Catholic Women (faux-)Priests. Though (Fr.) Brennan remained Jesuit and could hear confessions with other Jesuits, he was no longer able to celebrate Mass or other sacraments publicly under his Church sanction (because he refused to repent and recant his dissent-ridden views. May the Lord have mercy on his soul.).

Women are forbidden by the Church (which is faithful to the example set by Jesus Christ our Lord) to become priests, but some have (not) been ordained and (pretend to) celebrate Mass outside of the official Church. Catholic clergy who support the women can face punishment (Yep, and rightly so.).

Timothy Brennan said his uncle didn't complain about the restrictions imposed on him.

"He wanted there to be equal rights for women, across the board ... ," Brennan said of his uncle. "He recognized them as the backbone of the Church." (Women and men are equal, just not the same. Equal, but with different roles.)

When asked about the possibility of women priests, Pope Francis has said "that door is closed." (Roma locuta est; causa finita est.)

(Fr.) Brennan's body has been donated for scientific research. (Perhaps scientists will find the gene for dissent and devise a cure for it. Oh wait, there is a cure for dissent. It's called obedience to the Magisterium of the Church established by Jesus Christ. It takes humility to submit to the authority of the Church. A properly formed conscience, i.e., a conscience formed in the Truth revealed by Christ and conserved by the Church, always recognizes the Truth. A properly formed conscience rejoices in the Church's proclamation of the Truth. Fr. Brennan's act carried with it the potential for creating much confusion and scandal. It is very saddening when a priest, no less, cannot or will not accept the legitimate authority of the Church.)
There is another report HERE at the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Retreat Into The Past to Move Forward

By 'retreat' think 'withdraw to a quiet or secluded place'. Not some imaginary place of mythical enchantment and purple butterflies. Rather, a place where clarity of thought and confident faith reside. That 'place' is a lodging within the memory of the Church, the wisdom of the saints and, first and foremost, divine revelation.

The truth of the Liturgy can be found there in that place. Another name for that place is Tradition.
Latin traditionem (nominative traditio) "delivery, surrender, a handing down, a giving up," noun of action from past participle stem of tradere "deliver, hand over," from trans- "over" +dare "to give".
Only in receiving what has been given to us by God through His Son and His saints are we able to remain faithful and move forward in renewal. Renewal without real respect for roots is merely revolution and rebellion, neither of which tend to end well.

Return to Tradition, reception of Tradition, respect for Tradition = real renewal.
Rejection of Tradition, revision of Tradition, revulsion at Tradition = rebellion.

Miller-Young convicted of battery, grand theft from a person and vandalism :: sentenced

The headline at The Daily Caller reads:
UCSB’s Mireille Miller-Young Sentenced To Three Years Probation For Stealing From And Attacking Pro-Lifers
Noozhawk reports:
(T)he group of young women (pro-life protestors) set up in the free speech zone with their posters that day and were having productive discussions until Miller-Young appeared and began to incite students.
"Tear down the sign" was repeated many times by Miller-Young and other students, creating a mob like atmosphere, (Joan Short, sister of the victim) said.
Thrin Short (the young woman assaulted by Miller-Young) also spoke, and said that though Miller-Young issued an apology to the court, "she should issue an apology to her students."
Cathryn Short said that the apology said nothing about grabbing or scratching her daughter, and encouraged the court to enact community service with a group that thinks differently than Miller-Young, in an effort to think "beyond the squabbles of the like-minded in the faculty lounge."
Mireille Miller-Young, feminist professor at University of California (Santa Barbara), has been held to account for her violent behaviour. It is important to the cause of freedom of speech and freedom of conscience and religion that universities and legislatures be forums wherein ideas are freely and responsibly exchanged without fear of reprisal.
Prosecutor Ron Zonen said that Miller-Young didn't seize the signs because they were offensive, but because they expressed a message she didn't agree with. "She embarrassed herself, the university… she set a poor example for her students," he said.
We can only hope that Miller-Young will come to understand that there is a correlation between the acts of violence she advocated and committed and the subject matter she teaches.
(Judge) Hill ultimately sentenced Miller-Young to serve her community service in conflict-resolution workshops run by the Quaker Church, 10 hours of anger management and $493 in restitution to the Shorts, which was paid in court Friday.

The fact that Mireille Miller-Young, a pro-abortion advocate, was pregnant at the time she assaulted Thrin Short affirms the destructive confusion advocated by radical feminists. That a pregnant woman who promotes "reproductive choice" has attempted to justify her violence* toward another woman defending the lives of unborn children while she is carrying her unborn child tends to confirm that reason has been aborted along with the innumerable babies and their mothers who have been killed or seriously harmed as a result of societies embracing the tenets of radical feminist ideology. If there is to be any hope for unborn babies, the sick and the elderly, the disabled, the mentally challenged, the homeless and the marginalized, then societies must excise the cancer of radical feminist ideology and other violent ideologies that promote euthanasia and the destruction of the weak and innocent. The sooner societies embrace the Gospel of Life, the sooner all people will be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve as human beings endowed with inalienable rights by our Creator.

* There seems to be little doubt that Miller-Young attempted to mitigate the severity of her conviction by issuing a plea of no-contest, an apology (a weak confession that avoided acceptance of full responsibility for her actions), and by breaking into tears—crocodile tears?—at the sentencing hearing.

Isn't it high time that the feminists grow up and be real women? Human beings, that is, possessing a unique genius who are equal to but different from men. Women who are complementary to and not antagonistic toward men. If you have a moment, visit the following site for a little reassurance that the times they are a changin': Women Against Feminism: CLICK HERE.***Warning***some images are blunt and to the point and may contain coarse language***

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Note - this woman and her husband have seven kids!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Cause for the Canonization of Cardinal Stepinac

Image: Nobility.org

It seems that the saintly Pope Pius XII isn't the only 20th Century Catholic prelate to be subject to an attempted character assassination. Some are upset, again, that Blessed Aloysius Cardinal Stepinac is on track for canonization, quite possibly to be raised to the altar by year's end.
Serbian Church sends letter to Vatican [b92.net]
BELGRADE -- A letter explaining the position of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) regarding the canonization of Alojzije Stepinac was recently handed to a Vatican official. 
The daily Politika writes that the letter was given to Secretary of the Holy See for Relations with States Dominique Mamberti, who has been on a visit to Serbia. 
The content of the message, however, remains unknown, but the newspaper noted that the SPC "undoubtedly does not view favorably announcements that Stepinac could become a saint."

Mamberti will also take with him to the Vatican another letter dedicated to the same subject, sent by the Serbian president.

In an interview for Politika published in Sunday, SPC Patriarch Irinej said the announcements from the Vatican that Stepinac could be canonized by the end of the year came as "a great surprise" for the Serbian Orthodox dignitaries - "because in order for someone to be a saint, they must be a truly shining and holy personality and be accepted as such by other Christians." (Did an Orthodox prelate just call Catholics 'christians'?)
Stepinac was a WW2-era Croatian Catholic cardinal, convicted after the war for collaboration with the fascist Independent State of Croatia (NDH/Ustaše) entity. The NDH operated death camps during the war that were the sites of mass murder of Serbs, Jews, and Romas. (And how exactly was Cardinal Stepinac involved in working with the NDH and operating death camps? He wasn't.)
The text cited above from an April/2014 article at b92.net, a Serbian media outlet that cites an article by Politika, attempts to play into historical prejudices against the Croatian cardinal while avoiding mention of the Cardinal's fierce opposition to the Ustaše, the notorious Croatian Revolutionary Movement. The historical record merits much more attention than b92.net has given in its recent article and other articles regarding Cardinal Stepinac. Though the exact contents of the letter from SPC Patriarch Irinej are not known, one would hope that his letter and the letter of the Serbian president avoid reproducing the negligence exhibited in the b92.net article(s).

For the record, which is readily available in summary form at various public sites, Stepinac was convicted by a highly biased communist court when he (Wikipedia):
"publicly condemned the new Yugoslav government and its actions during World War II, especially for murders of priests by communist militants. Yugoslav authorities indicted the archbishop on multiple counts of war crimes and collaboration with the enemy during wartime. The trial was depicted in the West as a typical communist "show trial", biased against the archbishop.
Stepinac "condemned Croat atrocities against both Serbs and Jews, and himself saved a group of Jews in an old age home". According to Richard West, on several occasions during the war, Stepinac criticized the Ustaše atrocities to certain leaders in private" (Given many acts of retaliation by the Axis governments during WWII, "in private" vs. public criticism was likely due to the reasonable concern to avoid provoking retaliation against people already at risk. See below: support from National Conference of Christians and Jews. Stepinac did not hesitate to put himself at risk nor did he shy away from confronting Ustaše leaders about the atrocities.).
As for the b92.net article's attempt to create additional bias by associating Cardinal Stepinac with a diabolical regime in order to undermine Cardinal Stepinac's character, it should be noted that
Upon hearing news of the Glina massacre, in the summer of 1941 Stepinac sent a letter to Pavelić, requesting that "on the whole territory of the Independent State of Croatia, not one Serb is killed if he is not proven guilty for what he has deserved death." (Bear in mind, this is not an endorsement of capital punishment, merely an assertion that the state must abide by the rule of law.)
"All men and all races are children of God; all without distinction. Those who are Gypsies, Black, European, or Aryan all have the same rights (...) for this reason, the Catholic Church had always condemned, and continues to condemn, all injustice and all violence committed in the name of theories of class, race, or nationality. It is not permissible to persecute Gypsies or Jews because they are thought to be an inferior race."—notes 41, 11, 45 & 45.
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In a sermon on October 25, 1942, he further commented on racial acceptance:
We affirm then that all peoples and races descend from God. In fact, there exists but one race... . The members of this race can be white or black, they can be separated by oceans or live on the opposing poles, [but] they remain first and foremost the race created by God, according to the precepts of natural law and positive Divine law as it is written in the hearts and minds of humans or revealed by Jesus Christ, the son of God, the sovereign of all peoples.
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When deportation of Croatian Jews began, Stepinac and the papal envoy Giuseppe Marcone protested to Andrija Artukovic. Pope Pius XII had dispatched Marcone as Apostolic Visitor to Croatia, reportedly in order to assist Stepinac and the Croatian Episcopate in "combating the evil influence of neo-pagan propaganda which could be exercised in the organization of the new state". Marcone served as Nuncio in all but name.

After the release of left-wing activist Ante Ciliga from Jasenovac in January 1943, Stepinac requested a meeting with him to learn about what was occurring at the camp. He also wrote directly to Pavelić, saying on 24 February 1943, "The Jasenovac camp itself is a shameful stain on the honor of the [Independent State of Croatia]."

Stepinac advised individual priests to admit Orthodox believers to the Catholic Church if their lives were in danger, such that this conversion had no validity, allowing them to return to their faith once the danger passed.—notes 46-50 incl.
Is it unfair to suggest that a Serbian news organization has, by repeating slanderous and unsubstantiated accusations, misrepresented the historical record in order to promote nationalistic goals? It would be very unfortunate if SPC Patriarch Irinej has bought into the same negative propaganda without making a serious effort to determine the facts. Anything short of a complete investigation into Cardinal Stepinac's record, an examination which the Patriarch should be confident that the Vatican congregation responsible for the cause for Blessed Stepinac's canonization has undertaken, is not worthy of the Patriarch's office. The Cardinal's character has been attested to by many sources outside the Church.
Support (for Stepinac) also came from the American Jewish Committee, who put out a declaration that On October 13, 1946, The New York Times wrote that,
The trial of Archbishop Stepinac was a purely political one with the outcome determined in advance. The trial and sentence of this Croatian prelate are in contradiction with the Yugoslavia's pledge that it will respect human rights and the fundamental liberties of all without reference to race, sex, language and creed. Archbishop Stepinac was sentenced and will be incarcerated as part of the campaign against his church, guilty only of being the enemy of Communism.
The National Conference of Christians and Jews at the Bronx Round Table adopted a unanimous resolution on October 13 (,1946) condemning the trial:

This great churchman (Stepinac) has been charged with being a collaborator with the Nazis. We Jews deny that. We know from his record since 1934, that he was a true friend of the Jews... This man, now the victim of a sham trial, all during the Nazi regime spoke out openly, unafraid, against the dreadful Nuremberg Laws, and his opposition to the Nazi terrorism was never relaxed.
In Britain, on 23 October 1946, Mr Richard Stokes MP declared in the House of Commons that,
[T]he archbishop was our constant ally in 1941, during the worst of the crisis, and thereafter, at a time when the Orthodox Church, which is now comme il faut with the Tito Government, was shaking hands with Mussolini... .
On November 1, 1946 Winston Churchill addressed the House of Commons on the subject of the trial, expressing "great sadness" at the result.
This trial was prepared in the political sphere. It was for the purpose of dividing the Catholic Church in Croatia from its leadership at the Vatican. Tito has openly expressed this purpose... . The trial was not based on justice, but was an outrage on justice. Tito's regime has no interest in justice. It seeks only to stifle opposition... .
[Stepinac] was one of the very rare men in Europe who raised his voice against the Nazis' tyranny at a time when it was very difficult and dangerous for him to do so.
The b92.net article, by avoiding any reference to the historical record, is merely a shabby attempt to malign a man who spoke the truth out of season, a man who defended all people against tyrannical forces found even among his own people. Blessed Aloysius was a man of exemplary moral character when so many other so-called christians were not, as noted by the Honourable Richard Stokes, MP.

May these closing words, excerpted from a statement by sculptor (Ivan) Meštrović, help others to ensure that the hard work of sifting fact from fiction may be diligently pursued.
(Ivan) Meštrović went on to sculpt a bust of Stepinac after his death which reads: "Archbishop Stepinac was not a man of idle words, but rather, he actively helped every person─when he was able, and to the extent he was able. He made no distinctions as to whether a man in need was a Croat or a Serb, whether he was a Catholic or an Orthodox, whether he was Christian or non-Christian. All the attacks upon him be they the product of misinformation, or the product of a clouded mind, cannot change this fact...". note 105.
Blessed Aloysius Stepanic—Santo subito!