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"If you don't behave as you believe, then you end up believing as you behave" – Fulton J Sheen

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    1. Teresina March 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      That is an interesting one.  Apparently another of Fulton Sheen's favourite quotes to some of his detractors (namely Cardinal Spellman) was: ""Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius".  I am sure it would have hurt to be on the end of that one!

    2. Rubyshine March 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      I have something I'd like people's thoughts on. How to develop faith in your children.

      Obviously you can't force your children to have faith, but teaching your children about faith is obviously an important part of parenting.

      I've got some thoughts on what not to do, but little on what to do. We perhaps all know the family where all the children have and continue to have a deep faith, whilst equally we've perhaps all known the children of very devout parents who have completely rebelled against any faith.

      So whether it's from your own parenting, how you were raised, or observations of other families, what can/should parents do or not do to instill faith?

    3. withhope March 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm
    4. Teresina March 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks for that link, Withhope.  It is a great sermon from Archbishop Sample.  He talks about why Pope Benedict wrote Summorum Pontificum and he says, that he (Pope Benedict) "broke down all barriers to celebrating this liturgy (the usus antiquior)" and it is "alive and well in the Church, praise God, and thank you Pope Benedict XVI".  He said he is surprised and delighted about the number of young people attending the usus antiquior.  He mentions that the OF of the Mass still much in need of reforming and he said it must be done in light of tradition and in reference to the usus antiquior.  I hope that means taking away the offertory procession and sign of peace.  He mentions that there have been abuses that he witnessed first hand at university where he attended a Mass said seated around a coffee table with a napkin and bread in the basket and he warns that "The abuses are not over".  He points for the need for the OF to be celebrated ad orientam and says Pope Benedict has called for a reform of the reform while recognising that there will always be those in the Church who have a love of the usus antiquior and that the Church is big enough for both forms.

      p.s. in case you missed it I also replied to your post about Bl John Paul The Great on the earlier Sunday Scrum post.

    5. Teresina March 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Rubyshine, I am not sure how old your children are but when I was young I was taught to say morning and night prayers, about my guardian angel and to pray to my guardian angel every day and of course taken to Mass.  Children often follow the example of parents.  If one parent is a good panist or golfer, quite often the child will learn those things and do well at them too.  So your children will learn from your faithfulness.  They will see you praying and join in with you and ask you what you are doing; they will see you attend Mass and will go with you.  You could buy them a simple prayer book and then a simple Mass book when they're old enough. Also some simple booklets on the lives of saints.  Tellng them all about the saint they are named after.  Children seem to take to the lives of the saints quite early.  The faith is really passed on at the knee usually of the mother.  You can only do your best so lifelong prayer for your children that they may keep the faith will surely be answered.  

    6. Teresina March 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Over on Southern Orders Father has a good summation of Withhope's link:




      It should not be either/or but both/and when it comes to the treasury of the Church's liturgy and the two forms that are available today, thanks be to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

      Fr. Z's blog first posted this video of Archbishop Alexander Samples of Portland, Oregon preaching a very nice homily at a Solemn Sung Pontifical Mass in Portland.

      I could not agree more with what the Archbishop says during this homily:

      “When Summorum Pontificum came out, and the Holy Father said this is one of the forms of the Latin Rite, the Extraordinary Form, I said ‘I’m a bishop of the Church, I must know this rite!’  And I encourage my priests and my seminarians to learn and to know this rite.  Even if you never have a chance to celebrate it, knowing it, experiencing it – I guarantee you – will affect the way you celebrate the Ordinary Form.  It will do so.”

      Archbishop Sample knows that in following Vatican II, we must look at the EF Mass to understand how to properly celebrate the Ordinary Form and in continuity, not in a rupture.

      What are some of the abuses, not authentic reform? Listen to Archbishop Sample's description of an Ordinary Form Mass in the 1970's around a coffee table. I experienced that in the seminary! How did we get from the Mass that Archbishop Samples is celebrating in the video to a Mass at a coffee table? What was going on? Did Vatican II foresee such nonsense? How did the reform go off track?

      The Archbishop seems to endorse the celebration of the Mass ad orientem and makes a good apologetic for it. As I have said before, nothing in the Books of the Ordinary Form of the Mass needs to be changed, or if there are changes, only minor ones, what needs to change is the mentality about how to celebrate the Ordinary Form, even in a purely vernacular Mass. Chant needs to be recovered, ad orientem needs to be recovered, kneeling for Holy Communion needs to be recovered. I would go so far as to say that in both the Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form that Holy Communion under both kinds should be exclusively through intinction and allowed and encouraged in both."

    7. Teresina March 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      I don't agree with the comment by Father McDonald about the need for Communion under both kinds because there is too much danger of spillage of the precious blood.  As we receive the body and blood under either form (because you cannot separate the body from the blood) it is not necessary.  This is explained quite fully in the Catholic Encylopedia as follows:

      "Under this head the following points are to be noted: (a) In reference to the Eucharist as a sacrifice, the communion, under both kinds, of the celebrating priest belongs at least to the integrity, and, according to some theologians, to the essence, of the sacrificial rite, and may not therefore be omitted without violating the sacrificial precept of Christ: "Do this for a commemoration of me" (Luke 22:19). This is taught implicitly by the Council of Trent (Sess. XXI, c. i; XXII, c. i). (b) There is no Divine precept binding the laity or non-celebrating priests to receive the sacrament under both kinds (Trent, sess. XXI, c. i.) (c) By reason of the hypostatic union and of the indivisibility of His glorified humanity, Christ is really present and is received whole and entire, body and blood, soul and Divinity, under either species alone; nor, as regards the fruits of the sacrament, is the communicant under one kind deprived of any grace necessary for salvation (Trent, Sess. XXI, c., iii). (d) In reference to the sacraments generally, apart from their substance, salva eorum substantia, i.e. apart from what has been strictly determined by Divine institution or precept, the Church has authority to determine or modify the rites and usages employed in their administration, according as she judges it expedient for the greater profit of the recipients or the better protections of the sacraments themselves against irreverence. Hence "although the usage of Communion under two kinds was not infrequent in the early ages [ab initio] of the Christian religion, yet, the custom in this respect having changed almost universally [latissime] in the course of time, holy mother the Church, mindful of her authority in the administration of the Sacraments, and influenced by weighty and just reasons, has approved the custom of communicating under one kind, and decreed it to have the force of a law, which may not be set aside or changed but by the Church's own authority" (Trent, Sess. XXI, c. ii). Not only, therefore, is Communion under both kinds not obligatory on the faithful, but the chalice is strictly forbidden by ecclesiastical law to any but the celebrating priest. These decrees of the Council of Trent were directed against the Reformers of the sixteenth century, who, on the strength of John 6:54, Matthew 26:27, and Luke 22:17-19, enforced in most cases by a denial of the Real Presence and of the Sacrifice of the Mass, maintained the existence of a Divine precept obliging the faithful to receive under both kinds, and denounced the Catholic practice of withholding the cup from the laity as a sacrilegious mutilation of the sacrament."

    8. bamac March 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Rubyshine ,

         I agree with Teresina about the importance of your example , … when i was very young we were encouraged , at home and at school, to have " talk time " with Jesus before we finished our morning and night prayers …. in the morning we would tell Him about someting that might be going to happen to us during that day that might be worrying us , maybe about someone we know who is sick or has a problem  … at night we thanked Him for His help re what ever it was and thanked Him the good times of the day .. what ever came into our thoughts … not a long talk … my mother would add her bit  a bit too .( am sure that she would have had a smile or to with some opf our young thoughts)

       Another thing that helped me as I was growing up was the habit we were encouraged to have of popping  in to visit Jesus in His Tabernacle whenever we found ourselves near a church .  These are things that have stuck with me over the many years since those early days …. things that I tried to pass on to our son  and for which I am ever grateful to my Mother and the good nuns at school for their example and encouragement.

      May God bless you with your efforts with your own young ones,

      Shalom,  Mrs Mac

    9. withhope March 9, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Teresina -i think i missed the end of the first Sunday scrum. That's a clear piece about Holy Communion under both kinds, the Catechism is clear that the fullness of Christ's body, blood, soul and divinty is present under both kinds. on the documentary of Archbishop Lefebvre, there is video of a Mass in France in the early 70s where the consecrated Hosts are passed along the pews in a wicker basket and the consecrated wine was similarly passed around in large wine glasses.  i guess that was the result of reading Catholicism through Protestantism.

    10. Teresina March 10, 2014 at 12:03 am

      Withhope, and Archbishop Sample warns that the abuses are not yet over.  Also you may be interested that Fr Hunwicke is doing a post on Archbishop Lefebvre's book  They have Uncrowned him:

      I repeat my post on Bl John Paul The Great – sorry it is so long:

      Withhope, yes, I imagine you are talking about the photo of him kissing the Koran, etc (although  I have read that some say he bowed rather than kissed it).  We don't know whether he was put in a difficult position with the Koran shoved under his nose, had bad advice or what, but the thing to remember is that even a Pope can make mistakes: St Peter denied Our Lord three times.  He smote off the ear of one of the soldiers, and even led to Our Lord saying to him "Get behind Me Satan" and yet he died a martyr and Pope John Paul the Great certainly suffered throughout his life.  It was he who brought the Church back from the brink and we can be eternally grateful to him for that.  Benedict XVI would not have been able to do what he did without the ground work laid by Pope John Paul and it was he who insisted that Benedict not retire and he wanted him for his successor.

      You are probably too young to recall but after the Second Vatican Council devotion to Our Lady and the Blessed Sacrament became almost non-existent – just kept alive in the homes of a few faithful: priests, religious and laity.  You could not even buy a holy picture of Our Lady or the Blessed Sacrament.  My mother clung on to what she had and the pictures and little booklets from before the Council are almost worn out because you couldn't replace them.

      I even heard a Marist priest give a sermon at St Mary of the Angels that there was too much devotion to Our Lady.  Blessed John Paul the Great changed all of that.  His motto was "Totus Tuus, Maria": "Mary, I belong totally to you".  I read that he had a vision of Our Lady at the time (13 May anniversay of Our Lady's first apparition at Fatima" he was shot and he bent to have a closer look and that is why he wasn't fatally wounded.  He took the bullets to Fatima the following year.  The fact that he survived are miraculous if you read what happened, the fact that he lost over three-quarters of his blood.  He said himself he was to be taken to the Gamelli HospitalI instead of the Vatican, which was the normal protocol and would have died had he not been taken directly to the hospital.  Many miracles are involved in his recovery if you read about it.  He lead a remarkable life right from his youth.  I believe he is the Pope who steered the barque of Peter between the twin pillars of Our Lady and the Blessed Sacrament that St Don Bosco foretold:

      "In May 1862 he shared his experience of this dream. He could see a very big ship in the sea which he understood as the Church. There were many smaller ships drawn up to do battle against the big ship, they were the enemies of the Church and persecutions. Two pillars or columns were protruding from the sea a little distant from each other. On the top of one was a statue of Our Lady with Help of Christianswritten beneath. On top of the other pillar was a host beneath which was written Salvation of the Faithful. The commander of the ship was the Pope. He was directing all his energies to steering the ship between those two columns or pillars. All the enemy ships moved to attack. Sometimes the large ship, the Church, got large, deep holes in its sides, but no sooner was the harm done than a gentle breeze blew from the two columns and the cracks closed up and the gaps were stopped immediately. In a battle the Pope fell gravely wounded. Immediately those who were with him helped him up. A second time the Pope was struck, this time he fell and died. The new Pope was so promptly chosen that the enemies begin to lose courage. The new Pope overcame all obstacles and enemies and guided the ship right between the two columns. He fastened a chain from the bow of the ship to the column on which stands the host, and fastened a chain from the ship’s stern to the column on which stands a statue of Our Lady. All the ships which had fought against the Pope’s ship were scattered and broken to pieces and other smaller ships which had fought for the Pope’s ship now bound themselves to the same two columns.

      We can identify with so many elements of that dream-vision. We remember Pope John Paul II falling wounded and rising again. The Church is undergoing trials at this time in the western world and elsewhere the Church is also suffering. A book I purchased recently gives an account of Catholics all over the world who were martyred during the twentieth century, more than in any previous century. In this remarkable dream-vision experienced by St. John Bosco the Church has two means to save itself in the midst of her persecutions; devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist and devotion to Our Lady. On this Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Jesus, we highlight one of those two pillars, devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist."

      An excerpt from just one of the encyclicals that Bl John Paul The Great wrote, saying that the Blessed Sacrament is at the centre of the Church, which is what the Church has always taught:

      "1. The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfilment of the promise: “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, began her pilgrim journey towards her heavenly homeland, the Divine Sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days, filling them with confident hope.

      The Second Vatican Council rightly proclaimed that the Eucharistic sacrifice is “the source and summit of the Christian life”.1 “For the most holy Eucharist contains the Church's entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our passover and living bread. Through his own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, he offers life to men”.2 Consequently the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the full manifestation of his boundless love.  … 

      Did the Apostles who took part in the Last Supper understand the meaning of the words spoken by Christ? Perhaps not. Those words would only be fully clear at the end of the Triduum sacrum, the time from Thursday evening to Sunday morning. Those days embrace the myste- rium paschale; they also embrace the mysterium eucharisticum

      3. The Church was born of the paschal mystery. For this very reason the Eucharist, which is in an outstanding way the sacrament of the paschal mystery, stands at the centre of the Church's life.    

      The Eucharist, as Christ's saving presence in the community of the faithful and its spiritual food, is the most precious possession which the Church can have in her journey through history. This explains the lively concern which she has always shown for the Eucharistic mystery, a concern which finds authoritative expression in the work of the Councils and the Popes. How can we not admire the doctrinal expositions of the Decrees on the Most Holy Eucharist and on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass promulgated by the Council of Trent? For centuries those Decrees guided theology and catechesis, and they are still a dogmatic reference-point for the continual renewal and growth of God's People in faith and in love for the Eucharist. In times closer to our own, three Encyclical Letters should be mentioned: the Encyclical Mirae Caritatis of Leo XIII (28 May 1902),5 the Encyclical Mediator Dei of Pius XII (20 November 1947)6 and the EncyclicalMysterium Fidei of Paul VI (3 September 1965).7 …

      Unfortunately, alongside these lights, there are also shadows. In some places the practice of Eucharistic adoration has been almost completely abandoned. In various parts of the Church abuses have occurred, leading to confusion with regard to sound faith and Catholic doctrine concerning this wonderful sacrament. At times one encounters an extremely reductive understanding of the Eucharistic mystery. Stripped of its sacrificial meaning, it is celebrated as if it were simply a fraternal banquet. Furthermore, the necessity of the ministerial priesthood, grounded in apostolic succession, is at times obscured and the sacramental nature of the Eucharist is reduced to its mere effectiveness as a form of proclamation. This has led here and there to ecumenical initiatives which, albeit well-intentioned, indulge in Eucharistic practices contrary to the discipline by which the Church expresses her faith. How can we not express profound grief at all this? The Eucharist is too great a gift to tolerate ambiguity and depreciation.

      It is my hope that the present Encyclical Letter will effectively help to banish the dark clouds of unacceptable doctrine and practice, so that the Eucharist will continue to shine forth in all its radiant mystery.


      And he ended off:

      "Let us make our own the words of Saint Thomas Aquinas, an eminent theologian and an impassioned poet of Christ in the Eucharist, and turn in hope to the contemplation of that goal to which our hearts aspire in their thirst for joy and peace:

      Bone pastor, panis vere,
      Iesu, nostri miserere…

      Come then, good Shepherd, bread divine,
      Still show to us thy mercy sign;
      Oh, feed us, still keep us thine;
      So we may see thy glories shine
      in fields of immortality.

      O thou, the wisest, mightiest, best,
      Our present food, our future rest,
      Come, make us each thy chosen guest,
      Co-heirs of thine, and comrades blest
      With saints whose dwelling is with thee.

      Given in Rome, at Saint Peter's, on 17 April, Holy Thursday, in the year 2003, the Twenty- fifth of my Pontificate, the Year of the Rosary." 


      And the faithful add "The Great"!



    11. withhope March 10, 2014 at 12:29 am

      p.s. went back to the scrum and found your post, T. thanks for the Fr Hunwicke nod – what an interesting take on things.

    12. Rubyshine March 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Mrs Mac, I wonder how many churches are frequently open for the public to simply walk into these days.

    13. bamac March 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm


      i am not sure on that score …  I find it a bit sad when I see children with their parents short-cut through the foyer on their way to school without even the slightest acknowledgement of Our Blessed Lord present in the church as they pass the opendoor of the church .

      A couple of years ago two little boys used to come in by thmselves , walk down to the altar steps , bow their heads towards the Tabernacle then kneel down , join their hands and talk silently to Jesus … they would bow again before leaving the altar area … as they walked out one of the boys would turn around and wave to the Tabernacle … our church remains open during the day whilst there is someone in the paris office which is on the other side of the foyer..

      It is sad that so many churches do have to be shut during the day I agree.


    14. Teresina March 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Over on Southern Orders Father has put up his sermon for the first Sunday of Lent asking if anyone heard mention of the devil in the sermon given.  I imagine no one did because I understand that some of the bishops have stated that the devil should not be mentioned in sermons anymore.  So here is the sermon from Southern Orders.  I didn't think it was too bad:

      "Introduction: Toward the end of the third century, a group of Christians, despairing of the worldliness of the Church, left to live in the desert as hermits.  Inspired by Jesus’ experience in the desert, they went to find God in the great silence and open space.  They and their future followers became known as the “Desert Fathers.” They regarded society as a shipwreck from which each single individual had to swim for his life. These were men who believed that to let oneself drift along, passively accepting the tenets and values of what they knew as society was purely and simply a disaster.”  What these men felt was true of society of their day is even truer of our society of today. 


      Topic Statement: While the world, the flesh and the devil pull us in the wrong direction, Jesus Christ saves us by pulling us in the right direction, the direction of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


      1.                 The season of Lent focuses us on the interior battle of each soul with the world, the flesh and the devil and Jesus Christ who has won the victory for us.


      A.               St. John of the Cross offers very practical advice.  He taught that the vices of the world, its false or evil allurements, were the easiest to overcome and were overcome by the supernatural virtue of hope.  The flesh was the most tenacious of the enemies of the soul, passions run a muck that become lust. These fight us until death and are overcome by the virtue of love.  The devil was the most difficult enemy to overcome because of his wiles, deceptions and lies, but was overcome by the supernatural virtue of unrelenting faith.

      It does not take a theologian to figure out that Satan is winning his war with some Catholics. When we hear of Catholics who are lukewarm in their commitment to Christ, His Church and Sunday Mass, who are pro-choice, think that marriage as defined by God should be redefined by the state, when the culture of lust is promoted over the virtues of modesty and chastity, we can rightly give a diagnosis of the influence of Satan and how so many succumb to his temptations. But we know too, without be a theologian, when the Holy Spirit is present and those who have fallen to Satan and his temptation, repent and return to the Church and her divinely revealed truth. When repentance leads to a re-commitment to Christ, His Holy church, Sunday Mass and daily prayer as well as righteous living that is a witness to others, then the Holy Spirit has triumphed.


      B.                The New Testament teaches that it is Satan, who is responsible for disease and suffering; who seduced Judas; who was confronted by the words and works of Jesus, against whom we must fight; who is the power against God and is destined for final destruction.  In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus fully equipped for his ministry. He is thrust into the desert and remains focused on his ministry.  The battle between good and evil has erupted. And as Jesus begins His public ministry by going to the desert to prepare for it, he is victorious over Satan and his temptations. In the end, Jesus’ complete victory will be celebrated on the cross. We are invited to share in the victory and not wallow in the life that Satan seduces us into living.


      2.                 The victory of Jesus over sin and death demands our wholehearted and undivided response.


      A.               Way too many people, however, do not seek the ineffable, incomprehensible God and therefore do not give him the reverence, respect and adoration due him.  In some souls God reigns like the King that He is, in other souls He is ignored, treated as a complete stranger.  Each of us during this season of Lent and throughout our lives must figure out how we treat God in our lives.


      B.                The gospel reading from Matthew today is our program for the season of Lent.  By God’s grace and in the victory of Jesus Christ, we are to resist the devil by living on every word from the mouth of God. We will not put the Lord our God to the test and we shall worship the Lord our god and Him alone shall we serve!


      Conclusion: The Mass is like a rip current that pulls us in the right direction to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May we use this season of Lent to turn away from Satan’s temptations and personal sin and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ who has won the victory over the world, the flesh and the devil."

    15. bamac March 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm
    16. Teresina March 11, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you, Mrs Mac, that link is surely needed in this day and age and I copy from it a point that I think will help many struggling through Lent and beyond:

      Pray The Rosary

      I have told you before that Our Lady of Guadalupe is not really Our Lady of Guadalupe, instead she is really Our Lady of coatlaxopeuh which is pronounced “quatlasupe” and sounds extraordinarily like the Spanish word Guadalupe.  Coatlaxopeuhmeans She who crushes the head of the serpent.

      “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel” (Genesis 3: 15, Douay – Rheims).

      In our present day apocalyptic battle with the evil one, let us turn to Mary.  Let us pray the Rosary every day so that in our lives, in our homes and in our nation, she will crush the head of the serpent and give us the strength to live fully Christian lives with Our Savior Jesus Christ.    

    17. Teresina March 15, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      More from Cardinal Timothy Dolan – a Prince of the Church:



      “Bravo!” So said Timothy Cardinal Dolan in reference to football player Michael Sam’s announcement to the world that he desires other men sexually. "

    18. Teresina March 16, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Food for thought courtesy Rarote Caeli:

      Editorial: The Sound of Silence

      First, they silenced the majority inside the Franciscans of the Immaculate who had done their best for years to apply the Benedictine line of "hermeneutic of continuity". Their Summorum rights were reversed and subjected to an absurd authorization, their seminary shut down, their conservative majority disbanded and muzzled. The books and journals published by them were forbidden to be sold – greatly reducing the reach of the few Italian theologians who had tried to promote a moderately critical reading of Vatican II that was nevertheless respectful of the Holy See.

      Then, they came for Mario Palmaro and Alessandro Gnocchi in Radio Maria.

      Then, they asked for Roberto de Mattei's head in Radio Maria.

      Then, they, using the solemn liturgical Tradition of the Church not as an instrument of grace but as a weapon, removing the daily Traditional Mass from a small traditional Catholic college with no explicit justification.

      Then, they silenced Deacon Nick Connelly, a man whose blog had been founded with the name "Protect the Pope" precisely because the official Catholic news sources did nothing to actually protect the then-Pope's (Benedict XVI) actual words and reputation. The blog never promoted any heterodox opinion, but the diocese of Lancaster confirmed the decision later.

      Then, they warned the Ordinariates of Anglican Use to "exercise vigilance over blogs of their faithful" – a warning that is quite clearly directed at specific blogs that are too noisy or that openly and prominently promote the TLM and the hermeneutic of continuity…

      Are we going to pronounce a philippic against "censorship" and in favor of a supposed "freedom of speech" for ordained ministers or Catholic-owned radio stations? No, we leave that task for those who are terrified of an advance of an "illiberal Catholicism" that is nowhere to be seen, while the real illiberal menace within the Church is clear from the examples above. No, what we would once again wish to point out is the egregious double standard involved in this silencing campaign.Shameless ecclesial administrators, as sycophants in every bureaucracy, try to garner favor by being more radical than their superiors. Meanwhile, the defenders of heterodoxy and moral relativism are, as has been the case since the Council except for very extreme cases, unbothered, or more often than not praised, decorated, or promoted.

      We occasionally expressed reservations about some bewildering opinions or actions of Benedict XVI. But nobody can deny that under John Paul II and Benedict XVI we could breathe – much heterodoxy abounded and went unpunished, but wheat and cockle grew freely. Now, we are under the worst of both worlds: a newly-founded disorganized Inquisition that burns the wheat in the fields, while cockle grows strong even on the rock. Liberal pseudo-Torquemadas who use the rod to spank the sheep while the beasts feast on the flock. Complete silence is coming, and with it only the howling of the wolves at the darkest hour.

    19. Teresina March 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Altar rails are being restored in the beautiful church of St Joseph's in Macon and here is what the parish priest has to say:

      "… today with the Extraordinary Form of the Mass allowed as a legitimate and sacred option for worship and the recovery of popular devotions and kneeling for prayer and also the legitimate option of kneeling for Holy Communion without shame or ridicule, the altar railing is no longer looked upon as a barrier but as an extension of the altar and a touchable, accessible icon of it. "