(Again Zuccetto Spin to Cullen O'Farrell)
Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Vote on the bar on the right hand side of the screen.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
A comment on a previous post has made it clear to me that some benighted souls are unaware of the identity of the Marines' Marine, Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller. Click on his name and read about him; you hear me?!?
Terrance, the grandson of one of my deacons, is also going to name his new pup, a German Shepherd, Gunny. Chesty was the first choice, but his wife vetoed it. For some reason she did want to have yell Chesty out the back door to call the dog.
In Rome, I got a new Euroclero Biretta that fits my size 8 head. In Rome, I also received as gifts a new ciborium and green chasuble with very nice iconographic orpheries. The parish has acquired an altar cross with corpus on both sides and maniples of assorted colors.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Question: would it be very bad to wire the battery to the plate bolts?
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Between the Theraflu and Hall's drops, I was able to subdue Kermit enough to chant the prayers of the Mass, but not the preface. I got to use my new white maniple and Euroclero biretta. (Pictures will be forthcoming.) All four of our Masses (Vigil, Midnight, Dawn, and Day all with the requisite prayers and readings) were very well attended despite the heavy snow dropped on Christmas Eve. Our musicians did an especially nice job this year, particularly our new children's choir. (My organist Michael had lots of fun with the Zimmelbells.)
After the last Mass, I bundled Katiedog and myself into the car for the journey to mom's. Once there, it was time to open my presents. (RC helicopter--SCORE--and the requisite bulldog calendars). After presents, it was time to eat --Christmas is a diet hiatus. After food, time for a nice dosing of Theraflu and sleep. I spent most of today sleeping and lounging around mom's. Tomorrow will likely be more of the same with a trip out to the Great Salt Lake to make sure that the scuppers on my boat are clear and functioning. (More snow is on the way!)
Alas, back to work Friday morning.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Gift bags. Because a) I am too lazy to wrap things and b) my wrapping efforts usually end in disaster.
2. Real or artificial tree? Before ordination, I would have said real. However, since I have had personal experience trying to get dry needles out of the church, I say artificial hands down.
3. When do you put up the tree? Not being an advent-nazi, I have no problems with putting up Christmas stuff early as long as it is left up through the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. However, since I only put up trees in the church now, the rule is no sooner than the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
4. When do you take the tree down? No sooner than the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
5. Do you like egg nog? Heck yes I like egg nog. (It is a very good thing it isn't available year round or I would be round.)
6. Favorite gift received as a child? I got a lot of great gifts as a kid. The ones that come to mind are my telescopes, GiJoe stuff, lego sets, and a Verti-Bird.
7. Did you have a Nativity scene? Yup. In fact, mom gave me the one we had as I was growing up.
8. Hardest person to buy for? Myself--I am too picky.
9. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Clothes.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. Email is cheating.
11. Favorite Christmas movie? A Christmas Carol (1984) , A Christmas Story (1983) , and Christmas Vacation (1989) .
12. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Sometime after Thanksgiving.
13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No.
14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Waldorf Salad.
15. Clear lights or colored lights on the tree? Colored.
16. Favorite Christmas song? Angels We Have Heard On High
17. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Are you kidding? It is a work day.
18. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Lets see; Comet, Cupid, Agnew, Nixon. Nope, and I date myself.
19. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel
20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning.
21. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Muzaked Christmas music. (One Christmas I worked in a mall and almost went postal due to the mall music.)
22. Best thing about this time of year? Celebrating the proper Christmas Masses at the proper times with the proper readings.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
GUESS WHO I JUST TALKED TO?!?!?!?!?!!?
It had been 24 days since I'd heard David's voice and my heart is now flying! I was able to call the ICU desk at the German clinic and talk to David through the remote control thingy in his room.
I just want to sum up his progress:
* His skin grafts look VERY good
* Tomorrow they will remove his tracheotomy
* He signed his own release for tomorrow's surgery
* He's off anti-biotics
* Today he was able to get out of bed on his own, stand-up, turn and sit in a chair (the nurses said David is their FIRST patient ever to do this the first time by himself)
* They are leaving him to heal one more week on his own and then next week they'll reassess for more grafts
* They want him up and walking this week
* The doctor told David they've gone from talking about how many months until he can return to Denver to how many weeks
Here's another interesting fact: the last weekend we were there, one of the doctors was updating us on David and said we surely know the such-n-such burn index...he said that if a person's age (David's 41) added to the percentage of the body (60%) burned equals 100, there is only a 10% chance of survivability. He said there were other factors that adjusted the index, one of which was the patient's health. Another one of those miraculous dominoes that had been put into affect was that David had been kickboxing, lifting weights and doing yoga every day.
THANK YOU GOD!!!!! THANK YOU ALL!!!! Again, please don't stop praying now!
P.S. We cannot thank ALL OF YOU ENOUGH for your prayers! This is the best news that we have received in 3 1/2 weeks. He is obviously making great strides. He now knows the % of his burns.
He is determined to do something new every day. There have been soooo many big and little miracles! All of the involved families believe this to be true. We also know that prayers are coming from Northern Ireland, New Zealand, etc., etc. We have heard from so many that these e-mails pleading for prayers have been sent onto family members/friends who in turn forward them to others. It is truly through the grace of God hearing these prayers that he is alive for one of the miracles. Truly this is the VERY BEST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENTS! Blessings to all of you!
Appreciatively, Doug and Mary Terese (Dave's in-laws).
Saturday, November 24, 2007
While in the Holy City, I will do the usual plus the following: Pope watching, buy a new cassock and a high quality saturno, and quest for the geek cleric's holy grail, the fabled propeller zuccetto.
(I may get in a couple more posts before I leave.)
(Zuccetto and propeller spin to Vincenzo for the picture.)
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
IDIOT SIGHTING: Hubby and I had to have the garage door repaired. The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a large enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, "Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower." I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, "NO, it's not. Four is larger than two."
We haven't used Sears repair since....
IDIOT SIGHTING: I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road. The reason: "Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore."
From Kingman, KS...
IDIOTS IN FOOD SERVICE: My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for "minimal lettuce." He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg.
From Kansas City !...
IDIOT SIGHTING: I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, "Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?" To which I replied, "If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?" He smiled knowingly and nodded, "That's why we ask."
Happened in Birmingham, Ala....
IDIOT SIGHTING: The stoplight on the corner buzzes when its safe to cross the street. I was crossing with a co-worker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded,"What on earth are blind people doing driving?!"
She was a probation officer in Wichita, KS...
IDIOT SIGHTING: At a good-bye luncheon for a dear coworker: She was leaving the company due to"downsizing. " Our manager commented cheerfully,"This is fun. We should do this more often." Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the- headlights stare.
This was at Texas Instruments.
IDIOT SIGHTING: When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver's side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. "Hey," I announced to the technician, "Its open!" His reply, "I know -I already got that side."
This was at the Ford dealership in Canton, Mississippi !..
IDIOT SIGHTING: I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself, and for the sake of her own life, couldn't understand why her system would not turn on.
A deputy with the Dallas County Sheriffs office.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Baltimore priest removed for liturgical abuse
Baltimore, Nov. 9, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Baltimore's Archbishop Edwin O'Brien has removed a pastor who invited a female Episcopalian priest to join him in celebrating a funeral Mass, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Father Martin was removed from his parish assignment at a meeting with archdiocesan officials on November 8. The priest, whose unorthodox liturgical practices had prompted several prior complaints, said that the Episcopalian priest had not participated in the Consecration during the October funeral liturgy, although he had invited her to read the Gospel. There were conflicting reports on whether or not the Episcopalian cleric had received Communion; Father Martin said that he could not recall administering the Eucharist to her.
On the orders of the archbishop, Father Martin resigned his parish assignment and issued an apology for "bringing scandal to the Church," the Sun reports. A spokesman for the Baltimore archdiocese explained that the pastor's removal was called for because "he has repeatedly violated Church teaching."
Father Martin was serving as pastor of three different parishes in south Baltimore, where he had worked for 5 years. His removal comes just 6 weeks after Archbishop O'Brien was installed as head of the Baltimore archdiocese.
Happy to see this action being taken. Sorry that it was necessary
Monday, November 05, 2007
Last week, it was announced that a well-known TV priest had "gone over the wall." In a letter he released, he said that he had developed a relationship with a widow that he was trying to help and as a consequence he was going, "to take some time off to prayerfully and honestly discern my future." Whenever I hear something like this, my thoughts and feeling run to disappointment, anger, sadness, and surprise. I do not propose to speak about this particular and his particular situation, but rather I want to reflect on the general issue.
First, whenever I hear of a priest "going over the wall", what comes to mind is a man leaving his wife for another woman. In my view, this is a cowardly and selfish thing to do. Certainly, men have left the priesthood because they are psychologically unsuited and for these I have some sympathy especially if they wait to be laicized and then are married. But to leave because they have found 'love' is something entirely different. When one is ordained one makes an informed choice. Perhaps at one time men were rushed into the clergy, this doesn't happen any more. And this choice is for life, not just until you meet a real nice gal. (Though in my experience, most guys who have left to marry have ended up marrying 'devil women'.) Most of the men who do this are like the guys who trade in their wife of 20 years for the new, unwrinkled and unsagging model. Acts of selfishness and sin (or temptation to sin) need to be recognized for what they are.
Second, I have precious little patience for the apologists who say something to the effect of, "well, the priesthood is a lonely life." A priest is no more or less subject to loneliness persons in other states of life. You are only lonely if you allow yourself to be. The solution to loneliness is healthy, prudent, holy friendships, not sex or romantic love. When I hear a priest opine that marriage is the solution to problems, it always occurs to me that he is not hearing enough confessions. Don't get me wrong marriage is a good and holy thing, but it is also a life sharing in the Cross of Christ as is the priesthood.
Third, even if it makes things 'better' for the priest, it won't for other people. People especially spiritual sons and daughters of the priest will feel betrayed and they have a right to. The priest's life is not his own. He does not live it for himself and his personal fulfillment, but for the salvation of souls. The departure of even a bad priest will effect in a negative way those he has ministered to.
Fourth, a word about discernment. The time for discernment is before ordination, not after.
It is FATHER PANZER! (Need I say more.)
Monday, October 29, 2007
But, of course, I can't just leave it there. I have little tolerance for the "Halloween is the Devil's day" types. The origins of the day are irrelevant--they don't tell us what it means now. Now it is just a day for kids (and more than a few adults) to dress up and get a sugar high. Does this mean that parents, particularly Catholic parents, shouldn't exercise prudence when it comes to costumes and activities? Of course not. Having your 5 year old dress as Hannibal Lectur, Jason Vorhees, or a streetwalker is a bad idea, mmmkay. But most importantly, it ought not to be allowed to eclipse the Holy Days.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
(Maybe too much so.) This house is across the street from my mother's house. The owners decorate it for every season, but Halloween seems to be a special favorite. They go all out. It is fun to watch the people drive or walk by to look at it, particularly those with little children.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I can't get the gum off him.. tried it all. He was playing with it and he pulled it out of his mouth and said "It juts got on my eyes"
I have tried
WD40 I know I shouldn't have
A warm rag
I even had him chew another piece of gum to put on it to pull it off.. but he kept playing with the gum.. Lesson NOT learned.
I have tried to cut it out and it pulls to hard. There must have been super glue in that gum.
etc.. nothing works
any suggestions welcome.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
"Can you imagine what kind of candidates we would attract to the U.S. Senate, for example, or to any other high-ranking political, corporate or academic office if a commitment to lifelong celibacy were an essential, non-negotiable requirement?"
-- Father Richard McBrien, addressing the Voice of the Faithful convention yesterday.
Yet more proof that Dick should be sent to the old hippy home and yet more proof that VOF is just a front for CTA Modernism.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Why should they love her laws?
She tells them of Life and Death, and of all that they would forget.
She is tender where they would be hard, and hard where they like to be soft.
She tells them of Evil and Sin, and other unpleasant facts.
They constantly try to escape
From the darkness outside and within
By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.
But the man that is will shadow
The man that pretends to be.
–T. S. Eliot, “Choruses from ‘The Rock’”
(Zuccetto spin to The Art of Apologetics)
A word of explanation: being a good monarchist, I refuse to promote the Marxist propaganda of SVII's Che Lovell and his play The Bananas of Revenge. Instead, I present to you the story of an innocent, hard working unicorn Carlos and his oppression by the Marxist agitator unicorns Red and Pink. The following is the story outline.
Open on Carlos taking his siesta in the middle of a beautiful Latin American field.
Pink & Red: Hey Carlos, you lackey of the Norteamericano imperialists, come with us to Banana Mountain. It is a workers paradise. Come with us Banana Mountain!
Carlos: Oh, &#$r#, it is you guys. Listen I have told you, I don't want to join the International Federation of Working Unicorns. And there is no such place as Banana Mountain.
Pink & Red: Shun the capitalist! Shuuuuun.
(Cut to Carlos, Pink, & Red standing before a dinosaur.)
Carlos: Holy #$#&, what is that?
Pink & Red: Don't you recognize Jimmy Carter? He is taking some time away from propping up Latin American comrades and certifying their elections. Listen. He is telling us the way to Banana Mountain.
(The dinosaur spouts nonsense in a southern accent.)
(Our hero arrives at Banana Mountain.)
Carlos: Holy #$#*, Banana Mountain does exit. Can I go home now?
Pink & Red, pulling out AKs: Sorry Carlos, reactionaries have to go to the Banana Mountain reeducation center.
(As Carlos marches into the reeducation cave, the letters from the Banana Mountain sign come to life and sing a rousing rendition of The Internationale.)
(Cut to a bruised and battered Carlos.)
Carlos: Oh freaking, ^&#EW#, they took my wallet!
(Now you understand why my vampires in rural Utah novel has never been written.)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
THE TEST: Suddenly you see a woman in the water. She is fighting for her life, trying not to be taken down with the debris. You move closer and she looks familiar. You suddenly realize it's Hillary Clinton! At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take her under forever. You have two options: You can save the life of Hillary Clinton or you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of the world's most powerful women.
THE QUESTION: Here's the question, and please give an honest answer..... "Would you select high contrast color film, or would you go with the classic simplicity of black and white?"
(Zuccetto spin to Mungo's Mom)
Monday, October 08, 2007
Church Leaders Address Christian Controversy
SALT LAKE CITY -- LDS church leaders addressed an ever-growing controversy during the 177th Semi-Annual General Conference on Sunday. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in Jesus Christ, but some conservative Christians have spoken against calling the LDS faith a "Christian" faith. Much of the controversy revolves around the differences between deities in Mormonism and conservative Christianity. Mormons believe God is a separate, physical being; conservative Christians believe God is a spirit with three natures." They were not imaginary beings, they were beings tabernacled in flesh, and out of that has come our unique and true understanding of deity," said LDS church President Gordon B. Hinckley. The comments come as much of the country, including Republican evangelicals, focus on the Mormonism of presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
I can only echo what my friend James Snow who sent this to me said, "Are there NO fact checkers in news rooms?"
(Related to this, one of my parishioners told me that a Mormon neighbor of hers explain that the reason they are Christian is because the name Jesus Christ is in the title of their Church. Hmmm, I want to be a dragon. I will add dragon to my name and that will make me one!)
Addition: Here is the letter James sent correcting the errant news anchor:
The news story about the LDS conference horribly botched the traditional definition of the Trinity. Additionally, President Hinckley's remarks are an intellectually dishonest and ridiculous caricature more suitably found in a histrionic polemic than a prime time television newscast. If he studied the creeds and doctrines as claimed with honest inquiry and examination, then he would know better than refer to them as imaginary beings: One (Being, Essence, Nature); Three Persons. As to his claim that the Creeds are too much for him to comprehend, I would remind him that "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
"Much of the controversy revolves around the differences between deities in Mormonism and conservative Christianity. Mormons believe God is a separate, physical being; conservative Christians believe God is a spirit with three natures. [Incorrect, this would signify modalism.]
"They were not imaginary beings, they were beings tabernacled in flesh, and out of that has come our unique and true understanding of deity," said LDS church President Gordon B. Hinckley."
First of all, liberal or conservative Christians may be found to profess the Nicene Creed. The usual adjective would be historic, orthodox, credal, or even Trinitarian. A useful soundbite of comparison would be that the Mormon believes the Godhead has three separate beings and three distinct persons while the historic Christian believes God is three distinct but not separate persons.
Check out Deacon Scott's post on this topic.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) - Figgy Saturn (Never let a 5 y. o. name a guinea pig.)
YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)- Cherry Oatmeal
YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) - E Ric (Which interestingly enough (mis) spells my first name.)
YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) - Black Dog.
YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) -Ric Er. (At least its not Jar Jar!)
SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) - The Purple Glenlevit.
NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) - Max Norman
TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) - Woodbury Washington.
SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, favorite flower)- All Souls Rose
CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) -Orange Sweatpantsy.
HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)- Granola Bar Rowan
YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) - The Target Shooting Wind Tour!
YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) John Cedar City
14. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) John None
(For a more testosterone filled 'Meme', go see this gem by the Caveman.)
A few years ago, it was all the rage among the liturgically avaunt garde to encourage parishes to make their own hosts. After all, it looks, tastes, and feels more like bread. It is an opportunity for people to be more involved. It is more like what Jesus and the early Church would have used. Like Frisbee hosts, this is practice is not a priori invalid. However, in my view, other concerns trump reason for doing this.
I have encountered this practice personally three times. First, during college when I was attending a Newman Center. Second, at the seminary. (The Ice Queen was a big fan of what some of the seminarians referred to as 'Chewy Jesus'.) Third, at the Air Force Base I served at when I was in the reserves. I noticed several things about it. First, It leaves particles EVERYWHERE; on the Altar, around the altar, on hands, and hence on the floor. Second, It sticks between ones teeth. Third, It hardens to the consistency of rock in the Tabernacle. Most importantly, one can never be sure whether the bakers actually follow liturgical law and use only wheat flour and water. I have heard numerous first hand reports of people taking it upon themselves add things for reasons of taste or easier baking. This is quite serious it as it can affect validity.
Another thing to be considered, is that many cloistered religious support themselves by making altar breads. By using homemade breads, we are failing to support our religious. I know of several priests in my diocese who use breads made by the big companies that are horning in on the good sisters' livelihood. (One I know has the class to donate money to the sisters to make up for the shortfall. However, I think it is better to support the sisters' labor than to simply give them money.)
In a nutshell, buy normal hosts from the sisters.
(Coming soon: Junior Clansmen Suits and greeting people at the beginning of Mass.)
Friday, October 05, 2007
(Addition encouraged by readers: The moral--don't be a Dick!)
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
The retreat was sponsored by the Southern California chapter of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. Our retreat master was The Rt. Rev. Edmund McCaffrey, Retired Abbot of Belmont Abbey. He is a great retreat master; solid theology and a most engaging speaking style. (If you ever get a chance to listen to him, make sure you do so.) The other retreatants were a great bunch of guys both young and old. (An acquaintance of mine, Fr. Dan Mode, author of The Grunt Padre was also on this retreat. He is a Navy Chaplain and just finished a year's tour in Afghanistan.) This was the best retreat I have made since attending one with Groeschel in 1995. (Not to mention that I was able to have my yearly In-N-Out Burger fix.)
On Saturday, I spoke at our diocesan religious education congress on the topic of Confession. (Yes, Confession. I don't like the term Reconciliation. It reminds me of check books.) It was nice to see a whole bunch of folks I have known from years past.
On Sunday, Fr. Frank Pavone MEV celebrated and preached at all our Masses. As you can expect, he gave a very powerful homily. We had several visitors to the parish including DGD from The Sci-Fi Catholic (unfortunately, Snuffles stayed home).
On Monday, I went through my snail mail (filled up a trash can with the junk mail) and my email (170).
Yes, the dogs and the conure were happy to see me.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
This is a particularly fine film, but the other users missed an item that I would like to mention. Namely, communism or, rather, the specific type of communism which was practiced within the old Soviet Empire, was a subtle poison to the human spirit. In a critical scene, just before the fatal run across the border, the Circus manager questions a roustabout about his betrayal of his community(the Circus) and everyone whom he ever knew there. This man, with a straight face, announces that he and the other manual laborers are the heart and essence of the circus. Along with the movie audience, the manager(played by veteran actor Frederick March) is shocked that anyone could convince himself that people come to see him and his fellows, not the aerialists, not the lion tamer nor even the clowns. There are no paranoid political rants here, but that form of communism is "busted" for its "divide and conquer" tactics. People took appalling risks to flee communism and this film gives the viewer part of why they were willing to take them. I couldn't imagine then and I can't imagine now that "a higher standard of living" was the reason for this.
Keep an eye out for it an watch it if you get the chance.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Imfamous from 1978! (And you thought Nimoy singing about B. Baggins was bad!) Zuccetto spin to The Sci-Fi Catholic.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Before you choose a Halloween costume this year, it's important to consider whether it's appropriate. You may feel your costume is creative, but in these politically correct times, you need to take the feelings of others into account! The following costumes have been deemed politically incorrect, so beware.
Raggedy Ann. This costume clearly objectifies women.
Werewolf. Offensive to animal advocates and those with male-pattern baldness.
Cave man. The proper term should be "evolutionarily challenged"; "man" is overtly sexist; also insulting to those in loincloths.
Cop. Authority figures should not be ridiculed.
Grim Reaper. Trivializes death; may also encourage children to use scythes without the necessary supervision.
Napoleon. Offends the French. (In much the same way deodorant does.)
Frankenstein's Monster. Pokes fun at those with psychological or emotional problems, as well as those with identity crises.
Bride of Frankenstein. Extremely offensive to women—they should not be known by, or valued more, merely because of their husbands.
Skeleton. Exhibits an insensitivity toward those with eating disorders.
Angel. Mocks religion and the religious.
Hunchback of Notre Dame. Ridicules those with physical deformities, as well as those suffering from "ligyrophobia," a fear of noise.
Dracula. Endorses the irresponsible practice of transmitting bodily fluids.
Sigmund Freud. Insults those with the lifelong opinion that a cigar is just a cigar.
Flapper. Demeaning to women and tassel salesmen.
Gladiator. Insensitive to cross-dressers.
Cowboy. Encourages violence, cruelty to animals and spontaneous "whooping."
Mafioso (mobster, "wise guy"). Unfairly stereotypes Italian-Americans. OK, actually, fairly stereotypes Italian-Americans, but it's still stereotyping.
Tarzan. Condones mistreatment of minorities and animals. Again, hurtful to those in loincloths.
Ghost. Glorifies the occult.
Witch. Religious persecution. Also pertains to warlocks, Gnostics, conjurers, chiromancers, shamans and Druids.
Leprechaun. Shows contempt for the Irish-American community, as well as the diminutive.
Presidents. Encourages scorn and contempt for authority figures, at least half of whom have no criminal record whatsoever. (See also "Cop.")
Characters from Star Wars. Offensive to Star Trek fans.
Characters from Star Trek. Offensive to Star Wars fans.
Mummy. Offends Egyptians, embalmers and the undead.
Genie. Objectifies women; subjects those who may be "buxom challenged" to ridicule. (Note: Same applies to wenches.)
Pirate. Distasteful to those with hooks for hands and the vision impaired (wearers of eye patches), not to mention parrot owners.
Zombie. Disrespectful of the dead.
Princess. Contributes to myth that women must be "rescued" to live happily ever after (same goes for Snow White); also insulting to certain Jewish-Americans.
Gorilla. Condescending to our friends in the wild kingdom.
Medusa. Exploits animals; sends the wrong message to young girls by implying women are defined by their physical appearance.
Gumby. Ridicules those with disfigurements (especially of the head).
Knight. Offensive to dragons, I imagine.
Baby. Promotes a lack of respect for youth, human life and those who drool voluminously.
Ballerina. Cruelly mocks the short, not to mention the waif-like.
Indian. Native-Americans have been oppressed, slaughtered and persecuted—imitation buckskin and feathers are the final insult.
Devil. Affront to demons and those currently possessed by demons; Satanists are people, too, all right?
Sports Figures. Belittles our heroes.
Convict/Prisoner. See "Sports Figures"—the groups often seem to overlap.
Fairy. Offensive to interior designers and choreographers. (Note: The same guideline applies to sprites and pixies.)
Bandito. Racial stereotype; subtly condones handlebar mustaches.
Headless Horseman. Blatantly sexist; wrongfully pigeonholes equestrians; also involves another physical deformity—offensive to amputees and the headless.
Viking. Endorses razing; in addition, glorifies pillaging and ravishing.
Porky Pig. Insensitive to members of the Jewish-American community (as well as members of Weight Watchers).
Klingon. Unjustly hurtful to illegal, as well as resident, aliens. (See also "Characters from Star Trek.")
Hobo. Derides the economically and hygienically disadvantaged.
Professional wrestlers. Offensive to just about everybody. (See also "Sports Figures.")
Mermaid. Slights women and aquatic life simultaneously.
Daffy Duck. Unkind to those with speech impediments. (Same goes for Elmer Fudd and Barbara Walters.)
Phantom of the Opera. Unfeeling toward those with physical malformations; shows contempt for those committed to ridding the civilized world of musicals.
Ninja. Perpetuates stereotype of Asians; also promotes "lurking."
Albert Einstein. Insulting to those who have a problem comprehending the particle nature of light.
Chinaman. Sexist; racist; upsetting to immigrants and honor students.
Clown. Deeply offensive to Geraldo Rivera.
Aunt Jemima. Racially inflammatory; serves to exacerbate the already incendiary "pancake vs. waffle" debate.
Robin Hood/Merry Men. Suggests an intolerance for those with alternative lifestyles.
(Myself, I am torn between Severus Snape, Vlad the Impaler, and Ray Stanz.)
Zuccetto Spin to Sharon and Emily.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Just as the homily is not supposed to be a stand up act, so music at Mass is not a performance. It is an act of prayer and an offering to God. If musicians are applauded, the first question that should be asked is, "What is being done that makes people believe that this is a performance?"
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I vaguely remember reading of a mystic who claimed that Luther was in Purgatory and would remain there until the last soul that his doctrine deceived was released.
Luther and the others commonly referred to as reformers were not. They were rebels. The real reformers were people like S. Theresa of Avila, S. Pius V, and S. Charles Borromeo.
The Pope is a different case. As the supreme earthly legislator within the Church, he has the authority to grant himself a dispensation from liturgical law. However, I am told that this is not what is going on when one sees the Pope in an overlay stole. The Pope doesn't bring his own vestments with him when he travels. It is provided by the area which is hosting his visit. Ideally, the papal Master of Ceremonies would provide guidance on this, but as this is Archbishop Marini.... A few years ago, I was at the ordination of a friend in California. It was about to get ugly after the diocesan MC informed me that, "In this diocese, we wear the stole on top." Just then, my Roman trained friend suggested that I do what John Paul II did when confronted with this, wear another stole under the chasuble. I suspect this is what the current Holy Father does when confronted with a similar situation.
(P. S. Be careful not to confuse the papal pallium with an overlay stole.)
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Perhaps they have made an appearance at your parish or maybe you have encounter them while on vacation. Maybe you thought to yourself, "Why is Father trying to consecrate a Frisbee?" Well, it isn't a Frisbee, it is a Frisbee Host. A Frisbee Host is an extra large host designed to be broken in many parts.
Let me make something perfectly clear. Unlike the Overlay Stole, the Frisbee Host (assuming that it is made of wheat flour and water) is perfectly licit according to the rubrics of the Ordinary Rite. They are used because of the suggestion (note that it is suggested not required) in the GIRM that,
The meaning of the sign demands that the material for the Eucharistic celebration truly have the appearance of food. It is therefore expedient that the eucharistic bread, even though unleavened and baked in the traditional shape, be made in such a way that the priest at Mass with a congregation is able in practice to break it into parts for distribution to at least some of the faithful. Small hosts are, however, in no way ruled out when the number of those receiving Holy Communion or other pastoral needs require it. The action of the fraction or breaking of bread, which gave its name to the Eucharist in apostolic times, will bring out more clearly the force and importance of the sign of unity of all in the one bread, and of the sign of charity by the fact that the one bread is distributed among the brothers and sisters.
Also, I suspect that their is a desire that everyone be able to SEE the principal host. However, like many suggestions in regards to the liturgy, they just don't work in the real world. For example, that all the hosts for a given Mass be consecrated at that Mass. Trust me, this is a can of worms even to try.
"OK Father, then why don't you like it?" First, I think the sign value concern can be adequately addressed by having the host and wine brought up together in the Offertory procession. Secondly, not everything has to be extremely visible. With a real elevation of the Host, the Body may be more than adequately seen. Third, the products of the Frisbee Hosts when broken are very small and/or have sharp edges and points. They are not at all friendly for Communion on the Tongue. Fourth and most importantly, in spite of what their manufactures claim they leave a ton of particles and these particles tend to shoot everywhere. (I suspect this is not a concern for those who push their use.) Traditional communion breads are far more friendly towards Communion on the Tongue (which is the preferred and universal practice of the Latin Rite) and better preserve reverence for the Sacred Species.
(Liturgical Pet Peeves yet to be addressed: Homemade Altar Breads and Junior Klansman Suits.)
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
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(Zuccetto spin to my sacristan Carl.)
Decree of Promulgation
On November 18, 1998, the Latin Rite de iure members of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops approved complementary legislation for canon 284 of the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States. The action was granted recognitio by the Congregation for Bishops in accord with article 82 of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus and issued by Decree of the Congregation for Bishops signed by His Eminence Lucas Cardinal Moreira Neves, Prefect, and His Excellency Most Reverend Franciscus Monterisi, Secretary, and dated September 29, 1999.
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, in accord with the prescriptions of canon 284, hereby decrees that without prejudice to the provisions of canon 288, clerics are to dress in conformity with their sacred calling.
In liturgical rites, clerics shall wear the vesture prescribed in the proper liturgical books. Outside liturgical functions, a black suit and Roman collar are the usual attire for priests. The use of the cassock is at the discretion of the cleric.
In the case of religious clerics, the determinations of their proper institutes or societies are to be observed with regard to wearing the religious habit.
As President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, I hereby decree that the effective date of this decree for all the Latin Rite dioceses in the United States will be December 1, 1999.
Given at the offices of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC, on November 1, 1999.
Reverend Joseph A. FiorenzaBishop Of Galveston-Houston
Reverend Monsignor Dennis M. Schnurr
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
My Springfield Model 1861 repilca arrived today. Yes, it is a working replica. What am I going to do with it? Shoot it, what else. Anyway, here is a picture of me with it. And a picture of Thomas (the official Orthometer gunboy) and Peter with it.
This is a liturgical abuse that has unfortunately become all too common. The rubrics are quite clear that the stole is to be worn under the chasuble, not on top. The excuses I've heard for this are a) it was designed to be worn like this or b) this way the people can see the beautiful (?) stole. Neither of these hold water. Don't buy or make stoles that are to be worn in an inappropriate fashion. The purpose of the stole is not visibility for the people. Admittedly, this is a relatively minor abuse, but it does foster the attitude that the liturgy is a plaything for people's whims. And so, "Bad Hippie! Wear your stole under the chasuble!"
(Pet peeves coming soon: Frisbee Hosts and Homemade Hosts.)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Bill Shatner doing a spoken word version of "Rocket Man" at a 1970s SciFi film awards ceremony. I have heard his version of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", but this is even worse. Consider it the Plan Nine from Outer Space of lounge acts and the inspiration for his great adds for Priceline.Com.
(Zuccetto spin to The Caveman.)
1. Yourself: tired.
2. Your spouse: none.
3. Your hair: brown.
4. Your mother: CATHOLIC!
5. Your father: MARINE!
6. Your favorite item: chalice.
7. Your dream last night: next...
8. Your favorite drink: OJ
9. Your dream car: Abrams
10. The room you are in: office
11. Your ex: none.
12. Your fear: Hell.
13. What you want to be in 10 years: monsignor :)
14. Who you hung out with last night: bulldogs.
15. What you're not: patient
16. Muffins: poppyseed.
17: One of your wish list items: cannon.
18: Time: fast
19. The last thing you did: ate.
20. What you are wearing: sloppy
21. Your favorite weather: cool
22. Your favorite book: Bible
23. The last thing you ate: apple
24. Your life: exists.
25. Your mood: tired
26. Your best friend: Jesus
27. What you're thinking about right now: boat
28. Your car: silver
29. What you are doing at the moment: posting
30. Your summer: busy
31. Your relationship status: none
32. What is on your TV: EWTN
33. What is the weather like: not
34. When was the last time you laughed: yesterday
Maher's "Religious" Christens Easter
By Garth Franklin
Monday August 20th 2007 7:58am
Comedian Bill Maher revealed to Larry King that his new documentary may be called "Religulous" (a combination of religion and ridiculous) and is aiming for a release next Easter. Directed by Larry Charles (Borat), it follows Bill Maher’s take on the current state of world religion and travels to some extreme locations around the world for interviews including Jerusalem, Vatican City and Salt Lake City. Maher says that they were given amazing access to a lot of locations which have never been filmed before including the Wailing Wall, the dome of the rock, and even inside the Vatican. Lionsgate will distribute. A clip of Maher talking about the project is up on Youtube.
Hmm, how sensitive of him to mock us on Easter. (Maher is a notoroius anti-Catholic with a long track record.) I wonder what curial dork let him film inside the Vatican?
Monday, August 20, 2007
Send checks/money orders to:
Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish
160 North Carbon Ave.
Price, Utah 84501
(Specify that the donation is to help the mining families.)
Friday, August 17, 2007
Our prayers are with all of those affected; the original six trapped miners and their families; the families of the victims of the most recent collapse; rescue workers who put their lives at risk for the sake of their brothers; and the entire mining community who are suffering through this terrible series of events.
If any good can come from these tragedies, it is our hope it will be a heightened awareness and appreciation of those who risk their lives daily in dangerous occupations for the benefit of all, and a renewal of our resolve to support increased safety in the places in which they work.
+ The Most Reverend John C. Wester
Bishop of Salt Lake City