Monday, June 25, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
California Jesuit Priest, Long-Time Friend, Missing in Oregon
The pair was traveling together in a 2005 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan, maroon in color, bearing California license plates 5MKN560.
Police in Oregon are seeking information on the whereabouts of 52-year-old David Schwartz and 61-year-old Cheryl Gibbs. Photo: Portland Police
(PORTLAND, Ore. ) - On June 19th, Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons Unit received information from law enforcement in California seeking information on the whereabouts of 52-year-old David Schwartz and 61-year-old Cheryl Gibbs.
Both are long time friends last seen traveling together in Portland on Thursday, June 7th.
David Schwartz is a Jesuit Priest who resides in Orange County, California and Cheryl Gibbs is a longtime governmental employee who resides in Alameda County, California. The two are described as long-time friends of over 20 years.
Through investigation, Portland Police detectives have confirmed the pair was last seen at a local hotel on June 7th.
They never arrived to any of their subsequent scheduled lodging reservations, did not arrive home as planned and have not been seen or heard from since. Family and friends report neither has a history of being out of contact or failing to show up to their respective jobs.
Their whereabouts are currently unknown and investigators have no evidence they left the Portland area. There is no evidence of foul play. Schwartz is described as a white male, 52 years old, 5’9", 145 pounds, balding on top with short brown hair and blue eyes. He may be wearing glasses.
Gibbs is described as a white female, 61 years old, 5’8", 200 pounds, with short, reddish-brown hair and green eyes. She wears wire-rimmed glasses.
They were traveling together in a 2005 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan, maroon in color, bearing California license plates 5MKN560. The vehicle is currently missing.
Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1 or contact the Portland Police Missing Persons Detective Mike Weinstein, Portland Police Bureau, Missing Persons Unit at (503) 823-0446.
What is a priest doing travelling alone with a woman who is not his close relative? Even if nothing sinful is going on, it is not horribly prudent. In any case, pray that they are found alive and well.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thanks to Matt Abbott, pictures of 'liturgical dancers' at this Franciscan Jubilee Mass have been making the web-rounds. One has wonder about what kind of idiot would approve, encourage, or tolerate this in the Sacred Liturgy. I wonder where they got their inspiration for this; Tony's club on The Sopranos? Maybe we should call it the 'Bada Bing! Mass'.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Never use the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant as your design inspiration. (Photo of the most expensive church in the US--WTH?--via Cafeteria Gerald.)
Friday, June 15, 2007
Grab the book that is closest to you.
Open it to page 161.
Find the fifth full sentence.
Post the text of the sentence.
Don't search around for the coolest or most impressive book you have: use the one that really is closest to you.
Whew, glad I had shelved the trash books. It turned out to be The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton:
"Look at him now; he looks like an angelic office boy."
The famous Fr. Z has a couple of post pointing at the immanent arrival of the Motu Proprio on the Traditional Rite. If his intelligence is correct, it may be out before the papal summer camp at Castle Gandolfo.
I am almost sad to see it arrive. No, I still think it will be a very good thing for the Church. However, it will spell an end to much fun and speculation in the Roman Blogosphere. There could have been some great parodies. Think about Mr. Motu, a Japanese detective searching for the Motu in the bowels of the translation office. Or how about Baron Motu, nemesis of Marvel's Dr. Strange and secret force behind old-ICEL, using occult powers to distort the translation. Or imagine Monty Python doing a sketch in which the Spanish Inquisition Cardinals play there own version of Marco Polo with the Motu. "Motu!" "Proprio!" Alas, it looks as though it is not meant to be.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
I have been asked by several parishioners what I think about this. (Considering that I occasionally celebrate the Novus Ordo in Latin, it shouldn't have been hard to guess my opinion.) I have answered that I think it is a very good thing. Then I explain what I mean because odds are several of them think this mean I want to jump in a time machine and return to the magically pre-1965 golden age. Well, there was no such thing and even if there was, we could not go back even if we wanted to.
It was a colossal mistake to effectively suppress the Classic Rite in 1970. Not only did it feed the fires of those who reject II Vatican, but it also deprived the faithful of their legitimate liturgical heritage. This heritage is founded in tradition that had been guided and protected over centuries by the Church. Is it the most perfect expression of Christian worship? No, if this were the case, then why would need other rites within the Church? We also would not have needed the periodic reforms that have occurred throughout Church history. But it is the heritage of the Latin West and chucking it out wholesale was imprudent to say the least.
Good arguments can be made the the Consilium went far beyond the reforms mandated by the last Council. But, no legitimate argument can be made that Paul VI lacked the authority to implement the Novus Ordo. (Prudence is an entirely different issue. I would have kept the Ad Orientem, a singular Canon (the Roman of course), and detailed rubrics at least. But, as we said in the military, those decisions were made above my pay grade.) We cannot, and should not, pretend that the Novus Ordo does not exist. Nor can we wave a magic want and restore a magical liturgical Never-Never-land. What can be done is to restore the opportunity to celebrate the Classical Rite in the generous manner envisioned by John Paul II in Ecclesia Dei, but most often frustrated at the local level.
I think this will restore a general attitude of worship and reverence within the Latin Rite; the vision of the liturgy as a thing of God, not a plaything for us to 'express ourselves'. Exposure to the Classical Rite may lead to a helpful correction of the defects in the practice of the Novus Ordo. (I believe that this is what Pope Benedict hopes for.) I hope that I live to see the day when more of the Mass is celebrated in the universal language of the Rite and said ad orientem. (Newsflash BTW: the Mass was never said with the priest's back to the people. He was facing the same direction as they were. He was leading them in prayer addressed to God. Facing the congregation leads to the unfortunate psychological message that the prayers are addressed to them.) Eventually, this may lead to a return to the organic development of the liturgy rather than the artificial, academically derived ex machina approach of the Consilium.
What will be the response of the clergy? I can't think of many in my own diocese who will be interested in or able to celebrate the Classical Rite. What will be the response of the laity? I don't know, but I expect that it will be less than some hope for and more than some expect. I hope they will at least have the opportunity to experience it at its best.
In short, I for one welcome the Motu and expect it to have a positive effect on the Church. However, no one should think of it as a panacea.
(Excuse my while I put on my asbestos cassock before the flaming starts.)
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Sometimes stupidity is awe-inspiring. When I was in elementary school back in the polyester days of the 70s, our school had a Black History Month program. This was back when Utah was even more Caucasian than it is now. The second grade teacher thought it would a good idea and appropriate for her students to sing minstrel songs in black face. My teacher was struck dumb by the dumbness of it all. I still remember her talk to our class about why this was wrong.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
(Read the Salt Lake Tribune article.)
455 - The Vandals enter Rome, and plunder the city for two weeks.
575 - Benedict I becomes Pope.
657 - St. Eugene I becomes Pope.
1098 - Crusader forces breach the city walls of Antioch.
1774 - Intolerable Acts: The Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to let British soldiers into their homes, is reenacted.
1793 - Jean-Paul Marat recites the names of 29 people to the French National Convention. Almost all of these are guillotined, followed by 17,000 more over the course of the next year during the Reign of Terror.
1800 - First smallpox vaccination in North America, at Trinity, Newfoundland.
1835 - P. T. Barnum and his circus begins their first tour of the United States.
1855 - The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine.
1886 - U.S. President Grover Cleveland marries Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion.
1896 - Guglielmo Marconi receives a patent for his newest invention: the radio.
1924 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.
1953 - Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, the first to be televised.
1965 - Vietnam War: The first contingent of Australian combat troops arrives in South Vietnam. 1966 - Surveyor program: Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first US spacecraft to soft land on another world.
1967 - The Beatles release their landmark Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album in the USA, a day after it is released in the UK.
1979 - Pope John Paul II visits his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country.
1990 - Lower Ohio Valley Tornado Outbreak spawns 88 confirmed tornados in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 9. Petersburg, Indiana was the hardest-hit town in the outbreak, with 6 deaths.
1995 - United States Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady's F-16 is shot down over Bosnia while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone.
1998 - The CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan.
2003 - Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.
926 - Murakami, Emperor of Japan (d. 967)
1535 - Pope Leo XI (d. 1605)
1731 - Martha Washington, First American first lady (d. 1802)
1740 - Marquis de Sade, French author (d. 1814)
1743 - Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, Sicilian Occultist (d. 1795)
1773 - John Randolph, U.S. Senator from Virginia (d. 1833)
1835 - Pope Pius X (d. 1914)
1840 - Thomas Hardy, English writer (d. 1928)
1904 - Johnny Weissmuller, American swimmer and actor (d. 1984)
1930 - Pete Conrad, American astronaut (d. 1999)
1936 - Sally Kellerman, American actress
1937 - Jimmy Jones (singer), American singer and songwriter
1940 - King Constantine II of Greece
1941 - Stacy Keach, American actor
1943 - Charles Haid, American actor
1948 - Jerry Mathers, American actor
1955 - Dana Carvey, American actor and comedian
1960 - Kyle Petty, American race car driver
1972 - Wayne Brady, American actor and comedian
829 - Saint Nicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 758)
910 - Richilde of Provence, Queen of Western Francia
1418 - Katherine of Lancaster, wife of Henry III of Castile
1567 - Shane O'Neill, Irish chieftain
1581 - James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, regent of Scotland
1941 - Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (b. 1903)
1979 - Jim Hutton, American actor (b. 1934)
1990 - Jack Gilford, American actor (b. 1908)
1990 - Rex Harrison, English actor (b. 1908)
1992 - Phillip Dunne, American film director (b. 1908)
2001 - Imogene Coca, American actress (b. 1908)
2006 - Vince Welnick, musician, keyboardist (The Grateful Dead) (b. 1951)