Wednesday, September 30, 2009

In Honor Of Saint Jerome.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Alice, I'm going to ask you a couple of standard questions, okay? Have you or any of your family been diagnosed schizophrenic? Mentally incompetent?
Librarian Alice: My uncle thought he was Saint Jerome.

Friday, September 25, 2009

ACORN Treatment For CCHD.

About a decade ago, the Wanderer did yeomen's work exposing problems with the Campaign for Human Development. The bishops' conference took the bull by the horn and addressed the problems by adding Catholic to the name, hence Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Evidently, that was all they did. CCHD continued to fund ACORN and a plethora of leftist organization. When a given organization was exposed working for goals contrary and alien to the Church, they were defunded, at least for a time, but no systemic changes were made. Enough is enough! Just as ACORN can't be fixed, but is rotten to the core, so to with CCHD. Defund it! Shut it down! Instead, fund Catholic groups that actually work with and for the poor; not community organizers or other Marxists at prayers. Look to groups like Cross International, Food for the Poor, or the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. They actually do good in the spirit of the Gospel.

Hijacking The Year Of The Priest.

I predicted that it would happen, but I wish I was wrong. People of a certain theological bent are embarrassed by an orthodox theological understanding of the sacrament of Holy Orders. They don't like ontological change and prefer a functional understanding of Orders. It's just 'ministry' and we all do 'ministry'. It is leveling that cannot tolerate either differentiation or hierarchy. These people are not able to abide a year which focuses on the unique vocation of the priest. Instead, they will talk about the 'common priesthood of all believers'. A worthy concept, but not what this year is about and one which has been twisted to attack the very nature of the Church.

So what does Notre Shame do during this year? Invite His Eminence of Los Angeles to speak on something which is not above his pay grade, “Fostering the Baptismal Priesthood in the ‘Year for Priests’”. Here is the Shame description of the event,

Following the Second Vatican Council there has been a rediscovery in Catholic theology of baptism as the foundational sacrament of ministry, and a clearer recognition that ministry is not just for the ordained. The Second Vatican Council related the baptismal call, the vocation of the baptized, and the office of the ordained to the mystery of Christ, finding in each a reflection of the threefold office of Christ priest, prophet and king. Every vocation and every ministry is rooted in the same reality of Christ and his presence by the gift of the Spirit in the Church.Responding to Pope Benedict XVI’s invitation to reflect on the priesthood during this “Year for Priests,” and drawing from his own recent pastoral letter on ministry, “As I Have Done for You,” Cardinal Mahony will identify the foundations for a baptismal priesthood and a ministerial priesthood suited to meet the pressing needs of the Church today.

This was brought to my attention by Gianna in a comment on another post. She succinctly describes what the talk was like:

Cardinal Mahoney was just here at Notre Dame giving a talk about the priesthood...basically he was shilling for lay/evil nun administrators for parishes, and he thought that a priest should preferably be involved in social justice work before he should be involved in running a parish. Quite gagworthy. Then again, ND doesn't have too good a record in terms of people they invite...

Fundamentally, it seems that some people are embarrassed by the priesthood as it has been traditional understood. They are OK with holy social workers (social justice work), but not with priests as shepherds and sanctifiers. Best to have lay (preferably women) or nun parish coordinators and keep priests in the closet as sacramental machines (at least until the Church realizes that we all consecrate the Eucharist. While in Milwaukee, I one heard a newly ordained priest say from the pulpit that it would be wonderful if we could all take turns presiding. Gagworthy indeed.) No thanks. This is not the teaching of the Church, especially as enunciated by the Second Vatican Council. Let's keep the Year of the Priest focused on priests. Don't let us off the hook.

Update (Monday September 28):
Interesting comment from Mary Liz,

Actually, from what I've heard, the event was a great "up your's" from Mahony. The Congregation of Holy Cross had originally invited him to speak on the Priesthood. (Year of the Preist, they're using it for all its vocation recruiting power) When Mahony revealed his the title of the talk, the Congregation said "forget that!" and pulled sponsorship leaving the University to pick it up.

You May Now Call Me Father Sir.

The first weekend of October, I will be in Phoenix at the annual meeting of the Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and will be received into the order. To say that I am honored would be an understatement and I look forward to helping the Order in its mission to support the Church in the Holy Land. (I am still wondering, though, whether I get a sword, armor, and a horse. Likely, I will simply have to settle for a medal and a mozzetta.)

Sailing Pictures.

A great day on the lake. Smooth water, a nice wind, and no problem with the stick steering thing (non-abortion tiller).

View Of The Marina And Smelter.

Greetings From The Sea Monkey Kingdom.

American Needs Cossacks.

(My reaction after hearing about the anarchists in Pittsburgh.)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Priest 2, Occult Stores 0.

My second assignment after ordination was in Price, Utah at Notre Dame de Lourdes parish. At that time there was a new age store, interestingly enough called the New Age Store, on main street. Every time I drove by it, I wondered what would happen if I threw holy water on it. Finally, I decided that it had to go. I made its closure part of my prayer intentions. Two years later, it was gone.

When I arrived in Ogden, I noticed an occult store on main street. I said to myself, this place has to go. It took six years, but it closed a few months ago. (I extend grateful thanks to the recession.)

Today, I noticed one not far from my mum's house in Salt Lake. Target number 3, fire for effect.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Messin' With Da Kitty.

I think even Mark Shea would think that this kind of torture is good.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New Tiller Arrives!

The new tiller for my sailboat arrived today. I still have to drill it and then mount it to the rudder. (BillBannon, I am going to cut down and drill the old one so that I so have a spare in the boat.) This means I should be back in action tomorrow!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Rest In Peace, Mr. Swayze.

Wolverines! Jed.

Being A Priest.

Angela made a very incisive post on an article in her local diocesan rag by a chancery wonk lamenting that younger priests want to be, well, priests, not Dr. Phil, Swami Iamwithit, or Che Backwardcollar. She asked me for my opinion. Here it is:

I expect we will hear a good deal more of this non-sense over the next year as the Year of the Priest is hijacked into the Year of the Common Priesthood. In my diocese, this is done every year when at our Chrism Mass everyone renews their 'vows' of service.

I reject her fundamental claim that the Second Vatican Council rebalanced the relationship between the clergy and the laity. No! The Council reaffirmed the hierarchical nature of the Church and rejected any form of functional or 'just a job' understanding of the priesthood. (Though a good case can be made that the priesthood was denigrated to the benefit of the episcopacy.)

When she speaks about the decline of sacraments in favor of relevant ministries, we see the fruits of this misunderstanding of II Vatican. The priest cannot be a guru, social worker, or community organizer, he must be first and primarily an alter Christus. So, yes there is one model, the model of Christ the Eternal High Priest.

Young and a good number of older priests, far from coping with uncertainty or escaping into the past, are simply living out the reality of their vocation in a time tested manner. Living, dressing, and acting like a priest, not Che Guevara or Dr. Phil.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Two Reasons Working On The Weekend Isn't Fun.

1) I can't go to the good concerts. (Missed Jethro Tull last year.)
2) Can't go to the Tea Parties.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Don't Be A Dick. Go To Eucharistic Adoration.

Fr. Z and Jesterus Magnus inform us that Notre Shame professor, aging theo-hippy poster boy, and Distorter columnist The (un) Rev. Richard (DICK) McBrien, considers Eucharistic Adoration to be doctrinal, theological, and spiritually backwards. Well, for me that is about as ringing an endorsement of Eucharistic Adoration as one can find. Remember the Dick/McBrien Principle: If Dick (McBrien) opposes something, it likely ought to be done. (There is also the Dick/McBrien Corollary: If Dick (McBrien) favors something, it likely ought not to be done.) In other words, don't be a Dick.

Monday, September 07, 2009


I had a great day. It was a little choppy, but there was a nice wind that more than made up for it. However, it might not have been nice at all. It seems that my tiller had rotted. (Imagine having your stearing wheel come loose and you get the picture,)

Celebrating Work (by not doing it).

As soon as the iphone is charged, I am off to the lake for some well-deserved and long delayed sailing on the Great Salt Lake. If you are interested, take a look at the Great Salt Lake Yacht Club site.

(Photos to come.)

Saturday, September 05, 2009

It Was Twenty Years Ago...

that I packed up my vehicle and headed to the seminary. Somehow, I think it is appropriate that this is the year that the first fellow from one of my parishes enters the seminary. I am a bit embarrassed that it has taken twenty years to happen. I felt like a failure. Yet, the seeds God plants sprout when and where they will. (In Fresno, the entire entering class comes from the parish of my friend Harvey Fonseca. No wonder he is a monsignor!)

I have been thinking about the fellows I entered with. Several left before completing studies, some through their own volition and others not. Some were ordained, but did not persevere. And some are serving God and His people within the Church. I have been remiss in praying for all of them.

So I ask you to remember all the men studying for the priesthood, especially those in your own diocese. Seminary, like life itself, can be both heaven and hell: it like all of Christian life is a share in the Cross of Christ.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Best Comment Ever On Same Sex Marriage Commie Ice Cream.

From Five Feet of Fury.

And no, it is NOT called "Fudge Packer". Sheesh.

Me And My Crew Going To The Blessing Of The Waves In Orange County.

Man, What Have They Been Smokin'?

Don't answer that. I really don't want to know. However, a National Catholic Distorter writer has his panties all in a bunch over "The Republican (Catholic church) Captivity." (Yup, the lack of capitalization is in the original.) Seems that his afraid that after being liberated from captivity in 2008 by NObama that the hierarchy might be returning to being unpaid functionaries of the **gasp** Republican Party. What the heck has he been smoking? If anything, the bishops as a whole and most certainly the USCCB bureaucracy have been in the pockets of the Democrats.

Any Respect I Might Have Had For Pax Christi Is Gone.

(Not that I had any to begin with.)

Washington, D.C.-Pax Christi USA mourns the death of Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy, who succumbed to brain cancer on Tuesday night. Senator Kennedy, who was diagnosed in May 2008, was seen as a champion of many issues important to Catholics concerned with social justice.

"Despite his own status as a person of privilege and power, Senator Kennedy's legacy will be his work on behalf of the marginalized, the impoverished, and the most vulnerable," stated Dave Robinson, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA. "He had a deep understanding of and appreciation for Catholic social teaching and its focus on the common good."

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

New Physical Attribute.

I just realize that I have developed Maniple Arm. After a year of wearing a maniple for Mass, I have become unable when vested to allow my left arm to drop down whether or not I am in fact wearing the maniple. (How cool is that!)

Update: Maybe I should do a riff on a They Might Be Giants Song. Call it "Maniple Man".

Live And Learn.

Don't eat burritos before going to bed. Otherwise, you dream of being abducted, while on your way to Dairy Queen, by Muslim terrorists planning nuke Salt Lake City. Just so you know.