Friday, January 30, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The Diocese of Worcester has issued a redesigned website which includes a Parish Finder powered by Google Maps. The only issue is that the only diocesan parish that offers the Tridentine Mass, St. Paul's in Warren, is not mapped. (For your information, Mass is at 10:30 am every Sunday.) Only diocesan parishes are mapped, no schools or religious houses.
According to the map there are 19 parishes left within the city limits of Worcester and none of them offer the Mass of All Time.
Friday, January 23, 2015
In Today's Vortex, Michael Voris reports on the fact that Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, got engaged to his boyfriend in Michelangelo's Dome atop Saint Peter's Basilica. On the historic feast of the Espousal of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I find this story sickening. (For these reasons I've not embedded the video on this site; click the link to watch at own risk.)
Why in the world of all places a same-sex engagement be allowed in one of the most important churches of Christendom? Who let them in? Did Cardinal Dolan get them in? Did the Pope approve this?
As a practicing Catholic I would love to visit Rome someday. Granted, there are many non-Catholic tourists who enter the Basilica on a daily basis. I would never think of climbing up to the dome. I never thought anyone but a janitor would go up there. But how can these anti-Catholic people be allowed atop the Eternal City while Fr. Nicholas Gruner always gets harassed by Vatican security for wanting to ask the Pope to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary?
Sunday, January 18, 2015
For 2015 I have decided to change the template of this blog. I believe that the mission of this blog and my persona will actually "attract" more Catholic girls to read it. While the text is the same Georgia font, the links on the sidebar and headlines are more pronounced.
The main issue with sharing a computer is that I don't have the final say on what browser to use. Internet Explorer does not customize Blogger templates very well, while at the same time Google Chrome gave-in too many problems on my elders' PC...
I might be making more tweaks, but the ultimate goal is to find my Catholic sweetheart so I don't have to run this type of blog anymore!
Saturday, January 17, 2015
With a follow-up toward my last post and with the fact that the Supreme Court will hear the Same Sex Marriage case, it must be noted that Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Church are responsible for this mess to begin with.
In the early 2000's when the Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal was exposed and shortly thereafter the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court gave a non-definite opinion in the Goodridge case, and that Gov. Mitt Romney issued executive orders beginning gay marriage and eliminating the blood test for STD's, the Catholic Church in Massachusetts did nothing to stop it!
For those who are familiar with the history of the Church in Boston, Cardinal Cushing knew he was ordaining gay men to the priesthood in the 1940's. Nobody did nothing to stop it! The same Cardinal Cushing endorsed interreligious dialogue and contraception. He also knew that these gay priests were sexually abusing young altar boys in sacristies; the same with Cardinal Medeiros, and the same with Cardinal Law, who was ran out of town for it.
Today, the Archdiocese of Boston under Cardinal Sean is self-imploding on all fronts. Most of the liturgies are politicized and abusive. Catholic school children are now required to take sex education classes from pornographic material that even the Post Office won't even deliver! And most importantly, every Catholic politician is given Holy Communion...
I would not be surprised that the Court will rule in favor of this because the establishment Vatican II church has refused to preach the Gospel. A constitutional amendment will be necessary to overturn it, which I will be happy to support. But we'll have to elect patriots to Congress for this to happen.
Friday, January 9, 2015
With traditional marriage numbers generally speaking at all-time lows, and the aggressive anti-Catholic agenda coming from the mainstream establishment church (which has influenced the state) for the past 50 years or so, I have thought about this question: Could Traditional Catholic weddings be forced to be performed in the catacombs?
I wouldn't doubt that such actions (which I could be involved) might have to happen more frequently in the future; I'm sure they've been done immediately after Vatican II when the Tridentine Mass was abandoned. I'm not talking about the illicit and non-sacramental marriage ceremonies where a priest will go to a hotel room and perform an interfaith ceremony, nor about the ceremonies that the Church of Nice performs.
I am referring to Traditional Catholics without impediments who accept 100% of the Church teachings who for one reason or another cannot marry inside the church building. The most often cause would be that the Nuptial Mass cannot be performs where you go to Mass. If you attend Mass at a monastery chapel or at a Mass center in rented space, Canon Law does not guarantee your right to the other sacraments there, even if you're a regular attendee.
Something like this might happen if you attend Mass said by an SSPX priest in rented space. The rented commercial office space is not a church building, but a catacomb where Mass is said because there are no other options available. If that room only seats 100 people and you want to invite 200, then renting a function hall or outdoor setting would be no problem to an non-parochial priest because they don't have a consecrated church.
One major overlooked issue, but very important, is the Pre-Cana program. Canon 1063 Sec. 2 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law states priests are responsible for "personal preparation for entering marriage so that through such preparation the parties may be predisposed toward the holiness and duties of their new state." Notice the word personal. This means the priest with the engaged couple one-on-one, not group instruction. So even when a diocesan priest (who says the TLM) sends the couple to a "class" or "seminar" for marriage preparation, this is a direct violation of Canon Law, even if the class were orthodox!
Since most diocesan marriage prep programs are heretical, it is safe to stay away from them. If you are being cohered into attending such program, and heresy is taught, then I hope you know better. You should let the priest know, and if he himself doesn't agree with the Church teachings on marriage, then I would not have him officiate. You could always appeal to the bishop, but if he is not orthodox, then forget about appealing to Rome these days.
Another issue for many people is financing the wedding. Keeping in mind that Canon Law does not allow your parish send you an invoice for essential sacramental services (including funerals) and cannot force you to pay a stole fee (especially if you can't afford it). But many Novus Ordo parishes do this anyway. For example, in the Diocese of Worcester, there is now a mandatory fee of $5,000 to have a church wedding, which only includes the service. It excludes the musicians, organists, marriage prep, etc. If somebody can't afford this, then you can't marry in a church building in this diocese.
Finally, if you have to set up a portable altar and have a Nuptial Mass in an irregular location, so be it. As long as the priest is validly ordained and is orthodox, then will validly contract the sacrament.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
2014 was the worst year of my life. I was forced to drop out of college, saw several deaths of family and friends, the illness of my mother, and still stuck without work. More importantly, I have not been able to find my Catholic sweetheart.
While 2014 will be gone shortly, I hope that all the havoc that took place goes away with it. As Christmas comes, I have to thank Our Lord, who we celebrate as a little boy in the crib, that I have survived.
I hope and pray (and that you will to) 2015 will be a total turn around. With all that said, I wish everyone of good will a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Friday, December 19, 2014
I am very critical of the fact that Saint Patrick's Day parades no longer honor Saint Patrick himself. Because Cardinal Dolan will be the grand marshal of the gay-friendly NYC parade in 2015 and the South Boston parade will now allow gay groups to march, I have asked that all parades in honor of Saint Patrick be cancelled and March 17th to be designated as a Holy Day of Obligation in the Archdiocese of Boston (one of the co-patrons).
But this won't happen. Cardinal Sean spends more time promoting Obamacare and liberal politics than the Catholic Church. If he had any Catholic sense, he would condemn the move immediately and excommunicate anyone who goes to the parade. As a matter of fact, since this is a multi-diocesan problem, I want Pope Francis to bar Catholics from attending events that mock Saint Patrick.
Even though it is now less than three months away, make plans not to go to any Saint Patrick's Day Parade and instead spend March 17th in church (even if Lent is observed). Save the corned beef and cabbage until Easter, and abstain from meat like a normal Lenten day. No Guinness!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
It is with great sadness to report that Boston architect William Buckingham passed away this weekend at the age of 70. (His Requiem Mass at All Saints Anglo-Catholic parish in Ashmont is today scheduled for 2PM today; I regret that I just got word a few hours ago...)
I got to know Bill when I chaired a religious architecture committee, and he was against modernist building for sure. For over 40 years Bill designed in traditional styles when it was (and still somewhat is) very unpopular to do so. He mentored and helped me through the tough times I had going at architecture school.
I most recently saw Bill at his office a couple of weeks ago and despite using a respirator, he was working and never thinking about retirement like many architects do. This really shows since when he co-founded Sullivan Buckingham Architects at age 67 to try to preserve traditional building techniques.
The architecture profession has lost one of its most valuable members. I have the honor and the privilege to know him as a friend and colleague.
Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requesicat in pace. Amen. Anima ejus et animae ominum fidelium defunctorum per misericordiam Dei Requesicat in pace. Amen.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Four Weddings is a reality show on TLC where four brides who are total strangers attend each others weddings and judge them according to certain criteria. The winning bride and her groom with the most points win a honeymoon.
This afternoon I happened to watch an episode of Four Weddings where one of the weddings took place at a horse racetrack in the Miami Beach area on Christmas Day. The things that really upset me were that the bride wore a rosary around her wrist and that a priest came to the track to officiate. That's right: a Catholic priest went to a racetrack on Christmas Day to officiate at a wedding.
I cannot believe that a priest (even by Novus Ordo standards) would officiate not only outside the church building, but on one of the holiest days of the year! Christmas is when we celebrate the birthday of Our Lord Jesus Christ, not our conjugal lives. According to the Missale Romanum, Christmas is a Double of the First Class feast, which means no other feast can supersede it. Even thought our Advent preparation is complete, the solemn nature of the feast does not permit the use of the Nuptial Mass, and therefore it is still a forbidden time to marry (the Sixth Precept of the Church).
Additionally, besides the purple vestment days of Septuagesima and Lent, the Nuptial Mass is still forbidden on the following non-penitential days:
- All Sundays (yes, even the green ones)
- During the Octaves of Easter and Pentecost (Yes, even though Alleluia and white or gold vestments are back, Easter's octave is that of the First Class, and therefore you cannot ordinarily marry until the Monday after Low Sunday. Pentecost historically ranks higher than Christmas, and it's octave [which includes the summer Ember Days] ranks the same.)
- The Feast of the Circumcision (Jan. 1)
- The Feast of the Epiphany (Jan. 6)
- Ascension Day
- Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday, even if the feast is transferred to Sunday as is in the USA)
- Birthday of St. John the Baptist (June 24)
- Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul (June 29)
- Feast of the Most Precious Blood (July 1)
- Feast of the Assumption (Aug. 15)
- Feast of St. Michael the Archangel (Sept. 29)
- All Saints Day (Nov. 1)
- All Souls Day (Nov. 2; or 3 if 2nd falls on Sunday)
- Patronal feasts of a nation, state, city, diocese, cathedral church, or parochial patron
The feasts above are all Doubles of the First Class. In Medieval times they where all Holy Days of Obligation (including The Immaculate Conception, which always falls during Advent; and Ash Wednesday, St. Joseph's Day, and the Annunciation, which pretty much always fall during Lent.)
Catholics are to marry before a Nuptial Mass, period.