Saturday, October 20, 2012

Hey, Mr. Romney! (Oops, I mean President Obama!!)

What Romney (oops I mean President Obama) should say about Afghanistan.... (Replace with "What President Obama should announce re: Afghanistan")

1. In retreating, we are hoping that the Afghanis can accomplish a task, i.e. anihilating the Taliban and Al Aqaeda, all by themselves EVEN THOUGH we-ourselves were unable to accomplish that with the help of the armed forces of the entire civilized world!!! We hope that "hope" works......!!!!




2. The Taliban are a vicious bunch of Islamic fundamentalists who believe that husbands should have the right to cut the noses off their wives and to stone their daughters if they think they are being disobedient.


3.  America is finished turning the other cheek with regards to attacks on American troops.     Given that we have decided to pull out  out of Afghanistan--regardless of the facts on the ground--, any attacks on our troops and facilities need to be met with retaliation.  This is not currently the case.  Our casualties are being viewed by the President and State Dept and Dept of Defense as acceptable losses, bumps-in-the-road, so long as we can remain on station until the President's artificial deadline.    Romney (Ooops, I mean President Obama)  needs to clarify that if he becomes president, ANYONE caught attacking Americans will be treated as a POW and sent either to Gitmo or to one of our raspa factories in Antarctica and remain there until Jihad is declared 'over ' by every little imam in every little mosque in all the world.

K. C. is familiar with one troop who was in Iraq as the last troops left in 2011.  At that time casualties were simply accepted and remote operating bases did not even maintain the capability to transfuse blood.  This meant that if someone suffered massive blood loss, as did happen--especially with our .50 caliber gunners on top of our vehicles--, they died if weather forbade medevac flights to the nearest 'MASH'.  Also the criminals which we captured planting IEDs were usually turned over to the Iraqi authorities---where the understanding was: as long as only Americans troops were the targets, the criminal would never be detained for very long.

Loyalty to our troops must to go both ways.  These men and women are willing to sacrifice their all for America.  I believe St. Thomas Aquinas counted patriotism as a virtue,  if so, then they have checked-that-box..  America needs to be loyal  and virtuous to them.

4.  Trickling out does not work as a retreat. Robust protectionis needed to defend our 'stragglers' from being attacked.....We must present our stragglers as "hard targets".

Sunday, September 16, 2012

EWTN TIES "FOR GREATER GLORY" STORY TOGETHER

Yes, I have been conspicuously quiet about “For Greater Glory”—a film I had high hopes for. Why? I guess I was a little disappointed. It is hard to put my finger on—but wait! I think I know some of the things that bothered me:


1. The only scene with Holy Communion---had the communicants STANDING. This anachronism was surely unintentional, but it does kind of undermine my blog!

2. The music. What was that anyway? It wasn’t Mexican! I had heard from antagonistic critics that the music was syrupy and intrusive. Alas, it was. Maybe they can re-score the film?

3. The loud, smacking kisses – mainly between Longoria and Garcia, you know, it sounded like someone chewing with their mouth open? There were only a few, but really!

4. The unhistorical attempt to introduce characters who didn’t know each other, to each other. E.g. Gorostieta and the boy. Or Catorce and the boy.

5. The unhistorical attempt to redeem Padre Vega.  According to all accounts, he was "Pancho Villa in a cassock":: a vengeful, womanizing scoundrel.  This was no secret to the brave men under his command.  I think we're 'grown up' enough to deal with the truth.

6. The unfocused length. Keep in mind, my young’uns have been known to watch 4 hours straight of Ted Turner’s ‘Gettysburg’ and still cry at the end (for General Armistead). This film— they anticipated greatly—wore them out.

There WERE many things I loved about the film! The following ‘short’ video has most of them. Be sure and listen to the distinguished Frenchman in the sweater! That’s Jean Meyer. Professor Meyer is a real hero !e. His voluminous studies and interviews eventually overwhelmed the government’s AND the Church’s unwillingness to remember the Cristeros.



Sunday, August 19, 2012

Marty Haugen's Creation


This morning, in  one of the Cathedral's morning masses featuring Haugen's Mass of Creation,  the cantor drifted into the forbidden "God of power, God of might" during the Sanctus.  [As opposed to "Lord God of Hosts" as it reads in the corrected translation.] 

I think this illustrates the problem of trying to revamp the old, discredited 'wineskins' of the 70's.  The music has been associated so long with the 70's ICEL lyrics that it is almost impossible not to want to sing them.  Mr. Jeffry Tucker of the New Liturgical Movement has written succintly  and  powerfully about Haugen's Mass of Creation in particular here Haugen  . 

Wouldn't it be more in line with the Holy Father's intention if our diocesan music program banished these old tunes?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mexican Protestants and the Cristero War

Calvin College Professor examines Mexican Protestants during the Cristero Rebellion.

Friends, earlier I predicted a flood of conversions from Protestant to Catholic from viewers of Cristiada/For Greater Glory.  I could be wrong.  The blurbs for the film say it 'begs the question: what price would you pay for liberty".....

I'm afraid many Protestants viewing the film might think it begs the question:  " What were Mexican Protestants doing during the Cristero Wars?"  Protestants were 1% of Mexico's population in the 1920's.  Were they caught up in the religious persecution as well?  Did they stand with their Christian Catholic brothers?

History Professor Daniel R. Miller of Calvin Colledge has done some deep digging into this question.  His conclusion, thoroughly researched, is that Mexican Protestants were solidly on President Calles' side!  i.e. they viewed  persecution of religion favorably in that it served to crush the Catholic Church.  This seems to have sprung from the following...

 The anti-religious clauses of the 1917 Mexican Constitution were not intended to crush any religious faith other than Roman Catholicism.... This intent was studiously followed.  The Revolutionary government had many Protestants in positions of power.  i.e. Protestants were 'over-represented' in the revolutionary government.   Calles sincerely considered appointing a Presbyterian President after Obregon's assassination by a Catholic zealot.

My reading of Mexican history leads me to the following conclusions : Beginning with Benito Juarez in the mid-19th Cty, taking an unofficial hiatus during Porfirio Diaz' reign, but then solidly after the Revolution....The Mexican government favored Protestant missionaries and Protestantism. 

Following is a link to Professor Miller's article and following that are some shocking excerpts...


http://www.calvin.edu/henry/research/symposiumpapers/Symp08Dmiller.pdf



...Application of the anti-clerical provisions of the Constitution to Protestants began in earnest in July of 1926. Calles ordered over 200 foreign clergy, including a number of Protestant and Mormon missionaries, to leave the country.50 The restrictions on foreign clergy were applied to Protestant ministers with much less rigor than was applied to Catholic priests, nevertheless over the next ten years the number of Protestant missionaries was reduced from 261 to 156. 51


...Narciso Bassols [[from K.C. Bassols was also actively promoted the eugenics movement of the time    googlebook ]] became Secretary of Education in 1931. He applied the prohibition on religious instruction to secondary as well as primary schools and required the teaching of “sexual education” and “socialistic education” in private as well as public schools.  Some states went even further. In Yucatán, schools were obliged to open each day with the singing of the Communist anthem “International” and other communist songs. In Hidalgo, Guanajuato, and Michoacán, school administrators had to declare themselves to be atheists. After a great deal of soul searching by Protestant teachers, administrators, and mission boards, most decided that Christian education could not be carried on under these circumstances



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...Protestants served in prominent positions under Calles and his successors. Calles appointed a Presbyterian, Moisés Sáenz, to the Department of Education where he developed a program of rural education based on John Dewey‟s ideal of the “active school.”



...when Obregón was killed after his re-election to the presidency in 1928, there was an orchestrated movement to appoint Aarón as President of Mexico. In the end, Calles decided that the country was not ready for a Protestant President and Sáenz‟s nomination was withdrawn.65 Nevertheless, Protestants continued to participate in the revolutionary government, some at very high levels of authority.





...For example, a report on education issued by the Prebyterian Church offered this sympathetic explanation the laws which prohibited religious education:...................These regulations may seem too radical; doubtless they are, but they have to be considered in the light of past history, when the Roman Church was actively fighting the State. The conditions which justified these measures may have disappeared, but there is a feeling among Liberal leaders that were these restrictions to disappear, the Church would again try her policy of propaganda against public institutions.66




...After President Calles issued his anti-clerical decrees in the summer of 1926, he received numerous supportive letters from Protestants such as the following one from Leonidas Espinosa and the Evangelical Brotherhood in Torreon, Coahuila: “Now more than ever you must carry yourself like a Hercules in order to crush our enemy.”68 Other Protestants expressed their loyalty in person, as when a delegation of “evangelical campesinos” who had come to Mexico City for a church conference asked for an audience with the President so that they could convey “their respect and admiration.”69



...For example, when Enrique Valdés was ordered to stop holding worship services in his home, he protested that: “the character of these services is … to evangelize the immense multitudes that are living in the greatest idolatry known to the present and I believe in the obligation of all good evangelicals to work to de-fanaticize all those who are within their reach.”70 “Fanaticism” was the shorthand term by which government officials referred to the presumed baleful influence of the Catholic Church. Its frequent use by Protestants for the same purpose indicates clearly that in the church-state struggle their loyalties lay unequivocally with the government.



...they protested the materialistic character of the “Socialist Education” promulgated by Secretary of Education Narciso Bassols. When John MacKay, Secretary of the Presbyterian Mission Board, was asked by Protestant teachers what they should do when ordered to sing the “International” at the start of each school day, he responded: “We think it unfortunate … that songs which are … associated with a foreign anti-religious movement, and which … inculcate sentiments of hate in children, should become an integral and obligatory part of the curriculum of the school. I say this while having the deepest sympathy with some of the most radical social and revolutionary movements on the continent…”72



...Episcopal Bishop Efrain Salinas y Velasco went even further: “We have faith that socialist education is trying precisely to prepare the future generations for the conscious enjoyment of those goods that must be collective; to illuminate their minds in such a manner that the darkness of fanaticism, of superstition, and of ignorance will not be able to cloud the moral and intellectual development of our people along the paths of new goals and methods by which the Mexican people are directing themselves.”74






...The government‟s anti-religious crusade may have reached its apogee in the state of Tabasco where Marxist Governor Garrido Canabal expelled all priests and ministers, closed all churches, and sent his “red shirt” followers into private homes to collect and burn all Bibles and religious images.......Even there, however, Protestants not only refused to identify themselves with the persecuted Catholics, they offered public support for Tabasco‟s radical governor.................While they deplored the governor‟s promotion of atheism, they expressed satisfaction that the destruction of religious images was finally persuading the masses that the icons possessed no supernatural powers.......Tabasco‟s Protestants opposed the use of alcohol and so they genuinely supported the governor‟s temperance crusade. In fact, several evangelists won his grudging respect, and a degree of official toleration, by giving temperance lectures at the Sunday morning workers‟ meetings. Moreover they acknowledged that, in contrast to former governors, Garrido Canabal had the interest of the workers at heart...







...In the eyes of one Protestant from Tabasco, the Governor… was only a Socialist, not a Communist. He desired to raise the economic and social level of the people. He was the first to begin to light the way; to … establish Sunday cultural meetings so the people would open their eyes. … He attacked the Catholics but the Evangelicals were caught up in it. … In the schools he required that the children be given good food…He was not influenced by the Evangelical Church, but he was a good friend of the Evangelicals.77





...Catholic communities tended to support the Cristeros who resisted government efforts to redistribute land whereas Protestant communities generally sided with the government and fought against the Cristeros. Morevoer, ranchos and ejidos that had received land from the government were said to be more receptive to Protestantism than other rural communities.85



....Moisés Sáenz made one other important contribution to Mexico‟s Indigenous people. On a visit to Guatemala he met Cameron Townsend, a North American missionary and fellow Presbyterian who was pioneering the concept of using indigenous languages rather than Spanish in evangelistism. Sáenz invited Townsend to do the same sort of work in Mexico. At the time, missionary work was strictly forbidden by the government, however Townsend was able to secure an interview with President Cárdenas himself and the two formed an alliance based on complementary interests. Cárdenas had a great desire to communicate directly with the Indigenous people, unmediated by the Spanish-speaking political bosses who traditionally managed their affairs. Townsend wanted to translate the gospel into the languages of the Indigenous people so they could read the Bible for themselves, unmediated by Spanish-speaking 90 See
priests. The two agreed that Townsend would bring “trained linguists” to Mexico to render Indigenous languages into written form and that in return the linguists would help the government convey its progressive message directly to the Indigenous people. It was more than a marriage of convenience. Townsend wrote a glowing biography of the idealistic Mexican President who put the needs of the poor first, and when Cárdenas nationalized Mexico‟s oil industry, Townsend toured the United States defending his action. For his part, Cárdenas visited the translation site and expressed great appreciation for the kind of religion represented by the translators. In fact, he even paid their salaries out of the budget for Indigenous Affairs!91





..In contrast to their hostility toward the Catholic Church, Liberals expressed admiration for Protestantism and encouraged the entry of U.S. missionaries into Mexico. They even sold some of the properties they had confiscated from the Catholic Church to U.S. missionaries and to Mexicans who were trying to start non-Catholic congregations. According to historian Rubén Ruiz Guerra, Liberals were attracted to Protestantism because they believed it brought a new ethic of work, a new conception of time, and a new, more active, ideal of humanity. Benito Juárez is often quoted as having said that he hoped Protestantism would take hold among the Indians because “they need a religion that prompts them to read rather than spend their savings



...12 Ruiz Guerra, 17. That U.S. Protestant missionaries despised the Catholic Church is abundantly demonstrated from denominational as well as historical sources. For example, the Presbyterian magazine El Faro offers a critique of the doctrines and the practices of the Catholic Church in nearly every issue surveyed by the author as did El Abogado Cristiano. See also Gonzalo Báez Camargo, The Reason for Protestantism in Mexico, trans. Annie Carlyle (México, D.F.: Union Press, 1929); James Garvin Chastain, Thirty Years in Mexico (El Paso, 1927), 155; Frank S. Onderdonk, A Glimpse at Mexico (Nashville: Board of Missions Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1930), 26-32. The Mexican Episcopal Church was the only Protestant denomination to show much sympathy for the Catholic Church and even they could be quite critical as in Frank W. Creighton, “Civil and Religious Conditions Reviewed,” Spirit of Missions, 92 (October 1927): 581-594.





....Protestant hostility toward the Church was exacerbated by the fact that members of Protestant churches were frequent targets of religious persecution in the years leading up to the 1910 Revolution. Opposition to Protestantism generally took non-violent forms such as social ostracism or a refusal to rent space for religious meetings, but there were also physical assaults and even a few communal riots.22

...By the start of the twentieth century, native Protestants were forging alliances with radical Liberals who were opposed to the Díaz regime. When the Liberal Club of San Luis Potosí called a convention in February of 1901 to organize an opposition political party, eight Protestant pastors and school teachers were among the forty-two delegates who came.24 Five years later, when the Mexican Liberal Party called for an uprising against Díaz, Presbyterian Ignacio Gutiérrez led an insurgent group that included several of his coreligionists from the state of Tabasco.25



...Samuel Guy Inman, a U.S. missionary in Mexico, observed: “When the Mexican Revolution began, the Protestant churches threw themselves into it almost unanimously, because they believed that the revolutionary program represented what they had been preaching for many years previously, and that the triumph of the Revolution was signifying the triumph of the gospel.”27





....Carranza as cold and aloof, to Protestants his self-presentation embodied rationality and professionalism, qualities which had long been prized in the Protestant community with its emphasis on formal education and self-control.33 Moreover as his movement unfolded it became clear that he intended to establish a Liberal republic like the one envisioned by the nineteenth century reformers, including strict enforcement of the anti-clerical laws. U.S. missionaries estimated that by 1915, 80 to 90 percent of Mexico‟s Protestants were supporting Carranza.34







...Carranza reciprocated their support by appointing many Protestants to important posts in his movement. His private secretary was a member of the Baptist church in Mexico City. Three state governors appointed by Carranza were Protestants. The head of his propaganda office was a Methodist preacher. Several other Protestant pastors and teachers served Carranza in the field of education. Their avidity for the First Chief and his liberal program, their generally high levels of education, and their experience with public speaking made them ideal for such roles.35





...The key anti-clerical provisions included the following: Worship could only take place indoors, and the time, place, and number of services could be regulated by government. No outdoor processions or campaigns were allowed. Churches could not own property, their places of worship now belonged to the nation. Religious bodies could not establish or conduct primary schools, and religious instruction was prohibited in all primary schools, public or private. Only Mexicans by birth could act as priests or ministers. Priests and ministers could not vote, take part in political activities, or criticize the laws, the government, or public officials. Finally, state governors had the authority to determine the number of priests and ministers that were permitted to conduct religious activities within the boundaries of their states.36
many Mexican Protestants viewed the new rules with favor.







....Moreover Obregón invited Protestant ministers to take a prominent role in the celebration of Mexican independence in 1921 and he gave $25,000 to the Y.M.C.A. He also appointed many Protestants to government positions.43





Thursday, August 9, 2012

on music and kneeling E. S.

Friends!

Just some things i must mention...in no particular order:

1. it does make my blood boil when a distinguished church musician
dismisses Holy Mass with the Star Wars anthem!!

2. it totally puzzles me that Corpus Christi Cathedral removed the
 kneeling cushions from the Communion railings -- allegedly for cleaning --
and never put them back.  It has been over 2 years now!

i might add, on this score, the lack of cushions did not seem to hinder one
faithful parishioner E. S.-- who passed away a few months ago  --.  Many
knew him by his prayerful devotion and by the fact that he had but one
good leg!

E. S. once told me  that it had been Father Pacwa's interview  []
 of Bishop Schneider that convinced him that there was only one posture
to assume when Our Lord is so near.   And when, in 2010 , the
cathedral's cushions disappeared --and many nimble folk ceased kneeling for
Communion -- E. S. continued
kneeling even though  it now took him  added time and effort to get all the
way back up again. 

When will our priests learn that every gesture they make sends a message?

If you are from Corpus Christi then you probably know whom i have
mentioned.  Please use your prayers to do him some good.
Knowing him and seeing his humble example certainly
did me good!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

pray for kneeling catholic!

Friends!
yes,i have been quiet for a long time.  i have been fretting and worrying about the state of my soul.  this was spurred by a discussion with another blogger who questioned if my whole blog might be an exercise in detraction.

he may be right.  :-(  i dont currently know the answer to that question.  i need good counsel!  i need prayers!
 
i invite anyone who is familiar with this blog to comment, especially if your a priest!

on another note:  His Excellency,Bishop Mulvey, has certainly surpised me with his zeal!
with his:
1. beautiful Corpus Christi celebration
2. brave promotion of the Cristiada film
3. brave opposition to obamacare's coercive hhs mandate

i just want to get that in.  i might be taking this blog down! 

Friday, May 25, 2012

"For Greater Glory" star, Verastegui, equates Pres. Obama's actions with those of Plutarco Calles



He joins the filim's producer, Pablo Barroso, in drawing the parallel.

http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/en1/Articolo.asp?c=574291


Monday, May 21, 2012

Kresta's talk show goes all in for film Cristiada/For Greater Glory

Kresta's ave Maria radio program is devoting a whole segment of today's program to listen to a reviewer who has seen the pre-screening.....

Saturday, May 19, 2012

More news about Cristiada/"For Greater Glory"

I can't help believing that Cristiada's long awaited release, 01 JUN, is providential.  The reviews from people lucky enough to have already seen it indicate:

It will evoke a loud chorus of "I had no idea!" (many well- meaning American Christians, Catholic and particularly anti-catholic, live under the comfortable lie that Catholicism is prominent in Mexico because it is the "State Relgion".)


(as I have written earlier) This film is going to" knock the snot out of the snotty!"  It  will certainly bring a flood of converts to the Catholic Faith, as serious American Christians view a truthful depiction of the faith and heroism and old-fahioned chilvary of Mexican peasants in the face of an atheistic regime. 
 
Ignatius press has come out with a handbook for the film, introduced by his Grace, Archbishop Gomez of LA
http://www.ignatius.com/Products/FGGL-P/for-greater-glory-the-true-story-of-cristiada.aspx


This review gives credit to Jean Meyer, the historian who brought the war's existence to light and whose landmark work formed the basis for the film.....http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/mexican-catholics-fight-for-christ-in-for-greater-glory/

Back in the seventies, Professor Meyer was warned by both  gov't and Church officials  that it would be better not to reveal the truth about the conflict, that Mexico couldn't handle the truth!  Already, in Mexico, omplaints have been heard from Mexico's PRI party, (PRI plays a big roll in the film.)  The truth is coming out!

Corpus Christi Procession to be held in Corpus Christi!!

Hello Friends!

The Cathedral, with his Excellency, Michael Mulvey will have the procession after the 10JUN (Sunday) 0930 Mass.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cristiada/"For Greater Glory" is heralded on prime time ABC!

Sunday night, right in the middle of Eva Longoria's Desperate Housewives, her latest movie--Cristiada-- was advertised!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Catholic Answers' Jimmy Akin gives thumbs-up to gum-chewing @ Communion

Today's Catholic Answers' program featured Mr. Akin fielding questions.  A caller complained that his church was,  among other things, telling people to spit out their chewing gum at Mass.  Mr.  Akin -- instead of pointing out that communicants munching the Holy Fragments into their Wrigleys which will eventually end up in a trash bin is a SACRILEGE-- treated the caller as if he,   the caller , were the wronged party!!

  [  I paraphrase Akin ] "  Just bring your legitimate concerns to your priest, if he listens,  good , if he doesn't, then move to a less judgmental parish where you feel more at home."

The podcast is available at their website.  It is the 10 May program, 2nd hour.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

EWTN puts in another plug for CRISTIADA/"For Greater Glory"

Raymond Arroyo interviewed Crisitiada actor Eduardo Verastagui on Arroyo's Thursday talk show.  Mention was also made of the film's smashing success in its Mexican debut.

Verastagui did seem to want to distance himself from the militant actions of the film's main heros,  the Cristero warriors. Instead Verastagui lauded the actions of the Catholic Bishops-who mediated the end of the conflict. Verastagui made no mention of how --after the Cristeros obediently laid down their arms and went to their homes--keeping their side of the bargain brokered by their own bishops---thousands of them were then hunted down and summarily executed.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

How to eradicate Communion on the tongue




Kneeling Catholic had a source in the San Antonio area who contributed to this report.....

St. ------ parish, a wealthy parish on the north side of San Antonio has found a way to make certain no-one can receive Holy Communion on the tongue.  They use a version of the Cardinal Schonborn balloon mass.  Whole wheat leaven bread is consecrated and the extraordinary eucharistic ministers freely divy up the portions into the ciboriums with their bare hands.  Then the the tiny Morsels are distributed by extraordinary eucharistic ministers, holding Them between their thumb and forefingers.  Given this circumstance, it would be impossible for the minister not to virtually handle the communicant's tongue, so no one dare's to stick out their tongue...

btw, before someone tries to say this is an Eastern Catholic tradition, i.e. consecrating leavened bread, let me just inform you ahead of time.  Eastern Catholics laity and Orthodox Christians never, ever, ever touch the Holy Species with their hands.  period.  (the priest distributes Communion with a spoon composed of a precious metal).

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Haugen's "Mass of Creation" survives new translation

Many traditionalists had hoped that our new liturgical translation would have the happy effect of forcing liturgists make a clean sweep of much of the banal musical settings which have entrenched themselves over the past 40 years or so.  That hope is not being realized.

The most entrenched and most controversial of the 70's generation composers is Marty Haugen.  Jeffrey Tucker of NLM treats Haugen's "Sanctus" here.....

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2008/03/sanctus-for-popes-mass-haugens-mass-of.html

Mr. Haugen's music featured prominently in Corpus Christi Cathedral's very solemn Easter celebrations this year.  Haugen's numbers were mixed in seamlessly with Palestrina and Gregorian chant. 

I really have to wonder how much money Mr. Haugen receives each time we sing his tunes.  It reminds me very much of what the Bill-Gates--haters say about Gates and Microsoft.  i.e. he has ensured that mediocrity is everywhere, and that everyone must pay top-dollar for it.

Mr. Haugen, a protestant and a women's ordination advocate, refuses to join the Church for the latter reason.  At least he is honest.  NTL I pray for the day when Catholics decide not to support liturgists and composers whose sentiments and/or agenda is 180 degrees out of sync with the Church's. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pope's Holy Thursday homily expounds on kneeling

....Before reflecting on the content of Jesus’ petition, we must still consider what the evangelists tell us about Jesus’ posture during his prayer. Matthew and Mark tell us that he "threw himself on the ground" (Mt 26:39; cf. Mk 14:35), thus assuming a posture of complete submission, as is preserved in the Roman liturgy of Good Friday. Luke, on the other hand, tells us that Jesus prayed on his knees. In the Acts of the Apostles, he speaks of the saints praying on their knees: Stephen during his stoning, Peter at the raising of someone who had died, Paul on his way to martyrdom. In this way Luke has sketched a brief history of prayer on one’s knees in the early Church. Christians, in kneeling, enter into Jesus’ prayer on the Mount of Olives. When menaced by the power of evil, as they kneel, they are upright before the world, while as sons and daughters, they kneel before the Father. Before God’s glory we Christians kneel and acknowledge his divinity; by that posture we also express our confidence that he will prevail......




Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bishop Athanasius Schneider calls for laity to convert the clergy

Thanks to "Paix Liturgique" for this translation of the end portion of Bishop Schneider's JAN 2012 keynote address to "Reunicatho", an organization formed to bolster the pope's Motu Propio.....



....................................The five wounds of the Church’s liturgical body I have mentioned are crying out for healing. They represent a rupture that one may compare to the exile in Avignon. The situation of so sharp a break in an expression of the Church’s life is far from unimportant—back then the absence of the popes from Rome, today the visible break between the liturgy before and after the Council. This situation indeed cries out for healing.




For this reason we need new saints today, one or several Saint Catherines of Sienna. We need the “vox populi fidelis” demanding the suppression of this liturgical rupture. The tragedy in all of this is that, today as back in the time of the Avignon exile, a great majority of the clergy, especially in its higher ranks, is content with this rupture.



Before we can expect efficacious and lasting fruits from the new evangelization, a process of conversion must get under way within the Church. How can we call others to convert while, among those doing the calling, no convincing conversion towards God has yet occurred, internally or externally? The sacrifice of the Mass, the sacrifice of adoration of Christ, the greatest mystery of the Faith, the most sublime act of adoration is celebrated in a closed circle where people are looking at each other.



What is missing is “conversio ad Dominum.” It is necessary, even externally and physically. Since in the liturgy Christ is treated as though he were not God, and he is not given clear exterior signs of the adoration that is due to God alone because the faithful receive Holy Communion standing and, to boot, take it into their hands like any other food, grasping it with their fingers and placing it into their mouths themselves. There is here a sort of Eucharistic Arianism or Semi-Arianism.



One of the necessary conditions for a fruitful new evangelization would be the witness of the entire Church in the public liturgical worship. It would have to observe at least these two aspects of Divine Worship:



1) Let the Holy Mass be celebrated the world over, even in the ordinary form, in an internal and therefore necessarily also external “conversio ad Dominum”.


2) Let the faithful bend the knee before Christ at the time of Holy Communion, as Saint Paul demands when he mentions the name and person of Christ (see Phil 2:10), and let them receive Him with the greatest love and the greatest respect possible, as befits Him as true God.



Thank God, Benedict XVI has taken two concrete measures to begin the process of a return from the liturgical Avignon exile, to wit the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum and the reintroduction of the traditional Communion rite.



There still is need for many prayers and perhaps for a new Saint Catherine of Sienna for the other steps to be taken to heal the five wounds on the Church’s liturgical and mystical body and for God to be venerated in the liturgy with that love, that respect, that sense of the sublime that have always been the hallmark of the Church and of her teaching, especially in the Council of Trent, Pope Pius XII in his encyclical Mediator Dei, Vatican II in its Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium and Pope Benedict XVI in his theology of the liturgy, in his liturgical magisterium, and in the Motu Proprio mentioned above.



No one can evangelize unless he has first adored, or better yet unless he adores constantly and gives God, Christ the Eucharist, true priority in his way of celebrating and in all of his life. Indeed, to quote Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger: “It is in the treatment of the liturgy that the fate of the Faith and of the Church is decided.”

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Cristiada/"for Greater Glory" producer draws modern parallel

Vatican Radio has put its stamp of approval on "for Greater Glory" with  a glowing review here.

Pablo Barroso, the producer, points specfically to a modern parallel in America, "where Christians are being forced to do things which are against their consciences."

http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/en1/Articolo.asp?c=574291

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

IT'S OFFICIAL: "FOR GREATER GLORY" [Cristiada] TO BE RELEASED JUNE FIRST, [NOT 20 APRIL] IN USA!!!!

http://www.facebook.com/Cristiada




My apologies....whoops!  They changed the title and the release date.....

It will be released in Mexico 20 April and in USA 01 June.



This is a telling photo.  The distinguished looking man in the middle is Jean Meyer, the pre-eminent historian of the Cristero War.  Dean Wright, the director is to his left, the film's producer, Pablo Barroso, is far right.

  from Meyer's The Cristero Rebellion p. 184..........

....singing hymns and saying the Rosary were an accompaniment to daily life on the march and in camp;  the Cristeros prayed and sang far into the night, saying the Rosary together on their knees, singing praises to God between each decade.  The combatants asked for blessing before going off to fight, and their commanders urged them to make a true act of contrition before the battle, and they charged the enemy singing psalms and crying out ''Long live Christ the King!  Long live the Virgin of Guadalupe!"  It could not be otherwise with these men, who had sworn before God to conquer or die......

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bishop Schneider stays on message.



Many of us have perhaps have moved on to "more important" reforms. 
His Excellency's "step by step" instruction for renewing the Church remains the same......
 Get on your knees!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

CRISTIADA IS STILL ON TAP TO BE RELEASED SOON

Michael Love, Cristiada's script write,r has posted this on Facebook.""""""






""""""""Be patient. The movie will come out in the late Spring. It takes time to refine the edit and get the right global distribution. You won't be disappointed."
 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Exclusive: Ron Paul's Favorite Veteran Has a Criminal Record To Go With His Awesome Neck Tattoo

Friends!

The below is a link to a GQ article on Ron Paul's uniformed campaigner.
I have to disagree with Thorsen being Paul's favorite veteran, though.  That place in Paul's heart belongs to Bradley Manning.  The traitor who shoveled our country's secrets to our enemies!
Apparently, in addition to being a failed burglar, Thorsen, (mugshot on right below) also lied about his military service, only serving 1 tour and not the 2 that he claimed.  There is a debate about the constitutionality of our "Stolen Valor" law.  Regardless of whether or not it is constitutional, the law was crafted with 'soldiers' like Thorsen in mind.....

http://www.gq.com/news-politics/blogs/death-race/2012/01/ron-paul-soldier-felon.html



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