Sunday, July 01, 2012

Sunday: blessed be his most Precious Blood
  • Mass: Redemisti nos, Domine. A remaining case in the 1962 Missal where you stack propers, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost becoming a commemoration.
  • The Five Wounds, a medieval motif showing early devotion to the Sacred Heart (long before St Margaret Mary in 1600s France) and its connection to the Eucharist. The Catholic uprisings in mid-1500s England marched under this banner. We wyll haue the masse.
  • Fr Hunwicke’s first Catholic Mass. At one of the best places in the world.
  • A top British Anglo-Catholic is now in the church: welcome aboard, Geoffrey Kirk!
  • Six ordinariate ordinations to the priesthood for Fort Worth. Fr Stainbrook is Fr Stainbrook again; St Timothy’s, Fort Worth, long an Anglo-Catholic stalwart, is now entirely in the church.
  • Medjugorje is a fraud. The bishop said no; now they should shut up. It was the latest battle in a long power struggle between the bishop and the Franciscan friars whose presence pre-dates the diocese; the friars made up orthodox-sounding messages based on some local kids’ prank and drew in spiritually starved Catholics around the world through the iffy charismatic movement (in the ’70s and ’80s if you were a well-meaning Catholic, the charismatics were often the only game in your town), at least before the war in ex-Yugoslavia and the charismatics’ decline. (The Modernists then in charge locally in the official church liked the charismatics at first because ecumenism was fashionable and both didn’t like traditional Catholic practice, but the charismatics got more Catholic. Given the charismatics’ moral conservatism shared with evangelicals, that breakup with mainline wannabes was inevitable.) Anyway, the Pope usually doesn’t get involved in these things and individuals are free to go there (private devotion is freestyle and the church doesn’t micromanage).
  • What Rome and the Orthodox can learn from each other. A surprisingly nice post from probably a convert Orthodox priest. The question is sort of popular with the kind of Catholic academic, usually older, from when ecumenism was fashionable, who’s more or less sound but, regrettably, fond of Vatican II. This almost gets to the point that it was a mistake but sound general quarters when somebody wants to roll back 1,000 years of Western Catholic definitions of doctrine. Modernists play that game. Anyway, my two cents. Corporate reunion is possible unlike with Protestants but will never happen because one side would have to give in. Even so, they can (re)learn a lot from each other, rediscovering, respectively, grassroots/down-home traditionalism (historically how the church has worked, like the folk Catholicism that Arturo Vasquez used to write about, and why the Orthodox won’t have a Vatican II, thank God; why weren’t there more Lefebvres and DePauws, or even discreet resisters like St Josemaría, when the Novus Ordo was forced on the West?) and a coherent moral theology (I’m talking about contraception; before 1930 all Christians agreed). P.S. Fr Laurent may not know that Mormons aren’t Christians. (Neither are Unitarians, Jehovah’s Witnesses or Oneness Pentecostals, even though all are recognizably offshoots of Christianity.)

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