“In the opinion of St. Alphonsus Liguori, a Doctor of the Church, the minister should rather die than give communion to the publicly unworthy.”

So, writes Scriptor in this awesome rebuttal to Ed Peters and in defense of Fr. Guarnizo.  Please check it out.  Specially, take note of the comments posted on the site, Rorate Caeli.

Here is a snippet: “Here is a passage from a classic moral theology manual which takes into account the above mentioned factors: “The Sacraments are to be refused to a public sinner, whether he asks for them publicly or secretly…Such a one has no right to the Sacraments, with the exception of Penance [my emphasis].

Enjoy!

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2012/03/canonical-contribution-on-washington.html

 

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Gutsy Journalism on Dereliction of Duty

The American Spectator has an article by George Neumayr which gives voice to what we here also believe.  Bravo!! Mr. Neumayr.

Below is an excerpt.   Link to the original article here.

“The road to hell is paved with the skulls of bad bishops. That’s a slight paraphrase of a line from St. John Chrysostom.

“The saints of old warned bishops to choose holiness and orthodoxy over the blandishments of the “world.” Many bishops today in America choose the good opinion of worldly elites over orthodoxy. These cufflinked cardinals worry not about punishment in the next world but slights in this one. They desperately crave the approval of America’s movers and shakers and live in dread fear of losing it.

“What will the Pretty People think if I withhold Communion from powerful pro-abortion Catholic pols? Will the Washington Post editorialize against me? Will I lose my place of honor at posh parties? Will my dissenting priests think ill of me? Will I be scorned at the next USCCB meeting?

“These are some of the thoughts that race through the minds of modern prelates. Out of these anxieties comes fiascoes like Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s recent one. Wuerl and his surrogates have rebuked a visiting priest from the archdiocese of Moscow for denying Communion to a self-described practicing lesbian at a funeral mass. That’s not our “policy,” gasped Wuerl’s horrified surrogates.”

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“The extraordinary form is more reverent,” the Rev. Ramirez said. “The most beautiful expression of worship to God.”

God is good.  In spite of the evil that surrounds us, He constantly makes us aware that He is still with his Church.  Here is yet another sign of the continuation of the ongoing restoration, another TLM; this one in Missouri:

Link to the  story here.

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Institute of Christ the King News

Update:  Here are some photos from Offerimus Tibi Domine.

Bishop Davies assists from the throne at the Shrine Church of Ss Peter and Paul and St Philomena in New Brighton, Wirral, at the Mass of March 24, 2012.

God bless  the ICR, and Bishop Mark Davies!  May their efforts bestow great blessings upon  England and Wales!

Michael Davies, I am sure, must be smiling from above!               

 

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Feast Day of the Glorious Saint Joseph!

We continue with meditations taken from writings on the life of St. Joseph as found in Msgr. Gentilucci’s, The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

 “Saint Joseph possessed the talent of combining in this world the toils of his office and glorious ministry with the most constant and sublime contemplation, as Saint Athanasius[1] assures us, and how that he is reaping in heaven the fruit of the glorious actions of his most holy life, he freely grants his aid to souls devoted to the exercise of prayer….the example offered [is] Saint Teresa of Jesus, who, under the protection of Saint Joseph, soared like the eagle to the highest contemplation, and induced other souls to imitate her flight..

“…among those cited by Father Barri, a great spiritual master, are two, who, desirous of devoting themselves to mental prayer, could not succeed in consequences of the difficulties which they encountered;  but having chosen Saint Joseph as a director, they suddenly beheld all obstacles overcome, and the once thorny and sterile path thick sowed with heavenly delights.  Another person, adds the same author, wishing to be entirely delivered from the distractions which molested him in time of prayer, took the holy patriarch as his advocate, and by his patronage obtained more even than he sought;  for he not only obtained the grace of a most elevated prayer, but a deliverance even in dreams, of the least thoughts against purity, being likened by both favors to the most blessed souls of Saint Joseph, of whom the eloquent Chrysostom said, [2] that his ministry required him to be a spirit free from those disquiets which give rise to importunate thoughts, and those troubles that banish repose and serenity from the heart.

“Saint Joseph bestowed, as Father Barri assures us, the same tranquility on a nun, who was greatly harassed with temptations in time of prayer and other spiritual exercises, to such a degree that she lost the hopes of attaining that precious liberty which is a kind of pledge and sign of divine love; still, far from giving way entirely to distrust, she recurred to the mother of the afflicted with the prayer:  ‘My mother and mistress, free me from this storm of troubles which surrounds me; grant me that peace and perfect tranquility which I need to converse with my God with a serene and fervent heart.  If thou wilt not listen to my humble prayer, vouchsafe to inspire me to address one of those saints most beloved in heaven, whom I may invoke in this anguish that breaks my heart.’  Scarcely had she concluded her petition when Saint Joseph appeared before the eyes of her understanding, filling her with a torrent of serenity and interior delight, which made her forget the cruel afflictions that had deprived her of all hopes of a close union with her Lord in the holy exercise of prayer.”


[1] St. Athanasius, Sermo de descriptione Mariae.  Patrionani, Lib. ch. iii § 7.)

[2] St. Chrysostom, Hom. 5. in Matthaeum.

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Canon 915????

 

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Petition in Support of Fr. M. Guarnizo

In your charity, please take a few moments to sign this petition.   If we want good and faithful priests, we must support them in prayer, word and action.

 

 

http://supportfathermarcel.com/petition-signatures/

 

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What Does St. Thomas Aquinas Have to Say?

I’ll make it short.  Just about everyone  will know to what I refer.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, III:q 80: article 6
“A distinction must be made among sinners: some are secret; others are notorious, either from evidence of the fact, as public usurers, or public robbers or from being denounced as evil men by some ecclesiastical or civil tribunal. Therefore Holy Communion ought not to be given to open sinners when they ask for it.”

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Yes,  she did receive, though not from Father.   God bless you,  Father Guarnizo!

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul  and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended, and by the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”

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The Month of St. Joseph – Another Meditation

In part two of Msgr. R. Gentilucci’s compilation,  Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  Stephen  Binet [1800’s?] is quoted as follows:  “All that is great and singular in others, we find united in Saint Joseph and more.  Let us gather the flowers of this matter, dwelling on the point for some time.    It is certain that Saint Peter received a supreme power from Heaven:   to him were given the two keys, one to open Heaven, the other to close it:  under his authority did Christ place the government of the Church, constituting him His Vicar.  Peter did Our Lord commission to feed his sheep and lambs:  a truly great office;  but, withal, I say that it cannot be compared with the favor done Saint Joseph.  I confess that the Almighty did not give this saint the two keys, for these are put even in the hands of servants:  but God put in his charge Jesus and Mary, who are the two gates of Paradise.  Saint Peter fed the sheep and lambs; Joseph the Shepherd [H]imself and his Mother, the Virgin Mary, and under his authority as spouse of the Mother of God, and father of Jesus, had the Queen of Heaven and the very Lord of the universe.  Saint Peter governed the Church and Saint Joseph the very Head of the Church.  Peter loved Christ as his Lord, Joseph as his Lord and his Son….Let us pass from great men to angels.  I know that Saint Michael has the glory of being the valiant defender of the Incarnate Word and of the rights of the Divinity which daring Lucifer would have usurped, but I know that Saint Joseph, by a retreat exposed to the hardships of a dangerous journey and helplessness among strangers, delivered the Saviour from another cruel demon, King Herod, who sought the life of the new-born God.  We must, indeed, feel most grateful to the Archangel Gabriel for all his care in the Incarnation of the Son of God, giving to the world the tidings of its speedy deliverance; but yet it is evident that the Word made man engaged the first attention of Saint Joseph.  The angel announced our future happiness; but Joseph put his advice in execution, facing danger, toil and fear.  Angels in one instance fed Our Lord in the desert; but this service they rendered only once and with no toil on their part; Joseph maintained Jesus from his cradle to the age of thirty, laboring night and day to fulfill the obligation which his ministry imposed upon him.  But let us leave these similitudes, lest by comparing him with others, we lessen that which is in its dignity incomparable…”

Fr. Joseph Ignatius Vallejo, S.J. in this compilation of the Msgr. continues: “To all this we may add that Saint Joseph was not only the delegate of the Father, but also in some sort, if we may venture to use the words of Gerson, the Holy Ghost was his vicar and substitute: as with the consent of the most holy spouse of Mary, He produced in her pure womb the admirable work of our redemption and salvation.  This honor, joined to the title of Father of Jesus, which he acquired by the Holy Ghost’s acting in his stead, and his being head and superior of the Holy Family, if they do not prove a greatness surpassing that of all the blessed, at least justify us from all charge of rashness in conceding as probable that primacy which radiates from his dignity and ministry, as the sun shines amid the stars of the firmament.”

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THEOLOGY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS #22

At the moment when the Host is raised, the altar boy rings the bells.  This reminds us of that moment when the horn was sounded in the Temple to signal the start of the slaying of the Paschal lambs.  On the mystical Calvary, the priest now holds in his hands our God, our Creator, our Redeemer, our Eucharistic and spotless Lamb.

 “How are thy hands constituted, O priest of the Lord?”, asks Gihr.  He continues, “..are they…holy and venerable by the abundance of virtuous  actions, by the odor of a devout life, and by exemplary conduct?”

Oh, how we need holy priests after the Heart of Jesus!

Anne C. Emmerich presents to us this scenario of 2,000 years ago when Jesus was raised on the cross: “…words of love and compassion resounded through the air at the same moment; and need we say that these words, these sounds, were emitted by the most saintly of human beings—Mary—John—the holy women, and all who were pure of heart? They bowed down and adored the ‘Word made flesh,’ nailed to the cross; they stretched forth their hands as if desirous of giving assistance to the Holy of Holies, whom they beheld nailed to a cross and in the power of his furious enemies. But when the solemn sound of the fall of the cross into the hole prepared for it in the rock was heard, a dead silence ensued, every heart was filled with an undefinable feeling of awe—a feeling never before experienced, and for which no one could account, even to himself; all the inmates of hell shook with terror, and vented their rage by endeavouring to stimulate the enemies of Jesus to still greater fury and brutality; the souls in Limbo were filled with joy and hope, for the sound was to them a harbinger of happiness, the prelude to the appearance of their Deliverer. Thus was the blessed cross of our Lord planted for the first time on the earth; and well might it be compared to the tree of life in Paradise, for the wounds of Jesus were as sacred fountains, from which flowed four rivers destined both to purify the world from the curse of sin, and to give it fertility, so as to produce fruit unto salvation.”

Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, who wouldst be raised on the Cross, and in that manner exalted from the earth for my sake; raise me, I beseech Thee, from all earthly affections, that my soul may always, as far as possible in this land of exile, live in heaven.“  Amen.

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