July 08, 2006

"One More That's It" . . .

. . . is the name of the bar near my monastery.

It ought to be my policy for posting the following video, but I won't promise that.

"Hey, hey! We're the monks."

This blog is going down the "YouTube".

BENEDICTINE MONKEES-- click on the image to see the video.

This is what I get for posting about Stephen Colbert.

In response (or retaliation), someone sent me notice of the video, "Betty Butterfield visits the Catholic Church". Never having heard of "Betty Butterfield" before, I watched the video not knowing if it was an act or someone sincere.

It's a good laugh.

Click on the image below to play the video

Primetime Profession of Faith

Yesterday Julie D.’s happycatholic.blogspot.com called attention to a Stephen Colbert “episode” on which the comedian recites the Nicene Creed and refers to Catholicism as “the one true faith.”

I have read opinions that Colbert’s personal Catholicism may not be entirely “Magisterium-loyal”. However, he seems clearly committed to calling himself a Catholic, going to Sunday Mass, raising and educating his children as Catholics, loving and believing in the Eucharist.

A July 7 entry on mormon2catholic.blogspot.com has more information about Colbert as a Catholic.

Go watch Colbert’s funny four-minute faith routine.
Click HERE for it.

July 07, 2006

The Holy Grail in Valencia

On Saturday, July 7, Pope Benedict XVI will be in Valencia, Spain, where he will venerate the chalice traditionally held to be the one Christ used at the Last Supper.

Archaeological study concludes that the three sections of the chalice are from three distinct historical periods.

The three sections are:
(1) the gold mounting from between A.D. 1200 and 1350;
(2) the stone base from between A.D. 900 and 1100;
(3) the stone cup from between 200 B.C. and A.D. 100.
The stone cup is similar to ones made in the same period in Egypt or Palestine for use in solemn feasts and the households of the rich.

Zenit has an article telling more.
Click HERE for it.

The K.K.K. convinced the voters of Oregon to outlaw Catholic schools

The Ku Klux Klan backed the election of Oregon’s Governor Pierce in 1922. Pierce then campaigned in support of the Klan’s Compulsory Education Act, which would have outlawed all private schools for children, but was primarily aimed at Catholic schools. The majority of Oregon approved the Act. It was to go into effect on September 1, 1926.

A Catholic religious order running a school in Oregon, the Society of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, sued and won their case before a three-judge panel of the Oregon District Court, which granted an injunction against the Act. The defendants appealed their case directly to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court heard the case on March 16 and 17, 1925, and deliberated for about two and a half months before issuing their decision, “Pierce vs. Society of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary”, on June 1, 1925, in favor of the Catholic cause.

This landmark decision is a cornerstone of parental legal rights in the U.S.A. today.

One of my regular visitors called my attention to this bit of history.

A more detailed telling of this history?
Click HERE for it.

July 05, 2006

Superman R.I.P. 29 September

The pastor gives me Wednesdays as a day off.

Today I saw the new "Superman" movie.

While Superman is unconscious in a hospital, Perry White (the editor-in-chief of "The Daily Planet") and reporter Jimmy Olsen are working on a "just-in-case" front page headline:

The month and day that appear with the headline caught my eye: September 29.

The Catholic feast of the archangels Micha-El, Gabri-El and Rapha-El!


Superman's native Kryptonian name, "Kal-El," sounds like Hebrew. The suffix "El" is one of the ancient names for God, used throughout the Bible. It is also found in the names of great Biblical figures like Isra-El, Samu-El, Dani-El and angels such as Micha-El, Gabri-El and Rapha-El.

"Micha-El" means "like God" or "likeness of God".

"Gabri-El" means "mighty one of God".

"Rapha-El means "God heals" or "God has healed"

The prefix of Superman's name, "Kal," sounds close to the root of several Hebrew words: "lightness," "swiftness," "vessel," and "voice." "Kal-El" sounds similar to something in Hebrew that could mean:
"Lightness of God"...
"Swiftness of God"...
"Vessel of God"...
"Voice of God".

No one seems to know whether the comic-book creators of Superman were aware of-- or so much as intended-- these Hebraicisms.

July 04, 2006

"St. Monitor Catholic Church"?

A visitor to my blog has written me the following.
I live go to a rural parish in the deep south, the only Catholic church in my town. Yesterday, I found out that the priest is installing a multimedia system in the church. The church is a 70's style structure, with little art except for the stations of the cross and two big banners (yech) on each side of the tabernacle. The TV screens will be hidden behind the banners in the church. At the meeting where this was announced, I raised several objections about the sacrifice of the Mass being no place to bring in secularizing influences like TV screens, to no avail. The pastor insisted that the Mass would stay reverent (parishioners already talk at the top of their voices before and after Mass) and there need be no concern. The rumor is that he wants them installed because the bishop insists on broadcasting an "annual appeal message" every year and our pastor is tired of rolling in TV monitors. I think that is a lame excuse.

Are permanent video monitors appropriate for the inside of the church? Is such a thing forbidden?
Such a thing is not forbidden.

However, it is not appropriate.

Notice that the plan is to HIDE them behind banners.

Hiding them is an admission that they don't deserve to be seen in the church.

Showing film or tape is not a form of preaching.

It isn't one of the liturgical rites of the Mass.

It isn't a form of liturgical prayer.

It isn't a form of liturgical worship.

Finally, it is so "seventies". Been there. Done that. Throw away your bell-bottom pants.

On 4 July A.D. 1946, the U.S.A. gave independence to the Republic of the Philippines

The Red, White and Blue of the Philippines

July 03, 2006

"In CONGRESS. July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America."

Click on the image to see it larger.

The first sentence of the “Declaration”

When in the course of human events,
it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands
which have connected them with another,
and to assume among the powers of the earth,
the separate and equal station
to which the laws of nature
and of nature’s GOD entitle them,
a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

The second sentence of the “Declaration”:

We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their CREATOR
with certain unalienable rights,
that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The last sentence of the “Declaration”:

And for the support of this Declaration,
with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE providence,
we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

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I have posted a homily for the occasion.
Click HERE for it.

July 02, 2006

The Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, 3 July

[painting by Caravaggio]

I have posted a homily for the feast.
Click HERE for it.