April 21, 2007

The Hunger Site! Go there!


Look for the following image!


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Start to download a free PDF copy of the "General Instruction of the Roman Missal"

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Good vocation numbers

On the following page (link) from the "Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate" you will see that since 1970 the amount of the world's population that is Catholic has stayed at 17 or 18 percent:
Catholic Numbers

During the same period, the worldwide number of priests has stayed on average at about 405,773.

This means, among other things, that the number of priests who leave or die annually since 1970 has been about the same as the number of men who receive ordination annually.)

Those two sets of statistics mean the total number of ordained priests, though somewhat stable, is a shrinking number because the number of Catholics has continued to grow with the world population.

However, the big news on that page of statistics is the number of "Graduate-level Seminarians" (men studying theology as candidates for priestly ordination).

In 1980: 33,731
In 1985: 43,476
In 1990: 51,603
In 1995: 54,154
In 2000: 55,968

The number of candidates in the year 2000 amounts to 1.659 times the number in the year 1980.

The same page of statistics indicates that the number of Catholics in the year 2000 amounts to 1.333 times the number in the year 1980.

Evidently, then, worldwide from 1980 to 2000 the number of priesthood candidates grew faster than the total number of Catholics — about 1.25 times as fast.

However, priests continue to age and die. Furthermore, since vocations had declined prior to 1970, the number of living priests will continue to shrink for a while until the number of new ordinations catches up.

The good news remains that since 1980 the growth of the vocation rate worldwide has been faster than the growth of the worldwide Catholic population.


"The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die without Being Baptized"

THE NOTION OF LIMBO was a theological speculation. The Catholic Church never defined it as a doctrine (binding or otherwise).


CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH


1257 The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation.[60] He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them.[61] Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament.[62] The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are "reborn of water and the Spirit." GOD HAS BOUND SALVATION TO THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM, BUT HE HIMSELF IS NOT BOUND BY HIS SACRAMENTS.

[....]

1260 "Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, WE MUST HOLD THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT OFFERS TO ALL THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING MADE PARTAKERS, IN A WAY KNOWN TO GOD, OF THE PASCHAL MYSTERY."[63] [....]

1261 As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them. Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus' tenderness toward children which caused him to say: "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them,"[64] allow us TO HOPE THAT THERE IS A WAY OF SALVATION FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE DIED WITHOUT BAPTISM. [....]

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[60] Cf. Jn. 3:5.
[61] Cf. Mt. 28:19-20; cf. Council of Trent (1547) DS 1618; Lumen Gentium 14; Ad Gentes 5.
[62] Cf. Mk. 16:16.
[63] Gaudium et Spes 22 § 5; cf. Lumen Gentium 16; Ad Gentes 7.
[64] Mk. 10 14; cf. 1 Tim. 2:4.


"motu proprio"

That is the name for a category of papal decree using the words motu proprio, literally, “moved by his own”.

The Latin expression indicates that the pope personally decided on the document’s stipulations, and that he was motivated or moved by his own reasoning in doing so.

The Holy Father has apparently prepared a motu proprio that would give all priests permission to celebrate the Latin Mass according to the usages just prior to Vatican Council II. He has not clarified when he would issue that document.

The backlog of blogging concerning this motu proprio has been so dense that the Catholic blogworld is now constipated, and thus incapable of a motu proprio.

EX CATHEDRA NECNON EX LAX




The girl has no plans to use hormones or surgery to change her appearance...

... but she wants to run for “Prom King,”
wear a tuxedo,
and have a girl in a dress as her date.

The school, the school district, and the state say,
“Yes, good, go ahead!”

Fresno High School, California.

Gender is a now a matter of mind over body.
Mind: good.
Body: bad.

Welcome back, Gnosticism!
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BEST RELIGION BLOG?

Don't let an atheist, anti-religion blog stay in the top five running for first place!

Go, sign up, and vote for Catholic blogs— especially the ones in the top ten!

Perhaps we can succeed in getting that atheistic, anti-religion blog knocked down.

You may vote for as many blogs as you want, but only once for each blog.
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April 20, 2007

Looking for the article about chastity, virtue, and the rest?

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70 Korean Benedictine monks safe after a fire destroyed their residence wing on Good Friday

In the earliest hours of Good Friday, 6 April, the main building of Saints Maurus and Placidus Abbey, Waegwan, Korea, burned.


The abbey is the largest Benedictine monastery of Korea. The building contained the rooms of the monks, the office of the abbot, the administration, the secretariat, etc. Fortunately the fire was discovered very soon by the subprior, Brother Andreas Jeon, O.S.B., who was returning from vigil at the Eucharistic Altar of Repose. He immediately sounded the alarm so that, thankfully, nobody was injured or killed.

The inferno raged for five hours while firemen battled the blaze. The abbey church was not damaged. About 70 monks now find themselves homeless. The cause of the fire is believed to have been a short circuit in the roof of one wing of the building.

From 1946 to 1954, the monks of this monastery suffered persecution and martyrdom at the hands of the communists.

The abbey has a website.
Click HERE for it.

Cold Turkey: continuing to kill Christians in the name of Islam

The lands washed by the Mediterranean Sea were all formerly Christian.

Then Islam happened, wiping out most traces of Christianity in the lands on the Southern, Eastern and Northeastern Shores of the Mediterranean ...
... before the Crusades ...
... provoking the Crusades ...
... causing the start of Crusades.

Muslim armies repeatedly invaded and conquered Christian lands during several centuries before Christianity began the Crusades in A.D. 1095.

After A.D. 1290, when the last of the Crusades ended, Muslim armies continued to invade Christian lands for several hundred years.

In 1453, Muslim Ottoman Turks smashed the Christian kingdom at Constantinople, the heart of Eastern Christianity.

In 1571, the Muslim Turks attempted to invade Europe. On October 7 that year, the united armies of Christian Europe succeeded in defeating that Muslim invasion.

Muslim efforts at invasion continued, and in 1683 Muslim Turkey’s attempt to take Vienna, Austria, failed.

In 1915, Muslim Turkey exterminated 1.5 million Christian Armenians, thus perpetrating the first genocide of the twentieth century. To this day the government of Turkey refuses to acknowledge this crime.

Turkey wants to “enter” the European Union as a member-state.

Even though Turkey’s modern government calls itself secular, the Turkish Muslims still slaughter Christians.

This week, Muslims slit the throats of three employees of a Bible distributor in Turkey.
Click HERE for it.

Vocations Placement

An organization that helps Catholic men and women who are considering the possibilities of becoming monks, nuns, brothers, sisters, friars, priests.

Free online tests.
Click HERE for it.

Hey, Evangelicals! Dominus vobiscum!

"We Need a Pope" says Evangelical scholar....

"Reopen Sola Fide Debate" says Christianity Today....

"Evangelicals Should Make the Sign of the Cross" says Calvinist commentator....

Evangelical blogger: "The Debt We Owe to Catholics"....

Chicago Tribune: "Evangelicals Learning to Pray the Daily Office"
Click HERE for it.

April 19, 2007

19 April, Fourth Tuesday of Easter, A.D. 2005: DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS

I announce to you a great joy.
We have a Pope:
Most Eminent and Most Reverend Monsignor,
Monsignor Joseph
Cardinal Ratzinger of the Holy Roman Church
who takes for himself the name Benedict XVI




[Pope Benedict XVI gives his first greeting as pope.]

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

After the great Pope John Paul II, the Lord Cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble laborer in the vineyard of the Lord.

The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with inadequate instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers.

Let us move forward in the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of his unfailing help. The Lord will help us and Mary, his Most Holy Mother, will be at our side. Thank you.


[Pope Benedict XVI gives his first blessing as pope to the City and to the World.]

May the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, of whose power and authority we are confident, intercede for us to the Lord.
Amen.
By the prayers of blessed Mary ever-Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, and the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints: may God almighty have mercy on you, and, having forgiven you all your sins, may Jesus Christ bring you to eternal life.
Amen.
May the almighty and merciful God grant you pardon, absolution, and remission of all your sins, a space for true and fruitful repentance, an ever-contrite heart and amendment of your life, the grace and consolation of the Holy Spirit, and final perseverance in good works.
Amen.
And may the blessing of God almighty, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, descend upon you and remain with you always.
Amen.


"Ratzenfreude" . . . ?



First Papal Mass of Benedict XVI: Mass for the Church

The very first Mass he celebrated as pope was on the morning after his election.

The Mass took place in the Sistine Chapel, with the college of cardinals concelebrating.

Pope Benedict chose to offer the votive "Mass for the Church".

The homily, his first as the pope, is at the following site.
Click HERE for it.

Okay, monk, you've had enough fun. Now knock it off!



April 18, 2007

HOW TO GET FOOD TO THE HUNGRY AT NO COST TO YOURSELF

Please click on the FEED THE HUNGRY link over on the right side of this page to go to "The Hunger Site".
When you get there, you can click once a day on their yellow "Help Feed the Hungry" button.

Based on the number of daily clicks of visitors, The Hunger Site collects fees from its advertising sponsors.
The money they generate pays for food that goes for distribution through Mercy Corps worldwide and America’s Second Harvest in food banks throughout the United States.

It costs you nothing but two clicks of the mouse.

Be sure to make "The Hunger Site" one of your bookmarks so that in your daily internet surfing you can provide food for the hungry.
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Holding hands really adds nothing to the Mass


Fellowship/communion among believers
IS NOT THE SAME AS
their individual, personal, one-on-one devotion to Christ.

Lack of personal, one-on-one devotion to Christ
RESULTS IN
lack of fellowship/communion among believers.

However . . .
fellowship/communion among believers
DOES NOT GUARANTEE
personal devotion to Christ.

All of the above applies also to holding hands at Mass.


LITURGICAL DANCE: the kind that the Vatican WANTS you to do

GENERAL INSTRUCTION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL

275. A bow signifies reverence and honor shown to the persons themselves or to the signs that represent them. There are two kinds of bows: a bow of the head and a bow of the body.
a. A bow of the head is made when the three Divine Persons are named together and at the names of Jesus, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of the Saint in whose honor Mass is being celebrated.

b. A bow of the body, that is to say a profound bow, is made to the altar; … in the Creed at the words Et incarnatus est (by the power of the Holy Spirit … made man)…

A bow of the head: bend the neck so the head moves forward and downward.

A bow of the body (profound bow): bend at the waist so the entire upper body moves forward and downward

Examples of a few of the places where these bows occur during Mass

A bow of the HEAD “when the three Divine Persons are named together”
In the name of the FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Glory to God in the highest. … you alone are the Most High, JESUS CHRIST, WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER.

May almighty God bless you, THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

A bow of the HEAD at the name of Jesus
We ask this through our Lord JESUS Christ who lives and reigns…

The Gospel of the Lord. —Praise to you, Lord JESUS Christ.

We believe in one Lord, JESUS Christ, the only Son of God

... keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, JESUS Christ.

A bow of the HEAD at the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary
… in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and what I have failed to do; and I ask Blessed MARY, ever virgin…

A bow of the BODY (profound bow) during the following words in the Creed
BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT HE WAS BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY, AND BECAME MAN


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Start to download a free PDF copy of the "General Instruction of the Roman Missal".
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In Spanish



April 18, 2007: Authentic Marriage

"God created them male and female . . . and God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good" [Genesis 1:27,31]

Jesus affirms the same. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh." [Mark 10:6-8]

As opposed to . . . .
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ENGLAND OUTLAWS CATHOLIC TEACHING

I am posting here some excerpts from the complete article.
-- Fr. Stephanos, O.S.B.



NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER
April 8-14, 2007 Issue

ENGLAND OUTLAWS CATHOLIC TEACHING
Catholic teachers in Britain won’t be able to present Catholic dogma in Catholic schools anymore because of a new non-discrimination law.


By Joanna Bogle
Register Correspondent

LONDON — Britain has a new law banning Catholic schools from teaching Catholic morals [...].

Under the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, it will be illegal for a teacher in any school, including a Catholic school, to state that homosexual activity is morally wrong, and that this is a teaching that should be accepted as true. A teacher could be prosecuted if a pupil were able to claim that, by teaching the sinfulness of homosexual activity, the teacher had discriminated against him and caused him to feel hurt or humiliated.

[....]

The legislation also affects a whole range of other activities, and will force Catholic adoption agencies to offer children for adoption by homosexual couples. A plea by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales that Catholic adoption societies be exempt from the new laws was rejected by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Also affected are all private businesses that offer goods and services of any kind. Thus, a photographer or wedding caterer who declined to do business with a lesbian or homosexual couple’s planned “wedding” could also be prosecuted, as could the owner of a bed-and-breakfast business who declined to offer a double bed to two homosexuals.

[...] the legislation was passed and will take effect April 30. Catholic adoption agencies have been given two years in which to make arrangements to comply with the new laws. It could mean that they are forced to close.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, archbishop of Westminster, has accused the government of abusing Parliamentary democracy.

“During the House of Commons committee meeting, opportunity for serious debate was denied,” he said. He issued a statement after the House of Commons was not given an opportunity to have a full debate on the regulations but only a single vote late one night when few members of Parliament were able to be present. “Profound public concern about aspects of these regulations has not been heard,” he said.

[....] ... a law, which will have the effect of making it illegal for a Catholic teacher in a Catholic school to present the Catholic teaching as true, and of forcing businesses and organizations to accept a homosexual civil union as equivalent to a male/female marriage. [....]

[....] Debate in the upper chamber focused on how the law would curtail freedom of religion. [....]

Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist, published March 13, specifically deals with the position of Catholics in politics who support legislation of this type.

The Pope states in Sacramentum Caritatis that: “Worship pleasing to God can never be a purely private matter, without consequences for our relationships with others: It demands a public witness to our faith. Evidently, this is true for all the baptized, yet it is especially incumbent upon those who, by virtue of their social or political position, must make decisions regarding fundamental values, such as respect for human life, its defense from conception to natural death, the family built upon marriage between a man and a woman, the freedom to educate one’s children and the promotion of the common good in all its forms. These values are not negotiable. Consequently, Catholic politicians and legislators, conscious of their grave responsibility before society, must feel particularly bound, on the basis of a properly formed conscience, to introduce and support laws grounded in human nature. There is an objective connection here with the Eucharist (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). Bishops are bound to reaffirm constantly these values as part of their responsibility to the flock entrusted to them.”

The original text is even stronger, since it says that “Bishops are bound to affrim constantly these precepts…”

[....]

Like Hunting Laws?

The Catholic Education Office has not issued any formal statement on the way in which the new laws will be handled by schools. It affects both those schools that receive support from public funds, and those for which parents pay fees and are wholly independent.

A Catholic member of a pro-life group who regularly visits Catholic schools to speak on issues of faith and morals said, “I think people are just hoping that it will be like the laws banning hunting — which effectively have been ignored. You will see huntsmen in their traditional costumes, and packs of hounds, regularly out and about, and it all seems to be just as popular as ever. But it would be foolish to imagine that the massive homosexual lobby — which is well-funded and enjoys influential support — will let this happen with regard to the sexual orientation regulations.”

The person did not want her name used for fear that her being involved in this controversy might lead to her not being invited to speak in schools.

[....]

All schools, including Catholic schools, already receive much official material on homosexuality and denouncing “homophobia.” [....] Catholic teachers, fearing prosecution, will be likely to obey the new laws unless they receive direction from the bishops’ conference.


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Joanna Bogle, the author of the article, also discusses this turn of events on her blog.
Click HERE for it.

April 17, 2007

ANOINTED TO BE A PRIESTLY, PROPHETIC, AND ROYAL PEOPLE

Catechism of the Catholic Church
783 Jesus Christ is the one whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit and established as PRIEST, prophet, and king. THE WHOLE PEOPLE OF GOD PARTICIPATES IN THESE THREE OFFICES OF CHRIST and bears the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them.

784 On entering the People of God through faith and Baptism, one receives a share in this people's unique, PRIESTLY vocation: "Christ the Lord, high PRIEST taken from among men, has made this new people 'a kingdom of PRIESTS to God, his Father.' THE BAPTIZED, BY REGENERATION AND THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, ARE CONSECRATED TO BE A SPIRITUAL HOUSE AND A HOLY PRIESTHOOD."

Rite of Consecrating the Sacred Chrism
.... WITH CHRISM YOU HAVE ANOINTED FOR YOURSELF PRIESTS and kings, prophets and martyrs. Make this chrism a sign of life and salvation for THOSE WHO ARE TO BE BORN AGAIN IN THE WATERS OF BAPTISM.... THROUGH THIS SIGN OF CHRISM GRANT THEM ROYAL, PRIESTLY, AND PROPHETIC HONOR....

The Preface of the Chrism Mass
Father.... By your Holy Spirit you ANOINTED your only Son High PRIEST of the new and eternal covenant.... CHRIST GIVES THE DIGNITY OF A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD TO THE PEOPLE HE HAS MADE HIS OWN.

At the Baptism of a Child: Anointing with Chrism
God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.... now anoints you with the CHRISM of salvation. As Christ was anointed PRIEST, prophet, and king, so may
YOU LIVE AS A MEMBER OF HIS BODY....

Priesthood is mediation: to be in the middle between God and others.

Christ is the perfect priest, the One True High Priest of the Universe, because he is both God and Man. There is no other priest like him.

Not all persons within the Church have received the sacrament of apostolic priestly ordination.

However, the entire Church is the Body of Christ the High Priest. So all men and women in the Church stand between God and the world. We have all been anointed to turn to God on behalf of the rest of humanity; and we have all been anointed to speak to the world on behalf of God.

Each time we renew the Eucharistic Covenant:
+ we receive it as representatives of all humanity
+ and we give ourselves to it as representatives of all humanity.


"I have an idea that might work."

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April 16, 2007

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:
and may perpetual light shine upon them.


You are worthy of a hymn, O God, in Zion;
and to you may vows be paid in Jerusalem.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:
and may perpetual light shine upon them.


You hear the voice of prayer,
to you all flesh shall turn because of iniquity.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:
and may perpetual light shine upon them.


Should our impieties prevail over us,
you will forgive them.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:
and may perpetual light shine upon them.


Blessed is he whom you have chosen and taken up,
he shall dwell in your courts.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:
and may perpetual light shine upon them.


We shall be filled with good things in your house,
with the holiness of your temple.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:
and may perpetual light shine upon them.


Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:
and may perpetual light shine upon them.


CONSPIRACY THEORY

A.D. 1981
. . . Prince Charles got married
. . . Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
. . . Australia lost the Ashes tournament
. . . Pope got wounded by a gunman

A.D. 2005
. . . Prince Charles got married
. . . Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
. . . Australia lost the Ashes tournament
. . . Pope Died

LESSON LEARNED
The next time Charles gets married,
someone warn the Pope.


Ethnically Asian Catholics in the U.S.A.

Only 1% of Catholics in the U.S.A. are of Asian ethnicity.

However, 12% of U.S. seminiary students are ethnically Asian.

28% of priests in the diocese of Orange (Orange County), California are ethnically Asian.

Read about it in the Los Angeles Times.
Click HERE for it.

April 15, 2007

For Sunday II of Easter: the Holy Gospel according to John 20:27


Click on the image to see it larger.


It's older than many realize

It appears in documents from before A.D. 900.

HOLY GOD
HOLY MIGHTY ONE
HOLY IMMORTAL ONE
HAVE MERCY ON US


--From the "Reproaches" chant for the ancient Good Friday Veneration of the Cross