27 December 2011

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

8 December

One of the things that attracts me to the Eastern Churches is the way they teach theology and doctrine through their prayers and hymnography. The Latin Church does this as well, but not as explicitly. This is not the case with the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, particularly in the new translation of the Roman Missal. These prayers are pregnant with theology and doctrine, and so, I will present them with a little commentary for my Protestant brethren.

21 December 2011

Covering the Crucifix

A few weeks ago, I wrote an e-mail to ZENIT with a liturgical question about my parish covering the crucifix behind the altar during the Christmas and Easter Seasons. It must have been an important question because they published an answer yesterday (I just read it today). Reprinting ZENIT's articles require written permission from the editor, so I'll just post my question here and provide you with a link to the answer.

Say Merry Christmas

It seems that some Christians are starting to get a little over zealous  about the word Christmas. The Say Merry Christmas Network is proof of such zeal. They even have a song:

19 December 2011

Collect for Fourth Sunday of Advent

Did you catch the Collect (Opening Prayer) yesterday? If not, here it is again:
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Do you recognize this prayer? I do. I pray it every morning when I wake up, and usually at noon and again at 6:00. It's part of the Angelus:

16 December 2011

Government Protects Child Rapists

There have been a few cases of Catholic priests that have raped children. The key word here is few. The victims of the majority of sex abuse cases involving Catholic priests have  been adults. However, the media focuses on the child rape cases, and, more especially, the cases that bishops have tried to cover up.

07 December 2011

Persecuted Body of Christ Needs Your Voice

Glory to Our Lord Jesus!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

On Friday, in the Kurdish city of Zakho which is heavily populated with Assyrian Christians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs) there was a Fatwa (religious decree) issued by a cleric against all businesses which are against Sharia Law. Thousands of Kurdish Muslims took to the streets and attacked over 24 Christian businesses. Two days later they passed out leaflets threatening the Christian store owners will be killed if they attempt to re-open their stores.

06 December 2011

Catholic Spouse = No Heir

I just thought of something a few days ago concerning the news that the English Monarch can now marry a Catholic: such a marriage cannot produce an heir to the English Crown. When a Catholic marries a non-Catholic, whether in a Catholic Church or if a dispensation was granted to marry in another church, the non-Catholic party has to agree to baptize and raise their children in the Catholic Church (Code of Canon Law 1125) . Obviously, an English Monarch cannot be Catholic as being the English Monarch entails being the head of the Church of England. Thus, if the children of the English Monarch are all Catholic, none of them can be an heir to the Crown.

I'm sure that such a situation would not be allowed; therefore, the English Monarch cannot marry a Catholic unless that person denies her faith and raises her children outside the Catholic Faith. Hence, the reform of the Act of Settlement has no effect.

04 December 2011

The Music Kids Listen To

When I was young, I couldn't understand why adults couldn't appreciate all the music I listened to. I listened to a wide variety of music, and most adults could appreciate at least some of it. However, I figured I would never put down the music that my kids listen to. I would see the beauty in all of it.

I was partly right and partly wrong.

28 November 2011

How Was Mass Yesterday?

How was Mass yesterday? Did you remember to say, "And with your spirit"?

I said, "And with your spirit," but I didn't go to a Roman Mass. I went to a Byzantine Divine Liturgy.

Can you believe it? I've been waiting years for the new translation of the Roman Missal and the implementation of the new GIRM (unlike the in the U.S., Canadians just started using the new GIRM yesterday), and when it came, I missed it. I was also looking forward to using my booklet, but I guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow's weekday Mass.

16 November 2011

Confusion Over the Word "Priest"

There is a great deal of confusion among English speaking Christians (maybe in some other languages as well) between the ministerial priesthood and the priesthood of all Christians. Protestant Churches do not have a ministerial priesthood, and often suggest that Catholics invented their ministerial priesthood apart from Sacred Scripture. Most Catholics, when presented with such suggestions, either weaken in their faith in the Catholic Church, or ignore such suggestions and make no attempt understand why these suggestions are wrong. This confusion does not exist in Greek or in Latin, and so a little look at the Greek New Testament, the Latin Vulgate Bible and the English Douay-Rheims Bible clears up this matter very quickly.

Merry Christ Mass

I just got back from the gym, and as I was driving home, I noticed some men putting up Christmas decorations on the street lights.

Wait a minute... That's not politically correct. I mean "holiday decorations." No, that doesn't work. Everyone knows that the holiday is Christmas. Most people also know that the word holiday means "holy day;" that is, a feast in the liturgical calendar.

15 November 2011

I've Unsubscribed From LifeSiteNews

Back in February, I switched from reading LifeNews.com to LifeSiteNews.com. I made the switch because LifeSiteNews gave more Canadian content and a little bit broader range of subject matter. However, over the months that followed, I became more and more uncomfortable with how LifeSiteNews was reporting their stories (a couple of times I wrote about this).

19 October 2011

Powerlifters Should Translate the Bible

This summer I got real serious about powerlifting. One of the things I did was read the Technical Rules of the International Powerlifting Federation. As soon as I began to read it, I was greatly impressed. This is what it says in the very beginning:
Throughout this rule book, for reasons of brevity, wherever the words “he” or “his” occur, such reference is deemed to apply to either sex.

I wish Bible translators had this much sense!

14 October 2011

Wash Your Hands

I'm beginning to wash my hands more often. It's a good thing to do. However, a couple of days ago, I realized that I haven't been washing my hands long enough. I've been told that you should sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in your head as you wash your hands to time yourself.

23 March 2011

Not the Gospel of Life

Bishop Fred B. Henry of Calgary, Alberta graciously gave me permission to post this article on my website as it doesn't appear to be anywhere else on the internet.
I am opposed to the travelling photo-mural exhibit which compares abortion to historically recognized forms of genocide. Although it is a moot point as to whether or not we are dealing with genocide, and I think not, that is not the core reason for my opposition.

Ban on Displaying a Dead or Mutilated Body

I'm very interested to see what kind of comments are left on LifeSiteNews' story, Law banning ‘sex-change’ surgery proposed in Lithuania. The story itself is interesting, but what really caught my attention was this additional information:
Lithuania is leading Europe in implementing legislation that protects the family, natural marriage, and the country’s children from the more detrimental effects of the sexual revolution.

In 2009, the Seimas [Lithuania’s parliament] passed the Law on the Protection of Minors Against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information, which went into effect in March of 2010.

19 March 2011

Graphic Images of Aborted Babies

This is an open letter to his grace, Rev. Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton.

Your Grace,

I appreciated your clarification about the Alberta bishops' stance on the public display of graphic images of aborted babies on your March 9th post on your blog. As soon as I read it, I put it on my RSS feed External Webpages that RJ Likes. I believe these images have their place, but that place is not where the general public will indiscriminately see them.

11 March 2011

New American Bible, Revised Edition

Remember how excited I got a couple of months ago about a new translation of the Bible coming out? Do you remember my disappointment the next day when I realized I had missed the sentence, "It retains the 1986 edition of the New Testament"? Well, it came out two days ago, and yesterday I found time to make an inquiry over the phone about it. However, it wasn't until today that I found time to write about it.

07 March 2011

The Fathers Know Best

I've often wanted to read the Church Fathers. A couple of time I even attempted to read the three volumes by William A. Jurgens from cover to cover, but I never got far. Jurgens is a reference book and not meant to be read from cover to cover.

When I first heard about The Fathers Know Best by Jimmy Akin, I thought to myself, "That sounds like a nice book, but do I really need another reference book? I've got Jurgens on my bookshelf and the complete Nicene Fathers, Post-Nicene Fathers, and Ante-Nicene Fathers on my computer." So, I didn't buy it.

05 March 2011

Two solitudes

I stopped reading the National Post when they misreported the pope's comments about condom use; however, someone told me I should read the article Two solitudes. This article gets somethings right and somethings wrong. Actually, the things it gets right contradict what it gets wrong.

15 February 2011

Pelosi rips ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’

From CatholicCulture.org we get this news:
Affirming the link between contraception, homosexual activity, and legalized abortion-- all of which she supports-- Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Catholic who serves as House Minority Leader, blasted the proposed No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, calling it part of “the most comprehensive and radical assault on women’s health in our lifetime.”

Supporters of the act, she said, are “in a different philosophical place on…all engagements that result in a child. So that’s why homosexuality, that’s why birth control, all these things that are not consistent with their beliefs that are all about procreation.”

When it comes to morality, Nancy Pelosi usually gets it wrong. In this piece of news, however, she only got one thing wrong and the rest is correct.

05 February 2011

The Rite

I just watched the movie The Rite this afternoon, and I am thoroughly disappointed. The book with the same name by Matt Baglio, which I read as soon as it came out, is very good, so I had high expectations of the movie. It's easier to list all the things the movie got right than all the things it got wrong:
  • There is such a thing as demonic possession.
  • A course on exorcism is offered in Rome.
  • Sometimes a possessed person will vomit up nails.

Pretty much everything else in the movie is pure fiction.

27 January 2011

38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade

I'm a few days late on this one. I wanted to comment on this on Sunday, but I was trying to get a new parish website up and running and prepare a slideshow for RCIA, so I wasn't able to do much but save this quote:
"Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters."

- President Barack Obama

14 January 2011

JP2 to be Beatified on May 1st

Today the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints published the decree for the beatification of Venerable Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), Polish Supreme Pontiff. Read the full text of the decree here. Read post from Vatican Information Service here.