Saturday, November 29, 2003

Favorite Cheesy 80’s Songs:

The Humpty Dance
Walk This Way (Run DMC and Aerosmith version)
Billie Jean (MJ was good 17 faces ago)
The Curly Shuffle
Hungry Like the Wolf
Uptown Girl
The most recent Latin Mass Magazine came in with a renewal reminder notice. I did not have to think much about renewing especially after glancing at the variety of articles. A few years ago I began subscribing to Catholic magazines with zeal, perhaps too much zeal, and have recently let a few lapse. First, Homiletic and Pastoral Review because it is geared more towards priests and was a little boring. Second, Faith and Family, although beautiful, is expensive and geared more towards families and women. Crisis was almost next because I object to their attitude towards Michael S. Rose. Printing two articles against him, which he refuted, made me wonder whether Crisis was getting off track. I ended up renewing due to their great variety of articles on music, art, prayer, politics, and culture. This magazine is the only one that comes close to Latin Mass Magazine. The Fall 2003 edition of Latin Mass contains a great but sad editorial by Editor-In-Chief Fr. James McLucas. He describes the fatigue of many priests who have come up against the entrenched bureaucracy of parish committees, parish workers and volunteers who have their own vision for the parish that leaves no room for any traditional Catholicism. Although he is describing priests who long to celebrate the traditional latin mass, I think this problem is seen in many priests who just want more devotion and orthodoxy in the Church. This quote could be said about many priests, not just those who would be called “traditionalists”:

“There are good men within the Holy See who understand why an increasing number of priests, mostly in their 30’s and 40’s, are conscience-seared and conflicted about serving an increasingly secularized ecclesiastical structure which prevents the Church from being a certain trumpet. These priests have endured being bullied into submission by the use of tactics that include employing the virtue of obedience as a weapon, and by circumventing canon law so as to neutralize the protections that is supposedly offered the priest (future grist for another day).”

Perhaps not coincidently, one of the talks at the next Latin Mass magazine conference in Montvale, New Jersey will be on “Obedience: Wielding a Virtue as a Weapon”. The details for this third annual conference are in the edition also, and I will attend as I enjoyed the first two. Michael Davies, an Englishman who is a legend in traditional Catholic circles will also give a talk. Some articles from this issue I can’t wait to jump into are:

Vatican II Renewal: Myth or Reality? By Kenneth Jones
Building Goddess Paganism by Donna Steichen
The Incarnation and Western Civilization by Thaddeus Kozinski
The Monks and Civilization by Thomas Woods
Saint for the Season: The Disconcerting Sanctity of Thomas Becket by Diane Moczar
Architecture: Treasures of Tradition in the World’s Most Tragic City by Michael Rose
Visible Man: The Story of H.G. Wells by Matthew Anger and Edward Lengel
General Sherman’s Relentless Battle by Steve O’Brien
Alfred Hitchcock: Spiritual Director? By James Bemis

If Catholics were more aware of our great spiritual, artistic, cultural and theological heritage, much of the garbage of the past 35 years would never have been able to penetrate the Church. Latin Mass and Crisis magazines are doing a great job in teaching Catholics about their heritage.

Friday, November 28, 2003

4 kids 4 and under here. I never realized how many great games were on the sesame street and Nick Jr. websites

Thursday, November 27, 2003


Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Since checking the Ratzinger Fan Club site again after posting above, I noticed in the Guestbook my praise of the site is in between: "he is a prat who has sent my religion back to the dark ages" and "Ratzinger, you are truly the AntiChrist and have brought a return to a stale and empty Pre-Vatican II church. I know God will judge you accordingly for leading so many Catholics astray."

Una Voce International Meets in Rome

This meeting was very upbeat due to the incredible strides made this year by those "attached" to the traditional latin Mass. But to me, the highlight of the article was this:

"Christopher Haehnel, who had accompanied his father to Rome, dearly wished to meet Cardinal Ratzinger, to have his photograph taken with him, and to present him with a Tee-Shirt from the "Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club". Mr. Davies presented the Tee Shirt during the private audience, and it was accepted by the Cardinal with great good humour. "Very true," he remarked apropos the words : "Truth is not decided by a majority vote."

Too bad they didn't give him the "Laying the smackdown on heresy since 1981" mug.

I am the third of three children so this from Envoy Encore explains an awful lot...

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Turkey's Mosques to Preach Anti-Terror

"The Rev. Ian Sherwood, the British consulate chaplain in Istanbul, said not enough Islamic leaders have condemned the attacks.
"I'm appalled that I've not received any statements from a Muslim teacher anywhere in the world to express sorrow or reconciliation. It's a real weakness that has to be addressed," he said after the service. "