23 October 2008

Extraordinary!

For those who say, "well the old Mass is now the extraordinary form of the Roman rite. That means that it is not to be the norm, kinda like out of the ordinary, the exception."

If we use the word extraordinary to mean infrequent or the exception, can we use the same measurement of "infrequent" that is applied to Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion?? (A weekly fixture at most Masses I've been to, and even at some daily Masses...) Because I'd love to have me a traditional Latin Mass every Sunday. Just asking.

While we're on the topic of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion... yeah, that's their proper name. I did a little non-scientific poll of the Internet, searching Google for "extraordinary ministers of holy communion" (18,300 results) and "eucharistic ministers" (114,000 results). Hmm... why don't people know the proper name for these people?

'Eucharistic minister' is inaccurate in two senses. First, only the priest is the Eucharistic minister. He is the one that brings about the Eucharist. To get down to the technicalities, Christ alone is the minister of the Eucharist, and the priest acts in persona Christi. EMHCs are only ministers of Communion- they distribute Holy Communion to their fellow laymen. The second problem is that important 'E' for extraordinary. The ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are the priest and deacon. Laymen may be deputed for this task only if the Mass would be "unreasonably prolonged." A short prolongation, however, is not grounds for their use. In fact, the Vatican recommends distributing under only one species (the Host) before resorting to EMHCs. I'm afraid that this is one more instance where an option in the Novus Ordo has become a near universal practice. Hopefully bishops and pastors will look more closely at this issue in the future.

Fore more information on EMHCs, see Redemptionis Sacramentum (154-160).

19 October 2008

Archbishop Chaput: Pro-Obama Catholics a Disservice


Archbishop Charles Chaput (my favorite Capuchin!) of Denver has come out strong yet again for the unborn! See this article covered by Fox News.

"To suggest -- as some Catholics do -- that Senator Obama is this year's 'real' pro-life candidate requires a peculiar kind of self-hypnosis, or moral confusion, or worse."

Speaking about pro-Obama Catholics: "[they] have done a disservice to the church, confused the natural priorities of Catholic social teaching, undermined the progress pro-lifers have made, and provided an excuse for some Catholics to abandon the abortion issue instead of fighting within their parties and at the ballot box to protect the unborn."

18 October 2008

Remember Judgment Day in the Voting Booth


Bishop Robert J. Hermann of St. Louis reminds Catholics that their vote will be weighed on the Day of Judgment.

Bishop Hermann is the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of St. Louis in Missouri. This title means that he was the auxiliary bishop under the previous bishop, but he hasn't been appointed to be the ordinary of the diocese. That previous bishop, by the way, is the great Archbishop Raymond Burke.

Here are a few snips from the bishop's article:

"For many, this coming election may very well be judgment day, for this election will measure us.."

His Excellency is reminding us that our vote has moral consequences. If we vote for a pro-abortion candidate because he is pro-abortion, we commit a mortal sin and must go to confession. If we vote for a pro-abortion candidate in spite of his stance on abortion, there must be proportionate reasons as to why we can support this murderous candidate.

"The decision I make in the voting booth will reflect my value system. If I value the good of the economy and my current lifestyle more than I do the right to life itself, then I am in trouble..."

"My desire for a good economy cannot justify my voting to remove all current restrictions on abortion. My desire to end the war in Iraq cannot justify my voting to remove all current restrictions on abortion."

Here the bishop says that the economy and the Iraq war ARE NOT proportionate reasons for voting for Obama. Senator Obama wants remove all restrictions on abortion. This is the Freedom of Choice Act that he has pledged to sign into law. The good bishop is pretty much telling us that we can't vote for Barack Obama.

It is clear that we can't vote for Obama. If you can't vote for John McCain in good conscience, vote third party. But remember, a vote for Barack Obama puts your soul in danger.

09 October 2008

Yeah... why not?




We might as well make it official.

Note: This is a commentary on the music that dominates the Sunday Mass- namely, African-American spirituals that have no connection to the Sacred, and do not convey the Catholic Faith. The same goes for the 'American' hymns that are heard at Sunday Mass. Why doesn't Saint Augustine's follow the teaching of the Church in Sacrosanctum Concilium or Musicam Sacram? Gregorian chant should have the pride of place, and all music should truly be fitting of divine worship.

01 October 2008

Another Bishop on Obama

I don't usually ever have political posts, but this election is so important, and the lives of so many unborn are at stake...

Here is another bishop coming out and demonstrating that Barack Obama is not a suitable candidate for any Catholic's vote. Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City has the following to say:

"If we are inclined to vote for someone despite their pro-abortion stance, it seems we are morally obliged to establish a proportionate reason sufficient to justify the destruction of 45 million human persons through abortion. If we learn that our “candidate of choice” further pledges – through an instrument such as FOCA - to eliminate all existing limitations against abortion, it is that much more doubtful whether voting for him or her can ever be morally justified under any circumstance."
Wow. That's just about as close as you can get to explicitly saying that we can't vote for Obama. Yes, McCain sucks in various issues, even a life-related issue. The alternative, however, promises much more evil. I beg you, if you are contemplating voting for Obama, don't vote. Even if you can't vote for McCain or a third party candidate, do not cast a vote for Barack Obama.

Here is a link to an article on the great Father Z's blog, discussing this letter from Bp. Finn.