Baltimore Catholic School to dedicate new Bill and Camille Cosby Community Center.

A historic Baltimore Catholic school will name its community center in honor of Bill and Camille Cosby, the biggest donors in the school’s 184-year history and fierce champions of education, the school announced Friday.

St. Frances Academy, which serves 162 primarily low-income high school students, will host the comedian, his wife and their relatives in a ceremony at the St. Frances Community Center on April 20.

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Baltimore blasphemy: Sacred vessels regularly and routinely profaned at local bar.

…it’s not acceptable either that chalices which are used in Catholic Mass for the consecration of wine which becomes the blood of Christ, are used by patrons to drink (and get drunk from).

They’re made of precious metals, sometimes jewels, but their use in such a secular setting is strange and unsettling. No less than the inexplicable painting of a priest with a stole, looking aghast or in surprise at a nun who has her back to him.

The most disturbing thing in the restaurant is the monstrance which is behind the bar used as decoration. The monstrance is large ornate disk, often resembling the sun, which is surmounted in a long stand with a heavy base. It contains a crystal compartment at the center of the disk where a consecrated communion Host can be placed inside and it allows the priest to elevate the entire object by the stand for the veneration of the Sacrament it contains.

Seeing this monstrance here in this bar, covered with mardigras beads and a mustached smiley face where the Host would normally be is a little bit like finding family heirlooms in the hands of people who not only use them for purposes for which they were never intended, but use them in disrespectful ways.

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Russian punks desecrate Moscow cathedral

Seen on the web – re: Bishop William E. Lori, the newly appointed Archbishop of Baltimore

xkaydet65 commented:

Does anyone here believe Obama or his staff are nuanced enough to understand the symbolism in Pope Benedict’s assignment of Lori?

Baltimore is the motherland of the Catholic Church in America, going back to the Act of Toleration in I believe, 1648. It is the seat of the Catholic hierarchy, the site of America’s first home grown religious order The Sisters of Charity of Elizabeth Seton.

In my childhood the nuns, those Sisters of Charity, would ask us if the conflict was between Faith and Country, which would we choose. I think Catholics are about to have that question posed to them.

The Roman Catholic Church is, I believe, about to seek the intercession of archangel Michael. It is girding for battle.

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A sad day for the late Bishop John Carroll and the first Catholic diocese of the United States of America

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Baltimore, the Senior See of the United States of America

They didn’t call it “The Baltimore Catechism” for nothin’

“In 1968, something terrible happened in the (Catholic) Church”

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Retiring Cardinal Stafford reflects on how dissenters to Humane Vitae tore the Church apart – and how rift left scars that remain to this day.

It was the year of the bad war, of complex innocence that sanctified the shedding of blood. English historian Paul Johnson dubs 1968 as the year of “America’s Suicide Attempt.” It included the Tet offensive in Vietnam with its tsunami-like effects in American life and politics, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee; the tumult in American cities on Palm Sunday weekend; and the June assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in Southern California. It was also the year in which Pope Paul VI issued his encyclical letter on transmitting human life, Humanae Vitae (HV). He met immediate, premeditated, and unprecedented opposition from some American theologians and pastors. By any measure, 1968 was a bitter cup.

Read the article, courtesy of California Catholic Daily

Cardinal James Francis Stafford looks back 40 years, to “A Bitter Cup”

 

Humanae Vitae

The Year of the Peirasmòs – 1968
By Cardinal James Francis Stafford

It was the year of the bad war, of complex innocence that sanctified the shedding of blood.  English historian Paul Johnson dubs 1968 as the year of “America’s Suicide Attempt.”  It included the Tet offensive in Vietnam with its tsunami-like effects in American life and politics, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee; the tumult in American cities on Palm Sunday weekend; and the June assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in southern California. It was also the year in which Pope Paul VI issued his encyclical letter on transmitting human life, Humanae Vitae (HV). He met immediate, premeditated, and unprecedented opposition from some American theologians and pastors.

By any measure 1968 was a bitter cup.

On the fortieth anniversary of Humanae Vitae, I have been asked to reflect on one event of that year, the doctrinal dissent among some priests and theologians in an American Archdiocese on the occasion of its publication. It is not an easy or welcome task. But since it may help some followers of Jesus to live what Pope Paul VI called a more “disciplined” life (HV 21), I will explore that event.

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1968 Vatican plea for teaching support on Humanae Vitae

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George Weigel on The Humanae Vitae Controversy